Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New Project

I have a new frame to build up. A Sparton Track Frame. This frame is red, so I plan to keep the components red and white. I already have the saddle a nice red leather Selle Italia. I'm still kicking around what wheels I want. I'm also thinking of powder coating the cranks and maybe the stem. I've got to kind of take this slowly, because of the money situation right now. This will be a show bike. The Skull Express will still be my main transportation. If anyone has any ideas on color combinations feel free to comment.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Funny how everyone see's things different

I'm ridding past the heavy set guy puffing away on a cigarette in his Chevy Malibu and he looks at me. I can almost read his thoughts "poor bastard what a loser having to ride his bike to work"!
Now if he could only read my thoughts" Wow what a great day for a ride I get my morning exercise and I don't have to sit in traffic! Damn look at that poor bastard stuck in traffic sucking down cigarette smoke!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did you ride?

Alright who rode in this morning? What's that I didn't see too many hands go up! You wimps! The temperature drops to around 40 and you stop riding! I'm really disappointed in you! What happened to when the going gets tough the tough get going! Come'on were Fixed Gear Maniacs! We take pride in spinning! No one rides a bike like we do! So now when you get up Drink that beer... Stop your sniveling and get out on that bike and show them who you are Damn it!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Speed Vest

How cool is this... a vest that displays your speed so your buddies can see how fast your going when you smoke them!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ten Reasons to Ride Fixed

1) You can ride backwards past the local 7 eleven where all the drunks hang out and really mess with their minds
2)You never have to put your feet down at a Traffic light again
3)Because riding Brakeless and crashing into shit is fun
4) Chicks dig fixed gear riders
5)Coastings for Wimps
6)Riding fixed puts you in a Zen like state
7)Kevin Bacon in Quicksilver was your childhood hero
8)It gives you another excuse to drink Beer
9)Simple fits your mental capacity better
10)You always wanted to be a professional polo player, but never had a horse

Monday, January 12, 2009

Dodging Ducks

You may not have this problem up North, but if you live in south Miami kendall area you will probably have a run in with Ducks! Unfortunately ducks are way down the intelligence list! They are all over the bike path at the Hammocks, they congregate on 142 right before Sunset on the bike path there. In short there everywhere where there's water and private homes. I don't know how many times I come up on Ducks on the bike paths. A word of advice....be careful! Any other animal would run to get out of the way not ducks! 50% of the time they will try to go away from you, but the other 50% of the time they will cross right in front of you. So if you have to go around a duck try and steer around their tail end they are slow and clumsy and can't turn around quickly and they definitely can't walk backwards. If you have to go around their front try to go wide to give you the added space you may need to avoid a collision. Look for an escape route if the duck starts to cross your path. Definitely give it your full attention because they can definitely do the unexpected!
Welcome to cycling Florida style

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crank Skins

Here's a cool product decals to dress up your crank! Make those old cranks look new or custom. There cheap and they have some really cool designs check'em out.

Lazy #$##$

Nothing pisses me off more than to see someone throw trash from their car! A real common occurance here in Miami where no one gives a Fu#$##%! Anyway I'm three cars back at a light on the bike. The first car passenger window goes down and out goes a bannana skin on the street. So I figure I'll grab it throw back up on their hood so the lazy bastard will have to get out and remove it. Just as I move forward the light changes and off goes the culprit!
Besides polluting the streets we got to ride through this shit! I'm constantly having to avoid stuff like this not to mention the glass. There has got to be a way to fight this. Maybe rigging a paintball gun to the handlebar and nailing them when you see them throwing shit from their car? Rigging a video camera filming it then posting it to You Tube... better, but then you've got to carry a camera everywhere.
Anyone got an idea? All input welcome!

Friday, January 2, 2009

Love that Commute

Man there is nothing better than being able to ride to work. The ride wakes you up and you get to work all energized. I carry a change of clothes, a couple drinks lunch, jacket, arm warmers, leg warmers, rain jacket, glasses wallet spare tire and pump. All of that fits in my Banjo back pack with room to spare. I can't stress enough the importance of a good bag. My Banjo bag is double lined to completely protect everything from rain. It has a side pocket with a drain hole where I stuff my two drinks. It's got a zippered pocket where I stick my wallet and glasses. Everything else gets stuffed in the main storage. The straps are comfortable and keep the pack centered and secure. There's even a special holster for your cell phone on the strap. If your going to be returning home after dark make sure you have good lights. For rear lights I run a Planet Bike Super Flash, one of the new fiber lights I wrote about earlier and a Planet Bike Blinky light on my helmet. This with the reflective stripes on my Banjo Bag you can't help but see me! For front I have one flashing light and a Cat Eye EL-600 rechargable light. I now have a Sigma single EVO light that uses a rechargable Nicad battery which is great! Sigma makes a double version of this which would be the way to go! The double would probably run you under $90. The Cat Eye I have isn't bad but I would rather have two to see well and one of these lights is around $120 so the Sigma would be more cost effective.
For me fixed is definitely the way to go. I like having that extra control of my speed and not having to get out of the pedals at the lights. Plus it makes that early morning ride that much more fun!