Thursday, July 1, 2010

chupacabra lives

this sucker is light!

note the fine features:
  • hand sanded '98 specialzed stumpy frame (2nd time, yes i'm crazy - initial nasty orange was annoying, my failed attempt to spray paint it red was weak)
  • disc brakes are for sissies, why not use mismatched old v-brakes instead with red ritchey pads
  • shifting was thrashed, so a work in progress single speed conversion reminds me of my weakness and has been fun like a bmx
  • totally flexy, completely worn out '01 sid fork - rides like a pogo stick
  • super awesome seat post clamp for $3 from performance
  • sketchy $15 stem from pricepoint 'sette edge' that looks and weighs like a $100 stem and i hope it doesn't break
  • ditto for the bars
  • tubeless conversion for old mavic 517 rims with xt hubs and dt revolution spokes, the CaffĂ©latex sealant is working great
  • old school race face cranks quickly replaced the 'specialized strong arm' wafer thin flexy cranks. when i took out the orig bb i couldn't believe how heavy it was, so i went with some weird old square taper titanium bottom bracket with two drive side bb's (fsa?)