Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Slowing down on the Blog, but cooking away in the shop.

 Yep - working away like crazy - haven't had any complete bikes to show as the last few bikes have been sent to Spectrum Powder Works for fancy paint, which takes longer, especially as everyone is getting their bikes painted for the handmade bike show right now.
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

 Here is Steve's 650B before completion and going off to Spectrum.
 Some damn nice polishing.
 Yo tengo Huevos, que verdad!
 Steve's bike complete - it came out BEAUTIFUL.
 Here, new chainstays from Dedacciai - Man, I have been waiting a decade for these.
 The next bike, a 2-6 cruiser, is running these as well as a pair of Paul dropouts.
A sound choice, as this bike will be running V-brakes.
 Joinery & tacking as art.
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.........
 ........ready to braze, fingers crossed...........
 Holy Shit!
It came out PERFECT. This fixture saved me a whole bunch of time, a whole bunch.
 Above, you can't ask for better then that.
 Checking the tire clearance at 16.25" - room for a really large tire, 2.35" no problem, 2.5" tensioned.
 Man, my hands are beat, and it is slowing me down.
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.
 Mrs Garro's flock is fully running - five bikes, one not pictured.
Three 650B MTB's, one 26" and one 700c commuter.
 I have been getting out for some fun, here I am somewhere in the Verde Valley with my bro-in-law Greg.
 Here is a really cool petroglyph shrine, it had the little niches pecked into it for offerings, all over the entire rock - found throughout the Verde valley, which has seen habitation back almost 14,000 years.
 Corn grinders, metate on the left, mano on the right.
All this likely goes back to the Sinaguans, who left ~ 900 - 1000 yrs ago.
 Central AZ canyon country.
 Gus-Gus almost checked out a few days ago, he was sleeping right here on top of the car when it sped away, and he took a whipper off the top at 20-30mph and went between the wheels.........blew his collar off and he lost two claws - a lucky dude!
 My beautiful wife - I love her so.
 D. got me a beautiful painting by Connie Townsend because she loves her new 650B so much - I love it!
 Client pics - keep 'em coming, thanks!
Here, Matt is riding among the ruins at Wuputki, AZ.
 A 29er.
 Here, Rex in Marin, a 26" with a rohloff 14 speed rear hub.
 Lonnie in Silver City, NM - a 650B one speed.
 Eiji in Osaka, Japan - a 650B one speed. Beautiful.
 One from Deepsix in Virginia. Damn sharp bike.
 Here, Brian with his game face on as he & his team knock out a manly relay across Malaysia!
Way to go!
 Above, BR's 26" super-custom S&S breakdown cruiser, it folds in two pieces & fits in a check on bag. Picture taken in Barcelona, Spain. Awesome.
Last pic, Aki's 29er/650B combo riding the trails in the mountains of Japan. Thanks for all the pics, people, keep them coming.
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!
- Steve.


Doug said...

I always love seeing what you are working on. My Coconino all road tourer is well on it's way to being built up. Looking forward to sending pics of what it has become.

Great Work Steve.


Anonymous said...

The photo of the petroglyph shrine with the niches pecked in reminds me of a shrine I ran into near Los Alamos New Mexico, it had niches with a quartz crystal in each. There was no foot prints, trail or signs of humans, a cave nearby had a clay floor and very small corn cobs in the dust.I still love the south west! Deano B

perryd said...

Great post! Of course, I kind of love them all. Lots of cool international pics. I think those are kind of exotic.

10th anniversary!That will THE place to be.

Keep 'em coming!

perry d

Anonymous said...

Good to read your blog, nice to see some brown dirt, we are having a good winter for snow, so that kinda slows down the riding. Pretty cool coming across tools and other artifacts from thousands of years ago.
I am riding my road handbike on the trainer in the basement until the snow melts up a bit, your scenery looks way better!

Craig said...


I'm curious, what is it about the new Deda chainstays that excites you? Is it because they have the proper bends already formed and don't need additional bending, perhaps?

LOVE the color on Lonnie's bike from Silver City? What is it?


steve garro said...

The Dedas just have the bends already where they should go - nice, huh?
Lonnie's bike was sprayed by Spectrum Powder - not sure what it is, like a metallic tangerine in the sun.......

Craig said...

Steve, what is the part number or model designation for those Dedacciai chainstays? Think they'd work for a 650b bike? I'd like to get some for my next frame.


PS - Still waiting for your 10th anniversary announcement!