Sunday, September 12

Ding

The first day I rode with my new bell I greeted every single cyclist I saw with bright and cheery ring of the dinger.

Reactions were varied, but from now on I'll always have at least one bike with a bell.

Erm... Nice Bike!

I spotted this ride outside Safeway this afternoon, judging by the shillelagh, the bike must belong to some sort of wizard or druid.  Judging by the fork pegs, this wizard likes to cruise in comfort; add the life preserver and he's ready for anything.

Hit the Trail

I managed to make it out to Salmon Falls (Darrington) trail for some "real" mountain biking Sunday morning.  All I can say is it has been too long

I was blown away by the hues of the late summer foothills:

Scott came along, and kept up with ease on his vintage SS ride:

To my surprise and satisfaction I was easily able to ride just about everything in my new 32x15 gearing, passing some gearies in the process.

Blood was shed, but all in all it was a fantastic ride:

Thursday, September 9

Use

My good friend Matt rides a brakeless fixed-freestyle setup:

While Matt has plenty of other bikes which might be more suited to the daily commute, his Scrambler tends to be his main ride on the mean streets of San Francisco.  Big hills and no brakes can lead to some interestingly worn pairs of shoes:

That divit is a result of using a hasty foot against the wheel as a brake... 
To all you crazy folks: ride safe out there

Monday, September 6

Panda-Cross

Holiday

It's mornings like these that I realize how much I enjoy Sactown.  Midtown especially has this amazing tendency to transform between a small town and a happening (little) city; maybe it just exists as both. Ten thirty am and the only activity is at the coffee shops, the empty streets are a cyclists dream.  But anyone who has been here on a Second Saturday or even a busy Friday knows these streets can fill up.  Unfortunately I was having so much fun joyriding and people watching that I didn't take any pictures, so here's a few stand ins:

The city from afar..

One half of The Amber House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Sunday, September 5

Mercier Mystery


I picked up this interesting French bike from "the List" today, I've determined it to be a Mercier, possibly a Mercier 100 from the late sixties.  The former owner said he rode this bike to the Yosemite Valley from Sacramento in 1976, and added the small Mafac rack for easy access to six packs of beer.... needless to say it's led quite a life.

One selling point, according to the posting, was these "Eclair" cranks:

Sometimes it's all in the details:

In the end I think the bike was a good buy, I'll use the Mafac brakes to replace my not-so-nice pair and pass the other parts on to the vintage french bike enthusiasts and break even at least.

Saturday, September 4

Nice Bike!


The headbadge from a really cool "Azuki" bike locked up outside one of my favorite places in Sac. There is just something about a yellow bike that is so right, epecially when the paint is still so shiny! In the second pic you can see the interesting "bent" frame pump mounted inside the frame..

Thursday, September 2

Sac Urban Arts


...between Old Sac and the Marina


...artfully torn


...the tree's got a point


...dear skye, i care


...light rail kitty

Bikes Gone By

This old GT Karakoram Elite was pretty cool, built as a single speed, it was too small for anyone in the immediate circle of pals

In My Humble Opinion: Great Bike Links!



http://www.blackbirdsf.org/cx/christopheoncx.html - A really cool vintage cyclocross skills guide with great pictures.

http://velosniper.blogspot.com/ - Fantastic (dead?) blog featuring eBay auctions for classic bike paraphernalia with expert commentary- last post December 2008- unfortunately

http://thebikeshow.net/ -Listen to this, no really, listen.  Podcasts back to 2005 include interviews and segments with the late, great, Sheldon Brown.  Also includes material from Alex Moulton and Grant Petersen!  Great for those train commutes.

http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/ - Probably my favorite bike blog out there, charmingly well written, an ever interesting examination of the world cycling through the (good) eye of a budding enthusiast.