My bicycles

Updated: 16/09/2019.

These are my bicycles. All custom built from various parts, since the factory finished complete bicycles are never 100% suited to my needs and taste.  ๐Ÿ™‚

 

White Arrow

Scott Speedster - custom built
Scott Speedster – custom built

Great for longer distances on paved roads.
Scott Speedster S20 FB frame – for hybrids.
28 mm tyres – the thinnest I find practical for riding.
Mudguards, because it might not be water.  ๐Ÿ™‚
Rear rack for carrying backpack and panniers.
Full Shimano 105 3×10 groupset.

As of 2015 groupset switched to 2×8 Claris – cheaper and more robust.

Mule

The Mule a.k.a. Pink Thing
The Mule a.k.a. Pink Thing

 

Serbian made steel frame from 1996. All other components have been replaced in the meantime, except handlebars, rear rack, shifters and front derailleur.
3×6 friction shifting – works flawless.
In the winter it gets studded front tyre and is ridden in snow too.  ๐Ÿ™‚
Shimano Deore V-brakes, Alivio bottom bracket – it is a gem in disguise.

Beach Cruiser ๐Ÿ™‚

Beach Cruiser
Beach Cruiser

Made of thrown away parts in service. Front tube was the only investment – because 24″ tubes aren’t replaced that often, so didn’t have any spares to patch. It rides and brakes OK.

2 thoughts on “My bicycles”

  1. Relja,

    I’ve been a tinkerer of bikes since 6th grade, when I first started riding BMX bikes with my buddies in Hawaii. Back in the 70’s, my buddies and I would sometimes complain that our BMX bikes needed multi-speeds like other street bikes. After all, riding 20 + miles with a single speed rig can be tiring! I started learning about basic aspects of bicycle maintenance when the mechanics at The Bike Shop allowed my friends and me to use their tools. They gave us guidance along the way, and treated us like little brothers!

    I got caught up in the mountain bike craze when I moved to California in the early mid 80’s, participated in novice NORBA races and witnessed the development of mountain biking before my very eyes. Cantilever brakes were replaced by V-brakes and later by disc brakes. Rigid forks were superseded by suspension designs, and bottom brackets and headsets were replaced by cartridge designs.

    I started to wrench on my own bike when I realized that I could not afford to maintain or repair my bike by always taking it to a local bicycle store for same. Learning about bicycle maintenance and repair came haphazardly, mostly when a repair was needed. Occasionally, there would be a useful article in a bicycling magazine or on the internet.

    Over the past 30 years, I’ve learned quite a bit about bikes, but I was truly awed by your website, which contains a treasure trove of information that I’ve longed for over the decades I’ve been interested in the sport!

    Truly amazing collection of articles with great pictures and diagrams regarding the physics/principles of bicycle wheels, spoke #, drivetrain, frame/materials selection, etc. Reading your articles has given me a renewed appreciation and vastly improved foundation for bicycle mechanics, repair and maintenance.

    Thank you SO much for arming your readers with the knowledge they need to make practical, wise choices, and to understand why their bicycles function the way they do! Your articles are timeless, and they are one of the best freebies anyone could ask for regarding bicycling, bicycle selection, maintenance and repair.

    Carl Nishi,
    California, USA

    • Carl,

      Thank you very much for the kind words and taking the time to write them. I try to answer any questions as best as possible, treasure constructive criticism as a way to improve, but reading honest, positive feedback like this feels really special.

      The website, apart from being used as a personal reference (looking over manuals takes time and they are cumbersome to carry everywhere), it’s great to hear that it helps others as well. I write most articles in a way “to teach a man to fish, not just give him fish and feed him for just one day”. Just like you said: to help people make educated decisions by themselves, for themselves.

      The original idea was to make a website in my native language, but then I thought: why not make it in English as well – I know the language and that way I could help practically anyone in the world. Comments like yours confirm that it’s been worth it.

      Relja

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