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Bit cramped

Nothing like a little leg room on your way to school. I wonder what its like flying coach in their country.

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MDOT jingle

Here is MDOT's attempt to get folks to think about alternative transportation.

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Felt F5

This felt F5 made its way into the shop tonight after the cable broke off inside the shifter.  Justin from HomeGrown Emergency/ productions made a guest appearance staring as shifter holder.  The position of the cable end made it difficult to work out, but as Justin put it " There was just a lot of wiggling and jiggling to get it in the right position".  After said wiggling and jiggling out came the cable head, and in went the new one inch housing.  A last minute repair before before we head north to the woods of Leota.  Thanks to John from Royal Oak for the business, enjoy the ride.

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Royal Oak Bike Shop

Free Pickup

Our mobile bicycle shop services the oakland county area. Free pickup and delivery is available to Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, Ferndale, Plesant Ridge, and Huntington Woods.
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Rims of the modern area

Here is a video of the manufacturing process of bicycle rims made by H Plus Son in china, the process isn't quite as elegant as the wooden rims of Cerchio Ghisallo.

Production from H Plus Son on Vimeo.

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Rims of the old world

Cerchio Ghisallo makes some of the worlds finest wooden rims and have been for many many years. her is a video of the proceess.

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Shop Junk

While out getting dog food the other day I came across this wheel set sitting outside a local bike shop.

While the rim will never be ridden again all its other parts are in working order. The wheel apparently wasn't worth the shops time so I decided to make their trash my business opportunity!

Viola 32 spokes, nipples, 14 business card holders, and 1 lightly used rear hub.

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Bearing Abuse

This is a picture of a standard bicycle axel (courtesy of sheldon brown), notice the cones are nice and smooth, this is what allows the bearings inside your wheels hub to glide smoothly. The cone and bearings of a hub assembly live a relatively peaceful life, the bearing caked in grease rolls smoothly over the cone with minimal friction.  Routine maintenance to your bicycle will greatly increase thechances of a long happy cone and bearing relationship.  If not properly cared for cone and bearings peaceful relationship will soon become strained and possibly lead to a domestic disturbance such was the case below.

Get your bicycle serviced don't let your cone become victim to bearing abuse. If you or any cone you know has become victim to bearing abuse get help now don't delay call 1-248-677-1360. Help is just a phone call away.
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Loose Bearings

"My extreme dislike for loose bearings burns with the passion of a thousand suns." partial quote David wedzel.
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OUCH

Prices are on the rise..Get the bike out and ride. But you may need a tune-up first. Don't want to drive your bike to a shop for a repair or tune-up? No worries! Save your gas money and let us come and pick up your bicycle. We'll service it and deliver it as well. Free pick up and delivery in Royal Oak and the surrounding areas.

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bike tent

This bike trailer is said to be available at target I have't yet found it, but would love to give it a try.

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Earth day

Happy earth day. Unplug your computer and go ride a bike.
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Random tip tuesday

Don't use an old style shimano freewheel on campagnolo, shimano Dura Ace or similar hubs it comes off only after removing axle from other side. Sutherland.
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Original tail whip

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Little Yellow

Were thinking about adding to our fleet. Introducing Little Yellow.

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Random tip Tuesday

Do not use the park tool crank extractor on pre 1982 stronglight cranks. Have a nice day. Sutherland
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Red Planet Bicycle Collective

The Red Planet Bicycle Collective mission is to mobilize the Seven Mile and Woodward area by providing access to donated bikes, tools and parts, and teach bicycle repair. Through hands on workshops the community will learn road safety and how to build and maintain a bicycle.

For more info check out Fireweed Universe City... fireweeduniversecity.org

Please email MARS.IS.LOVE@GMAIL.COM to donate or with questions....

Please bring any donations to INNATE HEALING ARTS CENTER, 18700 Woodward Ave Detroit MI, 48203

4 blocks south of Seven Mile Rd on Woodward.

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Off the Beaten Track

The Thunderdrome was highlighted in this months Bicycling Magazine .

For decades, an old cycling treasure lay buried in one of Detroit's most godforsaken neighborhoods. Then one day, someone rediscovered it.

READ MORE.

 

By Mike Magnuson
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HGC Free delivery zone

The red shaded area represents communities that Big Yellow will pick up repairs for free.

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Ouch

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Chilean mountain bike race

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Advanced Tune-up.

The following is a description of what is included in an advanced tune up at HGC.

First, we do a quick visual inspection of the bicycle to determine what the needs immediate attention. For example, recently a Gary Fisher made its way to the shop and it was quite evident that the chain was in need of some attention.

 

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Could be worse.

In Kirkwood, ca they received  12 feet of new snow in a week there total snow fall of 475 inches. In the detroit area only 41.7 inches, which means most of it has melted and the roads are clear to ride...

 

 
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Best of the Super Bowl

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The big letdown

Detroit was anticipating 12-15 inches of snow.  we received a whopping  6 inches and our friends to the west got all the glory. Here is a local snow time lapse of the letdown.