Monday, March 28, 2011

Hobbit progress and helmet merkins

I got a little further with the Hobbit this weekend. Hydro EBRs went on really easy. I need a spacer for the headset, but other than that they're ready. As hard a rubber compound as the Michelin Pilot Sporty tires are, they went on super easy. I thought it was going to be like wrestling with a Gazelle tire (or like wrestling with a live gazelle for that matter, although I think I could probably take one in a fight). Flat clubmans look good on the bike, but I still need to chop down the seat.















Front brakes are being a pain in the ass. I haven't worked with this style in years, and can't remember how to install them on the brake plate. If any of my gentle readers out there have fun suggestions, I'm all ears.














Everyone knows I love Treats, and that I never have a disparaging word toward them. But a blight hit their webstore this past week: the helmet hawk.
















They sold out in a matter of days.

If you are reading this please, PLEASE, for the love of god, do not attach one of these to your helmet. This is the grommiest of grom things to do. YOU WILL BUM OUT ANYONE WHO RIDES BEHIND YOU AT A RALLY THIS SUMMER. This is worse that strawberry scented 2-stroke oil. This is the merkin of the two-wheel world. If you breakdown on a ride, and are wearing one of these, I will not stop for you. In fact I may kick you as I ride past, and I will most certainly laugh at you.

7 comments:

Ian T said...

true talk el presidente gordo, true talk

Joel said...

Nice work, I too worked on a hobbit this weekend.

westseattleryan said...

Whats wrong with strawburry scent? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

I too am beyond bummed out with the choice to sell these...

Philip Patrie said...

Put the shoes on the post, then put the center of the horse shoe spring around the post. You should be able to get one of the tabs into one side of the brake shoe easily. The other takes a large flat screw driver placed under the spring with the tip resting on the shoe, and you tilt the screw driver up making the spring slide down into the brake shoe. The other side will try to hop out when you do this, so put it in a vice, or secure it somehow

seth said...

awesome. thanks phil. i'll give it a shot.

gaber said...

"grommiest of grom things" is exactly what went through my head when i saw those on treats. that hobbit looks great!

EVAN said...

Helmet hawks go on loaner helmets.