Sunday, November 16, 2014

Trek 930 upgraded and ready to roll

This bicycle happened really by fluke. I rescued one old Trek 830 which was dumped outside a house during one of the sunday ride. 
True Temper frame by Trek 
You can see more of it from this Facebook link. 
After cleaning it up and test riding the way too big frame. I was amazed by the way True temper chromoly steel rode. Straight as an arrow but super comfy. The way I like it. A bit sad it was too big but still glad I rescued a bike from the Dump. I passed the big frame to Desmond, hopefully it gets converted to a Xcycle to bring joy to her daughter and friends. And join my Surly dummy when we do family rides. Hint hint haha. There's some magic in long bikes but thats another story. 

Then I stumbled on a Trek 930 frame from Vintage Bike Swap Facebook. It was a small cherry red Trek 930 True Temper frame. My Size and super good price. What to do? It was meant to be :) 
According to the Trek bible, its a Trek SHX(front suspension) made 1994. That means I got a 20 year old bike! 
Took me some time to get the bike running as I originally wanted it to be single speed and I screwed up on the tensioner... 
I took my time to think about what kind of riding and things took another turn.... So this is what I did to make the bike suit me and using what I already had left lying around. 

Here are the parts I bought for renewing Trek 930

1) Velo Orange Grand Cru Seine Bars  
This is a simple Chromoly Sweep back handle bar that is not too wide and great for just riding along.  It's made from straight gauge chromoly and dampens road vibration well. The form and geometry is similar to Jones H Bar but simpler. If you want multiple hand holds, you can try the Velo Orange Crazy Bar 

2) Velo Orange Thumb Shifter mounts  This is not for everyone, esp so in the hi tech times of trigger shifters. This is for a person who wants a simple, quality thumb shifters. Sadly the bike industries usually sell on Carbon and newest tech.  There are only 3 options if you want to do thumb shifters. 
- New old stock/ old stock of Deore XT Thumbshifters 
- Paul Thumbshifter mounts , Very nice but a bit more expensive then Velo Orange
- Velo Orange Thumbshifter mounts which looks good and cheapest 

3) Surly LHT fork. I got this from TR bikes. Lynten was nice and kind enough to help sell me and install on the bike to get it running. The gentle curve of the forks visually fits the bike and helps give it a nice damping feel.  

4) Shimano Ultegra 8 Speed bar end shifters. The bike came in 8 speed and this would do nicely... I think. I googled on thumbies and seems like just what I need.  I can toggle between Friction and SIS mode(tick tick tick, indexed) 
5) KMC 8 speed chain - I got from Changi Village aunty shop.Yes, that famous pitstop we all have to visit when we go Changi village. It cost $13.50 and comes with a quick link too.
6) Stainless steel brake cables and housing - Also from Changi Village aunty shop
7) Ergon GP1 grip - These are not retro but my hands are eternally grateful for this superbly ergonomic design. I got this from Chain reaction cycles when I bought the Shimano bar end shifters.
Yesterday I got a few hours free time and started to install the parts. 
It was quite nice and easy to install. Very therapeutic The bar end shifters worked a treat. Especially on the friction mode where I could tweak the lever to have the gears spinning very nicely. 

After 2-3 hours, I took the bike downstairs to try out. It felt like a nice old lorry. Every thing works and rolled nicely. It was raining quite a fair bit so I couldn't try riding for extended time... but I know it fits my kind of riding. Slowly and relaxed.

Many probably wonder why even bother to do this to a old bicycle frame. Wouldn't it be easier to get a nice new bike, get it all installed by your bikeshop. So leychey (troublesome) and cost so much....  
Well, perhaps I am just a retro grouch and one who likes to ride slowly and relaxed. The old steel frames just feels like a pair of nicely worn jeans. Old, faded and comfy. Maybe be its the chromoly tube or True temper material or perhaps the long wheel base which makes the bike very stable and relax. I like it a lot. 
Steel is real. If you have a chance to try an old steel frame, do try it and tell me what you think.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lovecyclingsg 4th Anniversary 12th Oct 2014

Here's some photos of the nice folksy pot luck and kiddo ride we did to celebrate Lovecyclingsg 4th Anniversary.  More here for ur downloadP1060576
What started as a simple idea to meet up with friends and play tourist on our own back yard, turned into something more.
It became a community for cyclists in Singapore. For all kind of bicycle type and brands. Lovecyclingsg is unique where bicycle brands don't really matter. Why should it be? Why should we be judged by the bicycle brand we ride?

4 years of meeting to ride every Sunday to visit places. Its 52 week a years and 208 weekends for 4 years!  That's some commitment. Seriously, it could only be achieved by the tireless efforts of the LCSG Angels. Too many to name but here's some of them. Andy Yap, Berenda, Christine, George Kee, Encik George, Clarence, Nixs, Pierre, Desmond Chia, Jasper, Vince, who quietly run the sunday ride like clock work. Thank you. 
Thank you for believing in the simple idea of E.R.P. Thank you for understanding the magic of simply riding together and having a simple breakfast, coffee to connect with each other.
May Lovecyclingsg continue to thrive and blossom. To more happy rides and years ahead! 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Herman's proposal for a BMX pump track in Singapore

I am totally blown away by this gentleman proposal for a pump track. Usually I see mainly rants and complaints but this is an awesome proposal by someone who obviously knows a thing or two on BMX and most importantly cares enough to do so much work and documentation. I take my hat off him. If you would like to render him some help. Pls contact him via his facebook link.

Monday, October 6, 2014

LCSG 4th year old pot luck and kiddy ride - 12th Oct 2014

Thru cycling, we became friends 

This coming sunday 12th Oct 2014, we will celebrate LCSG 4 year old birthday.  While it appears that things just happen, I assure you that it's not. Its the collective efforts of the LCSG core team that made it possible.
Andy Yap. Christine Gan, George Kee, Wendy Hoo, George lim, Nixs, Jasper, Clarence, Vince Li, Pierre, Steven Tang, Tiger wan, Desmond chia....
To you these might be just names but these are the folks who made it happen. Week after week and month after month. If you want to see selflessness and kampong spirit. This is it.   

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A very very scary comment I saw online on cycling

I saw this posting on cycling in Singapore here
It was about a lady cycling along the road and a bus behind her. There were comments on how it slowed down the bus and that cyclists shouldn't cycle on the road. One especially vicious comments was by this person.  
This was her comments on the cyclist. " Eeleenz Liang some cyclist should juz get run over.." What is going in her mind??? I hope she seriously reflects on her comments. It's scary!
No one should be hurt or killed because he or she choose to take the bicycle as a way to commute.  The fact that this lady chose to take the bicycle option, she is also taking a car (in case she drives) out of the jam and reduce the traffic issue. Now what's wrong with that? 
What a vicious comment by Eeleenz Liang 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Singapore cycling vision - a letter by Osman Sidek

My dream and Vision of the future Singapore is one where a 6 year old school kid can safely cycle to school without adult supervision.  
Oh when oh when will that happen?  
Screen grab of the letter @ Straits time

A hand made bike and a history of who's who in the cycling industry

I saw this on FB and it was about a chap who reached a point of his life where he wants to have his very own custom bike built. Also visiting the artisans and craftsman who dedicated their lives building bike parts that is so famous around.  Have a watch, you are going to like it.