I noticed this handy-dandy bike repair station near the lockups by the USM bookstore, and what a great idea! The Gear Hub is such a great local resource for cyclists, and this is just another great example. There’s a double hook to hold your bike while you work, a variety of commonly needed tools and even a tire pump! That seems to be the thing that every cyclist should own, but so many of my friends do not. I’m going to make it my mission to scrub the rust off these after it rains each time in the hope of preserving them as long as possible. After all, it’s just down the street.
I’ve started work on this Bridgestone XO-3 that I got at the Portland Bike Swap this year. It needs a bit of TLC, but overall it seems to be in good condition…just filthy. And there are a few raggedy teeth on a couple sprockets, but we’ll deal with that as it comes up. I’m excited to ride it when all is said and done. Plus I sold all the bikes I sent to the swap so I’m planning to reward myself with a new B17 (my first!), and what better to start it on than a Grant Petersen design!
I finally took 30 minutes today to drill and lace my late 70’s Brooks B72, and it was worth every second. The holes could have been prettier, but it’s better than paying the $50 I was quoted by a leather worker in Deering Center!
Pictures taken of the Brooks B72 just before its first application of proofide. The saddle came off an old 70’s Raleigh Sport that my mom found in Oklahoma. It’s a little dry but not brittle. It looks like the tensioning bolt has never been touched. The first proofide went on January 2, 2016. That one was fairly heavy, top & underside. I did another light application on January 6. After that I put it on my JC Higgins 3-Speed, Frank the Tank, and started tentatively riding it around the neighborhood. Once I tensioned the saddle a tiny bit it started to feel great, and I’ve done very little to it since. I’ve continued to ride it and have not noticed any deleterious effects thus far. It does flair out a bit along the sides, so I’m thinking of punching some holes and lacing it. Still not sure about that, though.
This is a reminder for a future project. I’m not there yet, but I know people who could potentially help me with the hard parts. So maybe next winter instead of getting progressively more irritable as the months drag on I will get progressively deeper into a bamboo bicycle.
I finally finished my scarves for mom and dad’s xmas. (Taken with instagram)