A Primitive Curiosity

A Primitive Curiosity

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Little Reminder

I found this stuck in my orange yesterday:

Which reminded me of this:

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tough Choices

I'm getting closer to scrounging up enough time to order and sew a framebag for the Stumpjumper but I have run into a serious dilemma. 

What color? 

Black seems boring, and making custom gear in black seems like a shame. Might as well do something you can't get off the shelf, right? If I use X-Pac for the side panels I'm limited to a pretty narrow range of colors, and fewer that seem desirable. I would probably choose dark grey. However, if I use Cordura a world of possibilities opens up. Check out the selection at Rockywoods Fabrics for an idea. 

For an idea as to what is possible, I have been cruising around Scott Felter's Flickr to see what he has done in the past. There are some REALLY cool bags there and for some reason, the woodland camo and dark camo bags really have caught my eye. Something like this seems so awesome.

Finally, I'm putting the cart before the horse in a way here because I'd like to strip and powder coat the stumpjumper this winter and so I feel like I need to make a decision (or at least have an idea) of what frame color I would like. It would be nice if they complimented each other. I'm tempted to make a decision on a framebag color, and then choose my frame color from there. There are many more PC colors available than there are fabric colors. 

A very dark green might go well with that MultiCam Black. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

In The Meantime

While I work out the details of the framebag project, I have been concentrating on taking care of some deferred maintenance on the bikes.

I built a much needed rear wheel for the Surly with a Mavic A319 rim, Ultegra 6700 hub, DT Comp double butted spokes and DT brass nipples in silver. I'm not a pro wheelbuilder and my dishing technique is what the army would term "field expedient".

Despite my methodology, the wheel turned out great and I have to say, the difference in feel and performance is remarkable and I am really enjoying this bike lately. It also looks awesome. The downtube shifters are great once you get used to them, look classy as hell and provide a great shift "feel."

The Crosscheck frame itself is beginning to feel like a limitation on this bike. It's not very lively feeling. But, my impressions may change if I follow through on my threats to race cyclocross at least once this year.

The stumpjumper got completely rebuilt hubs and bottom bracket, which has changed the way this bike rides considerably. The old grease in the hubs was the color and consistency of old chewing gum and caramel. The BB wasn't so bad, but not great either. I'm sure that I burned about a thousand extra calories on the Oregon Troutback from pushing that gunk around. I bought a tube of Phil's for my little 3oz grease gun and used that for all of the bearings.

I absolutely hate the rear derallieur on this bike, and the first thing I do when I have some spare cash is going to be to try the Altus derailleur that Rivendell is selling. The price is right, and I can't take the constant ticking and buzzing that this one is making for much longer.

Also, check out that new waterbottle from 21st Ave Cycles!