Journal: The Intense Activity Which Is Involved In the Common Pursuit of Doing Nothing

February 14, 2013

in Journal Notes

cafe-racer-sl-step-through-belt-driveThursday location:  Seven  |  7:50 am – 7:45 pm

  • Product Design:  It’s a little known fact that Seven Cycles builds step-through frames.  We don’t build many, and we don’t promote that fact, but it does happen.  Some of the coolest bikes we make are step-through.  Any bike that get someone to ride more is a cool bike.  I think I’m going to be needing a step-through frame soon.
  • Product Development:  The first two Pressfit 30 bikes are going through Seven’s production system right now.  Someone asked, “What’s the big deal, it’s pretty much a BB30 system, right?”  Sort of.  It only requires:
    • A different starter tube size
    • An entirely different shell design and size
    • New fixture adapters for machining, tacking, welding, finishing, and paint
    • A new cutter diameter for adjoining tubes
    • A new CNC program for post-weld reaming, facing, and counter-boring
    • An new go-no-go gauge for the final ream size, along with a new set of standards for tolerances
    • Some new testing standards
  • Words:  Velosmith just posted a piece about Seven Cycles.  It looks like it will be a series of posts.  The first post is:  Seven Cycles Build process – Part I.

  • Product Development:  Working on three Honey Bike development projects at the moment.  All three of them are big and time consuming.  Not enough hours.  Chip is helping with two of them.

Post title:  “[Sunderland street-corner culture] testifies to the intense activity which is involved in the common pursuit of ‘doing nothing’, and to the fact that what most adults see as an endless waste of time, and absence of purpose, is, from the viewpoint of the kids, full of incident, constantly informed by ‘weird ideas’.”  [sic]  –  Stuart Hall and Tony Jefferson.   Resistance Through Rituals:  Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain.  1975.  p. 103.

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