Sunday, September 09, 2012

What's up at Coconino World HQ, Early Sept. 2012

 Boy, lots going on - thanks to all of you who hang in there and read the blog - thanks!
 Here is Dave's black one speed 29er, and boy is it a sweet ass light rig - simple and efficient.
 Fox-Thomson-Stan's-White Industries-XT-King-Andrews-DKG-Avid.
 Below, Bob came over from Nuevo Mexico to help build and pick up his bike - very, very nice.
A "standard" 29er gear bike.
 Above, bending the seatstays that ended up on Bob's bike.
 All tacked up.
 Brazed, still hot.
 I took my time even more then usual as I wanted to see just how straight a frame I could make - here are the final results expressed not in decimal points or fractions but visually.
Above, the seat tube is high about 1/2 the thickness of the interior seat tube, which is .6mm thick.
 Even less is the head tube, it's high just to the point that the gauge will not slide over the tube - very, very little.
 The dot is the center of the axle - just barely low.
So - what did I do the rectify these discrepancies? Yank really hard once on the non-drive chainstay, and call it good. That frame is really good to go.
 Bob's all polished out above, and the same below but with braze ons added.
 The absolute get-go on Bill's frame.
 Above, tubing selected and cut to raw length.
 And here with the vent holes all bored in the main junctions as well as the seat tube sleeve brazed on and everything ready for mitering the tubing.
 Seat tube sleeve as-brazed.
 .........And, check out for nuts-on straightness to build upon.
 Front triangle all tacked and checked - nice.
 Checking the dropout faces. Just fine.
 .....As well as the center.
 Tire check - Panaracer 2.35" slammed forward.
 Ready for seatstays, that's today.
 As you can see, it's been mighty busy around here, but we got out for three days of kayaking - it was ideal.
Feral horses down from the Rez to enjoy the bounties of the Rio.
 Camp = nap time.
 Nice fish! Grab it!
 Above, Datura blooming, don't touch..........
Below, a primrose a good 4' tall.

 Making a trout taco for breakfast.
 That's a DAMN nice trout. One of the best I've caught this year.
 D. Too! That was a nice one, sent back to the depths.
 We'll be back.
 Gap, Arizona.
 Lobster mushrooms from the forest.
 Personal project, a riveting hammer found in the woods - I'm going to make it like new.
Pics to come.
A tally of butted tubing in stock............
More in a few days with a build queue list as well - thanks all, off to work, Steve.


Matthew J said...

Much as I enjoy seeing pictures of your bikes, I am looking forward to seeing the hammer restoration. Old tools are the best.1

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve, I always like seeing the frames you create, the food, kayaking, all look great as well. Then I notice I have the same tent as you, the marmot in your pictures. Hopefully one day I can do a road trip through your part of the country, scenery looks fantastic

Japhy rider said...

3 days on the Colorado sure looks like a stellar way to de-couple the body from the work. wish i could join you guys out there some day.

great post!