Saturday, April 5, 2014

Single speed CX frame for San Fransisco

 The tubes are very light steel on this one-about as light as I dare go for a frame that will see full seasons of 'cross racing in Nor-Cal.
The downtube is True temper S-3. The top tube and rear stays are Columbus Life. The headtube is for a 1 1/8" steerer and the bike will have cantilevers so this one isn't as much cutting edge as it is traditional. 
The Paul's dropouts will have adjuster screws and the bike will be fitted with a Ritchey carbon fork. I have a number of bikes out there with this tubeset and it gets consistently good remarks from the riders. Maybe my next road frame will have this set.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New book on bicycle framebuilders

Here's a new book that is a must have for any fan of custom bikes and/or builders. I got my copy from Amazon but I'm sure there are lots of sources. The builder list is extensive with shops from all over the globe. 
 Heck, even I am in there ! Check it out-it is the ultimate coffee table custom bike book and it is new and available now.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Prototype Dedaccai aluminum road frame

 I'll be riding this one locally as will maybe a couple other folks. The tubeset is one I have had sitting in a box for several years , left over from a project that never got started. I figured that I should turn the tubes into something rather than let them sit unused for eternity. I'll be building a few odd frames every year if I have the chance. It is an opportunity for me to be creative, challenged and best of all-it creates more room on the shelves for new tubing.
 At a later date I might add some holes for DI II routing. For now it will just be built up with whatever I have on hand. The frame is a scant 2 lb. 4.1 oz. without the seatmast topper. This might be the lightest road frame I have built in this size-equivalent to a 55 cm.
The chanstays and seat stays are rectangular.....not sure why but the will have nice surfaces for decals. The headset will be in integrated for a 1 1/8" steerer. At a few years old some of this tubeset is already out of date !

Saturday, March 29, 2014

30th anniversary bike built up

Other than the grips, this is the full and final build o this bike. Why not fillet brazed and fully rigid like the original 1984 edition ? All you would need to do is to take a one minute spin on either bike and figure out why I went with a more current formula. Hey-I would like to think that I have improved on what I built 30 years ago !
 The only nods to the original on this bike are the 26" wheels and the Tange Presige tubeset-now being re-issued after not being available to U.S. builders for over a decade. My opinion ? I'm really glad to have it back and if this set is typical of the quality , I will no doubt be using this tubing in the future. Not all the tubes are Tange-the seat tube and wishbone seatstays are the Nova brand and the head tube is from Paragon. All the other tubes are a sample set of Prestige-light stuff but not too light......just right for cross country Nor-Cal bikes.
 Why all the room above the tire ? This frame will also take 650 wheels-with a different fork I'll be able to check out 650's on the local trails. I have been building 650 bikes for nearly 10 years but have never had one myself.
The other reason for this bike to exist are all the parts.....they have been gathering dust on the shelves of my shop: Sid XX fork, Shimano MT 65 tubeless wheelset, Saint rear der. and shifter, Zee crankset.......the only things I had to buy were the brakes and the bar and stem and the flat pedals. This is my first bike with a 1x9 setup and flat pedals and I really like both a lot. The super tight spring in the Saint der. keeps the chain from slapping and the flat pedals allow me to ride the trails with any shoes.....this week-Vans-they really stick to the pedals like glue. Verdict : 26" is not dead ! The bike feels super quick and the steering is..... lets say......exciting ! I found myself nearly hitting all sorts of trees and stuff , just missing at the last second. Ahh.....memories of 1984 coming back.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Aluminum road frame with a nod to tradition

 This rider has been on level top tube frames pretty much forever so when he ordered a frame from me he requested the same for this newest edition to his stable. The standard head tube and BB shell also don't veer from the pattern set many years ago , giving this frame a less bulky look than a lot of my current crop.
The wheelbase is a little longer than a standard racing frame  so it should be a bit steadier on bad roads and maybe a taste more compliant.
I really like what this customer requested and think that it is not purely nostalgic but a really functional and practical design.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Small 650 Mtn. frame for Ma.

 This frame will take a Fox 100 mm shock-it is my hope that it has enough standover for this 5'3" rider.
Smaller frames like this are a challenge to build, much more so than larger frames -this one really made me work. The customer requested a Columbus Zona tubeset, hence the absence of my familiar wishbone seat stays.
The result is something a hair under 4 lbs. and hopefully a fun ride on the rooty , twisty east coast trails.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tig S.L. big tire travel rame with S&S couplers

 The paint was not exactly the blue either I or the customer invisioned but it came out so nice that I think it will stay this color.
This sturdy little frame has a  Jen Green headbadge and a crowned fork. There are ender mounts where needed and rack fittings as well. It's built for the long trips.