Saturday, August 27, 2011

Working right along, Off for the next four days, Build queue info.

Jason M's frame at inception. I did swap out the straight gauge 4130 tube (the black one) out for a butted .76/.5/.76mm tube after conferring with him that he was and is not a bike breaker, just quite tall.........

Fast forward & we have a lanky BLO (bicycle like object) soon to be a frame. We are out of here for a much needed & well deserved break for four days to go fishin' and kayaking and will be back on Thursday Sept. 1st back at it.

M-Beth's three speed mountain cruiser at full polish pre-braze ons - the shiniest stage.

Completed & ready to go to paint.

H2O re-enforcement post dunktank.

Minimal cleanup on the spearpoints.

pre-filed framebuilder's view.

Ditto here. Good practice for the couple of no file frames coming up.

Some quality time with my lovely wife on the mountain.

That's good stuff!

Got pollen?

Almost rode straight through this orb web spider. Glad i didn't. A good 1.5" leg span.

EP wrapping up his track frame project. Kaisei tubes & Henry James lugs = 1.16 kilo.

Awesome sunflower season!

Just really busy, working in the shop & getting out for a ride every 5-6 days. Really stoked to take four days off - back on Sept. 1st.

Sooooo - here is my build queue schedule. I am trying to do a new setup, especially seeing Ant-Bike-Mike doing some thing similar. I am scheduling two "projects" per month as it seems that more & more it's not frames but "projects" - frame, fork, custom wheels + full build - no two the same. That's allot of time! I am hoping that this setup will make it less stressful on me as then I can concentrate on "projects" rather then just try to pipeline one after the other as fast as possible. I will be able to give more time to each project this way as they get very confusing when three or more of them overlap plus I need time for my projects as well - I just got a handcycle built for myself I have been trying to get going for three years. Projects may very well get done quicker but this is as close as I can get to a very concrete absolute delivery schedule, as long as no personal disasters occur

So: here by month are my current projects.

Jason M: in the jig, off to paint ASAP.

Sept: Chris P. Doug H. Oct: Justin F. John A. Nov: Hunter S. Greg B. Dec: Jim Rhodes, Mark W. Jan: Beth R. CWN. Feb: Brett M. Chris N. March: Melissa F. April: Noah C. Michael L. May: Nick K. Rex C.

That should be what I have going on as well as an experimental racing machine coming out soon, a trip to Baja & likely rowing the Grand Canyon next year while my body still can and working on the farm. Thanks everyone so much! - Steve.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Checking in.

I have been working on this three speed townie/cruiser/MTB one speed for most of this week as well as some other things, I have the fork already built as well.

Initial design stage. I've been very busy, I think I have finally dug myself out the hole I created by having surgery back in March.

Jason M's large 29er up on the plate next - he's a tall guy & the new oversized/tapered headtube looks appropriate on the design.

Shawn Mc F. was down to visit Flag from WA and stopped in to say "hey" and bring his Coconino to see where it was made. A very cool high-trail design for riding mossy slimy trails in the NW - he rides the Whistler downhill trails on this!

I have been trying to get out riding at least once every 4-5 days to keep healthy & enjoy the great riding conditions in the forest right now. I'm good for a 3.5-4.5hr ride spaced out at about this interval or I overdo it and hurt bad, but any less and I would get fat & soft - I sit on my ass all day, for real, yet still weight the same 175lbs as ever - good eating habits help allot.

Three separate lines are allot to keep track of at once!

Indian paintbrush are very nice.

One day a week or so in the summer we are down working on the farm - fruit + vegetable season!

That's it for now folks - thanks for reading! Do people still read blogs? - Steve.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Early August 2011 - tired!

Tom C's bike at final polish before braze-ons are added - the prettiest stage, me thinks.
been working like crazy & I'm really tired & sore. this is Tom's second Coconino and it's headed off to Michigan for a life of singletrack & ultra endurance racing.

Booty shot in the sun with Richardson's Geraniums.

I just love the curves on this bike. It looks like it's going fast just sitting there.

Final alignment check. good to go, this frame was a pleasure to build.

john came by so we could make him a custom seat collar/rack mount. Cool to see his bike in the sun, quite the looker that will provide a lifetime of trails, touring and commuting. Good to go!

mandatory booty shot, all 10-speed XT with Paul Motolite brakes, Thomson stem & post, DT-Swiss rims.........

front end view - looking suave.

EP came by on his blue S&S coupler touring bike. it fits in a 30"x 30" x 15" travel bag.

I got out for a nine mile singletrack ride a few days ago - 4.5mi up, 4.5mi down. tired, damn tired.

Little creatures!

We ran into the Rudds - check out these micro shredders!

Eddie & Sherri sporting their Coconino T's.


Hotdog! Sally Dog at 15yrs. Still kicking, still needy.

Our peach trees in Camp Verde are going off! Sweet ripe peaches............

That's my update for now, I'm taking a day to just connect the dots, do paperwork and other semi-important things like shave & shower.......

- Steve.