Sunday, March 26, 2017

Swiggco-Roubaix ride 2017

 Here is the poster I made for the event. This ride was supposed to just be a team event but with most of the team unable to make the ride the invite went out to the bay area CX community and we had nearly 40riders.
 The bulk of the riders met at Corralitos for the 60 mile round trip to San Juan Bautista. Lots of different types of bikes were on hand.
 Here was a re-grouping spot after one of the days two flat tires. The sky threatened rain all day but not a drop fell.
 Going up the dirt climb the rains of the previous week made for a sticky muddy situation. About 3/4 of the way up folks were forced to carry their bikes and un-clog the areas around the brakes for the remaining climb.
 At the top we were treated to a great view before a screaming muddy downhill. Bikes got sideways in the slippery conditions and some of the bikes got clogged with mud again.
 High above the lunch destination the sky was dramatic and the air was very clean. This was the highest point of the day.
 At the finish a barbeque was planned but instead the main course was beer. Lots of tired but happy people were in the park in front of Corralitos store.
Here's my bike after the ride. It was a lot muddier at the top of the climb-Dumpstervaagen passed the test of mud, rocks and ruts. Maybe next year we will do another one of these-mixed terrain rides.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Aluminum CX frame for a local

This frame and fork are for the guy who makes custom color decals for me when I need them in  a hurry. He made these green ones in a color I had not used-he can do that. The frame also sports the Jennifer Green silver head badge-unusual to put one on an aluminum frame but it works nicely.
 This frame is wedded to an Enve disc CX fork with a thru-axle, pretty much the standard item on my frames. To get the fork painted to match it will cost $ 150 , but it is a really nice touch and very popular. In the background you can see my travel bike which is being set up for a tour next month. More on that later.

Aluminum big tire CX frame with matching fork

 This frame and fork will be getting some serious use-room for big tires , thru-axles and a Whiskey # 9 fork with room for up to a 1.9" tire. Should be a fun ride.
 The classic original schoolbus yellow decals have been the staple on my bikes since 1984.

Single speed steel CX frame and fork for Idaho

 One of my favorite colors, this frame will see commute duty mostly . There's fittings for fenders and only one water bottle. This one is going to Boise where I have sold a number of frames over the years-there's kind of a small colony of them there.
The Paragon sliders make the disc brake and chain tension setup very easy. It will be nice to see it all fully built.

Track frame in steel for Colorado

 Yes, I do build track frames. I'm sure that I have built well over 50 of them in my career- most of them for the Jr. development program in the past that was run by Farid Abraham in Los Gatos, Ca. A lot of great riders came out of this program and some of my frames were ridden to district and national titles.
 This frame is for a 21 year old rider who will hopefully be doing a full calendar of events on this machine. The steel frame and fork are my 'Mass start' platform for points race, miss-and-out and other non-pursuit events. The tubeset is very much the same that was developed for the juniors in Los Gatos back in the late '90's- True Temper S-3 mixed with some OX Platinum.
The chain stays are really heavy fork blades, bent and indented to allow the narrow q-factor of the track cranks.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

650 + frame in steel for a local

 This will be the second of this type of frame I have built in the last 6 months. I anticipate that there should be an increasing demand for these as the wheel size is gaining popularity and the bigger tires are becoming more mainstream.
 This steel frame is fitted with the oversize 30.9 ID seat tube for a dropper post and sports the sterling Jennifer Green head badge. This customer also has a single speed as well. The headset will be a mango Chris King inset-7 and the hubs will also be King in the same color. This is what people used to do with the aluminum bits on their bikes 15-20 years ago.  Cool to see someone doing it again.

29er for SF in steel

 This one is about as current as I build. The seat tube has a port for a dropper post cable to be routed internally. The frame has the 'Syntace' rear dropout system-this is a first for me. It allows alignment of the rear wheel with a small cam built into the der. side dropout. A lot of other Nor-Cal builders have adopted this style of dropout.
The color is a really deep sparkle orange with gold flek. It does not completely show in a photo. When the sun hits it the effect is pretty amazing. This frame will see duty on the trails and fire roads of the Bay area. I'm anxious to hear a ride report from the owner.

Gravel/CX for Indiana

There seems to be a bit of a trend of people wanting the fork painted to match the decals. Here's a new example-an aluminum big tire CX frame mated to a carbon fork. No thru axles here but still made for disc brakes this bike will see duties out in the midwest. There are a myriad of paths and trails that snake in between the  towns that should provide a nearly endless amount of testing ground for this rig.
The head tube will house an integrated  Cane Creek 110 headset-a good choice for the harsh winter conditions. The aluminum tubes are Dedaccai 'Force' CX-the best that I have found for this type of bike.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Steel CX frame for Pleasanton, Calif.

