Wednesday, January 30, 2013
This design goes way back in bicycle history, but it's the mostly California bloodline of 26" wheeled BMX cruiser class racers - dads needed something to race on BMX race day, and thusly the Cruiser Class was invented, leading to many iconic bikes like the SE Racing OM Flyer, the Cooks Brother's bikes, Powerlites, Torkers, Lagunas, Pandas, King Stings, ect. I personally believe this is where the first true "Mountain Bikes" came from, with the Mert Lawwill Pro Cruiser being, in my opinion, one of the first true Mountain Bikes, then on to the Breezers, and VVA (Victor Vicente of America) bikes and more, all of which had variations on multiple frame tubes - tubes were smaller, and you needed more of them to make a stiff chassis - as for bicycle specific tubing, road bike stuff was all there was to be had..........
Dang - True Temper, Dedacciai, Paragon, Coco-Moto, Everest, Columbus, Nova.........one eclectic frame parts pic. Custom, Yo.
In just that stack: Stan's, Kris Holm, King, Hadley, Phil, White Industries.........
More soon, very soon, like this afternoon, important news about the 10th anniversary of Coconino Cycles, which is on February 7th.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Here in this picture I am doing the rare side job, not because I am never asked to do them, but because I rarely agree to do them.
This, however, is an amazing project, a exact as possible replica of one of the first Grand Canyon boats, the Neville. Check out Brad Dimock's work at www.fretwaterlines.blogspot.com
A sound choice, as this bike will be running V-brakes.
Below, all tacked. I spoke with Don Ferris who made my new Anvil fixture, and he told be to go right ahead and braze the bike at this point, a big departure from how I have always built - it has not been removed at all from the jig at this point - allot of trust here.........
It came out PERFECT. This fixture saved me a whole bunch of time, a whole bunch.
I now have a brace on the other hand as well for the same thing - hyper extended thumbs.
I have to nurse these things, they are the only ones I have & my lively hood depends on them - sorry for any delays, folks, but that's how it is.
Three 650B MTB's, one 26" and one 700c commuter.
All this likely goes back to the Sinaguans, who left ~ 900 - 1000 yrs ago.
Here, Matt is riding among the ruins at Wuputki, AZ.
Way to go!
My next blog post is going to have some VERY, VERY important info on the future on Coconino Cycles on our/my 10th anniversary of bicycle fabrication - stay tuned, please.
Thanks you for everyone & all your collective patience - Gracias!
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Below, it's winter here, and it's freakin' cold - -6*F the other morning. My body does not like it, not at all.
Fine country, the Gila.
Below, 13'5" of Coconino riders.
thank goodness the election/Thanksgiving/black Friday/cyber Monday/X-mas/New Years mayhem has wrapped up!!!
Look out soon for a post featuring full build queue/new features/FAQ for 2013.