early march variety pack

Posted on March 03 2018

early march variety pack

We got in the Billie bar and put it on a blue Cheviot. I stayed 1:15 late to wrapnlac it. I've shown these fancy wrap projects before, and a few blahgs back is a step-by-step so you can du-it-yerseff. It takes a while. I've done it free and then cheap on request, but I've got a full plate these months, so if you want to do it, get the tape and twine and follow the steps. Keep reading or scroll way down and you'll see where the super-gruvy twine comes from. It's super strong, flat, waxed, shiney. Hemp works, too, but I tend to crank hard on the twine, and this stuff is super strong. Not necessary for twining tape, but helpful here.



It's khaki and teal with clear shellac and wrapped with that special twine.

Don't think it, don't say it. I know, a Shimano trigger shifter. Well...a month or so ago a woman bought a CLEM L with our normal inboard thumbies, and her thumbs were tiny and weak and she had a hard time with them. So we put one of these guys on, and BINGO. It's now and official option. This bike has one trigger, one thumby.

I can't take normal work hours to do this. I don't want to do it anymore, but if yoiu really really want me to, I'll do it for a $120 donation to this guy's new bike shop in Tucson:

This is my own grip. Experimenting with tape over paddle grip. Notice the quick-n-krappie tape job. I was in a hurry, had planned to redo it, but shoot--it keeps on working. Notice the washers-which-shall-not-be-named.


Here's the right shifter on the same bike. This is the groovy spot for the thumby, but it's a hard sell, so we gave up trying. Notice the SUPER lousy grip and the SPECIAL RED washers that shan't be named. I found them in a drawer, and I don't know where they came from.

Here's the kickstand on the bike. Problem:I didn't cut  it short enough, so I have to remove the foot and kickstand and recut it about 1cm shorter. Shoot. It's like...a waste of life-time. I have no t ime for this, but I gotta. Shoot, shoot.



 Former employee lifetime friend to all Keven got his "major hassle, never again, barely a Rivendell" custom for child-and-load hauling.

Notorious washer holds the fork in.

Custom rack and head tube mount. Rack doesn't turn with wheel. You cannot afford this rack. Keven can't. Nobody can. Don't even ask.

Frame sans Keven.



Should be in color. Shot with Makro-Planar lens with 55mm extension tube with FP4 film.


Got nothing to add.


Top: Leaf Me Be, Scarlet Starlet, Thera-pewter

Next: Scarlet Starlet with Purplexed and Thera-Pewter

Next: Thera-pewter, for the glittery titanium look

Bottom: Purplexed, Leaf Me Be, Thera-pewter, with a rogue Scarlet Starlet

I was cleaning out drawers and found all these lose Pioneer (model) Swiss Army knives. This is the coolest model, and we used to sell them. Amazon killed that. They were silver, but I've been going nuts with Sally Hansen nail polish--the Target woman said it's the best for bike touch-ups--and Sally Hansen has quite the story, so I'm all about it:


Not enough bike content, I know. I doubt Sally ever pedaled a foot, but who am I to say, and why speculate?


I'm working on a frame and bike catalog. Taking forever.


Here's where I do it. The only place in the house I'm allowed to mess up.


Here's the twine:


I don't want to keep harping on our recent recovery, but it's something all of us think about and talk about, and we are grateful to the googolplexth power. Thanks, and that's it for now.




  • EMC: March 29, 2018

    Chiming in for love/ admiration/ demand to bring the Kevmixte to fruition. I’ve been dreaming of a “mountainous mixte” for the longest time…this is the closest I’ve come yet to seeing the bike that haunts my REM sleep in reality. I’m not well off but would consider mortgaging most my possessions if that ever becomes something more than a one-off.

  • grant petersen: March 13, 2018

    Mike: The crank arm broke..I don’t know how. The rider was pedaling up a hill, as I remember. I’ve seen it before, but figured the pedal washer would have prevented it, and it didn’t. So I won’t go nuts raving about how everybody needs pedal washers.
    Howard: There will be typos but not many. It’s for the most part an evening project. Fingers crossed. Oh—and it’s all film, for better or worse.
    KEVEN’S BIKE: We have a cargo bike here with a non-turning front. I hope it wasn’t presented as a Rivendell innovation. Bromptons have that, too. It’s a little weird at first, but you get used to it fast, and my opinion is…it’s a good way to go for heavy loads, but for normal ones, no big deal.
    KICKSTAND TOPIC: If you put a Pletscher foot on it, you have to cut it about 12 to 16mm shorter than what they recommend. I like the dremel idea..

  • Mike: March 11, 2018

    What’s the story behind the busted crank arm?
    Pedal shaft edge dig in too much and eventually cracked it?

  • Eric: March 09, 2018

    Oh man, Keven’s new cargo couch looks amazing!

  • Howard Ramsay: March 09, 2018

    “I’m working on a frame and bike catalog. Taking forever.” – GP

    Take your time, it’s worth it.

  • David Bivins: March 08, 2018

    So nice to see Keven. He was at BBH when we first visited you all and he was an excellent ambassador of what you’re all about. We have sons the same age. He had a ridiculous commute to BBH if I recall correctly.

  • Joe Bernard: March 06, 2018

    I’ll second Tom’s push for a Kevenbike with some sort of headtube-mounted rack. I think it qaulifies as almost-a-cargo bike and would be very useful.

  • Robert: March 06, 2018

    My WorkCycles Fr8 has a massive front frame-mounted carrier. Dutch bikes have featured them for decades, or longer. This is not an innovation.

  • Scot: March 05, 2018

    Took a queue from you and tried some Newbaums wrapped around an ESI silicon grip, and it might be the comfiest thing EVER.

  • neil: March 05, 2018

    Good blahg. Love that diablo pic, knowing just where that kicker is. keven’s custom, wow! not sure how i would react with a rack that did not follow the front wheel…would probably induce some sort of vertigo!

  • Tom Milani: March 05, 2018

    A lot of skin-on-frame kayak builders use that twine to lash the ribs to the keelson, among other tasks.

  • doug peterson: March 04, 2018

    Those “mysterious” washers are flared rubber washers.

    Kickstand cut made easy: Dremel tool with cut-off wheel. 5 minutes.


  • Tom: March 04, 2018

    Okay, I’ll be the first of hopefully many to suggest that Keven’s frame is a great direction for a future Rosco or Clem variant. It’d have to be TIG’d to be at all cost effective but that is a great urban/hauler/tourer frame. The modular fixed front rack is also a phenomenal product idea, maybe somewhat affordable in welded tubular aluminum? Keep the swoopy mixte, long wheelbase and the fat fatty tire capacity and I’m there. Got a card ready. I missed out on the fat mixte Roscos twice now.

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