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by Cranky
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: What happens when your playabike craps out on the playa?
Replies: 30
Views: 1923

Re: What happens when your playabike craps out on the playa?

Pretty sure I've lost all nerve endings on my backside from my regular bike, but we'll see how a week of playa dust + sun folds into this!! With normal, strenuous riding, the downward force of your legs takes much of the weight off your butt, and even a skinny saddle is comfortable. When cruising a...
by Cranky
Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:18 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: If you are carrying EMT anyway, check this bike rack.....
Replies: 5
Views: 835

Re: If you are carrying EMT anyway, check this bike rack.....

I made a couple of those last year, but beefed up: 1 1/2 horizontal, 3/4 legs. It could hold a least one person hanging in the center. If you're still concerned, cut the horizontal piece down from 10 ft to 8 ft long. To make drilling the leg holes easier, I got a coupling for each end and drilled th...
by Cranky
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:03 pm
Forum: 2016 Theme Camps & Villages
Topic: Eridu's Brainy Bar!
Replies: 48
Views: 4240

Re: Eridu's Brainy Bar!

I missed you last year. About where will you be placed?
by Cranky
Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair - Help Wanted

Update: This year Cranky and Sons will be located within the EBB and Glow Village, on C at 3:15 (although we will likely be on the D side of the village). We'll be open from 9am to 1pm, with DIY tools available other hours. We could always use more help! If you know how to fix bikes (or you're mecha...
by Cranky
Sat Aug 15, 2015 9:13 pm
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Fixer Camps Sound off!
Replies: 20
Views: 1571

Re: Fixer Camps Sound off!

This year Cranky and Sons Bike Repair will be located within the EBB and Glow Village on C at 3:15 (although we might actually be sitting on D at 3:15). We'll be open from 9 to 1, with DIY tools available other hours. If you're a morning person and know how to fix bikes (or patch flats, or are mecha...
by Cranky
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair

Pollylop, Glad to hear things are falling in place for you guys. Definitely time to get excited, This year Cranky and Sons will be part of the EBB and Glow village (as in East Bay Burners, frm San Francisco's East Bay region). We'll likely be around 7:30 and C. I'll post the exact location when it's...
by Cranky
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13548

Re: Bike Porn!

And congrats on the wedding!
by Cranky
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:11 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13548

Re: Bike Porn!

I'm a big fan of polyurethane-based adhesives - much tougher thsn silicones. I used clear Shoe Goo to attach EL wire to my aluminum bike frame, and black Shoe Goo for retreading the tires (and medical grade PU adhesives in the default world). If you need a lot (which you might for the upholstery) a ...
by Cranky
Tue Mar 03, 2015 10:02 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13548

Re: Bike Porn!

What are you trying to bond (material, configuration, etc)?
by Cranky
Tue Feb 17, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Builders Unite
Replies: 752
Views: 61647

Re: Bike Builders Unite

I use a 1/2" drive ratchet wrench about 10" long, so the torque is getting up towards that range. It just seems that if the crank has been ridden while loose and the tapered hole has gotten mushed out, no amount of torquing will keep it from eventually loosening again. BTW, I meant to say PBR (PBS i...
by Cranky
Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Builders Unite
Replies: 752
Views: 61647

Re: Bike Builders Unite

I've found that wrapping a strip of soft aluminum (cut from a beer can) around the square taper before pounding on the crank will make the crank stay on for days instead of just hours. I maintain that a piece cut from a Fat Tire Ale can works best, but #1 Son insists on PBS. Go figure...

Cranky
by Cranky
Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Re: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair

Pollylop, Thanks so much for the offer - we could definitely use your help! We'll have a few Brits and Aussies helping out, so you should feel right at home. Eventually this thread will include our location. Come on by after you get settled on the Playa, and we'll get acquainted and get to work. As ...
by Cranky
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: 2015 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Who got tickets in the Directed Group Sale?
Replies: 104
Views: 7217

Re: Who got tickets in the Directed Group Sale?

