Fixed gears

Hard to believe, but I still have more random parts for sale! This should be the last of it and a lot more than the last couple posts. (more…)

So continues the aforementioned garage sale… (more…)

One thing that’s great about working in the bike industry is access to bike parts. This is especially true at Bike Friday, or any custom manufacturer, for that matter. The only thing that is not so great is all the left overs you end up with.

Thus, this begins a series of posts of stuff for sale in order to clean out the garage. Here’s the rules: Everything is as is. Assume used unless otherwise noted. I can ship to wherever, but the cost is not included. Payment by PayPal, check, money order, or cash. Contact me here. Happy shopping! (more…)

Josh Mitchell's fixed FridayI am pleased to announce that we are now able to offer the Sturmey Archer S3X three speed fixed gear hub. It is available on any Bike Friday, but the Pocket bikes (not the tikit or the Air bikes) will require removing the chain to fold as all models will come with adjustable vertical dropouts. It is operated by a propietary bar end control, though an old style thumb shifter mount is available. Cogs get down to 12 teeth. Direct drive is the highest gear so calculate gearing from your given cogs and then 2nd will be 75% of that and 3rd is 62.5% of direct. Also possible is the installation of a freewheel on the threaded cassette body but why would you do that? 🙂 À la carte, price is $249 for the kit and a tikit with it on would run about $1498.

Is it worth it? Heck yes. I had one before it was stolen and loved it. It seems like an oxymoron but in practice it really extends the possibilities of a fixie. You do have to hesitate, even under the slighest of loads to get it to shift and there is no brifter (like the Versa for Nexus), and there is no disc brake option, but these are minor quibbles. You can now have all the advantages of a fixed gear without sacrificing your knees. That’s a GOOD THING.

Get in touch if you want to order one up.

Never had this happen to me before, especially since I’ve had the tikit.  I mean, come on, who needs a lock anymore? You just fold it up and wheel it inside.  Today, though, I had to bring the trailer along to carry some bigger stuff. On the way back to work, I stopped by for a brief moment at the bank. Since the trailer sort of messed up the convenience of it all, I left it outside.  Came back and well, ended up walking back to work.

A long time ago I learned that sometimes having nothing is better than being wealthy, that to be truly rich you don’t have to possess a darn thing.  Some of the richest moments of my life were spent in total poverty, with nothing more than a single backpack to call my own.  I remember the day I sold my music collection (I had probably close to 1000 CDs) just to fund my way out of Ohio. I worked tireless hours for those CDs and spent countless more enjoying them. Yet, I felt a remarkable sense of freedom, like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.

Sadly, though, that’s not what I’m feeling. It’s a funny thing about bikes: they’re like old friends. You spend that much time with anything and they start feeling like that. Worse yet if it’s a bike you built yourself. Then when it’s stolen, it not only feels like a lost friend, it feels like child abduction, a brutal kidnapping. You’re left plagued with thoughts of how they might be torturing, molesting, or abusing it.

I’m not without a certain amount of grace. Like Paul of Tarsas, I know what it is to be in need.  I don’t wish revenge by any stretch of the imagination. I feel sorry for the poor soul who is in such dire straits as to have to resort to such behavior. How foolish, too, that this person stole such a distinctive bike. They won’t be able to go anywhere without it being noticed. Hell, *I* can’t. This surely won’t bode well for their well-being.

Surely, too, I will find peace (and likely a new bike!) should it never return. I suspect, though, it will, as there are countless stories of people regaining their Bike Fridays. They certainly outweigh the ones of people NOT recovering their Fridays. I have hope in the power of a community-based effort. It has certainly worked in other cases.

Which is why I implore you, friends, to help me. Watch Craigslist, eBay, the Internet in general, pawn shops, bike shops. Spread the word. Be on the lookout. Speaking of friends, I am most grateful to Vik Banerjee whose wonderful pictures of my bike show it in nearly its exact present form.  The only differences are the lack of the Power Grips and rear light (fell off) and the addition of a Made In Oregon sticker next to the Made In America sticker on the right hand side. There are older pics here.

For those that can’t tell, it’s a Racing Green/Black Diamond two-tone, a true one of a kind. It should sparkle all the way around, just like Cream Soda Blue does.

