Bike porn

Stopped in at the local IBD yesterday and the owner was leaning up against his latest build. It looked so sweet I asked for pics to share because something like this needs to be appreciated. No better place to do it than here. In his words:

Here you are. IF steel planet cross frame. Hand laced White Industry hubs to Velo Orange polished 22mm rims. Polished Paul brakes. Polished White Ind. cranks. King headset. Hand made wood fenders from Sykes in OR with skateboard veneer finish (one-of-a-kind) from Maple. XO. King cages. Enough said… Mike Hershauer, Focus Cyclery, Gilbert, AZ.

Apparently they are made from recycled skateboard decks? Just too cool. Mike has been building a number of sweet IF rides lately.

enjoy….

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About Marty

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

34 thoughts on “Bike porn

  1. I saw a set of these hand made wood fenders on a Long Haul Trucker that came through the shop last fall. Very nice!

  2. @D2, it’s damn hard keeping track of the shitstorms around here, especially the ones caused by you. I like my Paul touring canti’s. But how could I not, my previous brake = coaster, (or the side of your Honda).

  3. Keith, you are therefore excused from the cantilever bane. But in general, I will never ride them…unless they have threaded posts. In which case I will consider them.

  4. I have those same brakes on my touring bike. I bought them without a second thought because they said Paul on them. I trused that dude. They are worthless piles of shit. gimmie some v-brakes.

  5. Just to stir the pot. I like canti’s but that is because I consider brakes not as stopping devices but as speed modulators! If you have to come to a complete stop from full speed on a cross frame I’m pretty sure that you are fucked at that point anyway so why not suck it up and roll through the wall of pain that is coming your way.

    Just fucking with everyone. D2 canto’s might not completely suck but my god can they be a pain in the ass to set-up especially if they have that centering cable thingy! Once you get them right you pray the customer won’t remove his/her wheel and fuck up your masterpiece.

  6. …scha-weet lookin’ ride…

    …put a big ol’ rivendale-ish handlebar bag supported by a small front rack w/ a good light(s) on the front, a same style large seat bag on the rear (nope – no panniers) & that’s my ‘english style’ all day fast-touring machine…

    …just enough gear to get through some temperature extremes n’ maybe a bit a’ rain, room for decent nosh & imbibe-ication , lights ‘cuz who knows when you’re gonna get home & damn, amigo, that’s definitely on the bicycle bucket list…

    …i think this might even involve a pair of tweed knickers to do it up right…

  7. Nah, I gots to haz panniers, k? Carries moar omnomnoms. Taht whey efrehbuddeh can has cheezburger. Is good fing, aifinkso.

    And my ride it everywhere, who needs a car bike has cantis. Neverever wanted more stopping stuff. At least after I replaced the Avid Shorty in the front with a Tektro R720. High profile like the Pauls, but cheaper and at least as good. Vbrake is gud fing though, if you don’t know how to ride/don’t know anyone who can wrench. Otter den taht, vbrake is pleh.

    kthxbai

  8. Jesus, God, Mercy. I think Joe has been into that damn Ether again.
    Pops, take it easy. I’m just gonna go back to coaster brakes on everything but I can’t find a cassette hub with a coaster brake. Is that a thing? For the front I just step on the fender with my food and smoosh it into the tyre, it works.

  9. Keith, I seen ya drivin’ around with that bike bolted onto your roof rack. Ain’t foolin’ me.

    Ether? Nah, just good Kentucky Bourbon.

  10. Cantilevers brakes are the work of the devil. Truly shitty, squealing, shuddering, non-stopping nightmares, not even pertending to brakes when it is raining.

  11. You’re looking at an IF with hand made parts from King, White and Paul with fenders made from a veneer out of used skateboards….. and all your comments are on Canti or non Canti? They’re fucking brakes… good riders don’t need brakes anyway – just more eye candy. The bike fucking rocks… bikesgonewild… I like where your head is at!

  12. D2, disc brakes would not be pure enough for my taste… what else is there for a cross frame? Crap, now I’m talking about the brakes.

  13. Tektro/TRP has a couple of linear pull options, which should solve the brake shudder issue on the front. RX5 or 6 (depending on the pull of your levers) for the cheap end and CX 8.4 or 9 for the high end. I wish Paul was making a short arm linear pull. I’m building up a cx bike and would like a non-Taiwan option. I also can’t think the price would be much different than the CX9 ($150 for the set).

    While it is true you CAN get canti brakes to work well, I love the gyrations the luddites will go through to convince themselves it’s actually worth doing. (You don’t still install knob-and-tube wiring, do you, joe?) A well designed linear pull will work better. Period. And in a couple of years everything will be running discs. About. Fucking. Time.

    I’m with D2. It’s a beautiful bike. Put some real fucking brakes on it.

  14. @jollymon: ha! Tricked ya!

    You can run V-brakes if you get one o’ dem dere crazy adapters, which sorta work sometimes. I used them when I had a cross bike and didn’t have any problems with them.

    I’d prefer disc brakes, though. The Avid mechanicals are the way to go, if you ask me. BB7s are where it’s at for brakes off road. I use ‘em on my Gunnar and love ‘em more than the bike itself.

    @Joe: cantis may be for the pure of heart, but disc brakes are for the strong of mind.

  15. The Tektro/TRP have shortened arms, so that you don’t need to use the travel adapter. 85mm for SRAM and Campy. 90mm for Shimano. Most mountain linear pulls are about 100-105mm.

    On my mtb, I wouldn’t run anything but disc brakes. I’ve got Hope Mono Mini’s on my SS and Avid Elixir CR’s on the geared bike. Both have been bang on.

  16. I’m gonna have to go ahead and agree with misters jefe and D2 on this.

    My first ‘cross bike came with Cantis installed, which I promptly removed AND THREW IN THE LANDFILL then installed Tektro short-throw linear pulls for $12/apiece at both ends of the machine. This is not complicated.

    My second (and current) ‘cross bike has the Avid BB7 cable disc brakes and they work fucking great, stop just fine and never, ever need fussing with. I’d run ‘em on my MTB if I thought I could get away with it (which I don’t).

    Bottom line: canti brakes are the devil’s spooage. Avoid them.

  17. But they’re polished, hand made in USA… you can see yourself in them. That’s got to be worth a little thing like lose of stopping power. You can see how trick you look just before you smack into something.

  18. You can’t fault the craftsmanship at Paul. In that respect they are some sweet chi-chi bits. But when a $15 brake stops better than a $125 dollar brake, you’ve got to think about your priorities. If Paul would do a 90mm arm linear pull, then I might be convinced.

    Also, everyone is oggling the brakes. Is anyone else offended that they are using a $0.75 cable hanger that hasn’t changed since 1980 (and maybe 1970) on a bike that’s decked out in that many cool bits? If they’re going to go all out on the chi-chi, run the Paul Moon Unit hanger. Jeez.

    http://www.paulcomp.com/moonunit.html

  19. Well, alls I knows is I likey the cheapie Shitmano canti on my fixed Crosscheck way better than I do the cheapie v-brake on my fixed Monocog. But the high-profile Tektro on my geared old steel HooKoo beats ‘em all. But they’re all bikes. I figure as olg as you ride the fucking thing, who the fuck cares.

  20. I ride really slow, that seems to take care of all braking problems for me. There seems to be a Seussian polarization on the “canti” issue a la “The Sneetches”. Probably write a rhyming poetry book about it now.

  21. “…you’re a star bellied sneetch, you suck like a leech, you want everyone to act like you…” Haha. Cantis can suck, old cheapie ones especially. Good pads and patient set up made them work ok for me for mellow use, but I’ll try avoid them in the future.