Saturday, May 31, 2008

Click, click, click...following links...

So, sitting here waiting for live updates from the Giro on velonews.com (a quite exciting stage yesterday and everything is on the wire coming into today mountain stage followed by tomorrow's final stage - a time trial in Milan), I visited JimG's sfcyclotouring blog to see what he's got going on. He's got a post about a 26" wheel Kogswell P/R. Hmmm. Wonder what that's all about as I thought Kogswells were either 650B or 700C wheeled frames.

From JimG's Kogswell, page I click on the Hiawatha Cyclery link where the photo of the 26" wheel P/R came from and end up at their flickr page. Hmmm, again. Some interesting sounding photo albums. English bikes. (DiLuca gets dropped, Ricco is with Contador, Contador has a team mate ahead in a break...) Some neat utility bikes. A cool old bike they rescued and built for his mom. And some 650B conversions. And there it is, a really cool early Stumpjumper conversion to fixed gear, 650B, "camping bike" with front basket, rear rack, and Nitto Albatross (North Road?) bars.

I go back to the main photo page and see Stumpjumpers and other classic MTBs - gotta click on that one! And that's when I see that oh so familiar decal at the bottom of the seat tube. A Pacific Coast Cycles decal! Preserved just like it was applied yesterday. I've applied a lot of those decals back in the day. I still think it's one of the best looking shop decals - black on silver mylar with that oh-so-familiar Campy NR ring. Someone posted a comment about a "Sam" who used to work there. I don't remember anyone named Sam, but 1983 was quite a few years before I started working there. (Selle is off the front, Ricco is still with Contador and is trying to get Contador to chase Selle - ha, fat chance!, DiLuca has blown and is over a minute behind Contador)

So, with just a few clicks, I've come across this little gem that takes me back and makes me all warm and fuzzy. (Selle wins his third stage and Ricco was 4th with Contador 5th both sharing the same time, but are there time bonuses for 4th place? - Nope. It all comes down to tomorrow's time trial. DiLuca has lost his third place position on GC. Ricco will have to uncork the ride of his life if he wants to win. Boy, will that give him some verbal fodder. Selle just rode himself into 5th overall, just 35 seconds from a podium finish - if he can time trial - me thinks not.)

(What's playing: The Replacements Kiss Me on the Bus from MPR's The Current)

2 comments:

Jim G said...

Hi Mike, Kogswell P/R frames are most-commonly 650B. Just like my 700C model, a small run of 26-inch-wheeled frames (reportedly 20) were built in one size only (59cm). My understanding is that this was done (in part) so that 3 frames representing the 3 wheel sizes could be sent to Bicycle Quarterly so they can do a wheel-size shootout test to answer the ultimate "which wheel size is best" question.

blackmountaincycles said...

Ahh, that makes sense. Has BQ published any results? I've been following your low-trail travails with interest because I'm not sure I quite understand it all. It's interesting how the style of bike and its use may dictate specific geometry requirements. I always shot for a trail dimension of around 65mm as Lennard Zinn once told me he thought that was ideal ... for a road bike. But then, what exactly is a "road" bike...