Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We have lost someone irreplaceable

There's a bike shop in North Carolina unlike any other in the world. There's a collection of old bicycles, in particular mountain bikes unequalled anywhere I have been. The man behind this convergence of mountain bike history was Jeff archer-he was just struck down by a drunk driver while he was crossing the street. His business partner Wes Davidson will have the monumental task of manning the helm at the immense shop that is literally the temple to all things bicycle. Jeff will be missed by the bicycle community greatly.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

disc brake road bike fully built

 This bike will be hitting the steep hills in Santa Cruz Co.  as this bike is for a local. He originally ordered it in 2014 but for financial reasons had to delay the build. After a lot of saving and planning, this is the result.
 The build is Ultegra 6800 with the exception of mechanical Rever CX1 brakes-a new product that is really easy to set up and might be the best mechanical disc out there. This is a demo set and if the customer likes it I'll order him a set and keep these for a demo bike. The hubs are XT 8000 and I was able to machine the freehub body to take the 6800 11 spd. road cassette. This isn't something that Shimano would be happy about but it was pretty easy to do on my metal lathe and I have seen other people do it successfully before I tried it myself. There just isn't a lot of affordable disc brake hubs out there that can take an 11 spd. road cassette.
The pedals, tires and saddle were provided by the customer. I built the wheels with Hed Belgium rims and DT 14-15 butted spokes.  The idea is to have a durable bike for steep ups and downs  while having a little old-world style.

Friday, July 1, 2016

something old, something new

 This disc brake road frame has the newer axle standard front and rear but it has some nods to ye olde tradition of frame building. The head tube collars and fork crown are things from the past.
 I call this color 'black light purple' and it is one of my favorites. It is impossible to see the depth of the color in a photo. It really lights up in the direct sun.
This bike will get a build of Shimano 6800 , XT hubs and the R-685 hydraulic brakes with mechanical shifting. I converted the rear XT hub to take an 11 spd. road cassette. How did I do it ? It helps to have some big machines in the shop. I had already heard about other folks doing this mod so I had to try it myself.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

650 gravel bike bound for Houston, Tx.

 I have been very busy this year-it might set a record if fact......but I have not been to busy to build something a little different now and then. This is one of those-a disc brake 650 gravel bike-kind of like a CX frame but built for much longer events. The front fork was made to the same spec as an Enve GRD fork so that the owner can switch out the steel fork if he wants to save about a pound.
 It is going to be an interesting build with a generator hub up front and mostly a Shimano Ultegra road group with the R685 hydraulic brakes. Shimano disc brakes are my favorite-at least when I can get them ! Demand seems to be making the supply a bit short. They are worth the wait, though.

Monday, June 27, 2016

aluminum 29er single speed frame for Vermont

 Seems like a long time since I have built one of these. What is cool is that I found some Easton Elite NOS tubing that would not be suitable for road of CX but was perfect for this frame. It isn't very light at 4 lb. 7 oz. but it will take 2.5 " tires and be really bomb-proof.
 The head tube will accommodate a tapered steerer-pretty much all you can get in a shock fork any more. The slider inserts will be for a 142x12 thru-axle. These inserts were just there for the fixturing process.
This was a really fun build and the frame will take any abuse the rider throws at it.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

CX-adventure frame, fork and stem for L.A. area

Very lavenrdar, this one. The frame is steel, my tig S.L. big tire model with a painted-to-match Enve fork and a shop-built steel stem. This should be a sturdy rig to ride the mountains  north of Los Angeles and get above the smog line.

Mark the date

Yes, for the first time since 2011 there will be a bicycle swap meet at Bruce Gordon cycles in the parking lot. I'll be there along with a host of Nor-Cal's most notorious frame builders. Even if you aren't looking to score some low-priced bicycle goods you can check out Bruce's display of bikes in his shop-a collection unequalled in any custom frame builder shop in the US.
I'll be doing an inventory reduction so there will be lots of my stuff that I really don't want to take home. Insult me with low offers....I will not be offended !  Come for a good time on Sat. July 23rd.