Thursday, September 1, 2011

Minds change...

  So I am well underway with building the Monstercross. And... my mind has changed about a million times whilst building this bike.
   The biggest change has been that I'm going to build this bike up singlespeed. I have not had a singlespeed in a while, and I like the simplicity of the setup. I traded my XLC wheels for a set of Alex 29er rims laced to a sealed generic singlespeed hub and a generic front hub. My dude Brian gave me some 18t cogs,including a disc mount fixed cog... which I will definitely will be trying out.
 Still deciding about what handlebars to do... but dirt drops are awfully tempting.

I should have this bike together in the next week or so... just in time for fall muddy riding!

Friday, July 29, 2011

My New/Old School Bike Build

  The whole reason behind getting this new frameset is that I am tired of having multiple bikes that I can only ride on certain terrain or distances. I don't want/cannot afford to have 4 bikes to do all the types of riding that I like do. So I wanted one bike,a frankenstein's monster of a bike, that would be my Swiss Army Knife of cycling.
  I had certain qualifications that needed to be met. One, this bike had to be affordable.VERY affordable. Well under $800.00 retail. Two, this bike needed to be able to ride on and off road. I want to be able to take the same bike on a 20 mile ride on the road to get groceries, as well as do some laps at West Branch. Third, it needed to be able to be set up in different ways depending on what my needs are. I wanted to be able to put 29er tires,fenders, front and rear racks, disc or rim brake. ( I tend to get bored with set ups fast, and want to be able to change things up without much fuss.) Last, I wanted something I knew would fit me well. Even though I am a fit specialist by day, I still run into snags on a good bike fit for myself.
  So based on all of these things I decided the best choice for a frameset would be a Monstercross. Steel construction, strong, rigid, and a ton of tire clearance. JB Importer's house brand, Origin-8, makes an inexpensive frameset called the CX700. Sold. 
   When the framset arrived, everyone at the shop thought it was an awesome idea. Needless to say I am very excited to build this bike. 
      I decided that I wanted to build this bike to be almost like an 80's era mountain bike. Mostly because of versatility, but I love the look of old mountain bikes.
  So...with all that figured out... here is how the build is likely to shake out.
CX700 frame and fork
FSA Orbit headset
Origin 8 Space Bar
Velo Orange Stem
Cannondale Seat Post
Bontrager Evoke Saddle
Bontrager 29er 2 Tires
29er Wheels- Alex rims with SRAM Hubs
Falcon Friction Shifters (Oh yeah!)
Alivio 8 speed Derailleur
Alivio Front Derailleur
Shimano Chain and Cassette
Canit Brakes for now... probably Tektro Oryx
Oury Grips....

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My frame has arrived!

  My new Origin 8 frame came in a few days ago. Out of the box I am extremely impressed with this frame. The brake guides are removable which is a nice touch. Heavy duty horizontal sliding dropouts... And surprisingly lightweight for an inexpensive frame set.

  I plan on building this bike up more like an old school steel mountain bike. Rigid fork, friction shifters, canti brakes... 29er wheels and tires. Should be pretty cool. I will post actual specs when I know exactly what I am going to build the bike with.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Jeez I am a terrible blogger

Well... I guess I go through phases where I want to blog all the time, and then .... not at all.

I have decided to go ahead with my monstercross bike. I ordered the Origin 8 CX 700 last night, along with some Origin 8 Space Mtb Bar as well. Im thinking 29er tires, 8 speed with FRICTION thumb shifters,and a custom paint job. Stay tuned. Ill post photos once I get the frame.

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm back

Hello, old friend.

I have been crazy busy the last month, and have negelected my blog. Again. I feel like I forgot to feed my animals or something.

Anyhow... I have decided on building a monster cross bike. Let the games begin.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Great Ride Today

Lauren and I rode to Garrettsville to drop off our rented movies at the library.It was a perfect ride. Not too hot,not too cold. The Sun was shining, absolutely beautiful. 12 miles of great riding. Thats what bike riding is all about.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

More Monster Cross

   It's been a recent dream of mine to be able to build up a true off road road bike. Something that I can put 29x 2.2 knobby tires on and ride some single track with. Disc Brakes possibly.Something rack and fenderable.
   I've been looking at a few frame choices for this bike,heres what I have in mind.
  My first choice is the Origin 8 CX 700.The price is right with this 4130 steel frame, and it comes frame and fork. I like this one best because its inexpensive, and has all the features I want.

