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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vote for my photo

I use a Sailrite Ultrafeed LSZ-1 sewing machine and it works great.  I also buy thread, sewing tools, and some materials from them.  They're having a photo contest that I've entered for sewing projects done using their products.  So feel free to vote for my picture since most of the other ones are pictures of boring sailboats with bad scenery!  Vote here:

In other news, the commuter bike got some new wheels since I found a great deal on craigslist on an unusual wheelset: DT 240s singlespeed non-disc hubs laced with fancy DT spokes to Stans 355 rims.  The rear hub was a prototype that never saw production.  So I got a really light wheelset that can go tubeless if I want to, both front and rear hubs are dishless for a stronger wheel, but I have to run only 5 cogs in the back (from an 8 speed cassette) but that's enough for almost everything I ride.  The wheelset and changing back to a v-brake up front saved a whopping 2.8 pounds with the same heavy 40 mm touring tires still.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Wanderings

Here's a few photos from some recent summer adventures - a day biking on the Uncompahgre Plateau and a few days backpacking and trail running in the San Juans.

There's a few pairs of Everything Bags in stock and ready to ship, I' just out of logos for them right now.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Non bike sewing projects

Here's a few interesting sewing projects from this spring that weren't for bikes.

Custom e-chain covers for an electronics manufacturing clean room
Special fancy fabric and special fancy thread for a clean room environment.

My study Bible was in need of a new cover
The new Storm Orange VX21 seemed like a great fabric choice.

Ever been on a big rock climb and put some snacks in your chalk bag, but it was cool enough you didn't need the chalk?  Here's an adventure climbing "chalk" bag meant for carrying snacks, hat, gloves, headlamp, etc but not chalk.
Still awaiting testing.
Made from really bright Storm Orange VX21 for visibility and durability

Sunday, May 18, 2014


Here we are, finally done with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and wondering/looking for what to do next!

(Incidentally, this is a really good time for any of you to order custom sewing - turn around times can be really fast since I'm out of school and looking for work.)

Before spring semester the commuter bike speedometer read 8,456 miles... but I really wanted to hit 10,000 by the end of the semester, so I took the long way on the commute whenever possible and it worked!

After finishing a senior design project involving a scale model oilfield automation system using MATLAB and Arduino, then driving to Denver to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, I needed a brain dump day in the woods.... Corcoran Peak was the goal - a small peak with a long approach with a vehicle or a shorter distance but harder approach on a mountain bike.

I set off from Grand Junction towards the Bookcliffs north of town, rode through the desert to the end of 25 road, and had some entertaining hike a bike up the Tellerico trail to the top of the Bookcliffs.  My Hike a Bike Shoulder Strap came in really handy.  It has two side release buckles that attach with webbing and a tri glide buckle to either end of the top tube, then a removable padded shoulder strap clips into that.  Let me know if you want to order version 2 - $20 shipped.  It would be easy to just tie on a piece of webbing, but this thing is really easy to deploy and adjust...

Once on the Ute Trail, there's some great but short lived singletrack winding through the junipers, but then the trail kinda disappears for a little ways... more hike a bike ensues then eventually the trail comes back and turns into a dirt 2 track with wild horses.

Ute Trail joins a nice dirt road that goes up and down some hills towards Corcoran Peak.  Near Corcoran Peak are some weird formations labeled "hoodoos" on the map that were fun to check out.  I parked the bike near the hoodoos and went on foot from there, through a bunch of sharp, scrubby bushwacking that would be nearly impossible without elk trails to follow.  I was getting low on water so upon finding a small patch of new spring snow, I crammed my bottle full of the cold, wet goodness.

Then I had to come all the way back home.  Its good to feel tired again!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Two Towers

Over my last spring break probably ever, I worked 4 days but went climbing on Friday.  Five of us climbed two classic desert towers in Colorado National Monument, Kissing Couple (5.10, 5 pitches) and Otto's Route on Independence Monument (5.8 4 pitches).  We had a great crew and perfect weather.
Here's a few pictures.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Cleaveland Mountaineering bags have more fun than I do.

