Monday, June 15, 2020

Steel gravel frame for local

 This one has a painted to match Enve G-series fork. The tubing is mostly Columbus 'Life' and 'Spirit' mixed to provide lightness without making the frame overly delicate.
 The headset is the King tapered 'No-threadset' and the bike is set up for mechanical 1X shifting and flat-mount disc brakes. This is probably the most popular type of frame I am building in this year of 2020. I think that I have built nearly 20 already so it looks like I might exceed the previous record of 27 of this type of frame in one calendar year. Total frames built in 2020 as of last week is 47 so I think that this year might be above average in spite of the Covid-19 virus and all it has brought and taken away.
I guess the thing that makes bikes still viable is that one is not likely to contract the virus while riding. Thank goodness for that, otherwise we would all be quite sick.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Steel classic style CX frame and fork

 Back in the late '90's I built lots of frames like this-cantilever brakes, level or near level top tube and room for 700x45 tires. Around 1991 there were only a few of us building frames like this- now they are very common , even if they have had extended upgrading such as disc brakes and carbon tapered steerer forks. That said, the geometry has not changed very much.
 This one will no doubt be fitted with genuine cantilever brakes instead of V-style brakes. It also has a cable stop for a front der. , a component that has gone out of favor by most bike brands in the last few years.
The fork is set up to fit a number of styles of racks. The tubing is a mix of Columbus for the most part with some really light stays - the rider is pretty light so this should , along with the smaller diameter main tubes provide a supple ride. Put some big tires on this one and you won't feel a lot of the bumps.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Steel all road frame

 This one has a 44 MM ID head tube and is set up for Di II.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Two steel gravel frames with custom head badges

 This couple wanted forks panted to match - that is a fairly common request but they went a little further than most.These frames are adorned with custom ordered Jen Green badges. These badges are not the ones normally seen on my bikes but one-off customer designed and unique.
The two badges are not the same and actually arrived at the shop about a month apart. I only got the one on the left the day before these frames were to be picked up ! This husband-and-wife pair of frames are being built up at the Bicycle Outfitter  in Los Altos, Calif. This venerable shop was well established before I built my first frame in 1978 so these frames are in experienced hands. I hope the mechanic isn't too upset at how tight I put the right side down tube gear cable adjuster-I wanted it to be welded onto the gusset, rather than the down tube itself to reduce stress on a very high-stress part of the frame.
 You can see the adjuster in this photo. The frames are made for flat mount brakes and both have internal down-tube rear brake line routing.The blue frame is larger and has the newer logo. The wife's frame was too small for the newer logo so it has the classic logo-both are in gold.I put on gold seat collars to compliment the decals. I ran out of gold signature logos so I just hand-signed the frames with a gold paint pen the way I did when I was too broke to have decals decades ago.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

CX frame with fender mounts for Portland

 An aluminum CX frame with fender mounts is becoming a popular thing on my build list.
 This one has down tube cable routing like a road frame, giving me the idea that this one will do commute duties as well as the odd CX race, as long as we have a race season in 2020. With Covid-19 that is an uncertainty.
That said, this one is going out UPS today so the owner will get a jump on being ready for the mud between the course tape in the CX capitol of the new world.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Team bike for sale

 Well , it is probably sold by the time you see this but I'm putting up the photos anyway. All 5'2" of Caroline Nolan rode this bike to many wins, some of which I got to witness. She has newer bikes now so this one goes up for sale. Other than the fact that it is pre-thru-axle and flat mount, it differs little from what she rides today.
 I built up a more gravel-oriented tubeless carbon clincher wheelset for it so the bike can wear a few hats instead of just being a CX race bike.
I'm looking forward to making Caroline a new edition-assuming that there will be a 2020 CX season. Lets all hope for that and the end of this virus soon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

aluminum 29er non-boost

 This one is for a teenager-a girl who races MTB and cyclocross in Colorado. It is definitely a cycling family as the kids and dad all go to the races and compete. Let's hope that there's an actual season this year- if not, next year will surely see the debut of this 3 lb. 14 oz. cross country frame.
 It is built for a 100 mm Fox fork. Nearly all the tubing in NOS Easton Elite with only the chainstays and head tube being Dedacciai 'Fire' 7005. This should be a very durable frame.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

April is aluminum month

 Not the whole month but last and this week I'm building a run of 7005 frames. The first one is going to Portland, Or. and will be in the deep mud of the next CX season, whenever that is.
 The frame is for a tall rider and has a 44 MM ID head tube in order to get the full 200 MM. The integrated head tubes I usually use top out at 185.
This next one will live in Santa Barbara some times and in Spain the rest of the time-again, whenever the next CX season starts. This is the current version of my team CX, the constantly evolving frame that I first started building in 1992. Back then it was steel but now it is 7005. I still do build a lot of steel CX frames but for the dedicated race-only frame this is what they are- light , stiff and simple.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Steel gravel frame for So-Cal.

