First of '20

First of '20

GRIP OF GODS II (a fun way to be kind of a home mechanic)

Start with a Hunt-Wilde grip, still made in the U.S.

 Cut some tape, about twice as long as the grip, plus the endy part,

Tape top and bottom and end, like this. It isn't  important to nail the length, but if you're compulsive, go for it.


Get a rectangle of wool felt. We've gotcha covered, hang in there.


Wrap it it with sailmaker's twine. We have you covered. Or you can use hemp, for sure; or nylon. Wrapping isn't an art form, just get it tight and tie it off with a whip finish. Use another piece of twine about 10 inches long, wrap five to seven tight winds toward the loop end...stick the end of the wrapping twine thru the loop, hold  it tensioned so your wraps don't loosen; then grab the pointy ends of the loop twine and (without losing tension on the other), pull it through. Snip if desired, but it's not necessary.

That's one hand about to be thrilled.



Two Hunt-Wilde grips, either both black, both red, or one of each;

Twelve feet of waxed twine that we're never going to supply again, because this whole project is ridiculous, even if the result is so neat;

Two grip-top-sized rectangles of 100 percent wool felt from Michigan;

Here's what you need. We sell the grips one at a time, so you can max or mix. We have enough twine and wool for 25 setsa grips.


Here's a fit lady with a rare name.


 Naturally, Non is sponsored by SRAM, another unusual name..because...



If her grades were good and all her other ducks were in a row and she applied, would she have gotten into Stanford? I bet UC Berkeley would have found a spot for her, arch rivals with Stanford as it is. Both would have given her a second look, anyway.


John sent me this photo. I think it's a Campy derailer, and the brakes are Weinmann--which were always way out there and hard to reach. He's probably efficient with his toe clips, tho. 

I do like the fork bend, the head tube, and except for the tie and shoes (smooth leather soles?) he IS dressed to ride.


 Robert (formerly known as Pineapple Bob) has retired and is going back to Hawaii, the ol' homeland. He's here now, working on a bike, and has one of his many bikes here, a heavily modified cheapo Nishiki Olympic 6. from early '70s. It's now a take-apart bike, courtesy of Jeff Lyons, and the rest of it is Robert at his most typical. Quick photos:






The Marin Mountain Bike Museum has expanded, and was recently bequeathed (only use of that word in my life) a guy's collection of antique bikes, and there were really neat ones in it. It's impossible to get good shots with all the bikes in the background and all, but I did my best with my iPhone 6S, and that'll have to do. Also, some pix of other more modern bikes in there. Minimal captions, scroll thru fast.

1890s suspension saddle

another one


1893 Pierce (USA) dual suspension bike. Moots did a similar-thing in the late 1980s.

The Pierce fork crown. It's steel.

The Pierce fork. Nice bend, isn't it? The dual-layer thing shown better and explained below.

The outer plate is separated from the main flat fork blade by a chunk of leather...and when tho hittest a bump, the plate-n-leather slide down the blade, and there's your suspension, pal. Pierce was one of the fancy brands of its day. 

One of the earliest, possibly THE earliest (1991) dual-suspension bike.

This Marin is from 1998.

Klein, also from 1998.

Here is Riv customer Chis Collins's 1976 dual-susser, just sent to me know, as he read this:

Only famous spectacular people read this BLAHG.



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