Thursday, June 09, 2011

June 2011 - Jeffery's project, getting out in the woods.

Here is the beginning of Jeffery's project - this will be a whole bike of beautifully eclectic parts modeled along the lines of the "Stuart" project a few bikes ago - fillet frame, lugged disc fork, 700c.

Making sure the "spine" is straight.

And on to chain stays - I missed some photos in my build sequence as I feel very behind after emergency surgery in March & ripping off two fingernails on separate hands - I hope I got my "three" out of the way now - I don't want to get a rep as a "slacker framebuilder."

Super fast forward to checking the main triangle / chain stay alignment. A really damn straight frame. I have to build the fork too, and am waiting for the dropouts. This is going much faster then the "Stuart" as now I have the parts sussed up for this kind of bike - a durable yet light 700c disc bike with style.

Ready for seat stay day - today - they are all fab'ed up but I have to "S-bend" them and get them on the bike.

Checking clearances - nice. I was catching flak for always having a trash can or a garbage bag in my shop pics but I recycle everything that comes through the doors - very little gets thrown in the trash.

Allan stopped by with his full-on touring bike I built. We looked at the serial # and I was surprised to find I have built over 100 bikes since this one, #148.

I am building a bike with a buddy in his & my spare time and he is building a lugged frame. I don't ever do this {only twice did I make lugged frames & I threw one away & gave the other one away} but I thought this came out very well! The front triangle came out nuts-on straight.

Still life with shadow.

It's dusty enough in the woods now that I have largely eschewed riding on trails & am riding on animal routes in the peaks. I climbed for three hours & descended for one.

Pretty rough throughout, but not dusty! The dust slays me at this height.

The Iris are finally blooming - a month late. It's been in the 30's*F here at night in June.

A sucky combo of wind/cold/drought/fire.

Prairie Smoke.

More Iris.

You know you are at altitude when you see Bristlecone Pines.

That's it for now, all - Alisha's bike went out & came back a stunning blue & I will have pics of it soon.

I have to throw out a huge "THANK YOU" to all the new orders I have been receiving as of late, and an equally huge one to all those who have bikes on order for your continued patience - I think I have almost dug myself out of the hole created by being not at all well in March.

Up next is wading through Jeffery's project, then: Mike Browne in the hotseat, Tom Crimp, John Gillece, Nick K, Jason M, M-Beth, John A, Doug H, Chris P, Justin F - ect, ect..... - Steve.


Mimbres Man said...

Always good to read your posts Steve. The Rocky Mountain irises have always been my favorite wild flower. Mainly because they are so short-lived. Its a real treat to see and enjoy them.

noah said...

I know I'm not officially on the list, but I can't wait to drop off some cash, and watch my name climb the list to completion. My wife is going to get really sick of me talking about this over the next year. Noah

aki said...

Echo what MM said. Thanks for sharing cool pix, Steve. I really like the chair one. The lugged frame is awesome, too. classic!