Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Fri Aug 08, 2014 7:22 pm

spacetime wrote:These are pegs to go on the back of the bike, so I can take on passengers across the playa. It is stuff I couldn't do as preparation, because the pegs aren't sold in most bike shops and I sent my bike is already out of my hands for hauling to BRC.

I believe the axle is long enough (looked at it with a bike guy last night) and so it appears it is a fairly minor operation to add this to the bike, but perhaps not. I did not realize pegs / someone on the back would damage the bike as much as you're saying. I'll have to look into that further.

Regardless, I wasn't trying to add load to your camp! I thought it would be a simple operation and a good reason to come by and say hello. No worries, I'll do more investigation on this and won't plan to come by your spot if I want to attach them out there.

OF COURSE you are welcome to come by and say hello! I could even have saved you the price of those stunt pegs, as I have several pairs of them here (for no good reason).

Now.... If the axle is long enough, then it is an EXTREMELY simple operation to install these things, requiring no tools and little brain: Just screw them on, and tighten by sticking a rusty screwdriver or some such improvised implement thru the holes provided for that purpose. You wouldn't need my help at all.

Now.... All the "regular" such pegs have the threaded part recessed quite far, clearly intended to install without removing the original nut. But that means that the axle needs to be quite long.

I have one pair of aluminum pegs that are threaded to the end, and could replace the original nuts on a normal short axle. These pegs are about half the size of the common ones.
Of course, the regular ones could be cut down to fit the same way. Not that I would want to be involved.

So.... You want to carry a passenger. Why? Why not put the passenger on their own bicycle? Come by and say hello, and have a beverage, and let's see if I might have just one more bike available. Stranger things have happened.
:D
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby spacetime » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:41 pm

Hey Elliot,

Right on, thank you for the offers of help and info!

I'm solo burn, and the people I know going are biked! The reason I was thinking of putting these pegs on was in case I was riding along randomly and I met someone walking along and we might go on an adventure together. Something like that! Not sure, really. Seemed kinda neat.

I will come by! I may still bring my pegs! :D

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby AntiM » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:21 am

Elliot, should we bring some wheels and tires? Larry cleared the lean-to and found his tire stash. If we part out the two trikes, that is six more wheels (more 24 inch, but no drive cog, just a big hub).

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:56 am

AntiM wrote:... If we part out the two trikes, ...]

TRIKES??? Why are you parting out trikes? People are always asking me for trikes.

As for the wheels and tires, you bet, bring them, and I won't bring so many myself. There is always a demand, specially for rear wheels. Perhaps I may ask you to take a quick look and make sure they are in usable condition. Well, silly me, you wouldn't offer them otherwise. :D
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Mista_Zero » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:23 pm

Elliott are you still looking for another mechanic?
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:29 pm

Mista_Zero wrote:Elliott are you still looking for another mechanic?

Well, if everyone who is planning to drop in to repair bikes for a few hours should happen to all drop in at the same time, there would be more mechanics than there are broken bikes! :lol:
But that is, of course, unlikely to happen, and if it does, we will simply have a beer drinking contest or some such. So come on by any day between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.. Bring your tools if you can, but I have some extras also.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Sunbeam56 » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:22 pm

Chug-chug-chug-chug...
Make sure all your acolytes go to nut tightening school :shock:
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby GreyCoyote » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:32 pm

Sunbeam56 wrote:Chug-chug-chug-chug...
Make sure all your acolytes go to nut tightening school :shock:


I thought we were going to Burning Man to LOOSEN the pressure on those things!

Wait. Are we on the same wavelength here? :mrgreen:
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Cranky » Sun Aug 10, 2014 4:57 pm

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 close.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby AntiM » Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:08 pm

We will try to bring the trikes, one is okay, one needs a bit of tinkering, but is rideable. They are a bit janky. Carrying them out is part of the problem, we are at capacity.

Yes, the wheels are okay.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:16 pm

Cranky wrote: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 close.

Oh, absolutely, Cranky!

Hear that, fellas? Cranky & Sons is open in the mornings, and can also use mechanicking assistance. We should definitely spread the time and talents among the shops. See Cranky's address and hours in his signature. :D
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:20 pm

AntiM wrote:We will try to bring the trikes, one is okay, one needs a bit of tinkering, but is rideable. They are a bit janky. Carrying them out is part of the problem, we are at capacity.

Yes, the wheels are okay.

If you succeed in bringing the trikes, or one of them, I can do the fixing, and lend them out in the future. Wondermuss!
(More detailed discussion in PMs.)
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby GreyCoyote » Sun Aug 10, 2014 7:06 pm

Wait a sec: Being Cranky in the early AM is now a theme camp?

