Friday, April 29, 2011

My bikes

Putting in a lot of miles this spring and falling in love with my two main steeds all over again

here's my '83 expedition dirty and loving it

and my mean machine: the '81 912

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Still alive

I'm in school, so not much time for this right now (on top of all the spring time activities)

i have some big plans for this coming month, including a bottom up build of a new touring bike, a special trip somewhere, and bikes

bike bikes

stay tuned...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Video: Buc XC

This is a fun watch.  Try not to cringe at 2:29.  I dare you.

BUCS 2011 X.C Carnage! from Joe Bowman on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

How H+Son Makes their rims

super awesome watch.  newfound respect for their rims

BOBCFL: 1980's Bottecchia Campione del Mondo

and now for something really sweet
every time i see a bottecchia i think of my main man b-det and his poor bottecchia frame...  he rattle canned it, ground off the cable guides, and then beat the shit outta it.  good memories from those days :)

anyway, this bike looks GREAT GREAT GREAT.  digging the red tape, black stem, white frame, red tyres combo (so much i might cop that for a mountain bike build)

and fair price, especially for LA.

mnm mm, do want

BOBCFL: Raleigh Competition GS

and now to prove my point about how that last post was smoking crack.  here's a raleigh comp gs listed for $50 more than that updated POS:

dripping with nuevo record, a hidden bolt dura ace stem, new wheels

awesome buy for whoever picks this sweet british babe up!

BOBCFL: 1980's Mercian Crack Pipe

and now for something with a little bit more baking soda in it:

ok, i'll make a guess as to what's happening right here.
a (19-25) male human got this bike from a bike church, parents, or found it.
he googled 'mercian' and was like 'oh shit money!'
went about 'fixing it up' with new parts that he ordered online.
didn't realize what he was getting into ordering new parts.
spent way too much.
road it around and was like 'blegh'
now trying to sell the bike for much more than it's worth.

seriously, $400 is what you would get if this was in perfect, original condition.  i'm sure you'd spend that much buying those parts from performance or whatever, but it still doesn't make it worth it.

those bullhorns are stupid.

BOBCFL: XL Pedersen Commuter

I see these pop up time to time on the bobish list but have yet to see one in real life outside of a museum.  these wacky bike always pop up on the left coast for decent prices (because most times they are equipped with baller shit).  this bike has a pretty sweet setup with an 8 speed dura ace drivetrain to phil hubs, with full racks and a nice seat.  $1600 sounds a little high to me but what do i know?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

DiNuccie Cycles BIS Detail Shot

Just awestruck and wanted to share.... view the rest over at their blog

BOBCFL: 1980's Guerciotti

i don't know what to think... i love hate the paint, it's probably pretty crappy.  the components (suntour and campagnolo) are probably worth it... but if i had to guess i'd say those are 27" wheels...  hopefully the price is because of it's size and some short little luckball will walk away with a good deal!

BOBCFL: 1994 Bridgestone RB-1

here's a real RB-1, one that's been raced.  it's smaller, and it seems to carry a story of love that changes hands... so there's that.

but NOS drivetrain, good paint, and low owners make it an awesome bike.  prices seem to be the highest ever this year, so i guess it's on par for the current market.  bike bubble?

Friday, March 4, 2011

BOBCFL: Makino Track Frameset

here's a beaut out of TX.  I don't know much about makinos, but this guy sure does have a great bike!  doesn't look like it's been ridden too hard, but i don't know if that a fair price either...  still purdy enough to grab all his pics!

dude put his phone number on the ad so i'ma just c&p his text instead.

***Makino NJS track frame set BEAUTIFUL *** - $935 (Knox Henderson GSS)

I am selling a great track frame set (frame, fork, headset.. I have some other parts I can sell for pretty cheap to make the bike complete)
-Makino NJS
-small - measures 52 cm center to top
-in great condition. no dents, paint is showing very minor wear
-Columbus Genius tubing
-amazing blue sparkle paint with great lug work (yellow accents)
-120 rear spacing
-27.2 seat tube diameter 

BOBCFL: 90's Rock Lobster CX

Since my significant other and i are about to take on her first build, which will be a nashbar X cyclocross frame, i'm paying more attention to that arena of cycling.   here's an awesome rock lobster cx build with oldschool mafac cantis...  which stop as well as butter on a jamaican tin roof

still ballin

BOBCFL: Team Issue Huffy Towny Repeat

here's my first repeat! posted this bike a while ago in december, and here is the same one (probably the same seller) for $195 less than what they were orignally asking...  interesting...

probably the wheels and components, because the frame is the hotness!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Shimano's New Cyclocross Components: CX70's and CX50's has the scoop on shimano's new CX grouppos.  A double crankset or two here, a front derailleur or four there.  they look pretty darn good and all, but really what piqued my interest are these CX70 cantis.  the pr says that these are CX specific, but i'll be damned if these things wouldn't work great as a front pair on a touring bike...

can't wait to see these in the real world!  hopefully these 105 and ultergra level grouppos sell well enough to warrant a CX90 line!

linky link

Friday, February 25, 2011

Cycling Tips Excellent Handling Write Up

I learned something new!  Increased rake decreases trail... chimp fancy that!

