The pink bike was a bike that I found at the local recycling yard. I’ve ridden it enough to know that it is a capable, comfortable machine. Tange 5 double butted tubing, tig welded joints and made in Japan. Geometry is pretty relaxed and stable. Most importantly, the size is large and this bike fits me well. It’s just what I want in a low-cost highly capable S/S mountain bike.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Odyssey Straddle Rod
Until recently, I never even knew these things existed. The straddle rod replaces your straddle cable and cable hanger with some nice shiney bits of aluminum and steel. They allow fine tuning of your cantilever brakes and compensate for cable stretch. While I do think that you can get away from much of the issues associated with Canti-brakes if your initial installation and setup is done properly, these straddle rods do give an extra little bit of precision in setting up your brakes. On top of that, they look cool. Everyone likes hanging a little bling (or at least some interesting parts) on their bikes right? I’ll be re-building my pink S/S bike and these bad boys will help dress it up a bit, while keeping with the “old school mtb S/S” theme (no carbon fiber). Think a totally rad mountain bike from the early 90s. yeah