October 1, 2009



Crosswalk Slalom

September 30, 2009

Like sharks.

September 30, 2009

A decent Washington Post article and – I hate to say – a fairly accurate outside perspective of riding fixed in the city. The author did their research and the comments validate the whole thing.

City Bikes shift supervisor, Cat Dawson, carries a fixed gear bike.

They Were Right

September 29, 2009

It is fun. Really fun.

MegaTouch Monkey Bash fun.

Frame Building

September 29, 2009

The idea of building your own frame is easy to flirt with. That’s especially true when you look through pages of lugs, drop-outs, and tear drop top tubes. I’ll keep flirting until I find myself with a garage. In the meantime, it’s worth a look…just for ideas.


Commentary on biking in the dark…

Library Card

September 28, 2009

A great manual for your first build – with more about bicycle engineering than you ever wanted to know. It’s a little old, but not bad it you’re restoring an old bike anyway. Available at the Cleveland Park Library, if I ever return it…

Build Lesson #2

September 24, 2009

The second lesson of building a bike: you can buy a new one cheaper. I know people will argue with this, but unless you want to build a cheap trap, individual parts are more expensive than the completed factory item. What I budgeted for: $30 for the frame + $350 in parts (granted the brooks saddle tips the scale).  I won’t give you the total because then I’d have to talk about the powder coating cost as well…

From one of my new favorite blogs, here’s basically what I want to accomplish, new, for 359 bucks…paint and all. But all that said, anyone can buy new. I’d rather build it myself.

Painting Lesson

September 22, 2009

Spray- paint paint jobs look like spray-paint. Unless you’re an artist, there’s no way around it. I’ve sanded, cleaned, primed, sanded, cleaned, painted, and sanded again, but my first build from scratch looked about as nice a barnacles under a rusted ship. So, I took the frame — an old Japanese 3-speed — to get the job done right. By next week she’ll be powder coated smooth. We’ll see how Figure Engineering LLC does…and it better be good. It was a three and a half-hour, round trip from DC in traffic. Made me appreciate the usual bike commute in.