 The Karate Monkey is next. I know I know... its a mtb.But with a pair of dirt drops on it, the monkey would work beautifully.

Other choices... if I could get my hands on one of the Steel Fisher -Trek  Cyclocross frames... Maybe a Soma.

We will see what happens here. I need to do a little more research.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monster Cross

I think my monster cross bike dreams come true.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Radial Laced Wheels Suck

I recently commuted to the Kent Stake Bike Club Workshop series.!/event.php?eid=190133854362645

If you go to Kent State, and like anything to do with bikes... go. Learn something, meet like-minded people.

But, anyway...The ride in was not too bad, a little windy. I got into Ravenna, about to turn on to the Bike and Hike Trail, and I heard RATTLING. I stopped,and inspected the front end of my bike. MY WHEEL WAS WOBBLING! I checked the spokes, I had 4 spokes loose. I barely made it to the event.

This is not the first time this has happened with these wheels. Everytime I ride them outside the spokes loosen. It has to be the radial lacing. I am not a fan of this, but its what came on the bike. I think anything less than 28 spokes is ridiculous for everyday riding, so I may get something like a Bontrager Classics wheelset.

Word to the wise. Dont run Radial Laced Wheels.!/album.php?aid=336270&id=198875903295

Trek made a Taco Cart out of their Cargo Bike the Transport. I love this ide love this bike.

Trek has been doing amazing things with bikes and for bikes recently. What a great company.

Monday, March 28, 2011

BG fit

I recently BG fit two customers. I have to say, I am really impressed with the process of the fit,and the customers could not be happier. It gets easier to do everytime I do a fit, and it makes me think about bike fit in ways I never have.

Friday, March 18, 2011

What a beautiful day! Get out and ride your bike!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Hampshire day 1.

First full day in New Hampshire. Very beautiful state. Got to see Katherine,which was very nice. Went to L.L. Bean,mosied around, and went to The Common Man for dinner. Where they make the best Pot Roast ever. EVER.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

20 pounds... where did it go? And other thoughts

 I weighed myself this morning and was astounded. Since starting to eat more healthy and exercising regularly at the beginning of the year, I have progressively lost about 2 pounds a week. Not much, but just how I want my diet to work. Although, last week at Specailized, and Running around America's largest airports, I lost 8 pounds.  I'm pretty excited, I hope to be down to 180 pounds by my mother's birthday in July. A goal I think is well within my reach.


Going on vacation with Lauren again for her Spring Break. We are going to New Hampshire to visit her mom and sister for a few days, then down to her grandparents in Connecticut. I lvoe going out there to visit. Their home is beautiful. Then I get to go to Boston for the first time. What a week!

My tax return is coming on March 4th! YAY!!!! I can get my car fixed! And start a savings account! YAY!! I love getting my hard earned money back.

Charlie Sheen and Moammar Gadhafi are pretty much the same person anymore. Both of them are giving the craziest interviews I have ever heard.

Did anyone else see the video of the VW Golf plowing through that Critical Mass ride in Brazil? What a complete and utter disregard for human life. Yet the police do not think the man intended on killing anyone...Why else would you literally plow full speed through a crowd of peaceful cyclists?

Anyway... I hope everyone has a great day today!

Sunday, February 27, 2011


It truly was an amazing week at Specialized. BG FIT is amazing. If you have not been BG FIT, you truly are missing out on the best bike fit there is. I can say that with confidence. SBCU instructors Scott,Donny and Aaron are fantastic. Any question I had they made me think critically so that I could answer the question for myself. I really appreciate that, because in Eddy's I will not have one of them over my shoulder to help me. All I will have is what I learned from them, which was a LOT.

