Tamika Butler is a lair, Dean Yobbi of BRAIN loves it

I found out recently that Bicycle Retailer and Industry News’s Managing Editor, Dean Yobbi, wrote a horrible, false, summary of my life, the Flying Pigeon LA (former) bike shop, and my run for office in order to serve the interests of that incompetent liar Tamika Butler. She is purporting to offer her “consulting services” to the bicycle industry. Her experience in retail, bike repair, customer service, logistics, human decency? Nonexistent. Her ability to lie to build her resume, threaten, and scare sad liberals with career destruction for disagreeing with her? Apparently quite strong. Beware Butler and her enablers.

Tamika Butler is a careerist who mismanaged the LA County Bicycle Coalition – membership declined, donors ran away, political coalitions were broken, and the only replacement for the weak organization and ad hoc collective struggle for a safer city for bike riding was Butlers critical race theory translated to bicycling. Butler is a foreigner to bicycling and Los Angeles. Her participation in this industry is based around her ability to wring contracts for meaningless reports on racism in the industry.

If you are interested in furthering bike riding and helping bicycle retailers she is the wrong person to talk to.

Dean Yobbi thanked me for my “feedback” asking him how he could publish Butlers lies without reaching out to me for comment. Yobbi just joined BRAIN. I hope the organization can find a way to eliminate this type of dishonest bullshit before more peoples lives and reputations are tarnished. The bike business, and life, is hard enough!

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Eric Garcetti is a Failure

Eric Garcetti has been a terrible mayor for Los Angeles.

Just after inauguration day, in January of 2014, his chauffeured SUV smashed into a 60 year old woman crossing the street at 1st and Spring. A telling sign that we had all made a terrible mistake in selecting a mayor.

Crime, since he took office, has spiked – getting worse by orders of magnitude during this “15-day” (now 100+ day) “flatten the curve” lockdown and the chaotic riots and looting that broke out months ago. His current position is to somehow “defund the police” while using them to smash the lives and meager wealth of decent, wage earning, Angelenos.

Homelessness has increased and spread across the city, increasing every year since he took office.

Housing has remained risky and expensive to build – so rents have increased to swallow 40%+ of the average Angelenos income.

Massive corruption scandals have erupted from city hall; as has a small typhus outbreak to mirror a larger outbreak on Skid Row.

Now, in his Corona Virus lockdown, he has been bullied into encouraging gangs of looters, vandals, anarchists, and communists to destroy public and private property. He has shut down the parks, the pools, the libraries, the playgrounds. Businesses are banned from opening. Rioters and lynch mobs are free to do as they please.

Everyone in his party, from the LA County democratic party board and president, to every sitting member of the state and federal legislature, city council, city commissioner, and mayoral appointee, has blamed the results of their own incompetence, fecklessness, and malice on the president of the United States.

I saw no sign of the work of Donald Trump at the shattered and faeces-smeared public bathrooms at the park by my house – only the handiwork of the horde of drug addicted thieves and prostitutes encamped nearby, a growing demographic created and enabled by perhaps the worst mayor of this city since Frank Shaw.

This was originally posted on the authors profile on Gab (@jbrayali) on August 6, 2020.

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LA Chinatown Hot Tip: Pearl River Deli is Very Good

Pearl River Deli (in the shopping plaza at 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012) serves incredibly delicious Cantonese food; it is worth a visit (or, in this time of the COVID-19 quarantine, a take-out or delivery order 626-400-8126).

I was first made aware of this new restaurant by the Fung Brothers. They posted a video on YouTube that will give you the gist of the menu, prices, and an introduction to the dishes being served.

Los Angeles’ Chinatown was first inhabited by people from the Cantonese “Pearl River Delta” region of South East China. The Cantonese language, cuisine, and culture were the starting point for most Americans understanding of what something “Chinese” was. China is a big country, with lots of different ethnic groups and regional variation. The Cantonese that travelled from their homeland to points all over the globe in the 19th Century, as the Qing dynasty was being torn apart, were just one of those groups. As the story of warfare, trade, and politics has developed we here in Los Angeles have seen waves of some of those other groups arrive in the county to blend and mix with the seed our first Cantonese inhabitants.

