Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Photos of My Workshop

Really, it's more of a cave that sort of passes for a garage. We rent a small cottage on a lot with two other houses, a fairly common situation in Southern California. The property is on a hill and the garages for all three places were added as an afterthought sometime in about the 1930s or 1940s. They were sort of carved out from beneath the property and have never been finished or had electricity run to them, so they're pretty primitive. This space is exactly big enough for one car, but I've got five assembled bikes (and three disassembled, presently) in there. I've been working on bikes down there for about a year and finally this summer got around to organizing a workshop of sorts. I cleaned it up yesterday after finishing dismantling the hub donor bike, and though it looked about as good as it was ever likely to, so I took some photos.

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  1. I love the cave! You make me want my own little bike cave.

    One of these days...

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  2. I mst be in a halloween type mood, that beige step through frame leaning against the wll looks rather like a skelatal leg.

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  3. Well, your name *is* "frankenbiker," after all. There's also a bazillion spiders in these photos. Can you find them all?

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  4. @ Beany: I must admit, it's *really* fun to go down there and tinker around with bike stuff. I'm getting spoiled having this space, though, primitive as it is. Us semi-nomadic sorts can't get too comfortable, after all. I'm just enjoying it while I have it.

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  5. That looks really nice to me - you even have a beautiful rug in your bike cave. Someday!

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  6. Looks like yer missin' a neon beer sign or two in there, Bubba. (an' a lonnnnng extension cord) ;-)

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  7. @ Charlotte: Man, that rug. It's not as nice as it looks. It was originally a wall hanging owned back in the 70s by an ex-girlfriend's parents. They gave it to her, she gave it to me, I've used it in various capacities throughout the years, including as a rug in the house, but it finally got to a state of wear that precluded it's indoor use any longer. Now it's a nice shop rug, although it's *really* hard to find little nuts and bolts and bearings when they get dropped (which happens a lot).

    @ John: Yeah, and a beer fridge. If I had electricity down there, or even a cord long enough, it would be very bad. I probably would forget to come out for days on end. And with no plumbing either, well....

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  8. To the Bike Cave Bikeman! I love it! It's maybe a little bright for my taste, but the spider webs and old rug sound great. Looks like the perfect place to work on an old bike on Saturday afternoon with the game on the radio.

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  9. I am called frankenbiker because I build strange and unusual bikes,like tall swing bikes and front wheel drive rear wheel steer recumbents to name a couple.I also did a school of "fishbikes" fora local human powered parade called "Parade the Cicrle"around university circle in Cleveland Ohio.They had swishing tails,flapping fins and opening and closing mouths.It was quite a site.

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  10. peg board...

    I need to hang some peg board

    you need to hang some peg board

    nothing makes a shop a shop like peg board!

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  11. Nice cave. A bit of white wash would brighten things up considerably though.

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  12. Just discovered your blog- it's awesome. (I ride a 1972 Schwinn Breeze, live in Chicago and grew up in San Diego.) Ride on.

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  13. Pretty nice lil shop area,Thom! I like it :-D Wish I had as nice a space to work (still using the dining room,but she lets no rusty or mud cover'ds in there,LOL!).

    Sorry I been away so long,BTW...LOTS going on,including a minor/moderate injury while riding back in August,so I been staying off bike sites till I healed (so I didn't go crazy wanting to ride,LOL).

    Looks like you've been pretty busy while I was offline :-D
    Steve

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  14. nice work shop, you need a work bench to go with it though....
    anyway it's awesome. I ride a vintage schwinn varsity and your blog gives me ideas to tweak things. I work in our basement which has electricity and lots of room. (and lots of spiders)

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  15. Nice space! where do you do the work if you don't have a stand or a work bench??? I work in my garage which is nice because it has lights and a bike stand and lots of storage (and lots of spiders) My blog is called bike stuff and I started about a month ago.

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