Thursday, January 2, 2020

Bike Friday Silk

I've previously mentioned about upgrading my Dahon into a Bike Friday. Bike Fridays are supposed to ride a bit more like a "real" bike than a center hinged Dahon, and they can take normal components, and they are made in Eugene, Oregon, land of my birth. I almost ordered a new BF frame this fall, but I resolved to wait and hold out for something used. Resale value on folding bikes--of just about any brand--seems pretty terrible. That's helpful for us secondary market shoppers.

I finally did stumble across a Bike Friday in my size. I almost passed it, because the Craigslist ad didn't mention the size, and it looked short. But it turns out it was a custom for someone with short legs but a long torso, with a 60cm ETT. Just right for me. Driving home from Detroit one afternoon, I made a detour east of Toledo to pick it up.

It was a Bike Friday Silk:

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Ragley Marley Intro

I've been meaning to try a modern mountain bike. Modern being long (long front center), low (low bottom bracket), and slack (slack head angle). I ended up with a Ragley Marley frame, courtesy of Chain Reaction Cycles, as a cheap way to try this. It's long (475mm reach/820mm front center), low-ish but not too low (45mm bb drop), and very slack (65.5 degree head angle). It's all modern with boost spacing and clearance for nearly full size B+ tires. Of course, I resolved to build this as cheaply as possible, so it's a parts bin special.

Sunday, December 8, 2019


I've been exploring new-to-me bike stuff lately, first with a small wheeled folder, and now with this:

It's a Trek T900 tandem, a recreational tandem from maybe a decade ago. I picked it up one Sunday morning from CL, and Henry and I parked and rode to his soccer tourney that day to avoid the horrible parking at the Hilliard Soccer Complex. This was a bit risky, since the brakes were mostly ineffective. Do tandems need good brakes? I did a quick brake job with my multi tool before the games started so we could ride back to the car, at least with a front brake.

Back home in our garage, I was ready to do some more work:

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fleet Update IX

I had intended this to be a series of posts, one for each bike, since I haven't written anything in some time. But after a month, that still isn't happening, so I'm back to my regular format when I need to hammer some bike stuff down.

As always, I'm listing my bikes from most to least favorite, at this moment:

1. Jones LWB

The photo above was taken during a very pleasant Friday off work to ride Chestnut Ridge (and get the title transferred on our new Pilot, but that's another story). It looks very much like my typical Jones build: 29+ knobbies, 11 speeds, Jones bend type bar (actually a Soma Osprey knock off). But a few weeks ago, it was quite different:

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Urban S24O

My friend Charles invited me to a festival at a downtown metro park. The Scioto Fest was located in downtown Columbus, so we met at Antrim Park on Saturday afternoon and rode the bike path down. Initially, I was going to bring both boys with me. Henry backed out when he realized he would be too tired from his afternoon soccer game, and Sam backed out when prioritized sleeping in on Sunday morning. That was disappointing. Oddly, Kate now wants to come camping, but only if it doesn't involve biking any distance. This has me cruising Craigslist for tandems now. But I digress.

Because I had planned to carry the boys' camping gear, I had the trailer ready to go. I used it anyway, since it lets me pack sloppily, and isn't really noticeable until I turn uphill.

This was my first S24O with my Dahon, and I was entirely happy with it (except for the rubbing front brake I found later, which might explain why some of those hills felt steeper than they looked). Nonetheless, Charles and I quickly cruised a dozen miles south to set up camp at Scioto Audubon metro park:

Sunday, August 25, 2019

New Bike: Old Trek

I found the urge to buy a big old Trek road bike, again, my third. My 612 was a nice, but old enough that it still had an oddball collection of braze ones (one bottle cage, no shifter bosses, lots of nutted fasteners). I did a 650B conversion with it, but the Pacenti rims were awful. My 510 that followed it had nicely thinned lugs, but the frame wasn't straight. Since I recently sold my Soma--it just didn't excite me--I've been without a road bike this summer. Unless you consider the Dahon, which I've been riding--and enjoying--during this time.

But I felt the urge for another big old Trek. Some CL trawling led me to this bike in Dayton:

It was cheap, but not local, but a trip to Dayton is a good excuse to go out to Cici's pizza, which means I had some company on this trip:

Sunday, June 23, 2019

S24O With The Boys

After a summer of relentless rain, we finally had a nice forecast to head out for some camping. After selling my Burley Picolo earlier in the spring, this would be Sam's first trip riding his own bike (and only Henry's second trip). I was also trying to get the boys more self-sufficient, so I had them packing up their own gear for this trip. After some quick omelets for dinner on Saturday night, we headed out.

Bike Friday Silk

I've previously mentioned about upgrading my Dahon into a Bike Friday. Bike Fridays are supposed to ride a bit more like a "real&qu...