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Bicycle, Bike Camping, Commuting, Ride Your Bike, Seattle, Vintage, Washington

On the Cheap

The Seattle metro area is one of the priciest areas in the nation to call home, and while cycling has been called many things by many people, “cheap” is not one of them.

For those of us who live in and around Seattle and like to ride and race bikes, but don’t make anywhere near a six figure income, something’s gotta give.

This usually means that you find yourself sharing a $2000 a month 300 sq. ft. studio apartment with your 2 cats, a dog named Freewheel because you had one too many PBR’s one night and thought it was a good idea to name him “Freewheel,” your road bike, fixed gear bike, fat bike, SS hardtail, full suspension long travel trail bike (to show off your prowess at Duthie Hill), full suspension short travel trail bike (‘cuz it’s faster, goddammit), CX race bike, commuter bike and, since it’s Seattle, your full fendered rain bike.

You eat ramen noodles because your Safeway card gets you 10 for $1 and you’re saving up for that sweet new cargo bike so you can go car-free and  the “N+1” rule of bike ownership mathematically dictates that you need another bike or else the universe may collapse in on itself.

For those not familiar with the “N+1” rule, it states that the number of bicycles you should own is one more than you currently own (N). The same rule applies to snowboards, but that’s another blog.

Algebra’s fun!

…and expensive…..

Even though rent may be expensive in Seattle, with so many great shops in the area, building a bike doesn’t have to be.

I stumbled upon a 1993 RockHopper Comp on the local craigslist for $75. I was looking for a commuter/light touring rig on the cheap and I thought that with some creativity, this old machine may fit the bill.

While I’m not a fan of Specialized and their business practices as of late, their old frames always fit me well (short legs, short arms, round torso) and were pretty reliable pieces of steel, so I thought I’d check it out.

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Bike Parts, Gear, History, Vintage

Brooks Climax Saddle

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“Sways with every thrust, giving greater reach and power to the rider.” The Brooks Climax saddle from the 1800s was the first saddle to use a cut-out to relieve pressure on those sensitive areas. There are still many opinions about whether or not this style of cut-out is beneficial. Proper saddle positioning and shape are certainly the most important factors in my opinion, but I have talked to many people who swear by saddles with a cut-out. Everyone’s body is unique, I guess you could say different strokes for different folks.

Brooks currently offers a line of saddles with cut-outs reminiscent of their saddles from days past. Check out the line of Brooks Imperial saddles. Personally I think they should have stuck with “Climax”, after all sex sells right?

Alaska, Bicycle, Bicycle Racing, fat bike, Vintage

Bicycles on Snow. 1988 Iditabike.

1987 was the first year of the Iditabike. 20 men and 6 women, from 6 different states. 210 miles on the ski race course that followed the Iditarod trail out of Knik for a hundred miles, then returned. Here is a little video done by the Discovery Channel in 1988.  Pre-fatbike. Pretty awesome.


Bicycle Racing, Cycling Legends, History, Media, Photography, Vintage

Chequamegon Fat Tire Fest: Vintage Photos

Check out these great vintage photos from previous years (1983-1990) of the Chequamegon Fat Tire Fest. Complete with Greg LeMond circa 1990. More vintage photos HERE, although I came across them over at Bike Jerks.

 

art, Bicycle, History, Media, Portland, Vintage

Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design

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If you have the chance this summer you should head on down to Portland and check out Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design an exhibit at the Portland Art Museum running from June 8th to September 8th.

From the collection of Vienna-based designer and bike aficionado Michael Embacher, this special exhibition features some 40 bicycles representing every decade from 1925 to the present, each chosen by Embacher as examples of pivotal moments in the evolution of bicycle design. The exhibition will include racing, mountain, single speed, touring, tandem, urban, folding, cargo, curiosities, and children’s bicycles. There will also be various events and programs taking place all summer long, check out the Cyclepedia Programs Calender for dates and more information.

Clothing, Vintage

Vintage Castelli Jacket

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I am loving the design of this vintage Castelli Jacket (seen on eBay HERE). I wonder if there is a full matching kit out there? I have a Castelli hat with the same pattern. Most likely early 90s vintage. Might be worth reproducing…