Journal: A Falling Stone Could Reason

August 23, 2012

in Journal Notes

Thursday Location:  Seven  |  Studio

Time:  7:10 am – 8:10 pm

  • Product Design:  Messing around with chainstay designs for mountain bikes.  I’m certain we’ve got 10 times more designs than we had two three years ago.  We’ve got way too many options happening.  It’s what Seven Cycles does as a custom framebuilder.  Here is some of the craziness on “mountain bikes” alone – not including road, triathlon, etc. – that affect chainstay design.  Of course all of these aspects interact so in combination if feels almost infinite in complexity:
    • Wheel diameter:  29er, 650b, 26″
    • Tire width:  Anywhere from 23c up to 2.5″ tire – and everything in between
    • Tire profile: slick, file tread, knobby, how knobby?  Of course, one company’s 38c measures 38c, another company may measure 35c or 42c.  No good standard, in my view.
    • Drivetrain type:  Belt or chain?
    • Number of chainrings:  three, two, one, blast off.
    • Chain-line:  road vs. mountain vs. belt drive vs. triple vs. my patience
    • Gears:  Single, internal, or classic.  Additional detail issues with single and internal because of the belt or chain tension method.
    • Chainstay length:  Most people want the shortest setup possible.  Not secondarily for the right reasons.
    • Other frame geometry elements:  Primarily seat tube angle and drop.
    • Tubeset choice:  Tube diameter affects design, clearances, and possibilities.
  • Project:  Seven Cycles Brochure 2013:  Skunk is, “on it like a honit” as he sometimes says.  He’s got a lot going on so this project will definitely test the bounds of timewarping.  We’re determined the page size, page count, cover – front and back – images.  John’s drafted more content.  A number of Seven employees helping with tasks.  Natalia Boltukhova is working with us on a few photos, too.
  • Graphic Design:  Finished the design for the new menu board at Ride Studio Cafe.  Hoping it’ll be up and running next week.  It’s a lot more user friendly, versatile, and better suited to the kind of rotating roaster system the Studio employs.
  • Graphic Design:  Along with the Ride Studio Cafe’s new menu boards I’m also working on finalizing the printed menus, too.

Journal entry title:  “Spinoza saw… that if a falling stone could reason, it would think, “I want to fall at the rate of thirty-two feet per second.”  –  Philip K. Dick

 

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