Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hanquapillar shoot; New lighting

Special thanks to Beth for comming in last night to take these shots. I will take this oppportunity to discuss the lighting in greater detail. Personaly I am annoyed by anything being routed, especially wiring along the bicycle frame. However I was not comfortable asking to drill holes in a new Rivendell frame. So here is the solution that Steve and I setteled on. A Sanyo H27 dyno hub powering Bush & Miller Lumotec front-Toplight rear. This system gives Steven dependable and sufficient bright light to fill his needs when out after dark. With the lights mounted at the wheel top level they provide maximum visability to motorist. Both lights use a dual strand harness with the rear light being connected through and swiched by the headlight. I did not want to cut any of the harness off in the event of future light placement needing more wire. So on the front harness I doubled up the excess wire in a loop inside a piece of shrink tube zip tied to the inside of the fork blade. The harness was then routhe under the 2 existing zip ties holding on the computer sending unit. A short distance up the fork blade the front & rear harnesses join through another shrink tube and both terminate at the head light. The rear harness continues up to the fork crown where it passes through small fender stay mount screwed to the top of the crown with an existing bolt. From the fork crown to the underside of the center tube. For the run the length of the center tube I cut a piece of straight wire about the guage of a coat hanger just short of the length of the center tube. Both the wire and the harness were then covered with a series of shrink tubes and then zip tied to the under side of the center tube. I then fashioned a L brace with the same wire used under the center tube. This bracket can be seen routed up the back side of the seat tube, crossing above the tire to the left seat stay. The final fun is under the top of the rear rack to the tail light again using wire for stifness under shrink tubes.

I also want to thank Penny at Peter White Cycles for help in selecting the components used on this project. All lighting as well as the wheel build was provided by Peter White Cycles.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Meet Beth

I am pleased to introduce Beth Holladay. Beth does the photography and web postings. She also works full-time teaching art, producing newsletters, and performing other duties at Preston Arts Center just down the road. In just a few hours each Sunday afternoon she has been able to make a transformation in our internet presence.

So, why not check out her bike!

Also of note is the recent addition of studio lighting and background equipment to kick the photos up quite a few notches. Thanks Beth!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Justin Builds a Touring Bike

Frame: 25" Schwinn Voyageur (1988 model) Columbus Tenax tubing

Color: Molten Copper powderdoat (black, copper, clear)

Fenders: VO 48mm Fluted

Crankset: Shimano FT-60 (48/38/28 BioPace)(175mm)

Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore (FD-MT60)

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore (RD-MT60)

Shifters: Dia Compe Silver

Front Hub: Shimano 3N-80 (32h)(DT SS 14ga spokes)

Rear Hub: Shimano 105 (FH-5600)(36h)(DT SS 14ga spokes)

Wheels: VO Diagonale (700c)

Cassette: SRAM 11-28 (8sp)

Chain: SRAM PC-870

Tires: Panaracer Jack Brown (blue label)

Pedals: MKS Touring, Spin II Flip, VO large steel cages, VO Grand Cru laminated straps

Housing: VO Braided SS

Cables: VO

Front Rack: VO Pass Hunter (with integrated decaleur)

Rear Rack: TBD

Headlight: Schmidt E6 (no switch)(VO light mount)

Brakes: VO Grand Cru Cantilever (Kool Stop Thinline pads)

Brake Levers: Shimano BL-L331

Computer: Cateye Strada Wireless

Bottle Cages: VO Moderniste

Seatpost: SR alloy

Rear Cable Hanger: Surly

Front Cable Hanger: Dia Compe QR

Headset: VO Alloy JIS

Stem: Nitto Technomic 80mm

Handlebar: Nitto Noodle 440mm

Saddle: Brooks Champion Flyer Special (honey)

Bar Wrap: Brooks perforated leather (honey)

Schwinn Prelude SOLD

Frame Size:
Frame Description:
Columbus Tenax tubes. Fender eyelets front & rear. 2sets water bhottle bosses w/star reinforcements. Sport road geometry.
27" Weinnmann box section alloy rim w/steel reinforced spoke eyelets laced to Schwinn approved low flange alloy hubs w/stainless steel hubs. QR front & rear.
Sakae forged alloy crank mounted to new Shimano cartridge bottom bnracket. Suntour Cyclone derailleurs w/stem mounted friction shifters. DiaCompe side pull brakes w/aero levers.
Saddle & Seatpost:
Cionlli saddle, Laprade alloy seat pillar.
Bars & Stem:
Anatomical bend bars, Pizzaa alloy threadless stem.

Fixed Gear Conversion - Nishiki Olympic

Frame Size:
Frame Description:
4130 Cromoly tubes. Frame was sand blasted then powder coated in that very desirable Sea Foam green. New 700c Motion unicrown chrome fork which is drilled for brake. Fender eyelets on rear dropouts were preserved if one wanted to add a rack. No fender eyelets or clearance for fender on front.
700c alex rims laced to black anodized low flange alloy hubs w/black stainless steel spokes.
New head set, new Shimano cartridge bottom bracket, Origon8 track crank, DiaCompe side pull brake & lever included.
Saddle & Seatpost:
new Origon8 2 bolt adjustment seat pillar, New Sprung and rivited saddle.
Bars & Stem:
Fliped & Cliped road bars for bull horn effect.