Friday, April 10, 2015

Hide From the Kids! It's bike porn!

I haven't had much to bitch about lately and havent posted in a while, so enjoy the following. 

After recently rebuilding a Bendix 2 speed kick-back coaster brake hub, I had some time to reflect. Much like the kids nowadays do not know what "dial tone" is, Some people in our industry will never know what it's like or what it takes to do such a thing. Not because they don't know how, it is because the industry has rendered them obsolete. We can talk about why, but that time has passsed.

Picture this: 
Dude has a passion for bikes. He likes rare and beautiful, yet functional bicycles. 
I get to build them.

He has an idea.
-Start with one of the rarest (and that word gets thrown around a lot) hubs in cycling history; 
A Sturmey-Archer ASC 3 speed fixed-gear hub. 
-Build around that hub with a 1942 Bates BAR, frame with Reynolds 531 "cantiflex" tubing. 

Sprinkle in the coolset parts spec a bike has ever seen, then...
This happens...



The front hub is an NJS Dura Ace track hub. Both wheels are built on Velocity Dyad rims


Soma Lauterwasser bars 
Brooks leather grips
NJS NITTO stem


Polished Paul brake levers and custom mounted 3 speed trigger 


NJS NITTO seat post, Brooks Swift. 
NJS Dura Ace track crank and chain. 


Campagnolo Record brakes. 
(The rear one had to be flipped around to allow the brake to reach) 


Its rare in life to build with such unique parts, to hold them in your hands, to bring them back from obsolecence. 
Its rare enough to see one of these hubs, 

...but two?!


You dont have to know what any of all this means in order to appreciate this bicycle. But if you do know, then you can understand why it feels like this...


Love, 
Queso