Cantonese food, in this modern Los Angeles cultural mix, is worthy of having a spotlight focused on it. In an age overflowing with Panda Express (a mainstream fast food style chain selling American Chinese dishes) and Din Tai Fung (sit-down Huiyang cuisine), Cantonese food deserves to be marketed and sold not solely as “Chinese food”, but as a regional cuisine with as much attention to ingredients, preparation, and flavors as possible in the context of the fast-casual paradigm being applied to so many different styles of food in the post-2008 economic collapse.

Since 2008, my brother and I have been to many, many, dim sum restaurants to market our (now closed) bike shop. I sell the Chinese food experience in LA’s Chinatown as a bicycle tour guide to multiple dim sum restaurants. I have spent a lot of time reading about the history of the Chinese here in the United States, and internalizing a sympathetic narrative of Los Angeles’ Cantonese diaspora. I am also married in to a family with half of its members belonging to that very same diaspora.

So, I get it, I may be over selling this place. I am perhaps too invested in wanting to see the food they sell and the culture thrive. All that aside, try to enter with an open mind and let the food speak for itself.

I recommend the Macau Pork Chop bun.

Pearl River Deli located at 727 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Phone orders to: 626-400-8126

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Making Parts for a Gazelle Rear Rack Kickstand

 

Jeez, I gotta get that kickstand fixed.

I made a little clip for the special kickstand I have installed on a Pashley bicycle I ride. It took a lot of time and effort to make, and it looks bad. However, it works really well at its job of holding the kickstand in place when I ride around. I am calling this one a success.

Back when I sold bikes, the Gazelle “Basic” omafietsen (grandma bike) and Toer Populair bikes came equipped with special rear racks that had a kickstand built in. The stand would swing up and clip on to the rack – and off you go.

One of the spare racks from my parts pile (which is now long gone) got installed on a Pashley Roadster. The rack did not have its little plastic feet, and it was also missing the little clip that held the kickstand in place when you rode around.

This is what the little plastic feet from the factory for the kickstand look like.

With some Vernier calipers, I measured the inner diameter of the tubes at the base of the kickstand (they are approximately 1/2″ inner diameter)

Based on my measurements, I was able to find some polyethylene plastic feet from McMaster Carr that keep the metal tubes from scratching the ground (or being themselves scratched) and keep water out when the kickstand is not deployed.

This is the snap-in polyethylene foot I found to replace the Gazelle version.

The same calipers measured the outer diameter of the tubes that make up the rack where the kickstand attaches. The tubes were approximately 16mm in diameter, or about .629″. This is really close to 5/8″ (or .625″) – which is a common fractional inch drill size. Perhaps with some plastic sheeting it would be possible to drill and cut my own clip?

Perhaps this was all just an excuse to use my knowledge of Dutch bicycle parts dealers,  Dutch and German words for bicycle components, and Google translate to track down images of the part I needed.

Here is the missing kickstand clip with a pop rivet.

I feel like a winner already.

The little plastic feet are called “beschermdop klapstandaard”. The replacement part I bought was for tubing with an inner diameter of 0.46″ to 0.57″ with part number #9283K11.

The clip and rivet are called “klapstandaard klem” with “pop-nagel”. You have to be sure to include  “Gazelle omafiets” in your search.

McMaster Carr sells all sorts of stuff, including sheets of plastic. For $12 plus shipping and California sales tax, McMaster provided a 6″ x 6″ x 3/4″ thick sheet of Ultra High Molecular Weight (UHMW) Polypropylene plastic, in black.

McMaster-Carrs UHMW Polyethylene 6″x6″x.75″ sheet to the rescue?

With some image editing software, I created a 1:1 scale image of the part I wanted as viewed from the top.

Wow, this looks like things are going well with the fabrication process!

Once printed, the paper got cut to fit the block of plastic, spray-tacked on with some 3M spray glue and everything went fine after that!

This is fine. Everything is fine.

Hah, yeah right. It took multiple attempts.

