Thursday, May 6, 2021

Really huge boost 29er frame in 7005

This frame does not look that big in the photo but trust me- it is gigantic. The rider is 6'10". The reason the frame does not look that big is that the tube diameters are also oversize, giving the illusion of a much smaller frame. The head tube is not that long because the shock fork is super long- a boost 29er fork with 150-160 mm travel. That said, I wish that I could have used a taller head tube . Hopefully with some riser bars this tall rider will find some comfort on this frame.
The down tube diameter is 50 mm. The top tube is 42 mm and the seat tube is 34.8 mm. I have not used this combo of tubes until now- the great majority of people would not need something this over built. 
The rear end features Dedacciai 'fat bike' chain stays to accommodate the 2.8" rear tire. The seat stays are NOS Easton USA rectangles mated to and Ahrens seat stay yoke. These are all pretty specialized materials that I only get to use a couple of times a year. It was a challenging build but I think it came out well.

7000/7005 track frame for San Diego

There's some rare tubes in this frame- the top and down tube are NOS Easton 7000 diamond-to-oval US made tubes. My guess is that they were made in the late '90's . The tubes have been in storage ever since. Now, more than 20 years later they are part of a mass-start track frame for one of out team riders.
I'll be doing the full build on this frame. I have a bunch of parts that have been on my shelves for a few years that would be perfect for this bike. The rider is someone who I have always thought would be well suited to riding on the velodrome so I do have a bit of a vested interest in this project.
I only had two sets of these rare tubes and I used the first set about 4-5 years ago. This is my last set and I doubt I'll ever see another set of these special tubes. I'm glad that they are going to a deserving rider.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Outta here !

The last dregs of stuff have been removed from the old shop. I'm now fully moved to 2565 suite F Mission st.  Santa Cruz, Calif. 95060. This shop is in the same building I was in three years, why did I move back then ? Perhaps it was a hasty decision but some times it isn't possible to learn things the first time. I did learn something from being at 719 Swift st. I never want to work in a shop again that has little or no natural light and I also will not work in a space that does not have decent ventilation. It took almost three years but I have learned what matters most to me about a workspace. My new spot is more than I could have ever asked for- I hope that I have a long run there , but however long or short it might be, I'll take it.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Steel adventure frame and fork

Now that the shop is almost set up I can begin prepping some frames that have been hanging for a week or more. This one has a really nice fade and has front and rear rack mounts. 
This frame used the last pair of these Nova fork blades that I had in stock. They have been in very short supply - I hope that I can get a few more pair to get me through the next month or two.

Even though this is an all steel frame and fork it is not a retro rig at all. It has flat mount disc and thru-axles front and rear. I'm building more bikes like this than last year.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Steel CX frame for Sacramento, Calif.

The customer got creative with the decal color scheme and I was able to come close to what he wanted. The alternating block colors is something I am likely to use again soon on a show bike. My best ideas usually come from clients. The frame is steel and has a Jen Green head badge in white bronze.
This will be the first frame to come out of my new shop, although it was not built there . I moved many completed frames to the new location and took some time out of the move to get this one prepped and sent out. It feels good to have done even a little work in the new spot.


Sunday, April 25, 2021

The shop is almost there

 There are a lot of things left to do but I think I am nearing completion of the shop move. It is never fun to move a business or a residence but when the move will result in a much better work space it is worth it. I'm not sure how long I will have this spot as the building is old and might get sold in a few years. This means that I had better appreciate it while I can. The layout could make my work flow a lot more efficient - this will be good as my list of frames is longer than ever. 

On the big wall I hung up about 40 bikes along with most of our team kits from 2004-2015. I would put up the more recent kits but I they are still in use. All the big machines are in a single row. The mitering, deburring, fixturing and welding stations are within an arms reach of each other. The frame design table is on the opposite wall, only about 8 feet away. I have never had the room to create what I have here and I am very anxious to get back to work. I hope that by the first of May I will be up and running. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The move proceeds

A previous tenants hoarder piles of stuff , an angiogram with a bit of a problem afterwards , walls that needed to be moved and six dump runs that have not completely cleared the room- all this stuff has maybe slowed the move and delayed it but it progresses anyway. 
This is a big space but it is getting filled up pretty fast. There are still some big rolling tables that need to be elsewhere that were left behind by the previous tenant but the will eventually go- they have to in order for me to move in the big machines. I'm not losing patience, though......I remember the last move and what it took to get all that crap out of the old spot and down the street to the new digs. Here it is, less than three years later and I'm doing again.

Getting the bikes up and out of the way was key yesterday. I have a big crew coming in today to help with all the small stuff, mostly steel tubing and bike parts left to move. After that it will be all the big stuff-hopefully the 8-9 days I have left in the month will be enough.