I'm in! :mrgreen:
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:16 pm

GreyCoyote wrote:Wait a sec: Being Cranky in the early AM is now a theme camp?

I'm in! :mrgreen:

Too default world for me.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby BBadger » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:17 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
GreyCoyote wrote:Wait a sec: Being Cranky in the early AM is now a theme camp?

I'm in! :mrgreen:

Too default world for me.


Anyway, the whole concept of time, or rather sleep schedule, is completely different out there.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Cranky » Sun Aug 10, 2014 8:59 pm

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?".
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:27 am

:D
Preparations tips:

Inspect the pedals on your bicycle. They need to turn smoothly without wobbling. If they are plastic -- and most inexpensive pedals are -- look for signs of cracking. Replace with metal pedals if at all possible. Broken plastic pedals are a very common problem in BRC.

Inspect the sides of the tires, all the way around, both sides. You are looking for cracks. Tires get serious cracks when they sit deflated and flattened against the ground. Replace tires if deep cracks are found.
Inflate the tires properly today, and check them again in a week. If they do not stay fully inflated for a week at home, they won't on Playa either. Replace inner-tubes if they don't stay fully inflated.

Before leaving home, let some air out so they don't explode at high elevations, like over Donner Pass. Of course, bring a good pump and inflate fully when you arrive in BRC.

Do not ride on mushy tires -- this will soon cause a complete flat. There will be a pump available on a Do-It-Yourself tool table at the front of my camp 24/7.

On that note, there will be Do-It-Yourself tools 24/7. Or until the frat boys steal them.

Buy two spare inner-tubes this week. Lots of people can help you change it, but you need to have the new tube. And buy a pump if you don't already have one.

:D
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby unjonharley » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:19 am

Got the tennis balls out.. looks like about 75 of them.. You know they were on the bottom in back of the shed... Where else is anything you try to find.

200 feet of 24 inch trash fence..We will see if we can keep people from using your trailer for a table.. The fence take up about the same room as two sleeping bags..
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 17, 2014 5:37 am

:shock:
Time to panic! I leave in 22 hours. I think. So now is the time for any last thoughts.

Today I pack small bicycle parts, and tools. I've been putting it off because I dread the prospect of forgetting some obscure part that I wind up needing. (Cotters in four sizes for obsolete cottered crank arms, check.) Or some tool may have been misplaced and I will tear my hair out searching for it. (Of course, this dread constitutes Irrational Thinking. I still have small relapses. :lol: )

If you go looking for me on Playa and cannot find me, then Millicent The Bus broke in half under the load and you would be on your own! (Told ya I was panicking.)

I have an extra "costco carport" that I may set across the front of camp to increase the shaded area. This would be particularly helpful in late afternoon, when the sun angles in under the shade. If I do this, the appearance of camp would be quite different from last year. But the front of Millicent would still be visible. (See tiny picture in sig line.)
We would also constantly bump into the four intermediate support posts of the carport, but I'm thinking the shade would make it worthwhile.

:?
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby smilemore » Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:53 am

Elliot wrote:
...

If you go looking for me on Playa and cannot find me, then Millicent The Bus broke in half under the load and you would be on your own! (Told ya I was panicking.)

...

:?


Here's to hoping Millicent puts out for you again this time around! Safe trip Elliot and see you in one week (we land in Sacramento on Sunday and expect to be on the playa sometime Monday.)

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Captain Goddammit » Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:18 am

Safe Travels Elliot!! Half the playa will be on foot without you!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Madgirl » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:12 am

Have a safe trip, really looking forward to meeting you!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:19 am

:D
The deadline for last thoughts just became shorter. I will leave here today at 6 p.m. and stay over in Sacramento.

All the "safe travels" are appreciated!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:56 am

Elliot, you're going to the playaaaa! Excitement all around :D :D

Have a pleasant and safe journey - we'll see you soon!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Cranky » Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:11 pm

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.

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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Elliot » Sun Aug 17, 2014 2:46 pm

Cranky wrote: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

Goodies? Fresh strawberries? Or second-hand bicycle tires?
Regardless, I should be mostly in camp Saturday 23rd from 1 p.m. onward.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Ratty » Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:42 pm

Elliot, Have a safe fun trip and see you soon.
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:25 am

Just got a call from Elliot ON THE PLAYA!!!!!!!!!!

Someone is parked on the G&5 corner, but there is enough space for the rest of our group going toward H street. 8) 8) 8)
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby sadie » Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:06 pm

Woohoo!!!
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Re: Elliot's Bicycle Service & Tap Room

Postby Dr. Pyro » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:00 pm

sadie wrote:Woohoo!!!

Of all you yahoos that are in these forums (I'm referring to the newbies here) Sadie is the one I think I want to meet the most. Others, well, not so much.


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