UHMW plastic has some wonderful properties – it is impact resistant; it holds up in wet and dry conditions; it also holds up to sunlight rather well. Unfortunately, it is a real pain to cut and machine.

With no router, and no mill, I tried a hand held Dremel rotary tool set to 10,000 to 15,000 RPMs with a milling bit. I could not get through the material.

When the tool was bumped up to 35,000 RPMs it cut great – but left plastic fuzz everywhere and left a horrible finish on the work piece.

It was really, really, difficult to control as well. I am being generous when I say using this tool to cut this plastic was a waste of time.

Harbor freight drill bits and free hand milling with a Dremel? What could go wrong?! Clogged Forstner bit in foreground in this image.

What worked?

To ensure the clip fit the tubes, I drilled two 5/8″ holes where they needed to be. The process was: center punch, counter sink, drill with a 5/8″ Forstner bit until it spins with no chips, counter sink, drill, etc. The Forstner bit had to be hand sharpened with a file to get it in shape to cut plastic. I could have sprung for some brad point drill bits, but I think this is my first and last hand drilled plastic project.

To cut the piece free from the plastic block, I found a good old hacksaw with a 32 TPI blade worked well. Once the piece was free, a utility knife to remove plastic fuzz and carve the edges did the trick.

This homely little plastic clip is almost done.

There is a pop rivet that is supposed to fix the clip in place – a 3/16″ hole is pre-drilled on the kickstand from the factory for just this purpose. First, the 3/16″ hole got drilled in my clip, then a 1/4″ Forstner bit was used to create a countersink for the aluminum pop rivet (3/16″ shaft and a .500 to .625 clamping range). It was not easy to fit the head of my pop rivet tool between the jaw of the clip. I ended up having to snip the remains of the mandrel off the rivet and hand file the nub down with a small round file.

Here it is, all riveted in to place in the parked position.

Here is the kickstand clip in its upright position. Look at that surface finish! Gorgeous.

The clip I made looks like garbage, but it works really well. Any self-respecting bike thief would be turned away after having seen it. That is two wins for the price of one.

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Bugaboo Stroller Brake Cable Repair

The brass replacement cable end installed and held up next to the other end of the cable.

Years ago, I happened upon the craft of repairing Bowden control cables. A couple of old motorcycle mechanics told me not only was it possible, but they themselves used to do it all the time “back in the day”.

I read up on the topic (i.e. old forum posts online) and found Flanders Cables – retailer of control cable parts and cable soldering supplies.

Bowden control cables are a ubiquitous part of modern civilization. They are in absolutely everything: from baby strollers and bicycles to high end automobiles. When one end of a Bowden control cable snaps off, however, most of us out in consumer-land are out of luck when it comes to finding a replacement.

The supplies I used to effect the repair of the cable.

On bicycles and baby strollers, brake cable inner wires are typically 1.5mm in diameter and made of either stranded galvanized or stranded stainless steel. In case you are wondering, shift cable inner wires are typically 1.2mm in diameter (Campagnolo wires are an exception – 1.1mm in diameter).

There are lots of different types of control cable ends. One of the most common brake cable inner wire ends is the “barrel type”. It looks like a barrel with a hole drilled through the side. These barrels are sized to fit into special grooves in brake levers or other parts of a machine, and so come in a variety of dimensions.

I used Flanders Cable part number 620-2562 as a replacement cable end for this repair.

To heat up the cable end, I used a small tank of propane gas. You can see the torch tip I used in the image above. The flint striker I used to light the torch is in the picture above as well. You need to use the flint striker to light the gas coming out of the torch tip. You have to go very easy on the heat from the torch to avoid changing the temper of the steel wire you are soldering  (too much heat and it will become brittle and thus unusable as a control cable).

Soldering requires some flux (a chemical paste, gel, or liquid that removes oxidation from the metal you are heating up to allow the solder to bond with it). I used some Benzomatic lead free water soluble flux I picked up at the local Home Despot. A little dab inside the pre-drilled hole in cable end worked just fine.

In the image above there is also some 50% tin / 50% lead solid wire. I used this as the solder in the repair.

