Monday, February 23, 2015

Bikes in, bikes out, we are out too until March 6th

 Sorry for the lag time in-between blog posts, I don't often cook one up until I have good stuff to show, having covered most of building's minutiae in the nine years (!) since I started this blog.
So, working through this cruiser, it won't get completed until I return from Baja, we will be back on March 6th.

 This fit used to give me fits………I may have to count how many Mountain Cruisers I have made, it must be dozens?

 Hot metal-on-metal action!
The key for that double seat stay braze is "lots."

 Here is a completely different project that will be super cool - a Dirt Roadster with Richard Sachs crown, legs & steerer tube, and all stainless steel Paragon dropouts, and a whole bunch of other Awesome.

 Above, deck o'cards reinforcing tangs and Sachs crown, below, the Sachs specific legs on the right, thinner * bigger, me likey.

 Straight is great!
It's a good feeling to not have to bang your head against the wall over this stuff.


 And, now on to the bikes ……

 650B/27.5", I have a picture in the sun below, I just wanted to show what a versatile color this is.
 Built up with King, Fox, Easton, Thomson, XTR, WTB, ODI, XT……….
 Very light, very fast, nimble yet stable = what you want in a MTB.

 Then there is this satin grey 29er, the logos are painted on, frame only, maybe my 1st frame to Indiana.

 Allot of work in this junction - funstays, ho-made sleeve, hand cut web brace, cable stop stars, and lots of polishing.

 Nice flow!

 Hot orange matte frame also left, and I have another one still out getting fancypaint.


 Below, in the sun - fantastic, it just pops!

 Here is a fork for the cruiser above - it came out super great, lots of work in these too.

 I love Unicrowns as they are so clean.

 And smoothness.

That's it for now!
See you guys after March 6th.
 - Steve.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Four bikes at paint, building along, out of the shop Feb 23rd for 11 days.

 Here we are where we left off last post, with another 650B

 As laid, just have to polish it up!

 End of the day, time for a beverage!

 My polishing station - the padding is to rest my knees on.

 Shiny - my best foot forwards.

 Stainless dropouts for Russell, a small price upgrade - such gems.

 Next few builds, a dirt roadster and a rohloff cruiser coming up.

 I reckon that's good to go.

 Kevin's bike = off to paint on Monday.

 Cool light as the sun sets.

 It has taken me 12 years to get here.

 Next up, a cruiser for Tod L. of Flagstaff.

And a "Howdy" from Gus-Gus.

Soon I hope for some bikes back from paint, and I'm out of the shop from Feb 23rd for 11 days.

Thanks, all!
 - Steve.