Bike Collection & Gear: All-City Macho Man Disc, AKA “Pop Rocket”

I picked up an All-City Macho Man just a few weeks before I got the Space Horse Disc built at Back Alley Bike Repair here in Seattle! From here on though, I’m going to call the bike by it’s now given name of Pop Rocket.

The Pop Rocket has traveled with me to well over a dozen cities over the last few years. Except for the fenders, everything on this bike started out stock.

Specifications

  • Headset: Cane Creek 10 series
  • Stem: Salsa Guide, 1-1/8th threadless, 31.8 clamp
  • Handlebar: Salsa Cowbell 3, 31.8Tape Black
  • Shift/Brake lever Shimano 105
  • Brake: Hayes CX-Expert, 160mm rotors
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano CX70 31.8 with 28.6 shim
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105, short cage
  • Crankset: FSA Gossamer 46/36t
  • Bottom Bracket: FSA MegaExo
  • Seatpost: FSA SL280, 27.2
  • Saddle: Brooks England B17
  • Cassette: Shimano Tiagra 12-28
  • Chain: KMC X-10
  • Hubs: Formula DC20/22 6 bolt 32 hole
  • Rims: Alex Black Dragon 32 hole
  • Tires: Continental Gatorskins 700×35

NOTE: As with the past bike posts, no sponsors, just informational. To check out the Macho Man from All-City check out the link here.

Bike Collection & Gear: All-City Space Horse Disc

This is my main ride for almost everything. I’ve got larger tires on for smooth riding in bumpy ole’ Seattle. Good gearing. A reliable and comfortable seat. Solid additional parts like Chris King Hubs, etc.

I have been through short rides, heavy rides, slogs, and distances of over 100 miles a day on this bike. It rides like a dream, and quick to respond, and solid for heavy loads. Combined with my Bill Trailer from Surly and it can carry a formidable multi-hundred pound load without much strain at all!

Specifications

  • Frame: All-City Space Horse Disc w/ fork and gruppo.
  • Shifter: SRAM Apex 2x
  • Brakes: Yokozuna Motor Cable/Hydraulic
    • Rear DER SRAM Apex WiFli (32t max)
    • Front DER SRAM Apex
  • Crankset Arms: SRAM Apex 50/34 w/ Rings
  • BB GXP
  • Cassette 10-speed 11-32t
  • Headset Chris King R45, sotto vocce blk
  • Rims Pacenti CL25
  • Hubs Front Shutter Precision PD-8, Dyno/ISO
  • Hubs Rear Chris King R45D blk
  • Spokes Front/Rear DT Swiss Revolution
  • Nipples Gold w/ ano/green accent
  • Tires: Compass Cycles Barlow Pass 38m
  • Tape/Grips Fizik Green to beautifully match the frame.
  • Saddle: Brooks Cambium C15, black
  • Pedals: Shimano XT PD-M8020 Trail Pedals
  • Fenders: Planet Bikes ALX black)
  • Cages: One bottle, one Salsa “Anything Cage”
  • Front Rack: Jandd Lowrider
  • Back Rack: MSW Pork Chop
  • Lights: Front B & M Luxos U
  • Lights: Rear B & M
  • Charger/USB Charger w/ Luxos U
  • Power Switch w/ USB Charger on Dyno/Light Configuration

Over the years I’ve gotten a new dyno replacement, and changed the cassettes to different gearing. Otherwise all pieces are still in place after a solid 35k miles so far! BOOM!

NOTE: Again, not sponsored by anybody to write this. Just doing to to document the gear I use in case anybody is interested. To check out the Space Horse Disc hit up the product page.

Traveling Trackball, AKA “GSD Better!”

Recently I purchased a trackball and a hardshell case for that trackball, which I then wrote a review of over yonder “A Review of the MX Ergo Advanced Wireless“. The hardshell case primarily because I displace a lot during the course of the day. Whether traveling far away from home or just within the city in which I live (i.e. Seattle these days, but in the past Portland, Memphis, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Krakow, etc) it’s been very important to have computer gear that holds up well to these movements during the day. Here is a video that details the trackball, hardshell case, and some of the different places I’ve used it since purchase. Below the video I elaborate on two of the scenarios I use these devices.

Trackball Travels

Coffee Shop Cycling Displacements

Often during the day, at least a non-pandemic day, I work coffee shop to coffee shop. Meeting other coders, working alone, or having meetings in person in coffee shops. As I move from coffee shop to coffee shop, sometimes I use transit (bus/train/tram/streetcar/etc) but more often I bike from shop to shop. During these displacements computer gear can get banged up heavily. That’s where the hardshell case for the trackball is hugely important!

Here are some detailed “product” shots from Amazon/co2CREA, and the link itself to the product if you want to pick it up.

While cycling all sorts of things can happen. I could biff it (i.e. *wreck*) on my pack (i.e. messenger bag, or backpack) and things are safe from direct impact in there, but can still be squished. I could toss my bag down or set it somewhere and it gets kicked, hit, or falls. The number of impact scenarios are numerous. But it doesn’t stop there while out cycling, since most of my packs are waterproof it’s nice to have individual elements packed in water resistant packages for when I pull them out of their pack. You get the idea, there’s a lot of potential oops scenarios, and for maximum gear lifespan it’s best to keep them safe.

Railroading Baggage Pannier Packing Style

Alright, using panniers for bike and train combo trips is another one of my specialties. I take a lot of train trips. Sometimes I ride coach, sometimes I get a roomette or bedroom, and on some trains I may end up standing. Whatever the case, traveling means luggage of some sort and luggage gets banged around. Again I’ve got my packs, but also in this scenario I routinely use my panniers. The combination is great as the survivability of devices – Apple Laptop + hardshell case for pointing device plus tough packs with panniers holding the remainder of things means surviving insane things like train wrecks (i.e. my experience of the train wreck of 501), or just regular travel trips like my trips to San Francisco for QCon, or my trip to Olympia, Washington to speak at a users’ group.

In summary, if you want to enjoy the bikey life combo powered with the rail life and keep your gear intact, it’s a good idea to pick up a hardshell case.

A Video in Video Trip to Golden Gardens

After moving to Ballard the first time in 2017, I decided I would take a ride down to Golden Gardens Park and use a couple of my GoPro Cameras to capture the ride. Here’s the video in video shot put together with some music.

If you’re curious, I mention the three GoPros, but I’ll elaborate on a few of the other tools I used post-ride. The editing software I used is Screenflow 7, however I’ll admit some future videos plus additional segments I’ll be putting together with Adobe Premier Pro in addition to Screenflow 7. All of this done on the latest MacOS running on one of the latest Mac Book Pro Laptops. If you’ve got any suggestions, questions, or otherwise, let me know in the comments and I’ll answer ASAP. Cheers, and happy trips!

Hawthorne Bus Island Fix

Where a bus island needs to be on Hawthorne, desperately.