Wednesday, April 20, 2016

This year's project. The Bridgestone WT-F

So it happened again this year.  I somehow ended up bringing home a stray bike from the Recycle your cycle event.  Do I need another bike...no.  I really really don't.  Is the bike interesting, sure.

So lets get down to what it is.  It's a Bridgestone of unknown vintage.  It's somewhere between a 92-94.  I have perused Bridgestone catalogs from the era and have found the purple color of the frame and the original wheel size 26".  What I haven't found are the rack mounts.  It looks like a XO-2 but the fork isn't right.  It's not a MB-3.  The MB-3 doesn't have the rack mounts.  However it does have the right fork and the right color.  The MB series was also a lugged frame.  Mine is not.  So it looks like what I have is a 1994 XO-5 except the wheel size is all wrong.  Have a look, try to figure out what bike I have - http://www.sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/

Here's what made it home in the back of the bed of my truck...





 So lets take stock of what we have.  It's a steel framed Bridgestone bike.  Some one has added canti mounts to run 700c wheels.  They have also added top tube shifters.  Not downtube...toptube shifters.  It's missing it's rear wheel.  Some one added Tektro mini v brakes.  It has a older Salsa drop bar on it.  It has a Shimano 105 rear derailleur.  There's a lot of rust everywhere.

My plan.  Find a rear 700c wheel add that to the bike and see if it fits me.  I think it will.  IF it fits I will strip it down to the frame.  Then I will strip all the paint off the frame and remove all the rust.  I'll try to work out the pits as best I can.  Add a Bridgestone sticker to both sides of the raw frame and clear coat the whole thing.  Lacquer clear over the whole frame and fork.  After that clean up all the parts that are on the bike and assess if they can be reused.  I'm pretty sure the shifters, headset, 105 rear der, and maybe some bits off the Tektro v's can be salvaged.  I gotta change the huge blocky chunky front derailleur thou.  It looks awful.  I think I actually have a XT one sitting around.  Hope it's a top pull.  Rebuild the bike.  Add racks and panniers front and back.  We will see how far I get on this project.  Should be interesting anyhow.





Saturday, April 16, 2016

Food Review: Mountain House Breakfast Skillet

As I am going to start traveling the land some time in the near future I figured I should have some idea of what sort of food I might be making.  This brings me around to my backpacking days.  The days of freeze dried food.  My fondest memory of freeze dried food is Jenny, Jake and I huddled under a tree/bush in the rain making spaghetti.  I probably could have made two more bags of the stuff.  I don't remember it tasting that great but they loved it.




However this review isn't about that time.  This is many years in the future and I'm thinking about bikepacking.  That's right BIKEpacking.  Someone asked me why I'm trying the food before I go.  I told them I don't want to be out on the trail with a empty belly.  I'd like to fill it with foods l like.  Hence trying before I go.  Alright lets get started.




 I am going to rate these all against the real thing.  That's the only way to be fair.  So I prepared it per instructions.  WITH the optional stir point at 5 minutes.  After 9 minutes in the bag the result was about 2 cups of ...stuff.



 You could tell the eggs and the green peppers and red.  That's about where it stopped.  I was hoping for a little more from the potatoes.  They were pretty runny and not the greatest in consistency.  You could tell the eggs were eggs but there taste was pretty bland.  As I ate the taste did get better.  I only ran into a few bits that weren't re-hydrated.  As a test I put some in a skillet and fried it all a bit.  I thought maybe getting rid of a bit of the excess moisture would help it.  It did help the potatoes a bit but it made the eggs very spongy.  I wouldn't recommend this.  I would recommend some cheese if you have any and maybe a tortilla.  These two thing would have made it very good.  Even just the cheese.  As a final test I asked the cats to have a taste.  Both wouldn't come near it.  Fail.

I'll give it a 6 out of 10.  You can eat it but I feel there are better breakfast foods out there.  The consistency wasn't what I was hoping for and I think it would be displeasing to others as well.  Taste was overall ok.  Nothing put me off that much.  The few bits of unhydrated food were a turn off as well.



Thursday, March 24, 2016

Icey roads suck....

Ugh....what a morning. I went against the advice of my SO and decide to ride this morning. I mean I've got a fatbike it won't be a problem right? Lowered the pressure in the tires and set out. I should have taken the hint when the bike came out from underneath me 100 feet from the house and turned around. However I didn't. I got back on and kept going. I didn't fall off again the rest of the way. Well until about half way thru my ride my front tire went flat. So walk to work or walk home? I decided to walk home. I called Jen and asked for pick up. Tucked my tail between my legs, licked my wounds and drove to work. Moral of the story is...Icey roads suck and so do flat tires.

Friday, February 12, 2016

#7 - Slingshot Road

This one came into my hands in a sort of odd way.  A fan of Slingshots picked this one up in Durango Colorado for super cheap.  He didn't have the time to mess with it so he passed it on to me.  I've up graded a few bits and pieces but it's stayed pretty much the same.  It's a great road bike.





#6 - Ganna commuter.

This one came to me in a pretty unusual way.  Our club helped out with Recycle cycle event this last year.  This one came in and had a pair of bent up wheels.  Which usually means strip it and junk it.  I noticed that it had Campagnolo components on it.  I knew enough that it was old and Campy parts usually make it a little higher end.  So instead of junking the bike I put it in the back of the truck and took it home.  I've changed a few things on this ol' ride.  The cranks were shot so I put on new square taper cranks and got rid of the cotter key cranks.  I changed out the headset and got a new set of wheels for it.  I also put on some new brake pads, hoods for the brake levers, chain, cassette and bar tape.  Everything works great.  I've got a Chris King headset to put on it this year some time.  It's just a great bike.








Thursday, January 28, 2016

#5 - Yipsan Njörðr

This one is pretty special to me.  This one is a custom job.  Made by Reynold Yip.  It wasn't made for me but for the North American Handmade Bike Show.  It saw the big show and was passed around to a bunch of other places for reviews.  It was 650b before 650b was cool. Njörðr the nordic god of the wind.







#4 - Balfa DJ

Like my Dekerf this bike has come to me by the way of my Canadian connection Simon.  This was a friends bike that he thought I might like and I do.  Pretty sure it's a Balfa Minuteman.  I run a 24" wheel out back and a 26"wheel in front.  They tell me it's for better acceleration.  I have no idea.