Sunday, March 8, 2009

Father & Son

So here's Nick's (son) bike converted & Mick's (dad) bike preserved  (see post Feb 3 'Return of the Bishop Part 1' for prelude).


I wasn't sure about the idea of riding a freewheel with only a front brake, but have to admit I like it. While taking it for a spin, it occurred to me that it would be an interesting option to have a fixed wheel bike - with a clutch. It could be a lever (like a brake lever) or even a set up on a gear lever like the old 3 speeds with a neutral.

Why? Well for a start, you could corner much faster. (If you've not ridden a fixy before, you have to watch the pedals hitting the ground when you corner). Riding over significant bumps on a fixy is also an acquired talent, being able to drop the drive out and coast now and again would help. Another thing: after stopping, you could align your pedals for take-off. 

I know that for fixy purists it's an ethos thing -'commit'.

Drive conversion

It's not a fixy. Was lucky enough to pick up a pair of used Shimano wheels for bugger all. The rear is a standard road wheel with a cassette hub. I bought a $39 single speed conversion for it, reluctantly, but it looks pretty cool. 

Nic's Steele Bishop

So here's Nic's treddly. Nice colour choice Nic!

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