Wednesday, December 29, 2010
And a set of Schlick Salsa Skewers in fancy schmancy blue. I dig the blue stuff, that's pretty common knowlege around One Utahdog Tower World Congress of the Americas, but in secret Im also a sweaty slut for the purple. Ohhh, it rubs the lotion on its skin!! Oop!...uh, sorry about that.
What can I say...we all have our secrets. Next thing you know I'll own up to puffing nasty White Owl Grape Cigarillos in the bathroom! The shame of it all.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
For a nice red SDG Comp Ti!
Monday, December 20, 2010
So... Merry Xmas...all you haters.
46 tooth SG ring, NOS. 32 Hole XTR M900 front hub, and...for the old Trombone player in me, some tuning slide lube for the Blessing D88. Toot Toot! File this post under "Lube"... and "Goats" for good measure.
You can buy anything from eBay without ever leaving the couch.
God Bless America.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
We over think things in government and planning. Always.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Remaining from the last incarnation, SDG and Altek, Race Face Diabolus bar and post and the Profile stem, Race Face Atlas topo cranks and gold BB and a Gold Chris King. Added for this time around are the AMP F3 Carbon fork and the brand spanking new 217 Sunset Deore DX wheels, complete with Surly single Speed conversion.
Those of you paying attention will notice only a rear brake. Being a single speeder, this means I only have one cable.
From da front. The AMP fork. When I picked up the AMP B4 (MB) as a complete bike, I only intended to keep the fork, the rest has or will head to eBay.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
So here's a Rocky Mountain update.
Deore DX hubs, Mavic 717 rims, Deore cranks, Deore XT U-brake, DiaCompe 986 front brake, Deore XT thumbshifters, Specialized Ground Control tires, Ritchey Logic levers, original to the bike Suntour post, RM stem and Tange Prestige bar, and a suitably patina'd SDG (read BEAT!) Needs cables and a chain, and an endless clamp front derailleur to fit the bulged seat tube and then I'm set!
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Glue spread and 15 minutes of drying time, I stretch the Kevlar back into shape and use little alligator clips to hold the cloth in position while the contact cement sets up. This Kevlar aint going anywhere now.
Dingy but serviceable. I could sell this sucker on eBay for 80 bucks, or I could put it under my butt, AKA "The Lair of the Barking Spiders".
Monday, November 22, 2010
Remember those 400 pieces of wire that cost me 300 bucks? Well I've been boasting to folks that I have all the parts for my unbuilt frames sitting around in bins, except the wheels, and while I did already have the parts, they needed to be laced up into proper wheels, so after the spokes came in I set to it. 7 wheels in 2 days. My fingers are sore!
First up, 217 Sunsets and XTR M910 hubs. Here I've assembled all the goodies onto the dining room table, in my own little warped celebration of Thanksgiving.
All mounted up on the new home, the WTB. I had a set of M950 XTR hubs and Sunsets on there originally, but they are pretty advanced in age and mileage, plus the front is 1 cross lacing on that set, so I've retired those to light duty work and these 3 cross, M910/Sunsets will see trail work on the WTB.
Next up, on Sunday, Deore DX 135mm 8 speed converted hubs and blue Mavic 222 rims, for the Brodie. These 222's are a step down from the 217's, but they are still fine rims, and the slate blue color makes them perfect for the Brodie. 3 cross and 32 holes, like the others, and the wheels turned out great.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
So, with the 410mm fork, bike facing to the right, seat tube angle is 73.2 and to the left, 73.1
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Headed for my out door.
AMP Calipers in Red. The red is pretty swank-a-licious.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
The 410 a-to-c P2 is spot on the a 1997 18" Phoenix. Done and done.
And a shot from the previous owner, The Phoenix in a previous life.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I posted some pictures and the story (at least the chapter covering ownership by Utahdog World Headquarters, Congress of the Americas) of this WTB Phoenix, over on MTBR and I got a few little morsels of info, and some typical cryptic remarks.
Apparently this is the last Phoenix ever made, and I am the 4th owner. Both sort of sad observations in their own right. But then again, the future looks bright for the old girl, because I don't sell many frames so it will probably have a home for a good long time.
Another MTBR'er made the comment that the fork looked short, which I don't see as accurate, but I want to give this thing the fair shake it deserves so I thought I'd ask, before I shoot an email to Mr. Potts himself. The frame is suspension corrected, and I have a 410mm a-to-c fork on the thing. Anyone know off-hand what the fork length should be for a 1997 Phoenix? I can't imagine a 440 on the thing, as I think that would make it handle like a bus, but then again, I'm used to EWR geometry which others would consider twitchy. Previous owner ran a yellow Judy SL.
The 410 feels very natural, and I didn't need any time at all to really dial up some speed and put it through its paces in NC two weeks ago. I guess either way, the 410 stays, but it would be nice to know that I'm running the thing as designed. Does the 410 feel right to me even if its too short because I'm used to east coast geometry or does it feel right because its right? The bottom bracket does not seem low.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Silver, the most common color, and already at 130 bucks. probably wont go much higher than that.
And the clunkers of the bunch. Crash damage, faded blue anodizing and a stripped bolt hole means this auction will sit for a while even with the seller offering them for 89 bucks or best offer. Someone will take the leap but it won't be me. There's good parts here, but that is a lot of money for parts.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I took the full rigid Phoenix this time. Matt and Paul and I were joking that we have more EWRs between the three of us than any other group of friends and yet only one EWR was on the trip, Matt's. Paul had the full suspension Ventana.
First day on the trails, just me and Paul. Friday was Right and Left loop, so we started out on the Right and went to it.
I had no idea that yellow and Sunset 217s would match the fall foliage so well. I should be a style consultant.
And toward the lake on the other side of the trail. Water was pretty low this year, but not as bad as last.
Second day was Mouse and Thompson. These two shots are from the same switchback stream crossing on Mouse, the first looking up toward the trail to come and the second looking back where we'd been. Not as many pictures of the second day. More focus on riding instead of photos.