What's in the shop this week?

June 1, 2018

posted Jun 3, 2018, 4:27 AM by Scott Bixby

Here's how busy I've been......my first update to this page since January! There's been times in the last month when I could barely walk through my garage because of all the bikes.

Anyhow, I'm not a fan of press fit bottom brackets but I sure do enjoy the tools needed. This Wheels Manufacturing Press is a pleasure to use.

January 26, 2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 4:18 PM by Scott Bixby   [ updated Jan 30, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

I'm planning to do an XC race or two in 2018 so I've been building this Kona Big Unit. The wheels, tires, stem, headset, bottom bracket and crank are new. Everything else was from my parts bin or sourced used from the internet.

I only checked the weight out of curiosity. I'll probably remove the dropper post for actual races which should put me close to 25 pounds. The only other thing to add is tubeless sealant. I put air into these tires nearly two weeks ago and they have lost virtually no air!


posted Nov 20, 2017, 2:04 PM by Scott Bixby

As fall marches on toward winter, things have really slowed down in the shop. That leaves me with plenty of time to install an eleven speed drivetrain on my fatbike! The ten speed I was using had some aftermarket parts in the cassette and derailleur to increase the range. It did what it was supposed to but I was never very happy with the shift quality. I'm very happy with this Shimano SLX set up. The shifter has a very light feel and the shifts are snappy and crisp. Just waiting on some frozen ground and snow now.

October 23, 2017

posted Oct 23, 2017, 6:20 PM by Scott Bixby

My personal bike got a new rear tire this week. I've been riding Maxxis Minion SS since spring. It rolls really well but has those big Maxxis side knobs that I love for digging into the trail. Unfortunately, as the fall leaves piled up on the trail, the semi-slick center section had me sliding all over.

I swapped to a Maxxis Shorty, with it's bigger, spike style knobs. I rode it today and it definitely cuts through the leaves better and the spikes do a great job digging into the occasional muddy spot on the trail.

I have to say, at this point in my life, its Maxxis or.......Maxxis when it comes to mountain bike tires. 

Morizumi Spoke Cutting and Threading

posted Jun 27, 2015, 9:24 PM by Scott Bixby

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there's nothing better than fine tools! Blueline Bicycle Repair is now offering custom length spoke cutting and thread rolling thanks to the Wheel Fanatyk SCT Machine, also known as a Morizumi. This machine will allow me to better utilize my current spoke inventory and reduce the lead time for custom wheel builds and repairs.

I've had a chance to cut and thread a few spokes and I'm thoroughly impressed with the ease of the process and the finished product.

My first official "job" involved cutting spokes for a rear Surly Rabbit Hole wheel that I built earlier this year. The customer had a stick kick up into the wheel, bending two spokes. Previously, I would have had to order more spokes but with the Morizumi, I pulled longer spokes from my inventory, cut them to length and rolled the threads and got the customer rolling much quicker.

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