On the work bench you can also see a blue DASCO PRO steel scratch awl. I used this to gently unwind and peen open the strands at the very tip of the steel wire inserted into the replacement cable end. Doing this prevents the wire from pulling back out of the hole in the cable end.

The needle nose pliers were used to hold the work as I work the scratch awl and to hold the piece as it cooled to inspect it. The brass brush was used to clean off the slag and soot once the solder had cooled.

I made a new control cable for this stroller to go with this repaired cable as a back up in case it breaks again. I still have a small supply of the bulk quantities of control cable wire, housing, ferrules, cable tips, barrel adjusters, and other fittings for bicycle control cable systems.

If you have ever sweated copper you already have 100% of what you need to effect this type of repair (except for the cable end and other small control cable-specific parts – which are easy enough to obtain at bike shops or online). Jewelers can also easily handle this type of work as well.

There is not much value in this sort of fixing and mending other than the good feeling you get from helping a neighbor or family member out. Job done, I suppose.

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Benny Boy Brewery opponents in Lincoln Heights look like bigots

This image was grabbed from a Facebook group of Lincoln Heights residents.

Did you know: if you are white, own a business, but weren’t born in a given Los Angeles neighborhood, people will organize to keep you from opening your doors?

Sounds kind of un-American to me. There are valid reasons to oppose a brewery. The ethnicity and place of birth of the owners are not valid reasons.

I remember people in Artesia trying to make the same argument about immigrants from India opening businesses in their community. I remember people in Monterey Park making the same arguments about Chinese immigrants opening businesses in their community.

martinezk8stephanie@gmail.com you should be better than this; we are better than this.

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Fixing My Broken Toaster Oven

My toaster oven broke. First, a buzzing noise. Next, some smoke. Out to the curb it went in the arms of my wife.

I saw it sitting there and thought, “It is already broken, if I take it apart – where is the harm in that?”

I take it down to my workshop. Zip, zip zip – phillips head sheet metal screws come out easy.

Dang, a problem: triangle head screws.

I try all the bits in my inventory. No luck. I look online: wait a week and pay $20 just to open a broken toaster oven?! Heck no.

I look around the shop. I see some 1/4″ square steel rod.

I cut a small section of rod with a 24 thread per inch hacksaw blade. I square up one end with a bastard cut and then a second cut flat file. I apply some Dykem Blue layout fluid to the 6.35mm x 6.35mm square area (1/4″ x 1/4″). I use some accurate Vernier calipers to measure the triangle hole in the screws – about 2mm on each side.

I do some math – I need to scribe a square that is about 2.1mm away from the edges of the rod. Then, I need to scribe a triangle inside that square. I use my little combination square and its scribe to do this.

Next, I use a Dremel with a cut-off wheel to slice along the outside edge of that scribed triangle. Things go badly, but I still manage to get an approximate 2mm triangle cut.

I spend some more time removing about 1/2″ of material to expose this triangular bit. I file down the side of the triangular bit with a square 2nd cut file.

I try the bit out on a stuck screw. The head of the bit shears off.

Great.

I use a file to cut down more of the rod using what remains of the sheared off triangular bit as a guide.

I hold the rod in my vise and heat the rod up with some MAPP gas until the tip of the bit is glowing red. Then, I stick the glowing red bit in some motor oil to quench it.

Now, the drill bit digs into the screws without shearing and allows me to remove them. I am in!

Once opened, I spot an obvious problem: the back of the temperature control dial has a badly oxidized jack and lead with evidence of melted insulation. This is common. A little too much oxidation builds up and the resistance to electricity flow increases, the part then warms up beyond its listed specifications and something melts – blam, broken device. Same thing happened to my washing machine.

I remove the back of the temperature control dial. I search for the part using all the marks stamped on the part. No luck.

Hm.

I use a brass brush to remove all the built up rust on the jack of the control dial. I dig through my old dynamo light wiring kit for a female slide-on connector and heat shrink tube. I find what I am looking for. I cut the end of the wire to get rid of the rusted lead and use some small gauge wire strippers I recently picked up (16 AWG stranded fits) to expose some wire. I use a crimping tool on the slide-on connector and wire. I heat the heat shrink tubing into place.

