REM – Bike – 140327A


Photo by Richard E Marion
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Update for Bicycle Diesel Dark:

The Machine was purchased Year 2012 at a generic local bicycle shop and masqueraded as a Felt Cafe’ 7. It soon became obvious that Diesel Dark was a Mystical Being.

The Pilot, going by many names including Randall Dee, hadn’t been on a bicycle since 1973. He quickly realized a Soul was inside its frame of Aluminum.

Mike Conlon is a Certified Technician, Bicycle Shaman and Metal Magister. He keeps a low profile but is willing to connect those who comprehend there are SOME Machines with Souls… Why this is not all machines? Nobody knows. Status of work in progress:

–Flat Bars shortened to 21 Inches. Paul Component Engineering Brake Levers.
–Brake Arms soon to be TRP Cyclocross. Black of course.
–Shimano 9-Speed Thumb Shifter connecting to SRAM 11-34 Mountain Cassette.
–Raceface Crankset 32 teeth & Outer Guard. Inner Chain Guard BBG Superlight.
–Shimano Rear Hub. Alex Rims Rear, Front T.B.D. Continental Touring 42-MM Tires.
–Low-Mileage pre-owned Shimano Deore Derailleur. Works perfect.
–Prosaic ‘Planet Bike’ Rear Rack. The steel braces will be Re-Designed in Aluminum.
–There was a Bottle Cage but it was removed because street clothing (pants) caught on it!
–The OEM Seat, too heavy. The OEM Fork, too heavy. The low-end Pedals, inelegant.
–Frame to have unused attachment points filled over. Powder-Coated, Stealth Gray.

The Machine is EVOLVING into a true Hot-Rod Bicycle. It’s not a Racer. The Pilot is not a Racer. They crank serious miles in the Hampton NH area. It has been ridden up steeper hills than found on the coast. It can carry stuff, dodge potholes and run over bad things.

It’s Alive.

About Richard E & Mary L Marion

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