Zen…

And the art of “cycle” maintenance.


Lately I’ve been enjoying riding my vintage Motobecane, and because if this I needed to do just a touch of maintenance. 

Nothing major, mind you, but nothing is really done to bikes before. Like tightening a loose brake lever, tweaking brakes, and adjusting my rear derailleur.  I guess I’ve always “white people problemed” this stuff and taken the bike into a shop.

But, as it turns out, the Internet can be used for more than just Kardassians and porn.  (Who knew?)

A few simple keystrokes in the Google search window yields a veritable wealth of information on bike maintenance. There are forums on older bikes, YouTube “how to” videos, etc. it’s pretty awesome. 

And most of this shit just takes screwdrivers and Allen wrenches. Not difficult at all– and I feel semi-accomplished when it’s completed. 

In addition I’ve also started researching vintage bikes, and they are becoming sort of a passion of mine. (What can I say?  I like rescuing old tech like bikes and instruments and watches and giving them new life).

I’m learning about the old Campagnolo (campy) and Suntour derailleurs and weimann brakes, pantographed components and high flange hubs, etc.

Here’s and example of pantographing:


Like when the brand is stamped or etched into the components. 

And here is a high flange hug:


Where the spokes connect is on a raised flange that is away from the center axis. Shorter spokes = a stiffer wheel and better performance (supposedly). 

I find it all fascinating!  If things fall apart at work, I think I could be quite happy rebuilding and maintaining bikes. 

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About cb

Nickname: Munt Measurements: 45 B, 34, 38(?) Ambition: to be the best human ever! Turn ons: long walks on the beach, romantic dinners, porn, rainbows, cock Turn offs: bad smell face, men who are full of themselves, dead puppies, popcorn, sadness
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2 Responses to Zen…

  1. Partick says:

    I’m all agog over getting my hands on a Pedersen bike. I stopped by the only bike shop that makes them when I was in Copenhagen two weeks ago, but the guy watching the shop was so high that he couldn’t process the deal so now I am having to work through the process on line. In any case, your mania is understood.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedersen_bicycle#

    • cb says:

      Currently I’m having trouble not buying a 1960’s Atala. It’s very mid-line, but kinda cool Italian vintage.

      I’m also looking at a semi-complete Ficelle.

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