Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Random pictures of Douglas's World Tourer.

All freshly brazed, very hot & covered with flux.

Raw headtube brazes, still fluxed.

Ditto on the BB.

Now, shiny & smoooooth - yum.

Braze-on ready, fully polished.

Ovalized brace/fender mount.

Seattube sleeve/lug seat tube junction fully polished out.

Custom kickstand mount/fender mount.

Surly "nice rack" with custom seat collar mounting - the thickest part of the bike, an excellent mounting point for the rear rack. Bomber & re-tap-able to any thread in any country.

The Surly front "nice rack" - this is the nicest front rack I have ever seen, by far. What an excellent mounting system!

That's it for now, folks - picking up Justin's frame/fork/rack from paint tomorrow, prep & ship on that, All the parts are here for Chris's 29er, just needs assembly, new pricing scheme on touring bikes and un-filed frames, and a full build queue status upcoming in the next few days along with more news & such. - Thanks so much for reading & all the continued patience and incoming orders! - Steve.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

stuff & things - Nov. 2011

Busting out some segmented seat stays - I made the first pair too short (but, just right for the next build) by making them to my miter length, not my overall length. Oopsie............

Douglas's S&S x 700c fat tire world touring bike coming right along.

Broken down - sweeeet.

The rack I made for Justin's bike. Racks are hard! I have to build one every few years to remind me why I don't build racks.........

The whole enchilada - seventy-one individual pieces, many of them hand made from tubing or metal bar. Off to paint to become mini-cooper ice blue.

That's all I have for now - mandatory office day today. - Steve.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Justin's project winding down, chipping away at Douglas's

Justin's frameset is done, but yet to go to paint for reason that you will see later in the post.

This frame came back from WI, I made it around eight years ago and it was doing just fine until a stick had it's way with the frame, derailleur, cassette, wheel and chain - ouch!

But, being steel, it is fixed and ready for more.

This was the start of Douglas's frame set.

Damn! this tubus rack is just beyond me. I have no clue as to how this is in any way supposed to be a functiong rack. I guess I will have to make one. I know that will work.

3rd water bottle mount.


.......and cleaned.

Douglas's bike at the get-go - well, I did make the fork first.

Here, I have completed all the slip-fit silver brazing. As you can see it's an S&S coupler bike - it will disassemble into two pieces for travel.

Couplers are very expensive, so I've been taking my time to not do anything bad like off setting the couplers or cutting anything too short - that would be sad, very sad.

All made into a front triangle.

The Paragon rack lugs arrived for justin's custom rack. Cute!

Gus-gus approved!

We got out for a paddle on the Verde - it was really nice to get out, I have not been out since I blew out my back - an MRI revealed a crushed anterior T-11 vertibrae, a floating bone fragment at the same, a bone fragment above my left pelvis, and a broken right rib. I told you my back hurt!

Here goes Mike Padian.

The beautiful Verde rim. it snowed the day before we went and the day after. Nailed it!

Charlie paddling down.

D. & Me.

We came back to this!

Just checking in, trying to dig myself out of the hole I created by getting hurt. Feeling better, but still pretty tweaked up. Doing what I can as fast as I can. just good to be off the couch - a rough month! - Steve.