In spite of the current virus situation I'm still at the shop building frames. The front door is shut and I am not open to the public or taking in walk-in work such as repairs or modifications. That said, I have about 40-odd frames on the list. Some of these frames might get postponed as there are folks who are losing their jobs or are in situations where a new custom bike isn't a good move financially. This makes for some of the bikes getting done ahead of schedule and this frame is no exception.
 The tubing is a little smaller diameter than what I would use in a larger frame to hopefully give the ride a bit more compliance. The frame is also fitted for three bottle cages with one under the down tube where it can't be seen in these photos.
The customer opted for down tube der. cable routing so there are no guides on the top tube giving it a clean look. I have not weighed this one yet but it feels pretty light. It is a mixture of Columbus tubes with some light stuff in the rear triangle. My goal is to produce two frames a week and use whatever time is left for some older projects that have been hanging in the shop too long. The result of these old projects getting done will be a fleet of old bikes that will be for sale. The bulk of these bikes will be older European makes but there will be some old bikes that I built. I have to move my shop in a few months so don't be surprised when you see some interesting stuff come available.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

CX race frame for Australia in 7005

 I stayed late at the shop last night to get this one done- very much like a normal team frame except that it has enhanced rear tire room for up to 700x45 tires. The need for the extra room is driven by the fact that the owner will not only be using this frame for CX events but will also be hitting some of the gravel races as well- places where you will not be using your light CX tires.
 The head tube on the frame is the 44 MM ID version, not the integrated style as on the team frames. This might be on the frame as the owner is likely a fan of the King Inset-7 style headsets- maybe seen to be a bit more durable than the integrated style over time. I'm not sure that is 100% true but there's nothing wrong with a little more metal where the stress is highest.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

This weeks work- two steel frames

 There's a shelter in place order here in Santa Cruz but part of my 'shelter in place' is my isolation in the shop. I am not open to the public now and I work alone. I go home for lunch, ride by myself and connect with the outside world with my phone. I feel very fortunate that I have work and have a situation- at least for now where I can continue with my frame building.
 This of course could change any day- there could be a worsening of the pandemic and I might have to shut down for a time. For now it is full speed ahead with fulfilling orders. These two frames were built this week. # 1 is a single speed 650 boost frame for a bay area rider . I'm really proud of this one. Since I have beed sequestered there are virtually no interruptions to the work flow and stuff is coming out nicely.
 This one has rocker dropouts. The right insert will not have a der. hanger- I was just using this insert for fixturing while welding.
 Frame # 2 is a gravel frame for Asheville, NC. This one is becoming my most popular steel frame. This one is the tenth that I have built in this style out of a total of 28 frames so far for the year- this total includes about a dozen aluminum frames so it looks like at least half of the steel frames I build in 2020 will be this model. The features are room for 700x45 tires, flat mount brake with internal down tube routing and tapered head tube. All of my disc brake frames are made for thru-axles as this is what is the industry standard. Thru axles are also a good safety feature as well.
 My goal of building two frames a week might not be met for some weeks of the year as I am likely to do another shop move in the summer. The economic conditions have hit some people hard and the person I share my shop with cannot afford the rent any more. He will move and now I will have to as well. When I do get situated I'll be hopefully getting a larger space and will make room for a vintage bike showroom and business. I'll be selling old bikes-not just the ones I have built. In the last several decades I have wound up with so many old bikes and parts that it has turned my shop into a bit of a museum. I think that it is getting to the time when I should pass a lot of these cool old bikes along and have a less cluttered shop. More on this in the coming months.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

2006-2007 team bike for sale

 This one is about a 52, good for a 5'7" rider. As you can see it has the full team build with Fizik Arione custom order saddle and the gold Paul's brakes.
 This bike was once the bike of Stella Carey who won more races on the team than any other rider in the 15 seasons the team has existed. She had a total of three bikes so this one is looking pretty fresh still.
 If you are interested contact as he is the present owner and has the bike. He's also on the team and does timing at many of the central coast races so if you are a local racer, chances are you have seen him. If you were racing about 10-15 years ago, you probably saw the bike as well.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Full race CX frame for Irvine, Calif.

 There isn't that much of a CX scene in So-Cal but the few who race are very into it. This frame might get used in some of the local races in the greater LA area and who knows.....maybe up here in Nor-Cal as well.
 This one will be set up with Shimano Di II, just like the world cup bikes. I hope that the owner has a lot of fun miles on it.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Maybe the last of its kind

 The Al Carbon' road frame was the mainstay of my road frames from 2003-2010. I have not built many in the last decade as the manufacturers of the carbon parts have decided to no longer produce what I need to build these frames.
 Last fall I got a request for one and fortunately had the stuff to make one more. This one has the fork and carbon seat stay painted to match the frame so it is hard to tell this from other road frames I build in aluminum but trust me, it is different. Up until a couple of months ago this style of frame was my main ride .

This one is going to a bay area rider- I hope that he likes this- the most evolved version of this frame and possibly the end of the line for this model.