Fuji Ace with SunTour Blaze

Fuji Ace

As if spotting a Fuji Ace wasn’t enough, it had SunTour Blaze on it. I’d never seen that group.

Sun Tour Blaze

Retro Grouches on our Facepage identified it as a late 80s, low-to mid group. The proud owner bought the Ace at a garage sale for a couple, hundred dollars.

At Least I Have Their Lung

phelps

During a recent trip to the allergist to staunch the flow of tree-related phlegm in my nose and tears in my eyes I mentioned my cold-weather related asthma to the doctor. While I don’t usually have breathing problems, on rides under about 60 degrees I’ve had some issues and my GP prescribed me an inhaler a few years ago.

To check and make sure I had no lung impairment he had me do a quick lung function test. After breathing really hard into a paddle I waited as the computer spit out my numbers. The doctor stopped and looked at them hard. “This is good,” he said “really good. Look at this.”

He pointed at a few numbers that represented my lung capacity. All were above 120%, with a bunch of them above 160%.

“An olympic athlete is usually around 120%,” he said “go put this on your fridge.”

Well that explains why I’ve always been able to go from lack-of-exercise to solid performance incredibly quickly and why I don’t collapse on the side of the road in my early season for lack of breath. But it also makes me feel like maybe I’ve squandered a bit of a gift. I’ve never liked to race (I’m what I call “passive competitive”) but shit, if I’ve got a huge set of pipes maybe I should use them.

What do you think? Maybe it’s time to start gearing up for cross season.

In any case, I’m going to take a quick test to one of the places that does VO2 and resting metabolic testing to see what else is lurking under this big ol’ pile of David.

Seattle Bitch

Downtube sticker indicated the name of this bike. Spotted in the Belltown neighborhood, downtown Seattle.

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Public Bikes in Portland

This orange Public Bike pops on a rainy night in Portland.

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Davidson MkV: dropout

MkV rear dropout

I designed my new Davidson titanium bicycle to be a travel bike with multiple personalities, and the Paragon Machines Works dropouts are a key point of the design. With track-style rearward facing frame ends, the MkV can easily be kitted as a fixed gear or even fully velodrome-legal track bike. But by having 130mm dropout spacing and derailleur hanger, the bike is ready to be a regular road bike. Like many designs, there are of course compromises. As a track bike, 130mm spacing is a little annoying when all regular track wheels are 120mm; luckily the springy nature of the MkV’s titanium construction means that I can tighten the rear triangle down unto a 120mm wheel without coldsetting the frame. As a road bike, the rearward facing dropouts make an ordeal out of swapping the rear wheel in and out. Greasy fingers from manually maneuvering the chain. However, a large number of time trial framesets share this problem as they use similar dropouts with derailleurs so that the tire can be positioned close to the seat tube.

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