 This one is just awaiting some parts to be ready to build up. The frame is my popular CX SL big tire version, good for the many gravel events and exploring the back country. The Enve fork was painted to match.
 The frame will get an R-685 Shimano hydraulic brake set and an Ultegra drive train. Should be a very reliable setup and very durable. The frame also sports one of Jennifer Greens head badges-getting more popular every year.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Travel CX frame, fork and stem for France

 Lots going on here. This disc brake heavy duty S&S coupled steel frame can be run geared or single speed as the PF-30 shell will accept the Beer components EBB. Also, you can go belt drive as the Paragon Poly-Drops have a split when the inserts are un-bolted. Also, there are a number of different insets available, even one for the Rohloff rear hub.
 The steel fork has a 15 mm thru-axle and a port in the dropout for a generator wire so the whole mess can be internal. The upper wire hole is the breather hole in the steerer . The hole for the headlight mount is visible on the front of the lower part of the steerer. This is only the second fork I have built with this feature. It allows an internal wire without weakening the fork or creating a place for rust to develop as would happen with an external hole in the blade. Drilling holes in fork blades is something I avoid for lots of reasons and I didn't have to do it here.
The stem is one I built with Paragon fittings . These are heavy but virtually indestructible. I usually charge $ 200 for a stem like this. The cable routing is '90's style with the pulley for the front der. Not something I have done for quite a long time-it was requested by the customer and he's the boss. Rack mounts in the rear and fender mounts on the cross members complete the build. I definitely spent some serious time on this one and hope that the customer likes the result.

Big tire CX frame for Seattle

 Fender mounts and frame protectant are two features of this frame and fork that I will be sending north tomorrow .
 The fork is one I made with post-mount and fender eyelets. This is a blend of the timeless steel frame/fork with the newer axle standards of the disc brake wheel sets.
This should be a real work horse, one that can take a fair bit of abuse-also with the room for fairly large tires the ride cam be dialed a number of ways. Not a race bike-pretty much an anything bike....but if you wanted to you could race it as long as there were no big shouldering sections on the course !

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Recent complete builds

 Most of theses were assembled by the customer. Bike # 1 is a 650 adventure bike, truly a big tire CX bike for the woods.
 Bike # 2 is an 'Alfie', the latest edition. This one is Di II and has the 11 spd. rear hub.
Bike # 3 is the tig Ultimund road with an Ultegra build. I assembled this one and now have a good supply of S-3 down tubes to make about 12 more of these frames. After that I'll have to change the tubing formula as True Temper is indeed going away for good.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Disc CX/Gravel frame for Utah

 There seems to be a new trend of folks having their fork painted to match the decal color. This frame is a pretty familiar platform-steel frame with a tapered carbon fork-thru-axles front and rear.

I think that this was by far the most popular frame of 2016-I must have built at least 30 of them. This year is looking to be much the same with all the gravel events getting more popular. I have done a few myself and do like the format. Nothing like riding mixed terrain for 4-5 hours with no need to go crazy anaerobic like in a CX race. The rides may be hard but the pace is usually pretty relaxing for a competitive event.
It is only Feb. but I believe I have nearly 15 of these on order already and about 10 in aluminum. Perhaps this is the bike that does more than all the others-good in the dirt but not too sluggish on the road.

Road fixed gear

 Yes, not only do I build these but I own one. Riding a fixed gear on the road can be a really excellent workout. There is no better way to really feel connected to the pedals when you can't shift and can't coast.
 This frame is the 'Ultimundo' tube set-S-3 down tube, OX Platinum top tube and Columbus 'Life' rear stays. The frame is under 4 lbs. but feels very stiff due to the large diameter S-3 tube.
The fork is an Enve tapered road fork so that a front brake can be mounted for riding in traffic.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Aluminum road frame for Asheville, N.C.

 The person that hosted our CX team for the nationals last year will be receiving this frame soon. This is the 7005 road frame that represents what I build currently. No longer made of Easton tubing, the bulk of the tubes are from Dedaccai. They are pretty much the best I can get anywhere.

The fork is a tapered Enve mod. II that has been painted to match. This paint is a $ 125 upcharge but the look is worth it in my opinion and also with most of my customers.
The tapered head tube houses an integrated headset. The tube is also from Dedaccai and I don't think that too many other US builders are aware of it's existence or use it. I'm all about usint the latest stuff if it is good.

Aluminum CX frame for Iowa

 Yes, folks-rim brakes are not dead. The customer provided the out-of-production tapered rim brake Enve fork and had it painted to match. Nice look to the whole package, especially with the original school-bus yellow decals.
 This frame will see duty in the slushy snowy winter races in the midwest. I have only been to races in Wisconsin, not the many races that happen in Ia., In, Oh. and Il. It's a big scene out there. Hope to go some day.