Thursday, November 24, 2022

Shop will be closed for the month of December

 Thats right- I'm doing inventory, going to the CX nationals and re-booting the shop for 2023. Don't worry- I'm not quitting. My plan for 2022 was to build 70 frames.......I have built 85 so far. I think I am maybe trying to do too much so this time off I'll be figuring out a way to make everyone happy but do a better job in the shop and waste less moves. I had some issues this year, all due to working too fast. I hope that I learned from this.........time will tell !

Friday, November 18, 2022

Steel 'Ultimundo' road frame in a disc version

I have only built a handful of these so far. Since there's no more S-3 tubing I have switched to Columbus Spirit and Life to get the weight of the frame down. I ovalized the 38 mm down tube so that it resembles the S-3 that I used to use when True Temper was still making bicycle tubing. The frame should ride the same as the S-3 version as all the other tubes in the frame are the same as the original version.


CX frame going to Chicago

This one is pretty light. The customer supplied the fork when I couldn't get one- wouldn't you know that a couple of days after this fork arrived I got my shipment.........oh, well- they will all go on frames before the end of the month. The fork was painted to match by Joe's bicycle painting in Watsonville- he also repairs carbon frames.
My last Jen Green bronze badge is on this frame so I'll have to order more. I think that 2022 has been the biggest year so far for head badges.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Steel big tire gravel frame- almost a drop bar MTB

This is one for the backwoods and it is going to Gunnison, Colorado. Think what you will about the proportions of this frame - the customer has gotten a couple other frames from me and this is the shape that makes him comfortable. There's nothing more important regarding making cycling more enjoyable than having a bike that feels like home- one that you don't have to get used to. 


Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Steel fixed gear commuter

This one will see street use, hence the brake bridge but it has typical mass-start geometry so it should still feel like a track bike and be ok for the velodrome. 
I got to use some Columbus aero seat stays that I have a small stash of . On this frame they fit well and make the look of the frame a little distinctive. I'll be building a steel fork for this frame tomorrow. 


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Aluminum road bike for a 6'7" rider

It took the better part of 6 months to get all the parts, even had to hunt down a few items today to replace stuff I ordered by mistake. Yes, it was a really painful process getting this one on the road but lucky for me, the customer was really patient. His patience will be rewarded with a really unique bike that should be a lot of fun to ride.
The build is Ultegra Di II 12 speed with the new wireless shifters. This is the first 12 speed build done in my shop- I guess I'm a bit behind the curve but I'm trying to catch up. I have one more complete build for this month and it will be the last of the year.


Friday, November 4, 2022

Steel boost 29er with sliding dropouts for a local.

This one is extra beefy . I get the impression that it will be ridden hard- it has a 76 deg. seat angle and a 66 deg. head angle and the shortest chain stays I could do for a frame that is meant to hold up to a 29x2.6" tire.