The week went fast, and I already miss it. I have even considered applying for jobs at Specialized because what they have going on  there is phenominal. Never have I seen that many people so passionate about what they do.

I climbed up the tallest hill/mountain? (not sure) I have ever climbed on a bike. It was so steep,and so long. Towards the end I was counting out the pedal strokes to the tops. My Lungs burned,my Heart was leaping out of my chest. I gave it every last bit of energy I had to give. It was totally worth it. The view at the top was breath taking. Thank you Scott Holtz for riding next to me. Encouraging me the entire time. I probably would have not made it if it was not for you.

Thank you to everyone at SBCU for making me a better Bike Fitter and better cyclist.

Friday, February 25, 2011

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First ride out of Specialized.WOW. Absolutely beautiful. Not difficult at all.Just leisure and beautiful scenery
First morning.little bit jet lagged...but breakfast is making it better

Monday, February 21, 2011

On my way to Specialized to get my learn on.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bontrager Commuter Knickers

If you dont have a pair. Get some. It's crazy how comfortable they are.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A bit of light reading.

Anyone who works at a bike shop should read this. I don't care if you like what Grant Petersen stands for, or think hes just a "Retro Grouch". Some good points are made in this article.
Going to be going out for an easy road ride in kent if anyone wants to go.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Doing some rearranging.

Re arranged the apartment today. Which took all day.It was nice out. I should have went out, but I didnt. Oh well, Ill head out tomorrow when I'm in Kent for a little ride.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The Season Has Begun

It was a somewhat busy weekend for February at the shop. Sold a really nice C'dale Flash 29er 1, C'dale Synapse,and a Trek Speed Concept 9.9 with Digital Dura Ace.Seems to me that the cycling season has started early. Which is good.

46 degrees in the beginning of February... I'll take it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering.....part 5

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering.....part 5: "Though Larry is a good person to talk when it comes to gearing up for wintry rides, I would say he has left out a fairly important part of t..."

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part four

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part four: "This is the latest and the last post about the basics of layering, about the accessories that protect the extremities. For most of us, keep..."

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part tres

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part tres: "Now for the exciting third part of my layering basics novel. Parts one and two went over the base and insulating layers. They talked about..."

So... here is the deal

  I had been thinking and thinking and thinking about clothing for riding... then I realized that someone else, someone far wiser than I, wrote about clothing. As well proper layering of said clothing. That dude,man... is Larry Swartz, all around good guy and the wisest of all when it comes to all things commuting. Have a question about commuting? Call our North Olmsted store and ask him.

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part deux

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part deux: "A few days ago, I started to write down some information on the basics of layering. There are three different zones of layering, the base la..."

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part 1

Eddy's news, weather, sports, and dumb stuff: layering, part 1: "I wrote last week about my commute. I'm going to go into a little more detail about the theories behind layering. The idea is that you us..."

Friday Video

This Video is without a doubt my favorite cycling video. You should buy something from Rivendell Bicycle Works They do good things there. Steel, Wool, Laddie Pencils from Ticonderoga ( truly the best pencil made).

Might make posting videos a regular thing on Fridays.

Neglected Clothing Thoughts From Last Night

I'm working on it. Apparently my feelings about clothing for riding is more complicated then I thought...  

Thursday, February 10, 2011


  Today before I get ready for work, I am doing as much trouble shooting as I can before riding in next week. Weather is starting to look good, mid to upper 40's. The only thing now is to shut up and do it.

 Maybe later today I'll post some thoughts about clothing for commuting through all the seasons.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Commuting Gear

  Commuting and the gear you choose to use can be as easy or as difficult as you want to make it.
  You could put all of you crap in a backpack and bundle up in your snow jacket and pants,tie up your boots and head off on your $100 dollar mountain bike.
  Saddle up onto your Milwaukee Bruiser or Bianchi Pista with 16 inches of drop. Have your friends help you into your skinny jeans.Stick your gigantic U-Lock in your belt.Make sure your keys are fastened to your belt loop and have the proper jingle factor - something like Santa's Sleigh Bells- is acceptable. Now all you need to do is get your empty gigantic messenger bag and skid your way to class, blowing stop signs and red lights the whole way...Shakkah Bro.