Here's a blog post by a Cleaveland Mountaineering customer on tour in Patagonia, Chile.

Yep, my bags, thanks to some intrepid customers, go more places than I ever will.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fatigued Fisticuff

Way back in 2009, Vassago had their legendary Black Friday sale, and I picked up a Fisticuff.

Last month, after about 11,000 miles, I noticed a 1 inch long fatigue crack in the weld at the top tube - head tube junction.  Rather than risking a catastrophic failure, I contacted Vassago (now under new ownership). They still carry the same crash replacement policy, so I picked up the latest Fisticuff and built it up to replace my old Snickers Brown friend.

Here's some of the adventures the original Fisticuff survived.  The write up will finish with a brief comparison of the new and old Fisticuff frame sets.

The build up was very simple, dinglespeed with mostly spare parts.  I even ran a v brake on a Mavic A317 disc only rear rim.... and it worked great.

The bike was inspired by the spare parts pile and the screaming deal, and as a commuter/do everything bike.

The bike was soon clad in my third or fourth frame bag ever.  My first ever seat bag came along for a 120 mile ride in January from Lake City to Gunnison, CO.

Then a great deal on a Phil Wood bottom bracket and DT/S-Works rear hub led to a remake of the bike - new handbuilt by me wheelset, gears,.....

During the summer of 2010 a soft tissue over training injury in my left calf inspired the development of a one legged bike system.  It turns out that a 31.8 mm stem clamps perfectly onto the downtube of normal steel bike frames.  Then cut the steerer tube off an old junk fork for a peg for the left foot, add a toe clip on the right pedal, and you've got it.

And then I went back to school for Mechanical Engineering and needed a commuter bike.  I swapped the 32 mm cross tires for 35 mm slicks, an Old Man Mountain rack, and (embarrassingly) a math study sheet.
I soon found out that the math study sheet was distracting while biking in traffic.

The Old Man Mountain rack was "graced" by a Cilogear 40L backpack rigged up to be a pannier (freshmen do weird things... especially former mountain guide freshmen).

Somewhere in there my calf healed up well enough to go back to a normal two pedal bike.  I also got smart and made myself a pannier bag/pack.

There were two advantages to the Snickers Brown paint job....
An uglier bike is less of a thief magnet.
The bike looked best covered in mud.

Cold hands on a wet road/dirt road ride?  No problem.... just find some scrap plastic on the side of the road.

And then, soon after making a new frame bag for the Fisticuff, I noticed the fatigue crack.... oh no!

Vassago customer service (the new owner himself) responded within hours to my customer service request and set me up with a new frame at a nice discount via the crash replacement policy.

The new frame fixed everything I didn't like about the first version.  The color options (graphite or white) are much better than Snickers Brown without being too flashy.  The rear dropouts were much improved by including built in chain tensioners and an adjustable disc brake mount for the singlespeed crew.  The head tube is taller and the top tube and down tube are spread apart more for better aesthetics and reduced fatigue stress in the junction.
The parts swapped over seamlessly from the old bike and the bike rides really nicely.
As a nice bonus, the frame bag also swapped over nicely.  Not a perfect fit, but good enough to not make another one.

So there you have it.  The first edition Fisticuff did everything you could ask for from a multipurpose adventure/commuting bike (unfortunately most of the miles are commuting).  The bike worked great and without the fatigue crack I would have kept on riding it indefinitely.  The second iteration of the Fisticuff fixed all the problems I had with the first version.  Anyone who wants a steel do everything adventure/commuter/cyclocross/road/dirt road  bike and wants the flexibility to run ANY type of drivetrain or brakes should take a serious look at the new, improved Fisticuff.  This combination of options is not found on any other cyclocross style frame to my knowledge.

Yesterday I rode the new Fisticuff 14 miles (each way) to go on a 12 mile trail run in the snow.