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Lean, Mean, Green Machine…

June 27th, 2008 Hugh

Yeah, I know it’s black, but trust me – commuter bikes are green! This custom steel commuter has a bunch of neat features. The bike is built up with Shimano’s Alfine group – an eight speed internally geared rear hub, a front dynamo hub, and disc compatible. A Titec ‘Jone’s’ H-Bar makes for a wide variety of hand positions with a performance but comfortable rider fit. A Brook’s Flyer saddle provides a touch of luxury. The Flyer saddle is the B-17 top with sprung rails – and is surprisingly comfortable on rough roads – after it is broken in. The frame is custom steel, uses an eccentric bottom bracket to tension the chain, and has clearance for 700x35C tires and fenders. Very fun, and the black-black-black colour scheme looks very sharp and neo-retro!

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A 29er Singlespeed for Endurance Racing

June 9th, 2008 Hugh

This bike is a singlespeed 29er specifically for endurance racing. The rider is a 5’7″ woman who was looking for a bike for endurance races such as the upcoming “Crank the Shield” stage race – lots of hours in rough terrain. The custom frame is built from True Temper OX Platinum tubes and is designed around the Pace RC29 S80 suspension fork. The down tube features a large gusset for stiffness and for good clearance of the fork crown. The bike is designed to have the same bar height and geometry as her rigid 29er at the ‘active’ height of the suspension during hard riding. Our ‘test pilot’ just raced the bike to 1st place at the Kelso O-cup and is very happy with the bike’s handling, and the performance of the Pace fork.

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Time to build a 27.5″ wheeled mtn frame

May 28th, 2008 Hugh

I haven’t really had an opportunity to build a mountain bike around Kirk Pacenti’s 27.5″ mtn bike tires. These tires mount on a 650b rim. The overall wheel size ends up being half way between a normal 26 inch wheel and a 29 inch wheel. I am going to try to build Christine a combo style of bike. She needs a bike for commuting and for trail riding. I have designed the bike so it will handle properly as a commuter with a 650b X 38c tire or as a rigid mtb with the 27.5 inch tires. The BB height is critical and can be adjusted accordingly with the eccentric bottom bracket.


The frame is being built out of True Temper Platinum tubing. I am not sure what the final paint scheme will be. So far a brown/pink combo seems to in the running.


For years I have dreaded reaming seat tubes. I never really seemed to have an efficient system that didn’t require a huge amount of elbow grease. A little while back I found a number of 1.5 hp motors with gears boxes attached and thought that some day I might have a chance to use them for a reaming machine. My friend Wheelspinner put this machine together for around $200 and a couple of afternoons of work. It works like a dream!


Beautiful Paint

April 24th, 2008 Hugh

Alana’s singlespeed 29er frame has one of the nicest paint jobs to come out of here for a while. Alana gets all the credit however, as it is her design. The letters and design are masked in rich, wet paint – the paint job is stunning when you look at it up close. The frame is True Temper OX Platinum, disc specific, with an eccentric bottom bracket. The build includes a Pace carbon fiber rigid fork, Hayes brakes, Shimano XTR crank and handbuilt wheels using XTR hubs.

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