Monthly Archives: March 2012

Random Bike Builds: Single Speed MTB urban commuter

I have done a few bike builds lately, basically I start with a frame that gives me some inspiration and seek to make something of it. Most of the stuff I have is what serious roadies consider obsolete trash. This new project makes use of the Cromoly steel frame and fork from my first real mountain bike. It has an old style 1″ threaded steerer, but it’s not heavy, and because I am short it’s actually quite hard for me to find frames that are the right size for me on the second hand market.

I stripped this frame some time ago and I put a coat of primer on it, mainly for storage. I did an order with Wiggle for some bits and pieces.

SS MTB Build

I decided to lay all the parts down to help with the motivation process

So here we have a Halo Combat wheel with a 10T driver, SRAM Truative cranks, Wellgo platform BMX pedals, Token lock on grips, Clarks brake cables, the frame of a 1999 Malvern Star Vertigo, bars and stem from the Repco out the back which I picked up off the verge, a seat post from the Vertigo…. and a cheap saddle.

I’m going to paint the frame/forks/seatpost/bars/stem flat black. Tomorrow I will acquire some paint. I have some nice Halo stickers that came with the wheel to put on the fork.

The budget for this bike is $250. I am going to get pretty close to it. A lot of people would say ‘why bother, you can get something for $350 and not have to do any work’.

I am just attached to the frame & fork, and I hate to see things go to waste. Old road bikes make good singlespeeds because of their horizontal dropouts – the problem is that old road bikes that fit short people like me are very few and far between … so this bike is kind of an alternative to the hipster singlespeed for short people. We shall see how it turns out.


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Bike Builds & Upgrades


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Perth Charity Rides: Freeway Bike Hike for Asthma

I have done the Bike Hike many times since it’s first roll up the freeway in 2005. This year it was organised by a different mob, and sponsored by the RAC. Apparently the City of Joondalup did not want the ride to finish in Joondalup as it has for all previous years, so they decided to make the Perth Esplanade the finish.

There has been a lot of criticism of the ride from cyclists, calling it a ‘demolition derby’ and ‘dangerous’. While I have seen a few crashes over the years (and there are a couple of videos on Youtube), I don’t think there is anything inherently dangerous about the ride. If you don’t treat it as a time trial then not much is going to happen!

The convict escaping

The Bike Friday got a lot of attention.

I decided that the best way to do the Bike Hike was to get a group together, do it in fancy dress, and just have fun. The idea of prison jumpsuits came from someone who ultimately piked out on riding with us.

The convicts making an escape.

The convicts making an escape.

There was a choice of 2 start locations if you wanted to ride the 30k – we decided to start at Currambine as it was then a possibility for our team members to ride to the start. We decided to catch the train to the start, though some of the team rode. We didn’t arrive until after 8am, which was when the marshalling was supposed to be finished and the ride was starting. As we were in the ‘middle of the pack’ some of the faster riders had left by the time we got to the marshalling area.

the crew

The group (minus one who had decided to make a breakaway)

It was a great ride, and we got our free icecream and cup of powerade at the end. The stalls were a bit dull. Neither of the RAC members in the group wanted their free massage, so we sat in the shade for a while, and then head up to the William Street Festival in Northbridge. It was too hot, and we were hungry, so we went to the Moon Cafe for lunch, then parted ways and rode home.

Total kilometres for me and the Bike Friday: 48.



Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Bike Friday, Charity Rides