Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DIY Bling Bling...

Yup im still here. Work has been super duper hectic so i havent had time AT ALL to ride my bikes. Ive been meaning to update this blog (really i have), but my schedules just jam packed. As most of you already know i havent, and wont be, able to update this mug like i used to. Im guessing ill try to update maybe once or twice a week if possible. Check a couple times a week to see wuts goin on...

Last week, i visited a friends shop located conviniently 5 min away from my house. The shop owner (Kakizawa-san http://4-5sanpokai.com/blog/kakizawa/ ) figured a way to "melt" away the (im not really sure what they call it in the english speaking world, but we call it "almight" here in japan) somewhat foggy layer you find on aluminum parts. Hard to describe but the pictures will describe it.

Let me start off by saying itll really take some balls to do this yourself without any experience, but i was lucky enough to have Kakizawa-san teach me the ropes first hand. Basically, by doing this, you can make your "dull" looking stem, crank, hubs, handle, etc., bling bling. So here we go...



1.First off, heres what youre gonna need. On the bottom picture, the bottom left cream is "aluminum compound". Ill explain what what does later on...

Heres a before pic of my Nitto Pearl8 stem.
Its brand new, with its "foggy" layer.

2. First you gotta take your part(s), and spray the bitch with the Easy-Off on top of a piece of cardboard or something. The smell is pretty intense so DO NOT do this indoor. Unless u wanna get high. Then wait about 10min.

3. Heres what she looks like after 10min. Pretty much looks like shit, and id be shitting my pants if i was doing this alone. So when it looks like this, just wash it off thoroughly with water.

Here she is after being washed. Looks dreadful.

4. Take the aluminum compound and some cotton balls, and rub the shit outta the stem. Slowly but surely, itll start looking like this.

After a mere 45min of rubbing the stem, here she is in all her glory...

Heres a comparison shot. The tops my Pearl8 blinged, and the bottom is a Nitto65 with Almight still on. I know the Nitto NJ-PRO is already blinged, but this is on an aluminum part, AND it can be done on parts like the Pearl and N65 which do not come pre-blinged by Nitto. Btw, ill be doing my N65 as well.

Heres what the work space looks like.

Let me tell u it looks 10x better in person. These pictures really dont do it justice.
In addition, if you have a used part, which isnt in the greatest of condition, the Easy-Off spray will eat away at some of the scars on your part. Theres really no down side to this.
Well thats it in a nutshell. Ill be sure to take pics again when i do my N65 stem, maybe theyll come out cleaner. If u guys have any questions, feel free to ask. All in all, this only took like an hour or so total. Btw, do this at ur own risk. I just had to say it, ha.

Friday, April 17, 2009


Finally found a 65 that was under 100mm. Preferably i wanted a 70mm, but im thinking that a 10mm difference isnt really that big. The lines on this stem are just beautiful. Its funny how people say "they dont make em like they used to", and its so true. Im not sure why Nitto doesnt re-produce these, as i think its one of the best looking threaded stems out there. To note, i believe the 70mm come in a 25.4 clamp diameter. Since this is a 26.0, luckily i had a shim laying around.

This Sunday ill be going to a friends shop to blingbling the shit outta this. Should be interesting as it will be the first time ill be doing it. For those who dont know what im talking about (which is probably all of u), ill snap some pics and hopefully a turorial on how to bring out the shine on your metal parts.


Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fukuoka Love #1...


マッチ君: まだ最初にオオホリ公園で出会った時はっきり覚えてるよ!チェレステのビアンキにながーいハンドルに、ブレーキも?!笑。あれから結構仲良くなれたね~二人でKEOスピンにめちゃくちゃはまって、それからFAKIEに流れて・・・

つよし君: オオホリでミックと出会ったとき覚えてるよ!最後の半年間あんまり一緒に乗ることができなかったけど、送別会で挨拶できてよかった。コアのシアトルズで女WATCHINGしてたのは覚えてるでしょ~笑。お兄さんが東京にいるから、また東京で会うことはできるよね!(ちなみに、今ヤフーオクでシャマル出してるでしょう・・笑)

まさ君: いつも優しくて、チルなまさ君。始めて話す前に、チャリがイカツクて、ちょっと怖かったけど、こんなに仲良くなれると正直思わなかった。近々名古屋に遊びにくるんでしょ?!福岡でイベントをがんばってね。あと、ソファを大事に使って下さい^^。

こっちゃん: はじめて会ったときからスタバで英会話教室になってたね。バカなとこが多いけど、面白くて、色々本当にお世話になった。合コンが残念ながらまだ成功してないけど、それを頑張ってね・笑。

おやじ: この写真懐かしいでしょ!こんとき始めて一緒に乗ってたんでしょ?こっちゃんがズボンを破れて、ドンキ行ったよね。ペダルID1:1を大事にしてね。また福岡遊びに行ったら一杯でも飲もうよ!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Still here...

Im guessing most of you are thinking ive just gone lazy, maybe most of you think i have nothing to update about, maybe most of you are thinking that im just super busy with my moving and all, but im guessing that most of you guys dont give a sh!t...lol.

well its a mix of all of the above, minus the gone lazy. Things have been pretty hectic bc of the move, and ill be off to tokyo tmrw for a couple days before i go off to Guam to hit the beach and catch some rays. Once i get back, ive got alotta things to update about. Till then fellaz...