Monday, December 31, 2007

The End is Near

And that means we must be doing a christmas special! The 2007 Proj-B Top Ten Of 2007. Keep the radio on.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ugly-look Winter KHS

For full colour, you'll have to see it in person January 5th at the Burnaby 6-Day Noob Races, or on the street prior to then. The Ugly-look Winter KHS (c).

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boxing Day Madness

I've taken to both the Cheetah and the Bianchi with Morgan's rotary tool.
The smell of hot iron filings lingers in my apartment.
What the rotary couldn't do, an old hand drill takes care of.
The stripped chuck key barely clamps the bit tight enough.
The Cheetah is ready for a 3/16" chain. Yes.
The Bianchi is ready for it's leather spats. Yes.
Projekt Black and Decker. Yes.

I'm debating leaving the house to procure supplies.
Its easier to just read bike design articles and listen to Richard D James.
You think Pacific Fasteners has a Boxing day sale?

Oh yeah, and I've measured my spoke keys.
Black Park = 3.28mm
Black Filzer = 3.22mm
DT Swiss Nipple = 3.24[+-0.01]mm
What the crap?
If there's one thing I hate, its having to modify a tool before it is used.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

"I don't really know the names of all the parts."

"New We The People forks. Don't know what they're called. But we got some pegs. This is a gyro thing. Holds cables."

Vital BMX attempts to get a bike check out of Dave Osato:

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Ben Hurt II

Gabe in Portland has posters up for the second installation of Ben Hurt: Post-Apocalyptic Chariot Wars, as part of Mini Bike Winter 2008. Make sure you book the weekend of February 16th off; this will be worth the effort. for more info.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Don't be a mander kids, look out for cracks in the areas around your spoke nipples.

Part of Team Kommutard just took one for the team. Here's Andrew's story about the failure of a Sun Assault rim on the front of his Marinoni commuter fixie. We look forward to hearing about any replies from Sun's warranty department.
OK, this one happened this morning, coming west along the Adanac bikeway. i had just passed a roadie commuter going up a hill and was heading down the next dip, picking up speed for the Renfrew hill. Suddendly my front wheel got mushy and i went over the bars. As you can see from these pictures, my rim (Sun Assault, 1 year old, ~9000 kms) cracked. Then the commuter i had just passed rolled right by me without saying a word...maybe he thought i had stopped for a rest :( The casualties: my wheel, my fender, my nitto noodles, possibly my tire, and to some extent, me. I lost some flesh under my chin, got some road rash and hurt my back a bit. Luckily I wasn't hurt worse---it probably helped that the front end crumpled under me, lowering my center of gravity and getting me to slide across the road instead of slam into it. Oh well, that rim sucked anyway, the braking surface is way too small. Don't be a mander kids, look out for cracks in the areas around your spoke nipples.

Here's some cracking around a nipple a little ways off from the break.


My first day of blue sky as a free man! I remember long days of wondering what actual sunlight felt like, wishing I could just go out and ride my bike.
Well, thats what I'm going to do!
/me pumps up Cunny tires.

Same Old

On the controversial topic of bike shop markups, I just made what may possibly be the longest post in the history of fixedvan; it's the 31st post in this thread.

"I'd like to hear a good reason why I should pay the person I have contracted $90 of labour instead of $45 to do the exact same amount of work."

Monday, December 17, 2007


The tall bike came home today, towing the BOB trailer with my Marinoni on it. Though it is rideable, the new fork needs some more modification before I'll feel safe riding hard on it. I'm happy with the day's work, though. The fork looks great, and the 27" wheel barely clears the Miele's original fork crown.

Why can't I ride it? I chose to omit the upper headset cup on the bottom frame, as it made the fork build more complicated and made servicing the headset actually impossible. As it turns out, that bearing was doing more than I thought; the squishy feeling is only amplified by the more powerful Miele caliper.

I'll post some detail shots soon; I hope to find a solution to this problem that doesn't involve building another new fork.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Fabrication Time

I drew a diagram of how I'd like to orchestrate the tall bike's new fork setup. I'm just currently deciding between two and three headset cups. Updates to come after the weekend; hopefully there will be a Mielgeot back in the house.

