Wednesday, January 05, 2011

first post of 2011. Meghan's frame, workin', new pad!

This is Meghan's new frame, the one she won in the raffle to benefit the Benton family - Score! It's an all-round 700c bike with canti brakes.

All brazed up with EP in the background working on his frame.

Bam! all polished up, just like that. ready for braze-ons. OK - I gotta say that building bikes with all straight tubes is REALLY easy compared to my "signature" frames with all the curves, bends and two-piece seatstays - like, *days* easier..........

This will see no filing - it's good to go.

Some metal sweetness waiting for Barry W. to pick it up.

"Living the dream"

Our new pad! It's in Camp Verde, AZ - 3,800 feet lower then our little house/shop at 7,000ft. We got it as an investment in our future, it's got a 1.25 acre farm that we will massively downsize to a small personal garden, a huge yard & the 30-ish fruit trees already established. We will retire here someday likely, as it's allot warmer & pretty flat. It's also grandfathered into the river, which is very hard to find in AZ. mountains all around & near to many recreation possibilities. The entire lower level is concrete so I can do work down there as well. Not moving the shop, however!

Home made biscuits with scrambled eggs, elk gravy & homemade salsa - thanks, Eric!

This was 1,700 tomato plants last year. it will get plowed under & be grass with whatever tomatoes can pull through.

Some really great garlic!

That's it for now, everyone. Way, way busy as you can imagine. Working like just crazy - only been biking once since thanksgiving, and only for 1.5mi. before my bike broke, hopefully going out to ride on Fri - be good to get out on the dirt! Thanks all for a great 2010, All you people out there are to thank for what I do. Here's to a great 2011!! - Steve.


Cyclebound said...

Hey Steve, the new place looks awesome. Hopefully we will get down to visit when you are down there sometime.

devin said...

That looks like a great place to be and a good back up plan when the snow gets too deep and you want some warmer weather..

See ya soon,,,,,3 months but in my head that is soon.

Pablo said...

I'm sure Camp Garro will become a favorite winter retreat. I'd recommend you put in a few tent sites in the orchard and a composting toilet overlooking the river : )

Anonymous said...

Score on the new pad! Fertile soil and on the river, nice.
Here's to a great 2011.

Japhy rider said...

happy new year amigo! fantastic new pad. enjoy those homegrown tomatoes!

Fat Chance said...

Congrats on the new place! happy new year!

Jess said...

Congrats--that looks like an awesome place!

Eugene said...

It was great to see you guys and check out the new pad. I'm not surprised your new place is in the middle of one of the oldest homes around-you're the heart of AZ stock.
Good to see you got out for a redemption ride after the gruel fest culminating with your broken cable.
Enjoy the sun, we haven't seen it much in a few days here-up to 8 inches of rain over the last few days and Salmon Creek footbridge went bye bye.
Love you guys