 I could go on and on and on about all the different set ups I have seen or used for commuting. The possiblities are endless, and I'm not knocking any of them, well...maybe I am, the ones where you carry all of your shit on your back. Not good, not fun to ride with and not good for your back.
  I personally have been researching what gear I will use for commuting for about 3 months now. I know I am a peculiar type of cyclist, in the parlance of THE SNOB, I am something of a Retro Grouch,but I also believe in some new fangled idears like clipless shoes and pedals,rechargeable light systems, and SOME synthetic fibers.

  For commuting in early spring, my clothing will consist of a mix and match of what I feel keeps me warm and comfortable, without sweating to death. We will start from the feet up.
- Specialized Tahoe Shoes, comfortable, spd compatible, multi function shoes. If I forget regular shoes, I could wear them at work. (Anyone who knows me knows that I like utility, meaning I want items to be useful for more than one thing).
- Depending on the temperature, Pearl Izumi Barrier Mtb Shoe Covers. The best, they go on easy and keep my feet warm.
- WOOL is real. Wool socks, usually KEEN, or Adidas.
- Padded Cycling Short, Pearl Izumi, Bontrager or Castelli. To keep me comfortable on my 50 mile round trip trek.
- Some sort of thermal tight or weather proof pant. Usually Bontrager. Again, weather dependant.
- Long sleeve base layer, for moisture wicking.
- Short or long sleeve jersey, temperature dependant
- Wind Barrier Vest, Wind Barrier Jacket, or Mega Warm Jacket. Temperature Dependant.HI VIS ALWAYS. Arcteryx, Bontrager,or LL Bean.
-Wool Hat.
- Helmet. Always. NO Exceptions, especially when Randall is speeding next to you in his F350.Rudy Project.

Bike that I will most likely use.

-Specialized Globe Haul, Size Large. Awesome Touring,Commuter,Country Bike.Has a rack built into the frame. Light built into the rack.Full aluminum fenders.
-WTB All Terrainasaurus 700x40 Tires. Awesome. I'm all about big tires.
-Shimano SPD Campus Pedals
-Bontrager Aluminum Bottle Cages,they hold water bottles. I dont care who makes them or what they are made of as long as they can do that.
-Bontrager Air Support Mini Pump.Emergency use only
-Nite Rider Mi-Newt Mini USB Headlight. Light, Simple,bright enough.
-Nite Rider Cherry Bomb Taillight, Two Taillights, just in case.
-Bontrager Handlebar Bag- Reflective, contains my cell phone,wallet,rain poncho,clif bar or fig newtons, map,led flashlight, pocket knife,and sunglasses.
-Bontrager Deluxe Trunk Bag.Reflective Taping. Holds my spare tubes, patch kit,tire levers,multi tool,any extra clothing I may need, my lunch, and a lock.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Weather is Looking Better for Next Week

I may be starting my commuting next week sometime. The weather forecast is saying that early next week will be in the high 30s. Enough to melt the snow and make sure that the thick ice is off the country roads I'll be travelling.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Tweedonneuring. It's probably exactly what you think it is. I'm bringing it back.


I have been neglecting my Globe Haul recently, I was even considering selling it to buy a steel touring bike. I have been going back and forth in my mind for months now, and I realized that I need to just quit thinking and ride the bike I fell in love with. So I am definitely keeping my beloved Haul.
The temperature will hopefully take a turn soon towards being warm, and get above 35 degrees so I can start commuting to work (not that I need it to be warm to go riding, but commuting 25 miles when it's than 30 degrees outside does not sound like something I want to do). I have been pouring over maps and driving potential routes that may be safer for me to travel than the main county routes that I drive to work.
The distance from our apartment in Hiram to Eddy's Bike Shop where I work is roughly 25 miles. I estimate the travel time to be somewhere in the neighborhood of an hour and a half to two hours, depending on what bike I take ( Cannondale Super Six, or Globe Haul-most likely this one),stop lights, how I feel...etc.

More to come in the next couple days.