Sunday, March 9, 2014

Problem spots...Maybe?

I have a few concerns with my current restoration.  I don't remember the corosion being son bad when I first painted many years ago.  There's only a few spots but still.  We'll see what everything looks like after a few coats of primer.

Nothing wrong with this...

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Let the painting begin!

After a little time with the wire wheel, sand paper and various other paint removing things the Montagner is ready for primer.  Anxious to see what the color combinations will look like tomorrow on the test tubes.

Test tubes..

Since I have two color combinations(Blue/Black and Metallic Blue/Metallic Black) I'd like to try out I bought a little pvc to try out the colors before actually putting it on the bike.  They both have a single coat of primer on them right now and will have two more by the end of the day tomorrow.


Got all the old parts off the frame and gave it a light sanding to open up the pores on the paint.  I've found that the chemical stripper works better that way.  Took a couple tries but the stripper got 92% of the paint off.  The rest I'd have to get off by hand.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Time for a re-restoration....Montagner Roadie -

Many years ago a friend of mine (You know who you are) thought I needed to have a road bike.  So since we were pretty similar in height and inseam.  He gave me his old racing frame.  A very cool lugged steel Italian Montagner.  About 12 years ago I did a half assed job of fixing it up.  Scrapped a different road bike and used the parts on the Montagner.  Gave it a flat black paint job and called it good.  Well with the possibility of riding with a group on the road looming this spring I figured I should be better represented since I am the president of the newly formed WNBC.

Here it is before I stripped it down.  I'll be reusing parts of the drivetrain, wheels, headset and stem(for now).

I came up with a few new paint schemes.

Breast Cancer Scheme
Irish Version
Colon Cancer Scheme
After posting up on facebook and taking the votes from my peers.  Votes came in about 50/50.  With my Dads current health I came up with this final design.  Dave from Redstone Cyclery said that if it's old and Italian it needs chrome.  So I'll show the rear chrome.

I have new bits to go on like, brake levers, brakes, seatpost, seat, bar, bartape and a new set of tires.  I'm going to strip the frame down to steel.  I'm going to do some practice tubes out of PVC so I can get the fade in the top, down and seat tubes right.  I'm thinking I might use Mom's cutter and make some templates for the fades.  Do some triangles that will give the fade a cool look.  Stay tuned....more to come.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A man and his boring flask.

There was no doubt about it.  My flask was boring.  I don't see myself as boring so having a boring flask was a problem.  Here was my solution...

Gilding the Flask from Garrett Olsen on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 10th Commute - Product testing and COLDEST COMMUTE YET!

I like simple products that work.  I don't mind complex things that work.  However when it's somewhat complex and still doesn't work well it's upsetting.  The Gorrillclava is one of those products for me.  Getting it to fit right isn't easy.  Having it still vent a sizable portion of my exhaust up into my goggles is even more maddening.  The ride to work this morning was with the wind.  So getting decent ventilation thru my goggles was challenging in the first place.  Add in the extra exhaust and it sucked.  About half way thru my ride I attempted to pull the balaclava down under my chin.  While I did succeed in doing this it left a huge pile of cloth under my chin.  By the time I got to work the muscles in my jaw hurt from pushing against all of it to try and breath.  I'm going to try my Underarmour balaclava and see if it's any better or worse.  On to my newly purchased Columbia heavy weight gloves.  I have a lighter pair of Columbia gloves.  I love them there awesome.  However somethings missing on the heavy weight gloves.  My hands froze.  I wasn't impressed at all.  Once the temps dipped down beneath 20 degrees they started to feel like I might need something else.  So I picked up the heavier pair.  The fit on them wasn't great.  I tried on medium, Large and extra large also.  They all seemed to fit the same.  The fingers felt overly small and cramped.  Still I gave them the benefit of the doubt and bought them.  Always trust your instincts.  My hands haven't been that cold in years.  I don't know what exactly was wrong.  They just weren't warm at all.  My fingers started getting cold only a few blocks into my ride.  Once I got to work they were very very cold.  I was trying the old skiing trick of sucking your fingers back into the palm of the glove to try and warm them up but it wasn't working either.  Big fail on these gloves.  My legs were fine once I started moving.  Just need to figure out the goggle fogging situation.  The Gorrilclava just isn't working.  Another piece of gear that wasn't worth it's price.  Once that's sorted I can't see why I wouldn't ride more in colder temps.
Temp - 10 degrees - Feels like 0
Wind - 8 mph sustained out of the south west
Head - 5 OK  (Mixed bag - Gorrilclava, Smith helmet, goggles)
Hands - 2 Awful (Columbia heavy weight gloves - SUCK!)
Chest - 8 Warm (Wind breaker jacket and vest)
Legs - 7 OK (Carhart Jeans)
Feet -8 Good (Snow Runners and Flats)
Overall Physical feel - 8 (Been off the bike a bit.)

Bike ratings as follows.  One will mean total equipment failure.  Ten means it totally served it's purpose and I need to write more positive reviews on it.

Bike: Redline Monocog
Tires - 8(Fine)
Brake  - 9(New Hope)
Drivetrain - 8(Silky smooth)
Overall/Other - 9(Monocog is a great rig)

Total Score: 72

Things to change - Try and figure out how to get my goggles not to fog.  The age old question.
Things I noticed -  I shouldn't have spent money on the Columbia heavy gloves and OR Gorrilclava.