Wednesday, March 30, 2016

White 27.5"+ done, build queue 3/30/16

 Ready for pickup!

 Looking good - fits 3.0" tires on 50mm wide rims

 This pearl is amazing - really slick.

 Sliders & 12mm thru-bolt

 In the sun this will be a very rich, deep color - it the shade (snowflakes now falling) it's creamy


 Quite a looker!

And, here is the current build list, some moved up, some moved back (upon request) but I'm going to do my hardest to have most of the queue that's in direct communication and ready to go my October - if your bike spills over that, I want to have then done by the end of the year, unforeseen calamities / acts of God notwithstanding .

P. Davidson: At paint.
A. Kohl: Being fabricated.
D. Barton: Next
Then: John U,  E. Pollard, S. Levy, J. Rojas, S. Pav, D. Tollefson, BT,  T. Fahey, Dana E.

P. Eckert - are you coming from Oz?

On Hold - let me know your status: B. Siebersma, Stabo, K. Moyer,  S. Hitchcock, C. Maldonado

Monday, March 21, 2016

Back at bikes full on 3/20/16

 I just send out one 650, have another at paint, this one is ongoing, and another in the works.


 Black bike came out SWEET.

 Just about every build has wheels laced by me as well.


 Tight, right, and outta sight!





 Moving along, have some "Plus" bikes rolling through the queue, the max I'm building for is 3.0"


And here, in it's natural environment - one damn nice ride!

Thanks for reading!
 - Steve


Saturday, March 05, 2016

Baja spring 2016 = what a blast!

 I saw lots of things on this trip I have never seen, and just couldn't capture some in photos, like hundreds of sea turtles, skates, fin whales up close & personal, giant schools of leaping manta rays.......one of which I caught - man, they sure whup the hell out of you but released unharmed.

 D's slick new cockpit setup

 Schools of rays!!

 Trigger Fish - delicious!

 Pelicanos

 Princess!!

 As good as it gets in my book

 This pastel sunrise was stunning in it's depth.


 Let's get out there!


 Stellar.



 Leaping mantas

 Another day!



 Coffee up - rising time about 4:30-5AM for optimum kayaking as wind is imminent


 The last vestiges of dirt highway 5


 Pretty singing!


 Organ pipes & fall in the elephant tree forest



 The plant life is simply amazing and unique.




 Hell Yeah!
Tony slings some awesome tacos - a frequent stop.

 And then our first of two whale watching trips, this one in Guerrero Negro









 That's a huge creature!






 This is the easiest place to get to to see whales.


 This may be one of my favorite places to eat in the whole world - Tacos del Mar, a truck by a gas station in Vizcaino - open every day but Thursday until 3PM

 Home-made Jamaica and scallop tacos!!!!!!

 Caballero approved

 Banana flowers!



 A field trip to La Bocana - wins for most osprey nests in a given town!


 Then to one of my absolute favourite places on this earth.

 Osa's too!


 One more?




 Ospreys everywhere


 Lizard fish


 D. freaking slayed me on day one!

 Cabrilla

 A damn nice corvina

 White ibis

 Dibs on that last beer!


 Good fishing for all

 Sea turtles - damn hard to photo - sooooo fast!


 Reddish egret - a funny bird, a very erratic chaser of tiny fish, and very pretty


 Typical winter fishing, kinda slow & small, but I'll see these cortez halibut in October when they are about 24"

 Watch them, they bite aggressively!

 Green jack - not good to eat, fun to catch.

 And into baby broom tail groupers!
Turn them back until they hit 10-15 pounds, and they can hit 250!!!!
I think it was a damn big one of these that totally spooled me, my reel was smoking


 Like damn aggressive bass

Kisses


 Typical highway scenes


 And to San Ignacio to see my friends & stock up

 Fog is typical




 We went to Mulege but got turned north due to wind, which turn out to be a good call.


 Volcan Tres Virgenes and - 7000ft vertical around 15 miles from the sea, a sky island home to a micro ice age plant community in it's caldera


 Food for all!


 New friends!!
Kelly, Becky, Todd, Heidi and Mark at Loncheria Kadakaaman - a killer spot!

 I have not been to Laguna san Ignacio since our all dirt MTB trip along the length of the peninsula in 1995


 Re-mote!

