Sunday, December 13, 2015

For Sale: Cycle Ops Fluid Trainer and Nokia Studded Tires

CycleOps Fluid Trainer with front wheel stand.  Build in 2003, first owner and not a lot of usage. Never any leak of fluid, if that's a thing. $150 $125 is a steal.



Studded tires: Nokia, made in Finland, 26x1.9" Mount & Ground W, 160 studs, not a whole lot of wear, rubber flashing still on sidewalls.

MSRP is $60 each, buy 'em both for less than the price of one new, $50 for the pair.






contact: mark [at] ibikempls.com

Sunday, April 26, 2015

BOB Yak Trailer 4 Sale

SOLD 

Seriously?!  Okay, $100.

Bob Yak Trailer for sale.  Comes with bag, flag, skewer, and Bob Nutz.  $150, dang what a deal.  (MSRP $329)

This thing works like the day it was new, but the Burley gets a lot more use in this household and I'm in the need of some space.  Hit me up.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Fran├žois Gissy Bicycle World Record 207 mph 333 km/h

Because with a head of hair like this guy has, there is no other option than to hit 207 mph on a frame that is about as close to a bicycle as you can get with the crank arms swapped out for a fricking rocket engine.


Back in my younger days, I hit 61-mph on my road bike while descending a steep ridge road on O'ahu.  The pedals hit their resonance frequency and my feet were going numb from the vibration.  Combine that with a sharp turn I took a little wide and I'm lucky to be alive.  I try not to exceed 45 or so these days.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Nothing To See Here (unnamed.png)

Now on display until sometime in December, or sooner or later, but most likely later because Gene-O.  You know what I'm talking about.



Photos from at least 5-years! of the Homie.  Kelly MacWillaims (sic) is showing by the front door, and mine are hanging on the wood in the back.

Also being shown is a print from Hoss, who captured Zeigle crossing the flames of hell in 2012.

And while we're at it, don't forget to hit up the BareBones Halloween show again this year.  A highlight of the season, for sure:

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Pedal-Powered Tractor

"Keep up the great work, Dave.  We're giving you a blue ribbon for creativity!"

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

26-inch Single Speed Disc Wheelset

SOLD 

Buy this 26-inch wheelset: limited edition purple Surly hubs of the single speed and disc variety.  Sweet hubs are laced to Mavic disc specific rims.  Includes bonus Kenda Small Block Eight tires and tubes and all four hub nuts.  Yours for 200.

A light dusting of dirt on the hubs, already wiped off.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Minneapolis Bike Polo Fundraiser - TONIGHT

Minneapolis Bike Polo is hosting the North American Bike Polo Championships in August and this fundraiser will benefit that effort. 

Info on the event can be found here: http://mplsbikepolo.com/league/nahbpc-fundraiser-party-and-raffle-0719/
 If you would like to stop by and purchase a raffle ticket or bid on a silent auction item it would be much appreciated. We will have tons of amazing bicycle related items and art.

Thanks for your consideration,

 Sven




Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Complaint in the death of and funeral information for Jessica Rose Hanson





TLDR: Witnesses to the hit-and-run were able to get a license plate number of the fleeing vehicle.  ABDIRAHMAN ABDI ALI confesses to hitting a person while driving on Pleasant Avenue, stating he was fleeing from being shot at, later telling his mother that he thought he hit a bicyclist.  The defendant is in custody.

Jessica's funeral is set for Thursday, July 11th at Zion Lutheran Church in Hoffman, Minnesota.  Visitation is July 10th from 4-7pm.

Rest In Peace, Jessica.  I did not know you, but from what I've heard from others, I'm sure I would have liked you.  I hope we can all learn something from this tragic and untimely death.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Late to the game, but in style

Ladies and gentlemen, Stan Beaver's alter ego shows us how choosy he is.  Classy and hilarious.  #JIF

PDW 3wrencho from PDW on Vimeo.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Schmidt Nabendynamo Hub Disassembly

So after riding with my Schmidt Nabendynamo for a few weeks last year with an excruciatingly difficult time pedaling, I wised up and spun the wheel by hand - holy smokes the hub was nearly frozen.  What to do?

My options for a hub repair include shipping it back to Peter White or to Schmidt in Germany for repair, where the shipping charges alone are more than I wanted to accept.  Or I could just repair the hub myself, seeing how the warranty period was expired anyway.

So I decided to make a tool, which with the help of a milling machine, a piece of scrap aluminum, and a handful of the correct diameter pins, didn't take more than about a half hour to manufacture.  I had to cut a recess in the back of the tool to accept the skewer, which prevented the tool from slipping off during the removal, but the tool removed the hub armature just as expected.

Hub Disassembly Tool, self made, front view
Schmidt hub disassembly tool, one pin is removed to allow room for the electrical connector.
Hub Disassembly Tool, self made, back view
Schmidt hub disassembly tool, back view, showing the recess for the skewer.
My original thought was that I would have to replace the bearings, but disassembly quickly showed that moisture was the cause of the hub binding; the armature was contaminated with rust, and thick enough that there was a physical interference between that and the field magnets on the outer hub.  Dang.

Hub Disassembled
Schmidt hub armature core - rusty!
Hub Disassembled
Schmidt Original Nabendynamo armature core.  There was a bit of slippage and resulting damage to the hub until I locked the tool on to the hub with the skewer - no biggie.
I cleaned up the rust with a fine grit emery paper, lubed it up with a film of grease, put it all back together, and the wheel has been rolling for a year now with no issues.

Note that the new version of the Schmidt hub requires the spokes removed from the hub for disassembly, while the older version here does not require a new wheel build for repair.

Cheers and ride on.