Dial goes back in. Leads connected to jacks.

Hm.

I plug it into the workshop power outlet and turn the oven on.

No sparks. No buzzing. Funny smell? No, just burning bread crumbs. The thing works again.

Hooray.

“I regret to inform you that your toaster oven is working again.”

My wife, “I was hoping to get a new one.”

“Sorry.”


Toaster oven model and make:

Euro-Pro X ™ Toaster Oven Four / Grille-Pain

Model: TO284

Fabrique en Chine

Broken part:

Huahui MR-39 0108 120V/15A

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Two Reasons Bike Advocacy in LA is on the Wane

Bicycling advocacy in Los Angeles is getting smaller and weaker.

“Defend Boyle Heights”, a social justice community group, has pilloried Metro’s bike share. The group sees bike share as a symbol of malevolent socio-economic changes in the area.

The Great Social Justice Awakening

Part of the weakening of bike advocacy in Los Angeles is a function of the take-over of nearly every civic issue or cause by a professional (and sometimes volunteer) class of social justice warriors. This class of people, like those swept up in previous mass religious awakenings in America, are searching for a moral cleansing of public life. As a result, practical problem solving, consensus building, historic fact and context, and measurable outcomes are overlooked. In exchange, this class of people is bestowed with self-righteous rage at whatever or whoever their various enablers point them towards. Our new moral arbiters are not the clergy or conventional religious leaders, but instead a loose confederacy of self-interested actors in the local media, non-profit, or social media sectors. They play a “Name the Racist” game that trivializes the day-to-day outcomes of public policy. Their moral narrative is incoherent as a text or direction for living a good life. Rather, it is driven by that which increases their power to purge. All who oppose them are to be purged from public life and from gainful employment. This type of religious zeal is not healthy when it comes to municipal government.

For example: how can citizens begin to talk about cleaning up a local dog park when, prior to having a public discussion, everyone’s privileges must be checked, language policed, and any descriptions of reality that approach sounding like a stereotype or biased against a “protected group” are not allowed to be admitted into discourse?

Colonial Politics

Another significant reason for Los Angeles’ weakening bike advocacy is this city’s status as a colonial outpost for various industry, union, national and global interest groups – with a political elite that can afford to ignore basic good governance in exchange for a small piece of whatever action those interest groups break off to mostly have their way with the region.

“Today is election day, and neither of the candidates for mayor seems to have noticed that the city he aspires to lead has now become a colony. The aerospace economy is gone. The city’s department stores have passed in and out of bankruptcy. The banks themselves are headquartered in Georgia and Seattle. Our remaining oil company has gone to British Petroleum. The industry of dreams – the making of movies- is owned in Australia, Canada, Japan, and New York. The Times was the last, big corporate presence that mattered by being in Los Angeles. And now, it doesn’t matter. Perhaps this is what globalization feels like, living in a place where everyone is a colonialist and among the colonized simultaneously.”

  • D.J. Waldie (2004) Where we are now: notes from Los Angeles (p. 35). Santa Monica, CA: Angel City Press.

Villaraigosa Era Overton Window

There was a moment, during the reign of LA’s former mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, that bike advocacy sidestepped the byzantine nightmare of interlocked bribes and public relations stunts required to achieve any civic goal in Los Angeles. Those glorious days are gone, but it is worth looking back to compare that era with the current one under mayor Eric Garcetti.

Villaraigosa, prior to becoming a bike-centric mayor, was deemed a “failure” by Los Angeles Magazine and by many public figures as well at the time. His old-fashioned election goals (“fix traffic”, “more cops”, “balanced budgets”) went down in flames just past his election to a second term in office.

Bicycle projects were an easy out to score huge public relations victories doing extremely basic, and cheap, public works that had been planned for decades. Villaraigosa also employed a middle school student body government tactic with the city council: he stacked the council with people that owed their political careers to him. He did this by sending his donors towards his picks for various city council seats.