Go and learn something.  Seriously the easiest handling write-up I've read in a long time.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spotted the Cinelli Supercorsa

i stopped into Tailwind Bicycles yesterday evening to look for some odds and ends.  ended up stumbling upon the new Cinelli road lineup.

i gotta say their carbon bikes look great, but my attention soon turned to the new steel Supercorsa..  go to Cinelli's site if you want the nitty grity, but I really recommend you see them in the real world.  You'll know what i mean after your eyes go over the fork crown...

but one thing is for sure, they skimped on the finishing. chrome/vs paint is lackluster at best (and i checked out 2 completes) and the detailing around the lugs looked like afterthoughts.  not enough to make it a bad bike or something, just a stereotype perpetuating itself.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BOBCFL: 1971 Raleigh Professional Track

here's a bike so pretty i had to grab some pics.  make sure to check out the photo bucket for the other 20 something shots of this looker...

something was lost in the lugs when tubing diameter increased... if you ask me...

and for 2k the seller could have polished the chrome a little... seriously...  not a bad price but really...

i'm in love with early 70's raleighs

Monday, February 21, 2011

BOBCFL: 1987 Waterford Schwinn Paramount

I have a lot of love for these Michigan beauties...  from the good years of the Schwinn/Waterford relationship.

Awesome bikes, especially when compared to pretty much anything else in the era..

I am not sure why there aren't more on here, I'll soon remedy that!

nothing to see here

Sunday, February 20, 2011

BOBCFL: Fuji Touring Series V

Here's a rarer bird...  The 'Touring Series V' (aka 5) was Fuji's high end frame.  I am not as brushed up as I'd like to be on the whole fuji company history during the 80's, but I think they had their own manufacturing.  Regardless, the Fuji Professional (hi geoff) and this Series V were both spectacular examples of the great build quality/price ratio the Japanese were offering.  And an awesome price for this bike.

I'm sure the seller will have no issue with this sale.

\always makes me a little happier when i see a nice priced bike

A Campy SR Parts Lot...

Normally not my bag of tea but I think it's a good idea to establish what these parts are worth.  Right now is the perfect time to get an idea of a cycling related item's REAL worth, as demand is down with the temperature.

So I'ma copy and paste the ad text...  like so:

Vintage Campagnolo Super Record components from the late 1970's to early 1980's era. These components are all in excellent functional and cosmetic condition, great for a bike you intend to ride a lot, and also nice enough for a restoration bike that is going to hang on the wall.

Headset, minor markings no deep wrench marks, English or Italian thread, $100

Seatpost, two for sale, first 27.2mm, minor markings, grade 8.5 out of 10, $100, and 2nd, 26.8mm, even better condition, grade 9 of 10, $100

Brake calipers, short reach or long reach, recessed allen or hex nut mount, late type or early type, you choose the variety, grade 9 of 10, $125

Brake levers, no hoods, near perfect, grade 9 of 10, $75

Pedals, super leggeri model, small knicks on black cages, small scuffs on dust caps, grade 9 of10, $100

Crankset, like new, 170mm arms, 42-52 rings, $250 with original box

Bottom Brackets, new or used, Italian or English thread, $75-150

Rear Derailleur, minor marks on inside of pulley cage, $100

Front Derailleur, clamp on, small crank arm rub on outer cage, grade 7.5 of 10, $75

Hubs, low flange, 36 hole, 126mm rear spacing with original box, grade 8 of 10, $150

Shifters, braze on type, grade 9 of 10, $40; clamp on type, grade 9 of 10, $50

Call for details and frame compatability questions, Rob

Not sure if these are good deals, but i bet Rob loves a good haggle (best to assume everything on CL is negotiable, specially if the ad says 'firm')

BOBCFL: Walter Croll Road Frame

Price is on par for a great road frame in the NYC...   I am a big fan of Croll's work and he's on the short list of people I'd want to make me a road bike.  Here's a pretty purple one for $400.  Good price for a popular size, carbon fork, and you know it'll last

Friday, February 18, 2011

Swarm's Kickstarter Account goes live

$30 preorder gets you one of those awesome cnc'ed seatpost clamp/bottleopener and a sticker (!STICKERS!)

Plus they have some nice other packages too.  Support small business and click on through!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I see your

mid grade big bike and raise you one higher end big bike... at least higher end in 1979....

An early example of a 68cm Univega Gran Turismo.  Rumored to be miyata built, so if thats true the frame is probably a twin sister of a 610...

rumors and hearsay are promoted at this blog...

and i have it on good authority that lance armstrong is a post op tranny when the cameras aren't around

Friday, February 11, 2011


Today has been one of those good days!

bills paid, new coffee maker, close (amazingly talented) friend's gallery opening tonight, big bike ride tomorrow (and 50 degree weather!)

