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Cannondale SliceRS, Narrow is Aero!!

Just finished building up a brand new SliceRS which is Cannondale's super narrow Time Trial bike.  Internal cable routing keeping the cable housing stationary with relation to the handlebar.  Integrated v-brakes hidden  behind the front fork and under the bottom bracket.  Hinged front end affording an extremely clean and narrow profile for the leading edge [...]

Updating Independent Fabrication Ti Deluxe with new SRAM XX1

I have been riding my trusty IF Ti Deluxe as a single speed now for more than two years.  It's sleek and beautiful frame fits me like and glove but the lack of gears limited my ability to enjoy some rides.  Specifically I could not see myself racing the Shenandoah Mountain 100 without gears.  With [...]

A Titanium Single Speed is Born

The foundation of any bicycle, the wheels represent not only the connection to the ground but the piece of the bike that takes the force from the pedals and turns it into the speed that squeezes tears from your eyes.  Picking the proper spokes to do the job matching the gauge to the [...]

Independent Fabrication Ti Deluxe 29er with a twist

Inspired by the Paragon Machineworks aluminum slider dropouts on my Ti Single Speed, Nelson decided to build a 29er Deluxe for himself with a unique twist.  Ordering the dropouts with a derailleur hanger, he had me build two sets of wheels.  One has a Chris King ISO traditional rear hub while the other has a [...]

Classic Steel Hollands Road Bike Re-Finished and Re-Born

I love to work on classic bikes.  Steel, aluminum and rubber with very little if any composites or exotic technologies.  Cleaning and overhauling all the bits I have to go back in the archives to remember working on loose ball bearing hubs and headsets.  Peeling the packaging off of the frame after Tom Kellog at [...]

By |February 20th, 2012|bike commuting, bike service, rockland farm, tom stokes|0 Comments

Baker’s Dozen is Five Years Old!

After four years of almost perfect weather for each of the preceding versions of the Baker's Dozen, Mother Nature decided to test the mettle of both the race organizers and all of the hardy racer's that plan to spend a weekend matching themselves against the rock and dirt of Rockland Farm.  Fortunately for Mike and [...]

Moots Mooto X YBB Pimped!

The newest addition to Mike's Mooto X YBB 29er is perhaps the ultimate wheel set.  With every other component representing the best and lightest Mike decided is was time to do away with the Gold Chris King hubs (sniff) laced to Salsa Delgado rims. We did try to build those wheels light with ultra-light DT [...]

Snotcycle Turns Into Hike/RunCycle

Preparations on Friday for the Snotcycle this Saturday did not go quite as planned. Trying to lay down a tire track on the race course proved too difficult to accomplish. Mike and Harriet then picked up the gauntlet and cross country skied the entire course which took them over 3 hours. At least we thought [...]

Snotcycle Pre-Ride January 22nd 2011 9AM – 2PM

Following the directions available on BikeReg, come onto Rockland Farm via Farm Lane and park in the pasture. I will have a table set up with the waivers and hopefully a nice big warm fire in the fire pit. Come by to sign a waiver and get pointed in the correct direction to ride the [...]

Snotcycle and Baker’s Dozen

Last Saturday was the first of two pre-rides for the upcoming Snotcycle winter race. Rockland Farm was open from 9AM till 2PM although. Conditions were excellent early in the morning but the combination of warming air temps and some sunlight softened up the trail which is holding a lot of moisture. Because of that we [...]