Former mayor Villaraigosa found a series of fiscally and politically easy wins transforming Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation (LADOT). In the early to mid-2000’s, the department was a car-centric throwback to the early 20th century. After Villaraigosa, it had transitioned into a more-or-less progressive beachhead in city hall for bicycle and pedestrian project planning and implementation.

The value proposition for politicians flipped, however, with mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti is a politician completely hamstrung by the complex web of interest groups that have bought a piece of his attention. Their money has kept the city in political stasis; which, despite all the horrific outcomes that stasis entails, at least gives these large interests a predictable landscape to ply their various hustles. Additionally, mayor Garcetti was too preoccupied figuring out his next political move to employ any politically meaningful strategy with members of the council (aside from playing nice in public ceremonies). Garcetti ceded power to the council president, Herb Wesson. Wesson’s own relatively deep donor base and concentration of networked power meant he had no reason to seek cheap and easy public policy wins. Further still, he could call a few of his favorite non-profits and generate whatever positive public relations he needed without resorting to bike lanes and safe crosswalks.

Some politicians still cling to the Villaraigosa play book. Mike Bonin on the Westside and Jose Huizar in Boyle Heights fully engaged the Villaraigosa strategy – seeking easy political wins available using bike projects. However, many on the council, and the mayor himself, saw only headaches, annoyance, or simply hated bicycle projects in general and owed nothing to the bicycling community.

John Buntin, the author of the book “L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City”, once credited L.A.’s byzantine web of corruption as one of the reasons mobster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel left the city for Las Vegas. He’d had to bribe or blackmail the police commissioners, the city council, and mayor – but also individual station captains and LAPD division heads as well. It was a monumental headache dealing with networks of government officials all fishing for their needs to be met, the story goes, so Bugsy left for Las Vegas.

In a similar way, the money and networking required to move the needle on a civic project in Los Angeles requires more than what the cycling advocacy community can muster. The bike advocacy community is a rag-tag bunch of volunteers allied with one or two local millionaires. That ain’t much in a city packed with billionaires, unions with big campaign budgets and volunteer armies, huge investment funds, and large pools of foreign real estate interests shopping for returns. Similar to colonial governors, our elected leaders in Los Angeles are fine-tuned to pick up any disturbance in the various rackets and hustles these big players need to keep their interests going; while they ignore the day-to-day lives and experiences of normal people under their control.

Examples abound in many domains in Los Angeles where some local elites, or a community group, rises up, gets organized, pushes forward an entirely reasonable and often self-funded, self-directed, well planned, ready to compromise proposal, and is promptly heavily suppressed by their local politician and pilloried in the press. Sometimes the injustice done to these self-appointed advocates is spun as an outrage story in the local TV or radio news, and their project does move forward. More often than not, these nice ideas die painful deaths that forever turn away groups of motivated residents from ever engaging in public life again.

The toxic stew of the social justice religious revival movement and the power that complex webs of  interest groups hold over Los Angeles’ city council and mayor mean one thing for bike projects in Los Angles: they have been, and will likely continue to be, failures.

If we continue to limp forward, wounded by the insanity dominating public discourse, blind to political reality in city hall and, most importantly, ignoring the cold hard facts about bike projects in Los Angeles – the future is not very bright at all for cycling in this town.

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L.A.’s Substandard Bike Projects Lead to Increased Crash Rates

It is time to face the facts: Los Angeles’ 3rd rate, crap-tier, bike projects have been a net negative for public safety.

Two of my personal heroes in the political war to make Los Angeles more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, councilmembers Mike Bonin and Jose Huizar have made substantial positive impacts on my personal life. The bike projects they have installed have materially helped me get to work, run errands, and generally enjoy life on two wheels.

The bike projects they have overseen, however, are correlated with an increase in the number of reported crashes and injuries in their districts.

David L. Galts graph of reported collisions in council district 14 from 2013 to 2019.

The analysis performed to reach this conclusion was done by David L. Galt and is available as a Google Doc.

Mr. Galt was interviewed by Nick Richert of LA Bike Talk in a podcast reviewing his findings, methodology, and background.

