New Paint On The 2 20s.

I changed the color of the 20 inch wheeled fatbike that I recently heightened to olive drab.

Next I scavenged the wheels off of another Grandson’s old bike which were black and painted them green and put them on my other small wheeled bike. The rear was a freewheel not a coaster brake as before so this meant also adding a rear brake.

Not the most practical or efficient bikes but with their upright position and nimbleness they are really fun to ride.

New Bike Share Program

Yesterday I rode to attend the big city’s launch of a new bike share program. Happened across another event while riding around after.

Swapmeet Free Pile Bike

With the exception of the wheel set, chain and pedals, everything else was from last Sunday’s Midwest Bicycle Swap. The sprocket was given to me and the rest was from the “free pile”. The original fork was tweaked. The fork I used was also from the free pile. The sprocket was bent so I straightened it and some of the teeth I had to file. I had the red front wheel but not a red rear wheel so I painted a rim and laced an old Bendix hub into it. I first used the original chain and got a mile from home and it broke. Walked it home and put on another chain and rode about a dozen miles with no other issues

After the ride I messed around and made a lever actuated bell.

Our 8th Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet

This past Sunday was the 8th annual Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet here in town. The night prior we did our usual “garage ride” where we ride to ours and a couple other’s garages to socialize, look at and talk bikes. This year before the ride started we had a potluck dinner at the park. A pretty good turn-out and a lot of food.

I made a vegan jambalaya for the potluck dinner.

Photo courtesy our friend Teri.

Garage Ride group photo courtesy Paula G Photography.

Swap day was a beautiful day for a change. The weather the last couple of years haven’t been so great. We had a good turn-out.
I sold 3 bikes (2 grandkids and the Bike OF Frankenstein) a few parts and various bike related t-shirts I’d collected but never wore.

Below is some of what I brought home. A couple things were given to me, a few things I bought and others (including the cantilever Schwinn) came from the free pile.
In addition to the above I also brought home a couple kickstands, bells a fork and couple junk frames to hack up.

A few photos of the swap.

Lunch And Exploring

Yesterday I went riding in the big city where I thought I might be slightly protected from the 20+ mph wind. That turned out to be mostly true. There were a few times heading into the wind that the gusts nearly stopped me in my tracks. For lunch I had veggie fried rice from a new-to-me Chinese restaurant which was really good. I did some exploring which included an abandoned golf park. Also a stop along Gypsum Creek.

Foam Bicycle Art

Just wanted to share the awesome bike art that our friend Everett makes out of foam.

Schwinn DX I believe.

Elgin Bluebird.

Everett’s process for making them…
“I trace image from a projector and cut by hand using a small saw blade. Sand and paint using acrylic paint. It is very time consuming. I treat it as if I was working a puzzle and find a piece or two when I have time.”