Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Heart of a Frame

They say that the bottom bracket is "the heart of a bicycle frame".

16 comments:

  1. dukiebiddle said...

    Yours? If so, are you having an addition put on to house your stable?

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  2. So how come every time my heart gets broken its the downtube near the headtube joint?

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  3. Phwoar - nice lugs! :-)) Clever photo too :-)

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  4. lovely :) beautiful craft eh?! :D x

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  5. No additions to our small apartment are planned, alas! At the moment all the bicycles live in my art studio, though this is not exactly convenient for me. We are still thinking of a solution.

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  6. "No additions to our small apartment are planned"

    Voobah, voobah, voobah, PING! Dahon!

    Somebody call?

    I want you . . . to build . . . a folder, Dahon.

    Riiiiiiiight! Am I on Candid Camera?

    "We are still thinking of a solution."

    When the unit of significance and I lived in a tiny, one bedroom apartment for a few years, with four bicycles, I built a bicycle tree. A floor to ceiling 4x4 with home store bicycle wall brackets screwed to it. 4 bikes; two deep. I put it up in the living room right in front of the kitchenette pass through counter which was a good place to lay out tools and it was really easy to just toss dirty chain cleaning rags into the kitchen sink - if you're not too fastidious about such things.

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  7. There are better places to garage the bikes, but the problem is we have two destructive furball puke machines who will chew into a tyre and require an expensive vet bill, so the bicycles must stay in the studio somehow. The tree idea is great, we were thinking of vertical storage, too.

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  8. Ah yes, the furry puke machines - the inspirations behind the Bike and Cat Gallery. They will climb the bicycle tree and tear everything to shreds, the darlings!

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  9. We have a gravity rack in the living room for the road bikes, and another in the storage unit for the mountain bikes. The vertical storage is great. I would not recommend it for anything heavy though. A Pashley Princess or a Raleigh Sport would not be a good idea.

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  10. True, the BB lugs can be beautidul, but the steerer tube ones also. Mercier had some lovely heart shaped cutouts on the 70's bikes. Maybe the nicest lugwork of all is the wrapped seatstay ?

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  11. are you fortunate enough to have a basement? that's where we hang our 8 bikes. they take up surprisingly little space that way! weight is not an issue, as the hooks can handle the heaviest barges holland had to offer.

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  12. Our house has a basement, but we do not have a private space there and are worried about the bikes being inadvertently damaged. Also, the staircase to the basement is narrow, steep and twisted - not ideal for lugging the kinds of bikes we have back and forth. Some day, when I travel less, we will settle down with a bigger place and more room for bikes.

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  13. storage space is indeed a rare commodity in the 'ville and surrounds. we're lucky enough that we only have to share our basement with one other tenant, and they never go down to the basement. we've taken it over and turned it into a makeshift workshop / bike storage unit. the access door to the outside is quite short and my large-frame bikes with tall stems just barely make it through (the 3-speed shifter has gotten snagged at times). as we look around at bigger condos, one of our more important search criteria searches is bike / workshop space!!!

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  14. "Celadon" is the word that comes to mind for the color of your frame.

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  15. Hey,
    Can someone help me, what kind of buttom bracket is this, from which framebuilder.
    I have a frame whith that sort of buttom bracket!

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