Monthly ArchivesMay 2015

Feeling Nostalgic standard

I started mountain biking sometime around 1989 or 1990. I had been riding road for much longer up to this point and of course my fair share of BMX. Mountain biking combines the two nicely: Going fast and getting RAD. Finding mountain biking for me was like coming home. Saved perhaps. But my first mountain bike was a Trek 830 Antelope. Florescent yellow with black splatter paint accents. I saved for months and still didn’t have enough… My Dad took me over to T-Town Cycles in Trexlertown, PA and said he’d make up the difference if needed (which he did – what a pal). I rode that sucker to hell and back again until she finally cracked up by the ...

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On the OT : Upper Perkiomen Pool : The closing of a Childhood Favorite. standard

A few months ago, I was speaking with my Dad via phone (My hometown is just north of Philadelphia, PA – East Greenville) and as we were chatting he mentioned something to the tune “So did you know they’re going to fill in the pool?” My heart sank… “THEY’RE GOING TO DO WHAT?” was my flat response. See, I grew up at our community pool. This was a hop, skip and a jump from my front door via 2nd street. A straight shot. My best friend lived across the street from me growing up. Kind of an ideal kind of childhood: Living in town, red brick homes, tree out in front of each home, school 1/2 mile walk from front ...

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44 Bikes X What’s in a Logo? standard

I was recently asked a question online about my logo and how it was created. Honestly, it’s a lengthy project to create a good brand identity. Yes, this can happen literally over night, but a well designed and refined logo takes time, thought and planning. To put things into a context, here’s the question: “We’ve said it in countless ways on here but thank you for sharing so much about your process. I know this is a garage/shop forum but I’d be interested in seeing your process for the logo creation.” Rather than reinvent the wheel, I decided to repost all of my response in it’s entirety here for all to read. The original response is here. Thanks for the ...

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44HQ : XX1 Longish Term Review standard

Technically this isn’t a full XX1 drivetrain review. At the time of the build, XX1 rear derailleur’s were out of stock at a bunch of my distributor accounts but winter was upon us and I needed a rear derailleur. So technically this is a review of a XX1 Cassette, Shifter and X1 Rear Derailleur. Basically the same thing. But up above is the setup I rode all through the winter of late 2014 and into the early spring of 2015 on my own personal Fat Bike. Chainring is a 28t Race Face narrow wide mated to a Race Face Turbine Cinch. You’ll also note that this bike is built with a 190mm rear axle spacing BUT I’m actually running a ...

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XTR M9000 Cassette Update standard

So I’ve been digging the new XTR M9000 setup on my trail bike. I wrote about this in a Shake Down ride post earlier, and you can read about that here. First ride out the cassette was (and has been) giving me some problems. Up above I’ve broken down the cassette so you can see how it’s divided up. The two last sets of cogs are on carbon spiders. The two next sets in line are on aluminum carriers and the last 3 cogs are all separate with an aluminum lock ring. The two groups of cogs on the carbon cassettes have integrated alloy splines which is a really nice touch. The only problem is that there are a series ...

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Saturday Solo Ride standard

I try and get a longer ride in every so often. Well, longer for me vs the approximate 5 mile stomps I typically take at the end of each work day, which usually comes to about 45 minutes worth of riding. I made some calls but didn’t get any takers. No worries, they were to miss out. Ride starts from the front doors and in about 50 yards you’re on dirt roads pretty much till you come to the first trail head. My plan was to hook up two different spots I frequent (Affectionately dubbed “Dales Trails” and “Sayers Loop”) and then, head over to Sheldon’s neck of the woods in search of his new trail. I bump into one ...

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44HQ X Shimano XTR M9000 Shake Down standard

Well, it happened. I ordered myself an XTR M9000 drivetrain for my trail bike. I had been running Sram X9 on this build for some time and it was in need of a change since the cassette and chain were well worn and the derailleur was starting to show signs of wear when shifting (yes aesthetically it was worn, but functionally it was starting to show some signs of wear that I was just working with and putting up with). Sram has treated me well. My fat bike sports XX1 and I have been thoroughly pleased with the gear ranges and set up overall. Part of what I do (build bikes) and what I ride happens to be rolling examples ...

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Marauder 2×11 standard

Next up as a result of all those patient clients waiting for top mount decals is a long time client out of Arizona who used to call Lyndeborough, NH home. This one’s built around a 100mm Fox Fork, will take a 30.9mm dropper and can go dedicated 1×11 or 2×11. Classic external cable routing to keep things clean and simple. Flat black powder with gloss silver metallic decals. This one went out the door as soon as the decals were applied and has been built up. Just waiting on that first shake down ride notes from the stoked owner. Here’s a few to keep you warm at night. Looking forward to more of these builds as they come up in ...

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Proud Customer standard

My parents were up this weekend for a visit. Leading up to the date, I was prepping a bike for my Dad. When I built the next version of my own fat bike, I made some upgrades that left me with essentially a parts kit for another bike… I was originally going to sell everything off but I got to thinking. My Dad had been really curious about my fat bike and speaking with him, I got the hunch that perhaps the Plus sized tires would actually be right up his alley. He does a lot of mixed terrain, some single track but he also needs something to take him off the beaten path to access some lake shore lines ...

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Huntsman X Candy Blue standard

Up on deck next is a Huntsman with room for 40mm tires and built for a 2×11 setup as well as Disk Brakes. Parts kit included ENVE Tapered Disk CX Fork, Thomson Collar and a Cane Creek 110 headset. This one’s headed north to Vermont and will cruise a mix of dirt roads and pilot the owner over that next hill to destinations unknown. This particular powder coat is a two stage candy blue. Base layer of chrome gets applied, baked and then a translucent blue clear is applied for the second coat/baking. Only trouble is that this particular candy was giving the powder shop the fits. So she had to go back 2 times before it was “just so”. ...

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