Category Archives: Becoming a bicycle

Shimano Dura Ace 7400 crank, tubeless tires and the art of deception

“You think to yourself, ah, now this will be a bike. And you’re not wrong. But it may not be the bike you’re expecting.” Continue reading

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Standing up for single speed

Another winter bicycle project. Look, Ma: No derailleurs. Continue reading

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The Invention of Nothing

If you like to ride road bikes and you’ve been paying attention to them for a few decades, you’ve noticed quite a bit of change, especially on the high end. In the 1980s, indexed shifting replaced the need to manually … Continue reading

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Rack and fender attachment

Two nifty design ideas from my friend Dave Atkinson. First: the mono-stay connecting the front of Blackburn rack to the frame of this old Schwinn mixte. It’s curved to match the shape of the wheel and painted to match the … Continue reading

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Something old, something new and blue derailleur housing: the Giant Escape

I picked up a Giant Escape after someone backed over it with a car, maybe a tractor. Continue reading

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Rebuilt in central Illinois: the Royal Scot

Dave inserted the Royal Scot back into the flow of history, creating something sure to confuse anyone trying to identify this particular model. Continue reading

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Les confessions du snob de selle

Every once in a while, you realize your imagination has its limits. Your flexible mind, capable of intuiting many potential solutions to the same challenge, is faced with something that cannot, in any way, be a solution to that challenge. … Continue reading

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