Category Archives: Bicycles

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Always something else to buy

Last night I got the Hoffman Bama I’ve been working on put together. Yet, as always, there’s more to spend money on. Like, the nice KMC 710SL is too long or too short, never where I want it. I suppose I could get a half link..

Or the 2.25″ front tire that just won’t fit in the forks I bought.

Or how I’ve already replaced 3 tubes in the front tire thanks to a rim strip that keeps sliding.

Oh well, it rides and quite nicely. And it’s a lot lighter than my T1. I’ll post more on that later, I just decided to go to the bike store for a half link.

Assembling round rolling things

I spent last night assembling the front and rear wheels for my new bike project. This would be the 5th time I’ve built a wheel if you count the one wheel I took apart after assembly because it was too lopsided to ride. Technically these would have been #3 and #4 respectively.

I don’t feel like giving too much away on the build but I went with the ever trusted Odyssey 7K-A rims, a Gsport Monkey front hub, and an Odyssey Hazard rear cassette. I’ll leave the unveiling for later.

But back to the wheel building point, it’s a very time consuming process for me. I would imagine it takes me an hour or so to assemble a wheel which is kind of sad because if you Google “Albes wheel build”, you’ll find yourself pointed at a video of a man who can build a complete wheel, and true it, in < 15 minutes. Sigh! But I’ve always been a slow and careful worker plus it’s not like I’m building these for a living.

I figure this might be of help to anyone who might stumble onto this site; the guide I use to build my wheels. This gets linked to a lot I imagine and George from Gsport is regarded quite highly in the BMX world so I figured he would be the man to follow. Using his guide, I do tend to end up with fairly true wheels straight out of assembly and the 2 I’ve actually built and trued, required very little work to get straight.

Here’s the link to the guide: http://www.gsportbmx.com/tech/guide_wheelbuilding.php

My Terrible One Barcode build

When I got into this crazy hobby of playing with BMX bikes at the ripe age of 31, I knew nothing and immediately got my hands on 2 Haro bikes. Turns out Haro is junk these days. I’ll pontificate on that point at a later moment.

Shortly after I started, I grabbed an early production Terrible One Barcode frame. This is back when they weighed something near 7 lbs, 12 oz and had an American bottom bracket. The 08 model weighed 5 lbs, 7 oz as a comparison and it also had the much smaller Spanish BB. Terrible one has a strong following but I do believe that the weight of the frame I started with was a bit much. Regardless, I jumped in head first and started buying parts. The following is what I ended up with.

  • Frame: Terrible One Barcode (99 or 2000 vintage if I had to guess)
  • Headset: Solid
  • Bottom Bracket: Profile
  • Bars: Solid Hella Light
  • Grips: Solid Death grips
  • Stem: Unknown
  • Forks: Odyssey Pro Dirt
  • Lever: Diatech Dirty Harry
  • Cable: Odyssey Slic Kable
  • Brake: Odyssey Evolver
  • Pads: Odyssey 4×4 Red
  • Cranks: Eastern 720
  • Pedals: Odyssey Twisted PC
  • Sprocket: Solid 36t
  • Chain: KMC
  • Hubs: G-Sport Homer (front & rear – 14mm, 48h, 4x lace pattern)
  • Freewheel: Odyssey 13t
  • Spokes: Sapim 14g
  • Rims: Odyssey 7K-A
  • Tires: Premium Refuse Resist Folding
  • Seat Post: Shadow Conspiracy
  • Seat: Shadow Conspiracy Penumbra

This resulted in a pretty solid bike that can handle a big guy like me and not need a whole lot of maintenance done to it. Sure, it’s not a sub 30lb bike (or if it is, it’s maybe 29 lbs) so it’s not going to win any popularity contests on the forums, but it’s a darn good bike if I have to say so.

I’m still a total newb at the BMX thing but I think building is where the fun is, hence there’ll be a 2nd build post coming up soon. For now, an already out of date picture.. yes, the Eclat seat is long gone.