Cycle-Series Continua


An art show wished I’d seen and missed here in Seattle. Heard about it too late, but it was Cycle-Series Continua

is a set of referential, reverential, and narrative sculptures, composed from bicycle parts and afflatus which echo ideas from a diverse selection of influences to express anguish, pay homage, focus (or diffuse) opinion, and to simply explore. Steve is a multidisciplinary engineer, designer, and builder with scores of interests, including enduring enthusiasm for bicycles.

Of those sculptures, the Aluminati interests me the most; especially from the visual arts

Aluminati began as an all-aluminum bike project and evolved into a conspiratorial 35mm film viewer for an old and perhaps arbitrary reel of “Ed Sullivan in Moscow”. A rare Peugeot Comete aluminum bicycle frame (sans decals) is fitted with a variety of bike parts per a primary quest for maximum aluminum, and a secondary quest for French parts (though parts from Japan, Italy, Spain are involved). Aluminum bike seats aren’t readily available, so the one here is OIXIO-hewn by axe/grinder/file from a sheet of 1/8” aluminum, and mounted on titanium rails. 24” aluminum 35mm-film reels (by General Devices & Eng. Co., Hollywood, California) are modified as quick-release bike wheels, the rear having a six-speed freewheel. Film threads through an OIXIO-hack-machined viewer head and over five film guides from front to rear wheels, and motion is powered via the Stronglite 93 cranks [Is that an inverted pentagram?]. A solar- recharged battery that is concealed by a reverent plate powers the viewer LED light.

Aluminati

Aluminati



Rode a Darkling Rain to the Feed Hill

darkling

Rode Through a Darling Rain

It was a darkling rain I rode through, gloomier with each storm cell and mile.

Feed the Goats

Feed Hill

Then a hill I’ve climbed a thousand times now has a goat attraction. Bringing spare change next time.

wool

Rapha wool for balmier days in Seattle

Remarkably, despite the darkling rain, no soak through today wearing Rapha kit like this club jersey and rain jacket.



What’s Mark V Working on Now?

Wanderlust

He’s got a Wanderlust

Doing Something

Doing something

Calipers

With calipers

As it was explained to me

Doing research. A scientist’s foundation is research…even if you’re a mad scientist. I will find a way to run an XX1 10-42t 11-sp cassette with a road lever. 



Epic Beef Bar Prank

Epic Beef Bar


Someone at Hugga HQ must’ve overheard me talking about Issue 11 of our Magazine and the April Fools theme, ‘cause in the bar drawer was this beef-flavored one. I guess the plan was during a sun break, I’d just grab a bar and go, in a hurry before it squalled again. Then the prankster imagined the horrible reaction of me tearing open a Beef Habanero Cherry Bar and taking a bite. That’s like chocolate-flavored anything on an hot day or that one time Clif released premixed drinks that tasted like a locker room smells.



Friction Drilling

This is how they make the holes in Mavic Ksyrium SL rims and other similar rims where the nipples thread directly into the rim. It’s called friction drilling. Rather than having a metal bit that bites into the work piece and removes material in its path, friction drilling uses a fast-spinning conical bit that is pressed hard to the piece. The friction heats the material which flows out of the way of the bit. The friction drill bit must be made of a heat resistant material like cemented carbide (I mean, all good drill bits are made of heat resistant material, but this is way beyond cobalt steel). The advantage is that the process creates a hole with material left around the circumference; then that material can be tapped with threads for the spoke nipple.



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