I got a "new" bicycle!

Saved from neglect and ultimately being thrown away, this 1990 Miyata 1000LT recently came to be mine. As you can see from the photo below, all of the rubber (seat, tires, grips, etc.) became rotted a long time ago, the bike is covered in dirt and dust and full of...

Insane, Nuts, Brave – The Winter Cyclist

Being car-free arouses a lot of derision, but after a while you get used to it. People assume you’re poor, or an alcoholic. They’ve bought into the car culture they where raised with, and to see someone getting by without ever owning a car kicks a reflex....

Bicycle Project: A Revisionist Classic

After my wheel building project that initially seemed to have gone sour, I’ve made some incremental progress on a bicycle I’ve been rebuilding. It started off as a mountain bike in rough shape that my brother gave me. I cleaned and lubed the whole bike,...

Crash Course in Wheel Building

Sporadically I wander the neighborhood for discarded bicycles before they get scooped up by the metal scavengers or waste disposal engineers. I came across a 3-speed CCM made in late 1977 – or at least the Shimano components date to that time. Rust has built up...

Slowly Boiling In Oil

Gas prices are rising fairly steadily, as anyone with a vehicle knows only too well. The largest consumers of petroleum are largely dependent on it to maintain their lifestyles, and the other two-thirds of the world rapidly gaining Industrialization are wanting to...

Bicycle Update

With what little free time I allow myself, it’s been spent (as I’ve previously mentioned) restoring and maintaining my bicycle. It was a rusty and beaten looking machine when given to me, but it’s starting to shine really nicely. I’ve also...