Replaced the front brake on the XO. When wet I’m having a hell of a time trying to stop on non-machined sidewalls – pimp as they may look. This is the strongest front canti-brake I could find, with the stickiest pads I could get, using V-brake pads for extra surface area. I hope this does the trick.
I also think the red anno looks pretty dope against the purple anno rims. Yeah sploosh.
I also fabricated a light bracket from a cut down center-pull brake arm. This wasn’t my idea – I saw it elsewhere on Flickr and decided to give it a go since I had an old crappy centerpull laying around. I didn’t do a fancy job on any of it – wires are everywhere and the bracket is still pretty rough – I just wanted to futz around with this before I button it all down.
Also, hello! Dynamo! The project progresses! First impressions are great. I don’t know if I like this lamp specifically, but I like that the hub produces almost no noticeable resistance and that, you know… Light!
Alex lent me this lamp to play around with. I’m still formulating my opinions and questions about shaped light shapes and whatnots. Will probably post about that later somewhere. Am waiting on a lamp that’s on order before I clean it all up.
You can click on the pics for more in the set if interested.
It snowed yesterday in Seattle – and pretty suddenly. I was eating breakfast at Roxy’s when it started and before I could get home I had to park my car in Wallingford and walk the rest of the way home. Capitol Hill was a complete mess. The walk was nice – I found $20 in the snow, helped 2 little old ladies move their cars out of traffic, and watched several dozen cars spin out at the bottom of the hill. Time to strap on the studded tires and go for a bike ride!
Funny story – I have studded tires for my bike, but not my car. Go figure.
The Nokian W295′s are not the biggest volume 29er tire – in fact at 2.1 inches from knob to knob, it’s one of the more narrow tires I have. However, in the snow and ice, these things really are pretty great. I sorta wish they offered these in a 2.4 inch for more float (when the weather goes to hell my instinct is to run for tires with greater surface area) but truthfully I can’t complain. After you drop the PSI to around 25, the grip and traction is a truckload of fun. I’ve been pedalling around Cap Hill for the past two days and haven’t eaten it once. Climbs, corners, and descents are all handled with aplomb .
(also – small secret. See the dynamo hub there? Getting there – slowly but surely.)