I’ve started a new blog and most of my attention has been going there. It’s about my thrift shopping/vintage goods dealing and it’s located at freshfinds.ca. I do have some stuff to upload here, namely picture from Sled Island 2012 that I’ve been too lazy to sort through for coming up on 2 years now, I know…I know.
While I am doubtful to participate due to work and school
wasting taking up all my time I’d just like to point out to anyone who may be reading that the Rat Rod Bike Buildoff #6 has begun over at Rat Rod Bikes. While there are many cycling and bike building forums out there I enjoy RRB the most because it’s really friendly and laid back and for the most part it’s not about who can buy the nicest cutting edge components and slap them together it’s more about finding something in rough shape and turning it into something that looks cool but is still meant to be ridden. While reading the project logs building up to the final vote might not be for everyone I think that browsing through the finished bikes is something most people will get a kick out off, check out the previous gallery of finalists here.
Here’s my new oldest bike. It’s a skiptooth 1945 Westfield Columbia Paratrooper. I had it shipped from the states so it wasn’t cheap but it was just too cool to pass up! It comes apart into 2 pieces and the handlebars fold down. It was originally designed this way so that it can be strapped to a paratrooper jumping out of a plane, how cool is that? The design was popular even after the war so they kept producing them and that’s what mine is. Check out the National Bicycle History Archive of America for their cool article on this bike.
This is a bike I’m currently building up, well technically it’s just sitting in the garage but the idea is that I will at some point when I’m not working or doing school work. As much as it will cheese off the purests out there it will end up being a mix of the original and newer parts. The plan is to make it look something like a dutch bike, for example the Pashley Princess. I found the bike in its current form at the antique mall for $50, literally in a snow bank outside. It’s missing the headbadge and has quite a bit of rust as well as the rear wheel area is out of wack so there will be some bending to get it back in shape before things get started. But for a 64 year old it’s got pretty decent bones. The front fork is straight which is the #1 thing I looked at when considering buying it because the chances of finding another fork for a reasonable price are pretty slim. I’m planning to strip it down to bare metal (hopefully the restoration purests stopped reading before that) and paint it a as yet undecided color and switch the wheels to a 3 speed 26 x 1 3/8 wheelset which as a bonus (to the future rider) will lower the bike 3cm from the current 28 x 1 1/2 wheels. I do currently have a pretty full stable of bikes but right now this one is the oldest…I am however waiting for a package from the mailman with a bike of 1945 vintage. Here she is, don’t mind the mess:
This is a made in the USA between 1945-1949 telechron clock model #3H151 “The Pharaoh” I bought and refinished for my lovely girlfriend for christmas. I used Minwax pre-stain wood conditioner (helps to get an even finish, so says the can) and Minwax Wood Finish Golden Pecan 245. It came out a fair bit darker and more orange than I was expecting but still looks great in my opinion and she seemed to like it. I also gave it a new plug in because the old one was pretty scary with exposed wires.
Wheew it has been awhile! I’ve got some pictures kicking around to post but I’ll get to those as I can but first here’s the crazy crazy SNFU show pictures. It was a long time ago so I might have the wrong name for the one (not Edmonton) band but y’know that’s how it goes.
Burn Hollywood Burn
Seriously, sailboats, coolest looking things ever. Click to see a sampling of the bazillion pictures of boats I took!