Sunday, May 10, 2015

3rd cruiser down, off for a birthday week, then into Dirt Roadsters = if you have a bike on order, please check the build list here.

 Here is a whole Mountain Cruiser from the get-go = I always build the fork first - no sense designing a bike around a fork that doesn't exist……..

 Just needs disc mount & cable guide.

 A new pack!
I am a man of simple yet refined tastes.

 Full sized blueprint.

 Tubes selected.

 Custom seat tube for 30.0 post, client is 6'7"

 That's some reach.

 Nuts-on!

 Get your miter on

 Freshly brazed

 Fitting the kicker

 Tacking it in level.

 Full thickness 6mm rockers - I dig 'em.

 Nice run!

 Man……..one big callous…….

 Alignment checks.

 Center of the bike.

 See?

 Headtube correct.

 Axle centered & dropouts in phase.

 See?

 Wheel Check

 Inspector says "Let's play ball"

 Nicely done.

 Ciphers……..stay bends, actually

 Clearance

 All brazed, not just tons of polishing

 With fork

 All polished out.

 Man, my hands are hurtin'

End results are stunning.

 Just smooth all around.

 Full polish, now all the braze-ons.

 Out in the rain!

All ready for Spectrum, I think SP has something quite fancy planned…….

So, I'm off next week to heal & kayak for my B-day, then into three dirt roadsters in a row with forks,
the three will be built in this order:
Kenton H, Russell L, John L.

And then if you are in the next five listed below drop me an e-mail and get ready, and if you have decided on a Dirt Roadster let me know NOW so I can piggy-back you onto this DR run, I an learning it's so much easier this way, to build in like groups - keeps things straight when building three very different "models."

As such, here is "the list" after the three above =
Dave R, Shabir K, Wendy N, Craig M, Michael H, Chris R, Kip M, James P, Nate T, Steve H, Paul E, Dana E, Jennifer J, Don B, Eric P, Perry D, Andrew K, John U, Jason R, David T, Pav, Mrs Pav, BT, Matt F, Derrill W, Tom F.

On hold: Stuart L, Bill S, Stabo.

Thanks all, see you after next week, drop me a line, or I will to you, will be getting painted cruisers back next week as well!
 - Steve.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another cruiser down, one at paint, another cruiser, then into dirt roadsters

 A Cruiser start to finish, I'll let the pictures speak for themselves, one cruiser at paint, this one off to paint, one more up, then into Dirt Roadsters.

Arms feeling pretty good, getting work done.















Monday, March 16, 2015

Last 10 days have been mayhem / build list progress

 Well, first of we have been dealing with this - we wrecked our poor old truck, luckily we are *mostly* OK, obviously Lothar the Chevy is not going in for this level of repair, not at 300,000 miles - it may live again someday, but putting major cash into a rig with this many miles may not be a good call, and we don't know the full extent of the damage, but boy, a bunch of rust got left on the highway……..so we have been going through the process of buying Coconino Cycles a new truck, pretty cool, time consuming, and not what we wanted to do this week, but the writing has been on the wall for quite some time so we are not unprepared.

 Denise is totally fine, but I took a big hit from the seat belt, old school vehicle, no airbags or anything, so it jacked up my right shoulder pretty bad, I was really hoping to not hurt it this year, or the other one for that matter, it's a real chronic problem for us in wheelchairs, metalworkers in them even more so.
 Also, I was hoping on this trip to rest my left elbow, which has tennis elbow so bad that before the trip I could not pick up a coffee cup with my arm extended - I can paddle a boat, just not do tiny detail work with my fingers, which is, well…….pretty much what I do, right?
 Handcycle riding?
Yeah, forget that……..sure hope I can do that again…….maybe soon? Feeling really bad and crook from zero exercise.
So, I went in for some "dry needling" where they stick a nice sized needle into the joint over & over again to induce blood flow to the area. Damn, that hurts! Wow!
 But, I think it's helping, if I can just lay off work for a few days & rest it up, which is what I'm going to do, then the upcoming few days will see me sort parts & materials for the next five builds and do general office work - if you are in the next five "upcoming builds" then drop me a line if we are not already communicating, which likely we are.
Currently, with not a fully working limb, I guess I better…….get better……spring seems to have me in it's sights for injury every year, "beware the ides of March" and all that.
 As if this is not enough, a good friend of ours dropped dead just a couple days ago, when I was hurt his wife was a saint to us……….we had to go be by her side, it was just crushing.

 The cruiser for Tod L is pretty much done but for waiting on the Rohloff 14 speed internal rear hub and the SON 28 front generator hub, which require special and precise cable and wiring routing, and I need to build the wheels to do this, so just waiting on parts, and then it will go to Spectrum Powder Works for finishing, as will ALL BIKES from now on unless otherwise specified by the client - this is going to add weeks to the delivery, but it will be a huge upgrade in finishing, much of the last price up charge was to accommodate this for all, I just could not do any more re-paints………

So, that's where I'm at.
As always, I'll power through, and get bikes a-flowing.
And here is where the projects lie:
Tod L: waiting for parts, off to paint.
Shilo P: review this cruiser, if you likey then off we go, fork blades mitered, your call on brakes.
Kenton H: good to go, fork blades mitered
Russell L: fork mostly built, other parts here for frame.
Jeff A: waiting for your Type II
Then down the line for awhile: Dave R, Shabir K, Wendy N, Craig M, Michael H, Chris R, Kip M, James P, Stuart L, Nate T, Steve H, Paul E, Dana E, Jennifer J, Don B, Eric P, Perry D, Andrew K, John U, Jason R, David T, Pav, Mrs Pav, BT, Matt F, Derrill W, Tom F.
On Hold:
Bill S, John L, Stabo