04 September 2014

DIY Fork Bike Light Mount

Ever since I finished the MB-1 Bridgestone I have been looking more into adventurous travel by bike. This might be a day out on a light tour or a S24O or even a full on bikepacking trip. I soon figured out that I needed to add some lights to my bikes if I was going to head out on the road for one of these rides.

Here in Virginia there is a law on the books that cyclist must have a white front light and a blinking red light if they ride on a public road between sunset and sunrise with a posted speed of 35mph or higher see here for bike laws. It just makes since to ride with lights anytime because of all the folks trying to drive and use a cell phone at the same time.

One issue that I am having is that I do not want to mount anything else on my handle bars. When I ride I like to move my hands around and I feel like I cannot do that with a handlebar full of stuff. With that issue comes a second issue. I wanted a mount that looks like it is part of the light system and not something I just put together.

With more time wasted on the internet I found all types of set-ups but nothing I liked until I found the Problem Solvers website. They had a cool little Blog section that showed you how to well "solve" stuff.

Now there are a couple of ways that I could have gone with this. I could have used a Gino Light Mount from Paul Components. Problem Solvers has two solutions. Those would be Brake Stud Light Mounts and Quick Release Nut Light Mount.

The Gino Mount would have worked on the MB-1 but not my Waltworks CX bike. I am not sure if the Brake Stud Mount would have worked on the Waltworks because I have Paul Neo Retro Brakes. I am not so sure about using a QR Nut Mount as part of my QR.

I did find two DIY Hacks on the Problem Solver Blog. The first hack was a fork crown light mount and a second hack was afork light mount. Both of these used the QR Nut Light Mount. Both of these solutions I like and both meet my requirement of looking like it is part of the light system.

So now I have two bikes that I want to mount lights on. Only the Bridgestone will work with the crown mount hack but both the Bridgestone and the Waltworks will work with a fork mount set-up. Since both bikes can use the same set-up I only need to make one mount that I can move from bike to bike. So now I have two requirements (1)that the mount looks like its part of the light system and (2) the mount can be moved from bike to bike. I go with fork mount hack

Two things I would like to caution you on. First is cost. I ordered a Cateye FlexTight Bracket #533-8827N off of eBay for around $7 with free shipping. The QR Light Mount I purchase from my LBS. They had to order the mount and it cost me full retail of $25 and two trips to the shop. One trip to make the order and one trip to pick it up. Then I purchase the M5 bolt from my local hardware store and a M5 nut for a grand sum of 65 cents each. So I am about $33 into this project. Next is if your reading comprehension is good, you would have read that you need to tap the M4 nut that is part of the bracket to a M5. This cost me another trip to the hardware store to purchase a M5 tap. Grand Total for the project is now $36. But you can always use a new tool!

This is what my project turned out looking like

I just used the light that I had to see how this would look and work for me. I am looking at using a Princeton Tec PUSH on this mount. I am also going to see how my mini camera will work on the mount.I am happy with the way this project turned out for me and I hope that some of my research on this project will help you. Whatever you do make sure it is the right solution for you and that you have the skills and tools needed to do the job right. Safety first!

02 September 2014

A Dad and Daughter Outing

Took a day last week to have a little one-on-one outing with my daughter. This was the second time that we have gone on a canoe outing. I believe we were the first customers of the day at the canoe and kayak rental service that the park has. For a person that does not own a canoe the parks rental service is a great deal.

We were able to rent a two person Old Town canoe with PFD and paddles for two for a two hour time period for $16. You cannot go to the movies that cheap.

Swift Creek Lake is a 300 acre lake in the heart of Pocahontas State Park.

Our plan was to paddle out to see the eagle's nest. It took us almost and hour to paddle out to the area of the nest. But navigating from the water to where things are on land is a little harder than I thought it would be. Once we got to the nest location I was not sure my daughter had seen it.

With and hour paddle back we catch some of the birds that call the lake their home.

After taking a lunch break, we head to another location in the park so we can hike to the eagle's nest. After a 30 minute hike we make it to our objective.

No eagle's in the nest. That's okay! We had a great time and a great adventure.

06 July 2014

Going Fat on the Front

Checking out adventure bike blogs and the such, I see that a lot of non-racer types are running fatter tires on their steed. The other day in the garage I was cleaning up and notice I had a Wilderness Trail Bike MOTO Raptor 26 X 2.4". I had purchased a used set of Cane Creek AeroHeat wheels and the tire came on one of the wheels. After looking at the tire and the Waltworks fork, it looks like it would fit. I figured since I had the tire I would give it a try and see what a fat is all about.