 

David L. Galts graph of reported collisions in council district 11 from 2013 to 2019.

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Our Oddball Dutch and English Roadster Rims are at British Bicycle Company in Arizona

The V38 “Westwood” profile rim everyone always asks about- alloy in black w. a gold pinstripe. This is also available in raw aluminum and black.

Oddball Rims Available at British Bicycle Company
The Flying Pigeon LA bike shop closed down in late 2016 and for the past couple of years I have been dragging boxes of oddball bicycle rims around – from storage to their final resting place in my garage. I finally had enough and worked a deal with the fine people at British Bicycle Company out of Phoenix Arizona to ship them all my remaining rims  – where they are available for sale to the general public.

The rim sizes and finishes are as follows:

Rim Model Common Name Size ETRTO Size Color and Finish Material # Holes/Spoke Gauge
V38 Westwood 28×1-1/2 25-635 Silver Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
V38 Westwood 28×1-1/2 25-635 Black Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
V38 Westwood 28×1-1/2 25-635 Black w. Gold Stripe Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
V38 Westwood 700c 25-622 Black Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
V38 Westwood 26×1-3/8 25-590 Black Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
V38 Westwood 26×1-3/8 25-590 Black w. Gold Stripe Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
ST32 28×1-1/2 22-635 Silver Chrome Steel 36-hole/14 ga.
ST32 700c 22-622 Silver Chrome Steel 36-hole/14 ga.
RM21 28×1-1/2 21-635 Black Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.
RM19 26×1-3/8 19-590 Silver Polished Alloy 36-hole/14 ga.

 

Ryde RM19 Rim in Polished Silver

The RM19 and RM21 have the same profile – the 19 is made for Pashley’s 26×1-3/8″ bicycles in shiny high polish and the 21 is made for the bigger 28×1-1/2″ Roadsters in black.

I had to liquidate my inventory to cover all kinds of business expenses when I was closing the shop down. I took huge losses on everything.  Other bike shop owners, and parts distributors laughed out loud when I asked them if they would be interested in these particular rims, even when offered for free if they would cover the freight.

Back Story

These rims were made by Ryde (a company that is also known as Rigida, Weinmann, and Van Schothorst) in the Netherlands.

After years of working on old, classic, and even some antique bicycles – I recognized a strange gap in the bicycle rim marketplace here in the United States.

It is relatively easy to find or fabricate parts for many of these old machines, but rims were an impossibility, and upgrading bicycle drive trains with modern internally geared hubs was beyond impossible. Manufacturers of old roadsters and imported city bikes used obsolete or uncommon (in the U.S.) spoke counts and spoke diameters. Here in the U.S., we have a big selection of bicycle hubs that can work with old-fashioned bicycles, so long as you have rims that are drilled for 36-hole hubs and 14 gauge spokes.

So, that is what I ordered: old-fashioned rim sizes drilled to fit 36-hole hubs and 14 gauge spokes. They all arrived just in time for me to make the decision to shut my shop down and run for public office (a personal and financial disaster worthy of at least its own blog post).

Not a small amount of psychic pain resulted. I actually took some of them to a metal scrapper and got paid a few bucks for bicycle parts I knew belonged on an old roadster or a refurbished Dutch bike. On the drive back home, I gave up.

“This is what it feels like when a nice idea dies an expensive death.”, I thought. It has been one long, dumpster-bound, slide for all my nice ideas from the previous decade, so what difference is another one finally going down with a sad metallic crunch?

I used ratchet straps to tie down rim boxes in my bakfiets and made multiple trips to Fedex to get them all shipped to British Bicycles.

Then a message popped up in my inbox, and British Bicycles was interested. It was over the course of about a week and a half that I strapped rim boxes to the front of my bike and rode to the nearest Fedex shipping center. They finally arrived a few days ago in Phoenix – awaiting a project bike, restoration, or repair on an “obsolete” bicycle somewhere out there in the U.S.

Get in touch with British Bicycle Company in Phoenix, Arizona about these oddball rims that offer old bikes another chance at glory (I stole that line from Coco’s Variety store owner Peter V.)

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