Sunday, August 28, 2016

Albatross Cockpit Tribute

Exhaustive photo-documentation of 15 months regular commuting on the Saluki in it's upright bar'd configuration.  This bike is VERY dirty and works splendidly.  I wanted to do a thorough photo shoot with it before giving it a well earned cleaning and swapping out to drop bars.

Paul retro 'stoplight' canti's

At some point I jumped on the new 650bx38 Panaracer/Pacenti Parimoto tires... they aren't hetres, and they aren't compass tires. It's probably all mental but I've regretted not spending for the compass babyshoe pass...

Still my favorite  bling of the build... old Nitto stem

There isn't a part on this bike without some level of built up sludge or grime... :)

Even w/ the rust this 1x setup w/ Altus RD and WI Eno single front crank shifts like a dream.

Chicken pox of liquefied rust spots... they did wipe right off the powdercoat 

I love how straight and true the WI ENO chainring is

Albatross cockpit you've served me well.  I'm just curious about going back to the noodles for the sportier feel and added hand positions.  This whole cockpit is moving to the XO-3 so I'm still a fan!

The brooks goes w/ the Albatross bars, it seems to be pointing slightly to the left these days...

Love the fully wired fr/rear lighting

Un-sexy but excellent service over the past year

No noticeable issues but I may need to service these hubs over the winter.

scars from the basket/front fork swinging around... only thing I don't like about this build right now is the tenderness/wheel flop

And if you made it this far you get a sneak peak of the new cockpit configuration!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bombadil Delivery Vehicle

Well not just the Bombadil but any of the bikes now have a stylish ride to and from the trail head... new-to-me 2006 Honda Ridgeline with a DIY bed fork rack works pretty darn good.  The Bombadil and Saluki are to long to go straight back w/ the tailgate up but can either angle or hang out on the tailgate.

The Ridgeline has almost identical diameter tires to 650b x 2.25"... :)

Wakefield was awesome as usual, this slalom is probably my favorite part though I'm sure I'm not setting any speed records.  The woods path's along the Accotink Creek are amazing as well just not as easy to photograph.

I stripped off the 48mm Compass SBH EL tires, fenders, front rack and basket to turn my commuter-bombadil back into it's fun-loving, fat-knobby, dare-devil alter ego.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Five Riv Morning

Anyone remember that tshirt/viral youtube video about the Three Wolf Moon?!?  That was running through my head this morning for some reason and I happened to have the distinct pleasure of seeing 4 Riv's (in addition to the one I was riding) on my commute this morning.  Even more pleasurable I recognized two of them - Howard on his 2TT Sage Hillborn and of course I was meeting Erl and his newly built up Romulus for coffee.  The extra Atlantis on Jefferson Dr and then an additional Atlantis tied up at my work bike racks rounded out the five total Rivs.

Gorgeous morning, good company, good coffee... recipe for a good day.

Sunrise from the Key Bridge... like my trip over the bridge in Feb this is a sight worth pedaling extra for.

Saluki and Erl's newly powdercoated and built up Romulus

Outside Baked and Wired in Georgetown

Erl painted his own head tube and lug details in the ivory/white on top of blue powdercoat and I think he did an awesome job.

The 'before' shot, this Romulus turned up at my neighborhood Velocity Bike Coop and it worked out that Erl had room for it, I think the 'Ford Blue' paint looks great!

Erl and his Romulus

Me lolly-gagging along the Reflecting Pool

I've always loved this gnarly old tree on the Monument grounds. Seems like a good spot for a Coffee Outdoors brew-up..?!?