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King of the pile

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I’m building a pile of scrap frames and other parts in my yard which are going to be recycled at the end of the summer. Now I’m at the point where the pile is quite high. After stripping a Raleigh Record mixed frame I brought it to the pile and it ended up staying up right on top of it. As if it was surveying a kingdom.

King or Queen of the pile


The pile

I don’t know how long this pile is going to stay like this but it’s sure getting bigger by the day.


Hot summer days

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Yesterday I was working outside on my bike pile. The dogs were out with me that’s no question. We had a peak of 30C so it was hot. Not only for humans but for the dogs and cats too. The cats totally disappeared for the day probably hiding in some cooler spot. The dogs were seeking for a hide too. One was digging the ground under a bush to rest on the cool dirt. Another one was in the shade but since he loves the heat he was also laying right in the sun. Then my two car loving hounds were in the car that was in the shade getting cooled off by a little breeze. I caught them sleeping away their hard day in the van. Though life it seems!


Lucy on the driver’s seat


Hank on the back bench


When it was time to go back in for the night they were pooped. Must be the lazy days that took it’s toll on them.

For the record the van was parked in the shades with widows and doors opened. They were free to be where they wanted. Also a pool of fresh water and water bowls are available at all time to them.

Books: The Bicycle Wheel

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Another book I liked from my library system. This one was located at the Viking Municipal Library. The author, Jobst Brandt is an engineer graduate from the Stanford University.  He’s also well known of the cycling community both as a technical expert but also as a rider. This book is from 1988 and published through Avocet.

This book is about the bicycle wheel. Surprise! It’s not about the brands but how they are made. It’s about understanding the laws of physics that apply to a wheel while riding. It’s about understanding the differences and making the right choices for our type of riding. There’s a lot of very well made illustrations and the the descriptions are easy to understand.

The last section is about wheel building. I will be building a set of wheels for one of my bikes very soon and I enjoyed that part. Its well made like the rest of the book and I’ve learned a few things I’m glad I now know before my wheels are being started.

This book would be good for anyone curious about wheels, someone building wheels or just anyone interested in cycling. That’s another book on my “to order” list. This one even have a priority note.

The Bicycle Wheel

Inside the book

In my library copy of the book some had taped good to have information charts at the end of the book. Things like spoke sizing chart, tire/rim compatibility and frame sizing conversion. I will most likely copy those and stick them on my shoppe cabinets.


Happy reading!