21 October 2010 - 7:48Projects Unveiled
I like anagrams almost as much as Mongo love candy. I also love experiments
First up is FS/SS\SF
It stands for Full Suspension Single Speed Super Fly, in case you couldn’t figure it out for yourself. It is somewhat of a bastard child, born from a drunken conversation I had with a certain hairy faced crazyman from Arizona.
I’ve had this project up my sleeve for quite some time now, but I have sort of kept it on the way back burner as there were many other things, much more important things that have been in the way of its completion. Some of it was the availability of a suitable canvas for such a project, but mostly it was the chain tensioner issue.
What issue is that? Well, being a full suspension bike, the rear wheel changes position relative to the chainring through the entire range of motion of the suspension. Have the chain too tight, and the suspension won’t move, have it too loose and it falls off the cogs. It’s a predicament of sorts. Or at least it was. Or maybe it still is, I have yet to battle test this rig. Something has to be in place to keep enough tension on the chain to keep it on the gears, yet also allow the suspension to move freely.
I’d heard of the Yess tensioners from some of my industry peeps, but had yet to see one in real life. The clincher was seeing “Rad” Ross Schnell’s custom SSWC bike. Same suspension linkage, and if it works for him, it ought to work for me right? Let’s hope so.
So I finally got it put all together, but had some hiccups with the chain staying on while tooling about in the parking lot of the shop. After about an hour of painstakingly getting the chainline as straight as possible, and adding tension to the spring in the arm of the tensioner, the chain stayed on no matter how hard I horsed the bike around. Success? We shall see…
So here are the details:
19″ Fisher Superfly 100 with Furley’s Reba Race with pushloc with a tapered crown. It’s a 46mm offset, so we’ll see how it messes up the handling of the G2 geometry. It’s better that you don’t ask how I got the tapered steerer crown assembly, let’s just say, I know some people. The wheelset is a crazy spoked I9 laced to white Flow rims, the cranks, seatpost, seat, brakes, handlebars and stem etc are also from the wreckage of Mr Furley. The gear is 32×20. It weighs 24.15 lbs with pedals and a bottle cage.
The rear brakes don’t really work, and the front ones feel punky and squeal like a piggy. The Pushloc is also pretty jacked up, but I will fix all of that later if this bike proves to be worthy. I’ll post up some more pictures and my findings soon.
Next up is Operation Hairyface
Now, those that have followed the blog for a while know of the shenanigans that go on this time of year. No Shave November is a classic example. Well, I’m pretty handicapped when it coems to this sort of thing.
Here I am on October 1
And here I am on October 20th
Pathetic huh? I’ve had friends come into the shop and say “Hey, I though you were growing a beard”. Bastards….
Anyway, No Shave November has come a month early this year. If you want to play along, you may can be clean shaven no later than November 1. Trimming/grooming is OK, but no clear cutting unless you are defining a style that you are going to commit to until the end of Manuary.
I am not going to commit to a style until Manuary, as I have no idea what my crappy beard will look like.
Hopefully it will be thick like this one.