I can't remember what happened to the Kona Project-Two fork that I had, but I'm thinking it would be pretty beefy if the Miele fork gets out of alignment.

Friday, December 14, 2007


Godmode engaged

Today is officially "Harden the fuck up day".

Dismount to flail. Bag snagged. Hoooooon!

Wrench. with sparks on it. What?

Last Commute. EVER.

I had forgotten that were textbooks in my desk. I felt I should keep them. Combined with the shoes, extra clothes, and other office odds and ends, I was in for a slow ride. Not to mention the emotional drainage of leaving that place. My Welgo pedals are destroyed again. This time its the bearing. I think one of them lost a seal a while back. It made odd chirps that reminded me of 'Dancer in the Dark'. My shoulder was burning by the time I creaked up to the crest of the hill at 37th.

I went left to visit Morgan at Fra-33. He offered a french press. Having not been able to stomach coffee earlier in the day, I gladly accepted.

I ended up taking Glen home. It was slower. I was slower. I wonder why I didn't try this block before.

Everything else was textbook.

Monday, December 10, 2007

I <3 Japan


Performance Comhooning: Having your tire blowout while you pilot the cunny down a 20% grade slope of sheer icy terror. Full hoon?
I haven't even eaten breakfast yet.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

16" GT Pro Tour

On a tip from Sailor this past week, Simon and I went to check out a 16" GT BMX. Excited about the prospect of a proper mini BMX like my Haro but from a different period, we arranged to meet up on a cold December evening. I got there first, and was totally blown away by the bike; if Simon didn't buy it, I would. It's a mostly-original 16" GT Pro Tour, which at this point I would estimate at early-to-mid-'90s vintage.

Locking Dia Compe Tech-77 levers - when was the last time you saw a pair of these? It should be mentioned that these hinged-clamp levers (in non-locking form) are still sold in the modern BMX world.

4130 Cro-Moly, Huntington Beach, CA - the real deal. Apart from some surface rust, the finish and original decals are in great shape.

Freestyle. Pink and Blue. Though the Compact Disc chainring is cool, I think it deserves one of my NOS GT 43T rings for a bit higher gear.

Pantographing, American BMX style. Check out the seat stays, which were carried through the entire GT line at the time.

Plastic wings logo saddle on a layback post which protrudes from that ever-so-period decade platform.

Doesn't it just make you want to get out and ride? This will be a great bike for Simon to learn tricks for Brakes while looking super stylish at the same time.

Though the bike is not immediately as aesthetically pleasing as the proportionally-correct 3/4 scale Haro, the shape does grow on you. More and more I am being reminded of looking through catalogues and watching videos from that period of BMX - in fact, I may actually have a GT "4130" video that I scored from a contest I organized in 1998.

In terms of its rideability, the first thing that needs attention is the brakes. The Dia Compe MX calipers were weak when new, and definitely don't work after years of sitting. A period-correct Bulldog caliper would probably provide more power, but would be hard to find (though who knows what Don's got hanging around).

Realistically, some new pads would do it well for now, and possibly a removal of the front caliper. In the future, I think a 990 plate would be great; with its aluminum rims, this thing would stop on a dime with modern brakes.

Next, the tires. Though the 16x1.75" Panaracer knobbies are rad, they don't deserve to be skidded out at Brakes practice. 1.95" width Maxxis Hookworms would be unobtrusive and therefore appropriate.

The bars are the widest I've seen on a 16" bike. Though it felt odd when I first jumped on, I'm now almost thinking they aren't that bad. In terms of period-correctness, they have a nice bend, and would be more comfortable than the Haro's 3/4 scale bars for riding any significant distance.

Overall, this bike was an awesome score. With a some cleaning, repacking, and a few new parts, Simon will want to ride it wherever he goes - including at this year's Mini Bike Winter Olympics in Portland. Hello, Zoobomb!