And yes, it is a fixed gear on both sides of the rear wheel.

If you have any leads, thoughts, questions, concerns, feel free to comment away or get in touch with me through the many other options available. I ultimately just want my bike back, no questions asked. Thanks in advance for all of your help!

Walk, bike, drive, fly, carpool, take the train or bus, just get your buns down to Eugene, specifically Hutch’s Bicycles at Charnelton and 10th (by the downtown library) on March 6th from 5:30-9:00 p.m. and you can get yourself, among a slew of great offers, 15% off  Bike Fridays!!!

In addition to that, you’ll be able to check out some of the finest manufacturers of bicycles and bicycle accessories in the Northwest, including Chris King, Burley, Co-Motion, Rolf, Castelli, Detours, Redline, Yakima, and Showers Pass.

The local bicycle club, GEARs (run by our very own Paul) will be there, as will Lee Shoemaker, representing the city of Eugene, and one of two certified bicycle schools in the country, from Ashland, Oregon, the United Bicycle Institute.

William L. Sullivan, author of THE BEST guidebooks about the wonderful state of Oregon, will be there as Oregon Adventures.  I’m still bummed I missed his workshop on car free recreation at the Eugene Walking/Biking Summit.

edit 2/24/9: Oops on the above.  Turns out this is the other Oregon Adventures, from Oakridge, Oregon.  They do guided bicycle adventures.  Cool stuff, but not William L. Sullivan, who still is the best. 😀

Music will be provided by Skip Jones, a local boogie piano man, who calls on the likes of Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Leon Russell, and James Booker for inspiration.  Ought to keep it lively.

You can meet the mayor of Eugene, Kitty Piercy, who has pushed through resistance from the community (which, despite its hippie/anarchist reputation, is surprisingly about half right-wing) to try to make Eugene a more fun, sustainable, livable space.  She deserves your thanks as it much of our success can be attributed to her support.

There’ll be door prizes and contests.  They’ve got wine tastings, too!

All of this is free!  Seriously, this cannot be missed.

Mike and I should be there to represent Bike Friday so come say hi!

As seen on Craigslist, a few things well-suited to Bike Fridays of various shapes and sizes:

$1k worth of car rack equipment for tandems, triples, recumbents, etc. – $600 (Terry/Barger)

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-11, 7:11PM PST

In anticipation of finally freeing ourselves again from the constraints of our car, I am offering nearly $1000 retail of barely used bike rack equipment for sale at reasonable pricing:

Base roof rack system:
  • Thule 4502 Footpack for square bars, set of four for $95.
  • Thule LB50 Load Bars, set of two for $65.

  • ATOC Tandem Topper TT-321 for triple tandems, long recumbents, and everything else with a wheelbase of less than 105″ (yes, that includes standard single bikes, too). Fork mount swivels for easy mounting. Includes Topper Lok and ML605 Padlock for the security of your vehicle (the pedal powered one!). $395.
  • ATOC Bike Topper High Topper BT-HT47 for single bikes with a 47″ or less wheelbase. Includes Topper Lok and ML605 Padlock. $95.

>>>> but it’s cheaper together. <<<<

For more info:

Call if you have any questions, need pics, or want to make an appointment to see them: Walter @ 541-556-6830

P.S. I can install them, too, if needed.

CycleOps Fluid² trainer – $225 (Terry/Barger)

Reply to: [?]
Date: 2009-02-11, 7:27PM PST

This is the trainer that Lance relied on. Come on, you know you want to be like Lance!

Seriously though, the resistance varies based on cadence or gear shifts so it really gives a natural road feel. Easy to get the bike on and off thanks to the Quick-Lock frame. Self-cooling.

Other fun technical information:
– Power output easily varies from less than 20 watts to over 725 watts (at an attainable 22.5 mph)
– 64-68 decibels measured @ 36″ 20 mph

I bought this for my wife but she got an injury that kept her from it. It got used maybe once or twice, seriously.

Includes wheel adapter for 24″ and 20″ wheels and 4 level climbing riser block.

More info at:

Direct picture requests, questions, or make it yours via Walter @ 541-556-6830.

