There’s only one scenario where getting a new bike is a bad thing, and that’s when you’ve had a bike stolen from you. Especially if it’s a bike you’ve built from the ground up. But, even considering that – new bike!
Of course I’ve had several “new” bikes in recent years, but they’re always been vintage bikes. Getting a brand new bike from a shop i haven’t done since I worked at Redbike about ten years ago.
Before I even started looking, I new there wouldn’t be that many for me to choose from. For starters, I wasn’t going to spend a lot on it – $2000 was my target. And I just don’t have any interest in a lot of the bikes out there now.
I’m sure trail bikes like the Rocky Thunderbolt and Kona Process/Precept are awesome, but I don’t ride enough to warrant a bike like that. I wanted a hard tail with a long fork and 27.5″ wheels. And it pretty much had to be steel. Aluminium is fine, but steel is just a better fit.
That really left me with only two choices.
I’ve always said that a mechanic becomes a Master Mechanic when he or she makes his own tools. Some bike repair scenarios require very specific tools, and it’s impossible to press others into duty. In the brilliant Hard on Equipment, Corb Lund sings;
Well it’s vise grips for pliers /
And pliers for a wrench /
A wrench for a hammer /
Hammers everything else.
That’s just not going to cut it when you need to replace a headset. Which you actually would use a hammer for…
Seriously though, if you want to do it right, and not destroy the frame, you need a headset presses. Similarly, you need starnut setting tools, bottom bracket facing tools, cone wrenches, and truing stands.
Though some brave souls will take matters into their own hands.
Recently, I thought it would be cool to write about titanium bikes. Not any particular brand as I’ve been doing, but just in general. Simply because titanium is so damn cool.
Then I thought, why not expand on that, and write about all of the different things bikes are made from? I’m sure you know that bikes are made from steel and aluminium, but did you know bikes have been made from magnesium, titanium, stainless steel, AerMet, boron carbide, and beryllium?
I am quite certain I didn’t just make up some of those things.
Today, we’ll talk about magnesium. It is the ninth most abundant element in the universe, it’s symbol is Mg, and it’s atomic number is 12.
I have two bikes for sale. Check out the pictures and read the descriptions, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. I’ll have a number of other bikes for sale once I get them ready to go; like a Specialized FSR, Kona Caldera, Nakamura city bike, and a nifty Glider townie.
1991 Rocky Mountain Stratos, aluminium frame made in Japan. I think it’s a 19.5″ frame.
Stock parts on it were Shimano DX, but there’s some nice upgrades like Shimano XT hubs on Araya rims, and Dia-Compe SS-7 brake levers.