Saturday, December 26, 2015

Shorten Your Lock-On Bicycle Grips

If you tend to tinker your bicycle a lot like me, having a pair of lock-on grips is a blessing. No more struggling to get them off when you want to swap your handlebar, shifters, or brakelevers, while the locking mechanism prevents the grips from twisting off when you're mashing your pedals real hard.
But if you're using twist-style shifters, these grips will be too long to use. So how do you shorten them? I'll show you how.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Celebrating Ten Years of MASH SF

With its extraordinary hilly terrain San Francisco may be one of the most unlikely places for track bikes to flourish, yet on the city’s hills, street riding is reaching one of its ultimate forms of expression. MASH SF, a group of riders from across San Francisco first showed the city’s track-bike potential to the world. Cinelli saw the potential to become the first legendary Italian bicycle manufacturer to embrace the booming urban fixed gear culture. A collaboration with MASH SF resulted with the production of Cinelli x MASH Bolt frame, starting from 2009.
To celebrate the MASH SF's tenth anniversary this year, they teamed up with Cinelli to produce a limited batch of 100 Parallax frames, featuring the livery design from the extraordinary talented Garrett Chow.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Instant Recognition: 1954 Bates Vegrandis

We have a special place in our hearts for British bicycles, especially since we have one in our family for quite a long time. Our brakes are even set in moto-style, proper British way. So when Akmal Haris Rusdi challenged us with a ground up restoration built project, we're really excited.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wheelbuild: Long Live The King

In the age where people treat their wheels as consumables, it is easy to see why a lot of people prefers to buy a ready-to-ride, factory built set of wheels. You'll find them in a wide choice range to suit your pursuit of lightness/stiffness, or to match your budget.
But sometimes some people would like to take their factory built wheels even further.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

A Gift of Two Wheels

A family that rides together, stays together. Or that's what I remembered written on the wall of a bicycle-themed coffee shop I visited many moons ago. So it is very natural for cycling enthusiasts to spread their love of bicycles to their significant others.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mr. Fusion

Step into a haute cuisine diner and you might stumble upon some fusion dishes: delicacies that mixed two or more ethnic cuisines. Served correctly, combining the best of each cuisine origins will give you an entirely new culinary experience like no other.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

A Long Overdue

Some people are drawn into restoring bicycles because of the excitement during the restoration process itself. You can make a solid plan as you like, but more than once, things weren't going according to it. A good friend once said, "When it comes to old bicycles, it's never the case of finding the bike that you really want. More than often, the bike finds you."

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Life Begins At 40

Anyone ever studied managerial accounting will be familiar with the term DRIFT—Doing It Right The First Time. The importance of DRIFT arises from the fact that a just-in-time production system is heavily reliant on the movement of parts and information along the production process. Subsequently, if there is the slightest error at one of the stages of production the whole production process will be affected. By "doing it right the first time" a company is able to run a smooth production process without needing to carry excessive inventory and greatly diminish the costs of production.
But there are times where things are not done right at the first time. Any managers worth their salt should be able to improvise from said circumstances, quickly adapt, and sometimes adopt some of the impromptu elements to be taken account into consideration during the decision making process.