Over the last year the roots are starting to be more define on the Lakeview Trails. This makes for some rough riding on a 26" rigid bike. I mounted the tire and put about 32lbs of air in the tire. This is the same amount that I run on my other 2.1" set-ups. I used this as a starting place.

A 2.4" tire does slow you down some, but that's okay because I am not racing. Overall handling is the same as a 2.0/2.1" tire. But a 2.4" just sucks up the bumps better.

That's a lot of contact with the trail!

I guess there are two things that I am looking for with this set-up. One would be something that sucks up the bumps and helps with control. Two is to help with arm and upper body fatigue. If I am able to achieve both of these items it would be such a benefit. After two rides this weekend I am encourage, but I need to ride much longer before I say fat is where it's at!

29 June 2014

MB-1 Test Ride

The Bridgestone in it's natural elements! This was my second test ride over the weekend. Things I found wrong on the trail that did not happen in the neighborhood. I felt my saddle was just a little low. Seat post clamp will not hold (fixed back at the Bikewright Base Camp). Cannot shift into big ring now (fixed back at the Bikewright Base Camp). Headset loose, I think I have fixed the issue. Right pedal, the bolt that screws into the axle keeps loosing. Both bearings need to be replaced...

Other than those few minor things I really love the ride and fit of this bike. I can see that this bike is going to be my S24O bike. I am already planning mini-adventures on it!

22 June 2014

MB-1 Bridgestone Rebuild Completed!

BEFORE: 1986 MB-1 Bridgestone Competition

26 June 2009 is when the Bikewright Blog started and it started because of me receiving a 1986 MB-1 Bridgestone for Father's Day. Go here to read the first post. I spend more time than money on this project. The total cost for just the bike and parts ran me $600. You can see here my post on finding some parts at the local recycle bike shop.

I didn't start riding mountain bikes until 10 years after this bike was made. So all the parts for those years I had to learn about. Out of all my research out there on the internet there was not a lot about the the MB-1 from 1986. You can find a lot from the 90's and that is what most people have. The project has be more about learning about how things work and how they made things that will last. Just this past week has been the first time that I have ridden the bike and now can understand why Grant Peterson stuck to his guns about this design. Here is my post about Peterson and his Rivendell bikes and parts cleaning.

There were post about braking things down to see how they worked.Glad I was able to put those shifters back together. I didn't know if I was going to repaint the bike or leave the finish as is. That was one of the biggest road blocks that I had to over come. I stuck with leaving it as is. I had not been able to ride the bike before I started this project and figured I just wanted to get the bike back together and if I liked the set-up I would paint it. I still don't know if I will repaint it or not. Looks cool like it is!Starting back after taking a break. Was I going to use the wheels that came on it or build a set of wheels. Check out wheel action.

Update #? was cleaning the roller cams brakes. I spent a lot of time with cleaning,removing rust and polishing parts. Did I tell you I spent a lot of time cleaning, removing rust and polishing parts. It is amazing what life you can bring to a old part.

Can't forgetupdate #?2 The headset issue was a big problem. So much so that I went back to using the original Shimano 600 headset. I also found out it was a top of the line headset back in the day.

So here you go, the AFTER shot

I replaced the saddle with a Selle Anatomica saddle. The grips were replaced with Ergon GP1 BioKork. The cables and housing are new but the coil housing is used. Everything else is what came on the bike or I found a original replacement.

Here are some shots of the BEFORE

Where do I go from here? This week should be a couple of test rides to make sure everything works correctly and make adjustments that need to be made. Oh and the search will go on for some bags for the rear rack. Not sure of the style or brand at this point. If you know of something that will look good and will hold up please leave a comment.

11 June 2014

Chesterfield Community Workshop- Bikeways and Trail Plans

Chesterfield County is having some Community Workshops (meetings) for input into the Master Plan for on and off-road bikeways and trails in the county.Here is a like to the county's website. Here is the link to the Workshop meeting locations and times.

I took the on-line survey and plan on going to a meeting or two.

08 June 2014

Trail Trash and Trail Litter What's the Difference?

This is the Bikewright definition.

Trail Trash -(n) Trail Trash is all the dirt/leaves/small rocks/pine needles and other trail crap that sticks to your legs while riding or goes down inside your boots or shoes while hiking or backpacking that can cause hot spots or blisters,

Trail Litter-(n) Trail Litter is all- (just look at the picture)

This was just from a short loop on the trails and back to the house! You would think with all the folks that ride with some type of pack on that there wouldn't be anything on the trail. So the next time you are on the trail just take a second or two and stop and pick-up some trail litter.

Thank You!