July is almost over. I have to renew my creepy van's insurance soon, including emissions testing.. and right after that I'll have to turn a year older. Incredible.
Things have been rolling right along at the old Vallie Components shop. Since Maker Faire, I've had a few bikes in the queue. Its sort of tough dividing my time between my own thing, and Mighty Riders.. but I have to eat until this bike stuff starts taking me out to dinner. I'm still basically putting in 7 days a week.
First up is Megan's rack.
Let me give you a bit of a back story. Meg's husband Andy built her a WICKED single speed mixte. Its a nearly mint Raleigh, with some really nice thoughtful touches, like Dura Ace cranks with an old school 42T ring, Some great condition Campy wheels, with a respaced hub and 16T freewheel. A sprung Brooks, matching Edwin D grips, and Odyssey pedals finish it off.. along with a sturdy front wicker basket.
The issue is that the basket barely holds a bottle of wine and a sweater.. so she wanted a bit more cargo capacity. I guess Megan dragged Andy out to all the home and kitchen stores, and they eventually found a matching wicker picnic basket.
So the design constraints here are:
- incorporating both the curves and triangles evoked by the existing bike
- platform wide enough for a 28x40cm picnic basket to be strapped on
- stainless steel
- Mixte specific fit
- light weight (0.035" tubing)
Here's what I've got so far:
I'm pretty happy with it, and I'm just over 10 hours into it. Hopefully August's weather will warrant a picnic or two, and I'll get some photos of the lovely Megan modelling with her bike.
Next up is a bit of frame modification. An early 90s Rocky Mountain was recently given a new life as a single speed xc fun bike.. and the owner is looking to have a bit more fun. I'm going to install a rear disc tab, stay brace, and some cable guides. This was the perfect excuse for me to finally get around to making one of these fun little guys:
I actually cannot wait to try it out. Nerdy I know.
As far as hubs go, I guess I'm doing what you would call a 'soft release'. Which sounds kind of gross. No big web hype. No blogspam. Just building up wheels for locals, and starting to ship them out in the mail. If you are interested in a set, please email me. I don't have a webstore up just yet, as my IT department is crunching away on her own projects and deadlines.
One more small piece of news. I've broken down and started twitterating. Seriously. You can follow me @ lylevallie if you care about that sort of thing. I've got it set up so I can text random thoughts from my not-too-smart phone right to the internet! The future really is now. I'll probably just update it every time I hurt myself. Not too sure if I should bother getting into this whole Google+ thing though. I've already got too much information invested in them I think.
Phew. Pretty decent update for just coming off an 11 hour day at the bike shop. I guess this means I've got the next 96 hours to finish off Meg's rack and get on the disc tab welding. (along with all that other life stuff that happens too). I'm out...
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