Showed this to some friends after dinner and one said, "what is this called?" and I had to answer, "huh?" He clarified, "how do I find this online?" and I had to answer, "Oh, it's not. This is just on my computer."
New spokes for Blaise's 48-inch Kennedy wheel came in last Monday. Here's a little time-lapse from the iMac at the shop in the OP Barn. We relaced all the trailing spokes so there was actually a cross in the pattern, put spoke prep in every nipple, and trued and tensioned it up as best as we could. There was still a pretty bad hop in it because the spokes were made out of questionable steel and kept breaking at the threads at tension.
Spent the weekend tying things up and then tearing them apart with the Rock The Bike crew for the Willamette Valley Music fest. I'm trying to catch up on school now, so I'll refer y'all to coverage from We Bike Eugene and Rock The Bike. Also check out their respective flickrstreams.
I had always wondered what would happen if Wally World used their epic subsidization resources to make a somewhat practical commuter bike. From the picture, it appears to have a three-piece bottom bracket, track ends, and metal pedals. So what if it’s made in a sweatshop with cheap aluminum; at least it’s displacing the typical “QUADRUPLE SUSPENSION BAJILLION SPEED” dumpster-fillers.
I can’t wait to see one of the can-collectors that frequent my alley rolling on one of these so I can check it out. Heck, I might even venture into a big blue box and ask to try one there.
I like to tell stories with words and pictures. A former courier in Eugene, OR, I believe it's possible to be both an advocate for active transport and a fixed-gear hooligan at the same time. Please leave comments or hit me up direct at ahongo at gmail dot com.