• Kokopelli Trail: rigid tandem and soft so(u)les. November 2017

    Igna and I finally bought ourselves train tickets. The train will take us to Grand Junction, Colorado. From Grand Junction we are going to bike to MOAB, Utah – arguably mecca of the mountain biking. From Grand Junction we are going to take Kokopelli Trail all the way to MOAB. I will be doing a series of updates to this page to document this coming adventure. At the same time, I will post these updates as a separate post for the ease of navigating. I do not write much on this blog nowadays but this trip, in particular, is a good place to start. Let me briefly introduce you to…

  • Giving your Dynamo hub the new color. Shutter Precision SV – 9

    You have probably noticed that in regards to bike component color choice 8 time out of 10 this will be Black or Silver. Here is my little example how it is relatively easy to give almost any color to your favorite bicycle component. I mind you –  this is possible only to the components that are not exposed to the direct physical wear and tear. Like hubs. Or..  Dynamo Hubs in this particular case. I was looking for a WHITE Dynamo hub. Certain models have limited variety of color choices. Non of them comes in white though. Here is how I have turned silver Shutter Precision SV-9 silver dynamo into…

  • Shapes of my tandem bike

    What do you think about step through frame bicycles? Do you like the convenience of getting on and off it? Do you like their usually curvy lines? Do you think that the step through bikes are a poor compromise between convenience and performance? For many many months now I have this idee fixe – what if I could have a step through, touring ready yet elegant tandem bicycle? What if this bicycle can accommodate up to 3″ tires if needed and still feel and steer nimbly? What if this bike could be split in a half  for a transportation convenience? And many more what ifs… Kudos to Evelina and Bike…

  • Building E-bike wheel

    Took on this project out of curiosity. Originally the electric hub/motor came with a 700C wheel. After some usage wheel went out of true and got damaged.  This is when wheel owner needed to  build it a new. This time lacing it on 26″ rim (Sun Rhyno Lyte) also using new Sapim Strong spokes (2.3 – 2.0 mm). Pretty strong wheel isn’t? Little challenge was coming from a very wide hub flange diameter. It meant two things – spokes will have an extreme angle at the rim holes point, also it was tricky to measure what length spokes should be. Having said that the wheel did turne out well. Here…

  • Fat Bike riding in Chicago

    I want to address all fat bike savvy folks in Chicago. I have a fat bike and love riding it. I do even commute daily on it. Now you have a fat bike and you love riding it. Lets connect and go for a ride together. I mean lets go and explore some MTB trails around Chicago. I would love to go to Kettle Moraine with somebody. Or if you prefer we could hit Palos Hills. I have an access to a truck so we would have ability to transport our lovable bikes. Just contact me via comment section or directly via email and lets go fat! Here is my…