Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bike 12: Pinarello

I was out and about for a short time today.  I was walking quickly down Congress Street and passed MECA when out of the corner of my eye I spy a black carbon fiber fork with that great little club symbol ;Colnago. I see the worn blue frame with PINARELLO in white lettering.  'Woah-ho-hoah 'I think I wanna see this one.  I quickly grabbed a photo and took peek at it.  

This thing could be real sweet.  However, the bars and stem look horrible.  The carbon fork doesn't seem to match well with the steel frame and the spoke card is cliche. 
 I think Ill keep an eye out for this one on craigslist because the chances are good that a 19 year old art student will need money for beer and pot.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Bike 11: Homemade

Sitting out at lunch the other day in front of the Public Market this guy comes rolling along on this homemade recumbent trike with electric assist.  He parked locked it up and walked off before I got a chance to talk to him. 
It's pretty cool but all the metal makes me think that without the electric assit this thing  is heavy and would be hard as fuck to pedal up hill.

-ride on.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Bike 10: Felt Curbside

I have been slacking of the bike pics. *meh* 
Bike #10 was seen in front of the Bard coffee shop on Middle Street. The bike is a Felt Curbside and seems pretty obviously that the person who owns it diddn't want to build up a bike but wants the 'cool' look and presumably the simplicity and minimalism of a fixie/ss. The rear hub is a flip flop style. I didn't check which side it was on. I presume that it is SS since both the front and rear breaks remained attached.

Its a nice bike.  But for $700 there are alot better bikes out there.
Plus in my opinion the purity of building up a bike has been neutered.

Carry on.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bike 9: Schwinn Sports Tourer

I finally had my camera with me when I spotted this post worth rig.
LOCATION: Monument Square, in front of Zahrras
BIKE: Schwinn Sports Tourer.
COMMENTS:  This thing is totaly set up for the urban environment of Portland. A classic milk crate trunk mounted on to the rear rack, a bell, a mirror, kick stand, light mount and fenders all set this up nicely for trips around town. 
It is just ugly enough to not get stolen (hence the cheap 4-digit cable lock) but has enough upgrades to likely keep it a smooth riding bike. The new(ish) front rim, an Alex DA16 and a schwinn springer seat were two things I liked the most. The seat post does not look original but the triple chain ring does. All in all a good in town winter beater.