Sometimes I don’t find out about things until it’s too late.  Paul Webb, being the kind soul he is, alterted me to the fact that Rob‘s been working on a series of new dropouts that will interface with the system created for the One Way and the Season tikit.

You can see them here from left to right: disc brake version, Rohloff disc brake version (uh oh, Vik‘s in trouble now), Rohloff version, and standard derailleur version.

Technically there is one kink left to be worked out of the Rohloff version, but it’s a minor adjustment and we should have the new version shortly to test out. Still, we’ve managed to fit it to a bike as you can see here. Within the week this one should be ridable at the factory, so if you want to come down for a test ride, we can do it.

As for the disc brake version, we’ve just put it on a really blinged out Alfine Season tikit and it worked without a hitch. It’s only too bad it’s got hydraulic discs on though because the standard brake line is way too short. There’s going to need to be some extra work done on this one, so don’t get overly excited about the concept of hydraulics! Still, the proof is in the pudding: it’s ridable. This one’s going out to a customer; can’t wait to see what they think!

The disc mounts in front, by the way, are two threaded posts mounted to the back of the fork.  Just in case you’re curious.

The coolest thing about all of this is that if you have this system (say, you already have a One Way or a Season tikit), you can easily switch to any of the others without making any frame changes or anything. What’s even crazier than that is that if you have the derailleur version (which can be useful even if you have a internally geared hub or single speed with a chain tensioner–  which, by the way, is bad on a fixed gear!!) you have a somewhat adjustable wheelbase.  How cool is that?

Those of you that have really been keeping track of things may wonder how Paul Webb managed to get these on his standard tikit. He bought a new frame and changed all the parts over, which is an option to all you other folks. Get in touch with the service department to make that happen. Being that this is the down time, this is a perfect opportunity for that!

A co-worker and I were riding home and talking about these fixed gear hipsters who showed up at the shop late in the day to borrow some air.  Maybe I just don’t like uniforms (fixed gear, messenger bag, rolled up pant legs, Pumas, track jackets, no helmet– come on, it’s a freaking uniform), maybe I’m just concerned for people’s lives (read: fixed gears are not for everyone and this is coming from a fanatic), but it just bugs me.  I mistakenly blurred the whole description together and created a new word:  hipsies.

Well, forget them, anyways.  In a year or two, when they get out of school, they’ll get an accounting job and a Volvo and never think back on that whole fixed gear craze anyways.  If you want to see some real hardcore fixie riders, check out this awesome Keirin video I gleaned from the fixed gear mailing list.  Man, I’m not even that cool. 😀

A bit of trivia is that the song this video is for is by CLP, i.e. Chris de Luca vs. Phon.o.  The former artist was one half of the now defunct trip-pop meets IDM project Funkstörung.  Phon.o apparently did a crunky mix of techno and dub and the like.  Put the two together and you get CLP.  Heady, muscular, but not unapproachable, this will likely hit the dance floor hard.  Hopefully that doesn’t encourage any more hipsies.  Listen to the evidence here and you can buy it on Beatport.

How could I have missed posting this? Edi, who’s been commenting the heck out of this blog (well, he’s the only person who leaves any comments!) has a fixed tikit, too. His is really special, though, in a lot of ways.

For one, unlike a lot of fixits here, he’s got a production One Way tikit.

And then there’s the Phil Wood track cog. Drool.

I love his nameplate: “Major Taylor – miles ahead.”

Lastly, Edi’s simply a good guy, with an awesome-looking Pocket Rocket Pro.

Talk about accessorizing, huh? It comes as no surprise to me that he has a B.U.B. from Momovelo, as they were like the boutique of bike shops. We were hoping that he was going to come out with a special version of the Bike Friday and then *POOF* he was gone.

Oh well, you got to see what Edi’s done with the tikit. He really outdid himself this time. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves but Edi did provide a poetic script to this visual masterpiece:

1930 era Lauterwasser handlebars
Nitto lugged stem
Paul’s brake lever connected to a Mrazek v-brake for super stopping power
Brooks saddle w/ Nitto seatpost
Sogreni bell and lights
Tioga spyder pedals.

P.S., check out Mrazek’s 20″ bike! And he’s in Portland now!! Is everyone up there now?

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