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For Sale

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Swift Ozette Randonneuring bag.

Specs from the Swift website:
Measurements: 9.25”h X 11”w X 7.5”d
Capacity: 12.5 L
Bag Weight: 1.4 lbs
Decaleur Attachment Height: 6.5”-8.5” from bottom of bag

Lightly used, I’ve had it for about a year. Maybe 10 rides with it, most local, short runs to the store. In great shape. Bag has 2 small holes in it where I attached my home made decaleur.

$175 shipped to the lower 48.

Moon, Bike, Lake

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Lake Champlain, the ADKs, the Moon, from North Beach in Burlington, VT.


Sunday, May 15th, 2016

I’ve been prototyping a magnetic decaleur for the Swift bag… I’m fully into V2, and already see how V3 will work out better.


Sketch for V2


Sketch for V0 and parts of V1

Same Spot, Different Bikes

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Pugsley from my first trip to Moose River Plains, a very cold January in 2011.


Fargo from my first through trip through Moose River Plains, a lovely August 2011.


Krampus from my last trip, a lovely fall day in October 2015.


Bike Geek Pics – IF

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Recent bike geek pics of my Ti Independent Fabrications Club Racer. Currently running Clement MSO tires under PDW Full Metal Fenders with Paul Racer M brakes. I have some drivetrain updates to do – but the 9spd bar end has been solid.








Bike Geek Pics – Krampus

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Recent bike geekery images of my Surly Krampus…






Krampus Continued

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Some pictures of the new rig, with a proper fitting frame bag and my dyno lights… I used my Dinotte for a few days – and man I missed the Revo. So nice to have things back to ‘normal’. Really enjoying this bike, it needs a proper bikepacking trip to get a full test – but so far its a pleasure to ride.






Tuesday, October 14th, 2014





Nothing more to say at the moment. Had a blast in the woods this afternoon. The Fargo will need to be put up for sale…

IF 2014

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

I’ve made some changes to the IF for 2014. The latest has been test fitting some Vittoria Randonneur Hyper tires in 32mm from Jim. These fit great under the Portland Design Works Full Metal Fenders, and the tires feel like super sized Conti GP 4 Season 28s that I really like. So far I think they’ll be a great tire for my pave / dirt / exploring. But, in order to get tires of that size to fit, and even fenders of that size to fit, I had to swap the brakes.


I’ve been eyeing the Paul Racer Mediums for this bike for a long long time. I used the center mount version, as I didn’t want to get a new fork, nor alter the rear end of the Ti frame. These work really well – stopping power seems firmer than the Shimano ‘long’ reach 47-57s that were on there, and there is gobs of clearance. After the brake change I picked up some wider fenders. I’ve burned through 2-3 sets of Honjos and was going to go plastic – but I’ve read good things about the PDW Full Metal Fenders. So far they are rattle free and solid.




State of the IF

Monday, May 13th, 2013


Some recent changes to the IF Ti Club Racer – moved from Campy 10spd Ergo levers to SRAM brake levers and 9spd bar ends. Using an XTR rapid rise derailer. Added the Cowbell 2 bar last fall, but only have a few rides on it – all things indicate this might be the bar I’ve been looking for. My Mavic Classics hub crapped out just as I got this re-build together… so I’m now awaiting a hub to rebuild my rear wheel. Hopefully I’ll have this bike on the road for the VT Lake 200/300k Brevet.