Monthly Archives: September 2011

Blogging on hold, bike fixing is not

My home computer has gone from being just old and slow to now being not working and pretty much dead. Until I can find a new laptop, the blogging will be slow but the bike fixing is still moving along.

I’ve been acquiring some good parts and frames from Craigslist and I also have a review of my Park PRS-21 work stand in the works.

I hope to be back in the swing by early next week. Until then…


New Project? Schwinn Traveler

Asking around on Craigslist has yielded a 58cm 1989 Schwinn Traveler.

Quite the blanket on my couch, eh?

It’s steel, lugged, has downtube shifter posts and the frame is in pretty good condition – no bends or dings in the steel but scratches and scrapes on the paint.

This frame is bare so a lot of parts are needed – headset, bottom bracket, pretty much everything.  I might just keep it on hand until I can build up more parts.  It will make the perfect cheap knock around bike but I’m not going to put new parts into it.

The search for parts continues.  As least it’s not as bad as The Path of Death!



eBay Find! My old Rock Lobster bike…

I used to own this bike!

Here is what it looked like when I owned it..

This is a steel lugged Rock Lobster from Paul Sadoff, made in approximately 1998 and custom built for another rider.  Paul is a extremely respected builder in Santa Cruz, CA that has been making frames for over 30 years.  He also sponsors a cyclocross team and their blog is pretty interesting.  Have a look…

I purchased this complete bike on eBay in 2008 and rode it for a few seasons around Duluth.  I decided it was just a hair too big for me so I stripped it and sold the frame on eBay in July of 2010.  Considering what I paid and what I sold it for and what parts I kept, I paid about $50 to ride a great and prestigieous custom made bike! That’s the beauty of being used.

I hope the current auction goes well and that the new owner will be satisfied.

UCI Downhill World Champion Danny Hart


Congratulations Danny on earning your rainbow stripes!

One a related note, everyone’s favorite Park mechanic, Calvin Jones, kept a great journal during his time at Word’s in Chambery Switzerland.  Check it out!

When you wrote the book, you can wear socks and sandals.

Bianchi Brava has sold!

The Bianchi Brava has been sold to a friend who was looking for a long distance road bike.  It fit her perfectly and she just loves the bike. I feel very glad to help her out and look forward to seeing it come back for tune-ups and adjustments.

This is my first bike sold and it’s great to know that I can do this so that it’s feasible that I can turn this into a profitable hobby.

Now, this leaves me with a problem of having money but with no project that I can complete.  It’s a good problem to have.  My strategy now is to ask on Craigslist for people looking to get rid of their old 10 speeds so I can build up a good supply of parts and hope to finish off the Lotus before too long.