BOBCFL: Olmo Road


love these tight-wheel-based bikes.  love love love

here's a nice 70's example!

Extralight Rear Axle

I spotted this over at, here's a link to the full article.   Extralite’s new Hyper hubs are looking pretty sweet.  And they're Italian!

In what appears to be a thermal scan you can see how the axle was milled to specific widths depending on it's location.  I like this.

them thar some ballin hubs

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Santos and Boothby for Resist

Jakob Santos has become my favorite fgfs rider in the past month.  Here's another one of him and Josh Boothby for Resist.

RESIST PARTS: SANTOS BOOTHBY from jakob santos on Vimeo.

Klein Bikes

just click

This is a '92 and has internal HS.  hmm

another '92 mtb w/ track dropouts, carbon spynergy wheels, ISO bolted cog.  hmmm

it has all been done before.

Very impressive catalogue of some killer mtb's.  Paint!

nothing to see here

erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B
riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D
pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19
R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17
n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1
K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D
Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 2

Sunday, February 6, 2011

BOBCFL: 1989 Cinelli Super Coursa

Here's a debatable price for a classico italiano.  Just wanted to put this up in case you were wondering if the Ron Cooper was a good buy.

BOBCFL: New Ron Cooper

Campy Chorus 10, new Neutron Wheels, and it's a Ron Cooper.  This is probably a couple people's dream bike.

So in case your wondering, it costs about $3000 to make dreams come through.  Not bad at all.  Nice price, nice bike.  Someone's going to be happy.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

BOBCFL: Raleigh Competition

Ad's a lil funny, showing superbe brakes but stating most the bike is campy...  but one can assume he replaced those as well, probably for the best considering most brakes from the period are frankly garbage.

ANYWAY,  it occurs to me I've never posted a Raleigh which is strange cuz I dig em.  The seller is in the right ballpark for the bike, especially considering the resale value of those parts for the most part.  I hope that doesn't happen because this bike looks like one hell of a rider.  I wonder if they ever did big boy runs of the higher end frames in the early eighties....  time to research!

Friday, February 4, 2011

BDB Pelican

Bike Dog Bikes, based in SF, sure knows how make a bike!  This is a lucky girl named Alice's new bike, and it sure is a looker!  Click through to check out the post, or go straight to the flickr

I had too look this saddle up.  It's a Gilles Berthoud Leather saddle in a cork finish...  simply stunning!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

BOBCFL: 1983 Trek 630

Or you get over your silly desire to have an expensive, Italian-wearing, eye catcher and buy this bike.  If anyone actually wanted my opinion, I'd take the $490 I was going to drop on the Clements and buy two of these

It's all love

BOBCFL: Ernie Clements

OK.  so you'll be all like 'Dude look at how much worse for wear the paint is'
i'll be all like 'Dude! Both are riders. Once the paints flawed in a couple spots, to a collector, it needs a respray.  Medici guy priced his bike in what many would consider collector's territory.  To turn either one of these bikes, the medici or the clements, they'd need a respray

Less than $325 in price (asking $490), around 1/3, and MUCH cooler pedals if you ask me.  Both in cali.  The cost of cleaning up medici's rusty fork (urban dictionary that one) would be the same as replacing the Clement's RD, And the stem and seatpost of the Clement's just needs a little elbow grease, prolly'll show ya how it's done.  And the rims on this Clements are pretty f'ing sweet.

But I digress

Ad Text:
64cm Ernie Clements, Reynolds 531, Campy, Fits TALL riders

This frame was designed by the world famous racer Ernie Clements (3 times British national road champion 1943, 1945, 1946, two Nationals seconds, and a Worlds and Olympic appearance.)

The frame features a lightweight Reynolds 531 frame, Reynolds 531 fork, nice steel lugs, and Campagnolo parts throughout including the hubs which are Engraved Campy, Campy headset, Campy Strada 175mm cranks, Campy derailers, and Campy friction shifters. The brake levers were upgraded to modern Shimano Rx100 aero brake levers for better control. The bike has a 100mm engraved Cinelli Stem & Cinelli Bars, Vintage Ambrosio white bar wrap. The bike has 12 speeds. Fits large riders aprox 6'3" to 6'6". The cross bar/ stand over is 35 3/4 inches high. The frame is measured square at 64cm x 64cm and the seat tube is a tall 66cm measured center to top. The frame is nice quality 531 tubes with pretty lugs and paint has has some small scratches, and the Clement logos are in decent shape, but peeling up a little bit in places. The Color is white and ocean blue, kind of a dark teal color. The saddle matches and is an Italian vintage blue Selle Suede model in good condition. The seat post is Campy fluted as well. The wheels are 700c clincher Mavic Open 4CD classic boxy style rims, and the quill pedals are nicer Japanese KKT Pro with XL silver cages and toe straps. $490 firm.