A minute of panic when the profile wouldn't update - jumped to tickets.burningman.org (faster than looking for the email) and got right in line. Smooth sailing from there. Many thanks to the ticket team for making it happen!
by Cranky
Sun Feb 01, 2015 9:40 pm
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bike Repair
Replies: 10
Views: 1104

Cranky and Sons Bike Repair

I'm pleased to announce that Cranky and Sons Bike Repair will be returning to the Playa in 2015. :D Typically located on C near 5:00, we’re a small, family operation. Since I’m a morning person, we’ll officially be open from around 9am until 1pm. Other hours, we’ll have tools and tubes available for...
by Cranky
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: 2015 Camps, Art & Activities
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar
Replies: 494
Views: 24586

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Piano Bar

Elliot,

Glad to hear you're going for Theme Camp status. Last year, Center Camp Info directed every ailing bike on the playa to us - we're happy to spread the joy. :D

Re. the original topic - my wife plays piano. We'll be sure to swing by for a shift at the keyboard.

Cranky
by Cranky
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Elliot, BoyScoutGirl,

After all the time on ePlaya, it was great meeting you in person. Another banner year for desert bike repair!

Cheers,

Cranky
by Cranky
Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Elliot,

Have a safe journey. We'll be arriving on Saturday. If we get set up before dark, I'll swing by with some goodies for you.

Cranky
by Cranky
Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

GreyCoyote wrote:Wait a sec: Being Cranky in the early AM is now a theme camp?
It's not just a morning thing. When people show up after lunch, they still ask me "Are you Cranky?".
by Cranky
Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:57 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Elliot, If you do have a surplus of volunteers, or if any of your itinerant mechanics want to get an early start wrenching (or prefer espresso to beer), feel free to send them up the street to Cranky's. I'm sure we'll be able to use their help. I'll direct them back to the Saddlery at 1pm when we cl...
by Cranky
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Still haven't gotten your tickets?
Replies: 337
Views: 17504

Re: Still haven't gotten your tickets?

To anyone who did receive a "the tickets are in the mail" email:
did the email come from Ticketfly or USPS?
by Cranky
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair

I've always wondered why we fix so many flats, given the scarcity of thorns and broken glass on the playa. Well, I just inventoried the tub of flat tubes we hauled home from our lat burn. Maybe 20% had punctures. Half the rest had no leak at all (!) and the rest had tears at the valve stem. This see...
by Cranky
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:05 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Bike Porn!
Replies: 137
Views: 13548

Re: Bike Porn!

Smilemore,

Do you do custom orders? My bike wheel wants a bespoke scarf...
by Cranky
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: 4:30 Neighborhood Camps
Replies: 43
Views: 8494

Re: 4:30 Neighborhood Camps

Cranky and Sons Bike Repair has been placed at Cinnamon and 5:15, close to where we were in 2012. (We missed the last burn because of son NotJoe's wedding.) We're officially open from first coffee until 1pm, with tools for DIY repairs other times. We’d be delighted if any free-lance bike mechanics d...
by Cranky
Sat Jul 19, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Power & Electronics
Topic: Lumicord
Replies: 8
Views: 750

Lumicord

Does anyone have any experience using Lumicord for marking guy-wires or other camp hazards? Specifically, does it retain sufficient brightness through the wee hours?
by Cranky
Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:34 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair

The proximity is coincidental. Our closing time was, in part, intentionally set to dovetail with the opening of Elliot's Emporium. (The other part is related to the half-life of my morning espresso...)
by Cranky
Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair

The news: we've been placed, at Cinnamon near 5:15. We'll be formally open mornings until 1pm. Tools and DIY instructions always available. Anyone who would like to help out, mornings or other times, is more than welcome!
by Cranky
Wed Feb 12, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: 2014 Tickets Discussion
Topic: Directed Group Sale
Replies: 197
Views: 9657

Re: Directed Group Sale

Being the impatient type, I started clicking my email link every 10 seconds about a minute before noon, getting the Invalid code message each time until the first click after noon. Three minutes of the browser waiting-to-connect, then directly into the Ticketfly purchase page. Last I heard from the ...
by Cranky
Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Elliot,

Perhaps you'd feel more comfortable on this?
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You're in good hands...
by Cranky
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room
Replies: 475
Views: 20535

Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Another good two-minute topic would be lubricants: what you should put on your chain, where you should use WD-40, how to revive a skipping freewheel, etc.
by Cranky
Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:29 am
Forum: 2014 Theme Camps
Topic: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair
Replies: 35
Views: 1662

Re: Cranky and Sons Bicycle Repair

During my first year (2011), knowing it to be a gift economy, I initially felt awkward when someone dropped off a bottle of wine after I fixed their bike. It seemed as though they were trying to pay for something I was gladly doing for free. After a while, I recognized it as a token of appreciation ...

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