Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pinarello Dogma Taken in Armed Robbery from Issaquah Bike Shop

Yeah, at first reading, it looks unremarkable, but a second later you say "huh?"

Seattle PI reports an apparently planned robbery of a Pinarello Dogma, involving a gun.

Weird.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A Sunday In Hell

Was listening to a story on NPR this morning about the destruction of Jacmel, the artist community in Haiti. The story mentioned that Jørgen Leth,the Danish filmmaker, a resident of Jacmel, barely escaped with his life.

Leth, you may recall, is the creator of perhaps the most well-known documentary about bike racing, A Sunday In Hell, an intimate portrait of Paris-Roubaix. Actually, my favorite Leth film is the lesser-known Stars and Watercarriers, which documents an edition of the Giro d'Italia.

Anyway, my understanding is that Jacmel, like many other outlying communities, has not yet received aid because the major relief organizations are concentrating their efforts in Port-au-Prince, where the need is the greatest.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Replacing worn out stuff: Pinarello Paris.

In preparing for the upcoming road season I am replacing all the stuff that gets worn out or makes noise or is just dangerous on the Pinarello.

Cables and brake pads - easy and standard ~50 dollars and a couple hours.

The BB had me worried as I have taken it to a couple shops and they gave me a blank look.
I dove in to the BB project myself a couple days ago. This BB was created after someone thought up BB30 but before they had actually created the parts. It is basically 2 bearings pressfit into the frame and then two aluminum CNC'd adapters to match the spindle of the crank.

I recently noticed a little bump in my steering and realized my headset has outlived its usefulness. This bump probably didn't help when I crashed on a bus tunnel grate a couple days ago. GRRR. This project really scared me, as it turns out it is basically 2 bearings pressfit into the frame, the bore just happens to match the size of the steertube.

Here is the best part. How much would you expect to pay for a replacement pinarello headset and BB? 100? 200? Way off. All four of the bearings mentioned above are the same size. All readily available. I got 4 for 30 dollars, shipped, thanks ebay!. I created my own bearing press fit tool out of a threaded rod, some nuts and some washers.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bike Juju's List of African & Latin American Bike Projects

I know, I know -- it's late for donations. But if you're like me, you get around to everything about 3 months late. So, now, inspired by Carol, I've been trying to find a micro-lending project that's specifically about bikes. No luck on Kiva, but the search goes on.

In the meantime, ran across Bike Juju's curated list of bike projects in Latin America and Africa.