Sunday, January 23, 2011

Saturday, October 16, 2010

24 hour tour prototype!

so im a fan of 24 hour bike tours and with one coming up i thought, givin the route my prefered bike will be the fixed gear. since the frame is not equipped with any rack lugs im limited to a messenger bag, WRONG!

i actually planned to use a messenger bag and i figured id try and get as much gear ON my bike to mellow out the bags weight on my back. i ended up getting carried away and mounting pretty much all of my gear on my bike.

since ive been dreaming of custom frame bags from epic designs for this bike i figured why not spin it around all week and see how the excess weight feels .

now remember, nothing is set in stone im really just brainstorming. i went through many other ideas tonight before i ended up here.

i must say i am very excited to give it a spin to work in the morning :)

 small down blanket ive been using instead of a sleeping bag in a waterproof sack on top. the body of my 2 person tent is below.

 im currently on the search for a small (doesnt have to be waterproof) sack for it to keep it tightly wrapped. both are held onto the handle bar with toe straps.
 now this is the saddle bag i use for mountain biking and i figured with the plan of carrying as little gear on my back as possible it only made sense to swap out the micro sized saddle bag i had on at the time or this one.

what it currently has inside is fairly exciting

-6 tubes, yes 6!
-4 tire levers (wire bead gators on cr-18's can be a real bitch)
-rav x agent x micro tool
-2 park patch kits
-6 extra chain links
-room for my wallet and keys

all that without even opening up the expandable compartment. i hooked up a folding bead gatorskin to
the bag just in case. it mounted very nicely with the strap.
 so in order to fold up my tent i removed the stakes and rolled up the body leaving no where for the stakes.

at first i thought i would just put them in my messenger bag. after some time had passed it clicked!

so here they are with one thick velcro strap on the middle and two pieces of shoe string on each side.
 before i always used a single bottle but im pretty sure ill be needing two this time. i mounted my pedros trixie tool underneith the first cage and under the second my lezyne pump.
 hope you all enjoy this. happy trails!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

custom rack

came along this custom rack during the daily internet travels.
pine and aluminum. the aluminum pieces are mitered to fit between the wooden rods. They have a hole trough the middle and there is a long 6mm bolt that goes trough the wood and the alloy pieces and keeps everything together.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bill Walton

unique frame that was tucked away somewhere in the far reaches of my memory bank, the hard drive of my mind, if you will. It recently came to the forefront when I discovered these old photos.
No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes, and those wheels are standard 27”. (700c) It is just a very large frame. I can’t remember exactly what size it is, but it was built for seven foot basket ball player Bill Walton.

It was the end of 1980 and I had just arrived at Ted Kirkbride’s frameshop in San Marcos, CA to build the Masi frames. Ted had just got this order for a custom built bike for the San Diego Clippers star player.

The frame was a joint effort, I did the main brazing, then handed it over to Ted Kirkbride to finish. The frame was painted by Masi’s painter Jim Allen. Bill Walton did not want any maker’s name on the frame, but instead had a custom “Grateful Dead” decoration painted directly on the head tube.

Bill Walton was, and still is an ardent “Dead Head.” San Diego artist Dan Thoner did the hand painting on the frame.
 So what kind of frame is Bill Walton’s? It is a Ted Kirkbride as he took the order, designed the frame, did much of the work and sold the frame. However, as Ted never put a frame out with his own name on it, (As far as I know.) The nameless frame arrangement suited both buyer and seller on this occasion.

I don’t lay claim to the frame, but only write about it here because it is a part of my history, and probably the biggest frame I ever worked on.

Ted Kirkbride owned the frameshop were the Masi frames were produced in the early 1980s. He later bought the company. Most of the frames he built were custom and special order Masi frames.

I wonder if Bill Walton still has this bike, and if so does he still ride it? I would imagine the demand for used bikes to fit a seven-foot bike rider would be pretty small.


Coolest thing about all of this is that the showcases in the picture above are now at hidden valley bicycle store were i have been employed for over 3 years now.

The Kirkbrides owned hidden valley and the infamous Skip carried on to own the buisness and later passed the shop down to Nathan and Sam who were previously employed by Skip. That was when the store moved to the new and current location 6 years ago.

Jim Allen, the painter of the bike is also a good friend of hidden valley and stops by from time to time. He has painted so many works of art and if you have one of his pieces then maybe this will help you appreciate it more then ever if you dont already.

Just for kicks here is a photo of my behind the same counters that the bike was pictured in front of.

Now if i hadn't gone on that drunken midnight bike ride last night, and if Kevins peg wouldn't have gone into Andy's spokes. Then i probably might have never made this awesome blog post.

So thanks andy for taking one for the team and bustin your face up and destroying my little brothers mountain bike wheels.

Friday, August 6, 2010


three days with the new cross bike at daley ranch.
-3 tubes
-1 tire
-1 helmet
-1 jersey
-a few dings in my front wheel
3 rides. over the bars 2 outta 3.
fuck, im having way to much fun.