Friday, September 9, 2016

This bike is designed for hauling ass

 Yes, I said it. I have a bike just like this-alumunim frame-carbon fork with room for 700x40 tires. Disc brakes and thru-axles make this a sturdy rig for mixed terrain outings.

I find that I can downhill on a bike like this really well-the lighter touch needed for braking means a looser upper body and more ability to control the bike at speed in the loose stuff. Take it from me, I'm a clutz but on a bike like this  I have found some speeds that were not in my comfort zone previously.

There were many years that I resisted the disc brake CX thing and I am still on the fence if it is good for CX racing but on the trail this is definitely the way to go, especially for those all-day rides in the mountains.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Travel bike with a lot going on

 I have built two other frames like this but this one has the added feature of the internal routing for the rear mechanical disc brake. The Ritchey breakaway/S&S coupler combo was an idea of a customer of mine about a year and a half ago. This new bike was obviously inspired by the two other frames I built.
 The bike will have the new Sram wireless 'Etap' shifting system, eliminating the need for any der. cable stops.
 The frame will be fitted to a Whiskey #9 fork. The Paragon Machine works 'Poly-drops' are a bit of trouble to work with but they offer a lot of choices for brake mounts or axle specs with just a change of the inserts.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Steel CX frame for pacific northwest

 Nothing too modern here, just a straight ahead CX frame in steel. The top tube is nearly level and the  tube diameters are a little smaller than what I currently use. No disc brakes, no carbon fork, no Di II, no thru-axles. This is a circa 1998 frame and fork.

 The fork has my very last Pacenti P.B.P. crown. I won't be able to get these in the future as Pacenti is shutting down the site- I'll have to use other stuff once I run out of the stash that I have in stock.
The frame is mostly True Temper with some Dedaccai tubing in the rear triangle and a Nove seat tube. The frame is 3 lb. 13 oz.  I wasn't trying to make it light, it just came out that way. It's a pretty small frame.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Single speed disc CX frame in steel

 I don't get to build frames like this as often as I would like-lots of cool features that can only come together in a custom frame.
 Nearly every component of this frame is made in the USA: Rear dropouts and BB shell are from Paragon machine works.The head tube is from Solid BMX. The main tubes are from True Temper. The headbadge is from Jennifer Green. It's a relatively patriotic machine !
This one will be going to a rider in Portland, Oregon.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jerry's new rig

 This is what I do for a big tire CX bike in aluminum these days-lots of tire room for the 700x43 Bruce Gordon tires and thru-axles front and rear. This one is set up with the big 11-42  XT cassette and a Praxis works 1X  front chainring. The low gear is less than one-to-one.
 This bike will see duty around Boulder, Colorado and maybe in the Santa Cruz mountains. The wheels are the new Mavic Ksyrium "All road". They offer stiffness and light weight at about half of what carbon wheels cost.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tig class at UBI Ashland 2016

Well, another one is in the books. Five students have completed the class at  UBI that I have been teaching for the last nine summers. I really like the experience and try to present a rational and practical approach to building frames-maybe a bit of humor and history thrown in. The instructor I have been sharing this class with more years than not is Rich Bernoulli , someone who cares very much about the students and the legacy of the school. It is always a great time teaching with Rich-he's the best.
 This class was a bit smaller than most with a few cancellations but the mostly retired military bunch kept us working hard-they had very high expectations of themselves and really went full-bore on the challenges in the class. It is not an easy thing to learn in two weeks but these folks pulled it off.
 I want to thank my hosts, the De Salvo family, the UBI staff and Ron Sutphin the boss and of course the students for making my experience at UBI good as it has always been. I don't leave my shop to work elsewhere hardly ever except for two weeks in mid summer to teach at UBI. I am honored to do so.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Home away from home

 Yes, it's that time of year again-teaching my annual class at U.B.I. in Ashland, Oregon. The shop will be closed while I am gone and I will return on the 22nd. This job at U.B.I. is challenging and rewarding. The seven hour drive to get here isn't much fun but the experience once I am here is more than worth it.
I'm staying in a little cabin in the back yard of Mike De Salvo's house-behind the garage that used to be his shop. He since moved to a commercial location a few years ago just a few blocks away. -It is great to be here.