 He gave us directions and rode of to nowhere

 It was killer!!!!





 We got Backy & Kelly to go











 It's amazing.








 And it will change your mind














 We got a sweet haul of blue crabs and giant fan scallops as a nearby village - man, they were so damn good.

 Kelly & Mark - they rocked!

 Crabby!


 Kelly & Becky's rigs


 Oscar!
Like if Andy Kaufman was from Cadiz - he was who he was for sure.

 Interesting road.......



 Driven by wind to return


 And it did not suck at all



 Crater Lake sighting!

 Morning dolphins

 Osa is hugely fascinated by them


 To catch the groupers you have to chuck a 5" husky jerk as far as a 7' rod will allow right to the edge of the mangroves without snagging them, then you get to see them attack in crystal clear water about 2' deep - always release to about 10lbs as the get to 30 and sometimes 250


 D caught a freaking Bonefish!!!!!!!

 Crowned night heron


 These are the "Bite-y-est" fish down here, this one bit my leg.

 White ibis

 "Our" osprey





 Ready!

 Another crowned night heron

 We hit big pods of medium corvinas


 Nice!


 Just sick conditions, there were tons of sea turtles

 Stock up for dinner in BoLA

 Custom accomidations

 Maria - she's great

 Mada rocked!

 Egret

 Crushed dreams


  Damn cool fish, they fascinate me how the eye migrated to one side

 So camo on the sand where they live, I saw lots of rays and even a few skates

 Pompano - delicious, they were barely hooked, lost tons about as big around as a football, which is sad, as they are delicious.


 Maria y Ricardo - love these two.

 Camarones!

 Henry


 Scallop tacos round two!
Dios Mio they are amazing.


 These ladies...........oh my lord, can they cook.

The finest highway 1 conditions - it's tight at best, terrible at worst.

 We went to see the Peninsular Pronghorn recovery program, super cool, one of the rarest land animals in North America.


 About 480 in the world, this is so the does can have babies away from predations, and the Machos just hang out.





 They are totally isolate due to the fact that the mist desert that waters their succulents only covers a limited area.
They never need to drink.






 An old Ford Aeromotor - a flashback to my childhood

 A crested Cardon - I didn't know they existed, as Saguaros also rarely show this mutation


 Some of the most beautiful desert, and I know my deserts.





 Cardon & Boojum



 Elephant trees

 Palo Adan



 BoLA

 Princess Bikers!

 I have never had such optimum conditions here for kayaking.
This place will kill you.






 A paddle to the islands, about a 2.5 mile open crossing with strange tidal features, and deadly winds can spring up without warning - utmost caution required.

 A cabrilla pintica = nice one, they get maybe 2x this big, maybe 3x

 Barracuda grabbing!
Hell yes, they bite, and flail, and drip copious amount of slime as defense.




 Best kelp award



 A pretty little pintica




 TV's

 Garlic scallops!

 Octopus Cocktail

 Hmmmmmm...........
Should have brought more lures - they are better then money down here, FYI.

 Ghost crab


 Awesome women, marine biologists all, we love them!
Erika, Alejandra y Betti

 Boating with Erika!
Her & my friend Angel have an ecotour / fishing / whale / whale shark tour company, info upon request, just hit me up.


 It was freakin' badass.

 How about that?

 Osa trips out on dolphins!

 Her & D are pals

 Y Martin tambiĆ©n

 Isla Coronado

 Her "Girly" lure - hot pink is her lure color of choice

 Fish!
Fish!
Fish!
 Nice gold spot bass, they max out around 6lb


 What an awesome day







 Cod - as delicious as hideous, Erika kept the head & spend for soup.


 D caught a shark!
I grabbed it to check it out, but tit got loose, we release them anyway

 A 1st for me, a sculpin of some sorts, watch those back spines, toxic........









 It was real nice in 1991.........


 Passing down some fish cleaning wisdom


 Mike & Meredith, they rocked!
We meet so many friends down here.


 Alejandrina!
Man, can this lade cook, and she os SO nice.

 Shrimp omelets!


 Boojums were leafed out





 Well..........can't take it across the border, so..........


 Coconino stoke!


And a final stop at Tacos Junior before the border, this guy sure can sling some tacos, man.

And back to there "real" world - it was so damn fun.