Saturday, December 08, 2007


This is the first time I've seen a retro-direct bike on the CL. What a weird contraption; I wonder what else Richmond Cycle's unloading.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Hollywood Holt - Throw a Kit

"moped + ape hangers = easy sex" - Zombie Carl

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


You want silly new products?!?!



Without actually trying this product, here are my thoughts:

-can 'grind' anything
(...and I put 'grind' in single quotes because you won't get that satisfying grinding sound that is associated with grinding)

-ice and toothpicks become MUCH harder
-cannot incorporate any flatland tricks
-heavier than a normal peg
-dropping the bike on them will surely blow out the cartridge bearings
-no more sparks (the best thing about grinding at night)
-the anodized aluminum will look like crap after rolling along a concrete ledge
-its already been done (by Fishbone)

Sure, there are some gnar ledges around town I wouldn't mind hitting, but I know I wont even slide if I get onto them. I guess I could drop $100 to try... Or maybe if Spilljuice wants to send Proj-B a set for evaluation, we could attempt that block long horizontal rail at Victoria Park. uhh yeah. Next step, ultra-lite suicide loller PLEGS?

At this point I should probably note that my MacNeil heat treated 4130 pegs are still going strong after 4 years of use.

This is exactly the sort of product/company that makes me think I should be designing BMX parts. Do it better.


All kinds of awesome. I keep thinking about this, and the legality of it.

According to section 119 of the BC MVA:
"cycle" means a device having any number of wheels that is propelled by human power and on which a person may ride and includes a motor assisted cycle, but does not include a skate board, roller skates or in-line roller skates;

The Ontario Ministry of Transport says:
A bicycle is a vehicle that:
-has steering handlebars and is equipped with pedals
-is designed to be propelled by muscular power
-has no age restriction for operators
-can be operated on most roadways (e.g., not allowed to travel on 400 series highways)
-cannot be operated across a roadway within a pedestrian cross-over

A "low-speed vehicle" means a vehicle, other than an all-terrain vehicle, a truck or a vehicle imported temporarily for special purposes, that:
-is powered by an electric motor,

Okay, so its not a bicycle, and its not a Low speed vehicle.. so what is it?

Slow moving vehicles
(2) The following are slow moving vehicles:
1. Farm tractors and self-propelled implements of husbandry.
2. Vehicles (other than bicycles, motor assisted bicycles and disabled motor vehicles in tow) that are not capable of attaining and sustaining a speed greater than 40 kilometres per hour on level ground when operated on a highway. 1994, c. 28, s. 1.

Slow moving vehicle sign
76. (1) No person shall operate a slow moving vehicle on a highway unless a slow moving vehicle sign is attached, in accordance with the regulations,
(a) to the rear of the slow moving vehicle, if no trailer, implement of husbandry or other device is being towed;
(b) to the rear of the rearmost trailer, implement of husbandry or other device that is being towed by the slow moving vehicle, if one or more trailers, implements or other devices are being towed. 1994, c. 28, s. 1; 2002, c. 18, Sched. P, s. 21 (1).

So, According to everything I'm reading here, this car would be perfectly legal to cruise around Toronto if there was an orange triangle on the back. Rad.

For the Roadies

"Hello all that were on the [x] ride today. I had had several reports that there were flats on this ride and people did not have pumps or spares. You must have 2 spare tubes and a pump that works on all rides. No excuses. Secondly, while I was not on the ride I can imagine some of these flats may have been caused by either older worn out tires or riders using race oriented tires. For winter riding it is also mandatory to have all equipment in good working order and the proper equipment. Please replace any tires that are worn or take off race tires and put on winter type heavy duty training tires. Any tire that has the words " race, lite, light, ultralight" etc on the sidewall means they do not stand up to all the debris that is on the side of the road in winter due to rain and snow. Save these for races. Make sure you are prepared for next week as [y] can get angry like a bear." - [z] listserv

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Bridge Battle start sequence

The guy in front of me goes down, and I'm just able to steer around his head after clearing the tracks. Haley then hooks her front tire and goes down, followed by Tom.

This was the first pile up on Granville island. The second one was a block down on the next set of tracks.

Lift the front. Slide the back.
I called it.