Saturday, October 22, 2011

Day Sixty-Six

 Today I finally got wheels! I sent out a plea on the Internets, and I got a reply. One super rad person had an old 27" steel wheel, and a 700C which had been crashed, and damaged. Luckily, he has much higher standards than I, so I jumped on the opportunity. And so it came to be that I traded a bag of Jet Puff Marshmallows and a bag of Grandma Utz's Chips for two bike wheels. I also discovered that the Shaw/Howard University Metro station exists in four dimensions, but that's another story.

The two wheels.

There's the bend in the rim. Luckily, I'm not using front brakes.

I need to sand off the rust. And for some reason, I suspect that the tires aren't very capable of high pressure.

Time for a new tire, but otherwise, wheels!

In an unrelated story, I have a corrugated plastic box that I found in the gutter, time to make some polo wheel covers!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Day Fifty-Three

      I pulled a tri-wheeled stroller out of the trash today as a potential source for wheels, because this is getting kind of ridiculous*. The front wheel will work perfectly, the same can't be said about the rear two, they have a different type of axle, which only has a bar on one side. I will try to replace the axle or add a quick release to make them usable. If they aren't however, it's cool. the wheels are all somewhere in the 12"-14" range, and are tiny, but sturdy. I would rather have some 700c's, because they are sexy, or at the very least, some 26's.

* And I'm getting desperate.

This will work beautifully.

These, not so much, but they have potential (like Existential Hero!).

I did get a rad handle-bar bag, with cup holders and other-thing holders. It solved the problem I was thinking about, about how I should add cup holders. I may still add some purpose-built/more permanent ones, but this bag is pretty great.

I'm pretty happy with it.