Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Brownie gets a new road frame

 My friend Mark Brown decided to retire his 2003 Al Carbon' road frame and go steel.
This is pretty much an 'Ultimundo' without the fork painted to match. All the other features are there, the internal brake cable , the headbadge and the S-3/ Columbus life tubing mix. The frame is 3 lb. 10 oz. and should build up to a fairly light bike.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Mel's bike

I have a friend here in Santa Cruz who I have been riding with since the early '80's. He got his first frame from me in 1989, a Columbus  SLX lugged road racing frame. Since then I have built him a mountain bike and another more modern road frame. I have not built a frame for him since 2006.

 This is something that he has been talking about for a couple of years- a mixed terrain bike that is light and has a wide range of gears and disc brakes. This is an aluminum frame with a carbon Enve fork joined by a Cane Creek 110 headset. The cockpit is Zipp service course.The saddle and tape are from Selle Anatomica. The drive train is a mix of Shimano with Dura Ace hydraulic levers mated to R-785 calipers.
The wheels are ones I built with rims from Light Bicycle and Industry 9 hubs. This is a really fast wheel set at a decent price. The XTR rear der. is made compatible with the Dura Ace shifters by the addition of a Wolftooth 'Tanpan' pulley devise. Lots went into this bike for sure. Mel just turned 70 yesterday-don't think that he's not going to shred on this thing today.

Monday, September 25, 2017

It's a race !



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Steel disc brake Di II road frame for Auburn, Wa.

 I have built a number of bikes for this rider. He's been on the top of the national podium twice but you would not hear that from him. He's a humble guy who can really shred on a bike just for the fun of it.
 My hope is that he has a ton of fun on this one-it's about as current as I can get in a steel road frame with the flat mount brake, tapered steerer carbon fork and internal Di II routing. It's not heavy, under 4 lbs. for the frame which is very light for anything I build with a disc brake. The tubeset is very much the 'Ultimundo' set and I'll be interested to see how it hold up to some pretty serious use.

Steel big tire road frame for Santa Monica

 This steely ride will fit 700x33 tires, maybe even 35's. The frame and fork are made for 49-59 mm reach caliper brakes. Back when I was a teenager all road bikes had brakes with this reach.

 The fork has one of my favorite crowns, the Pacenti design Mitsugi style.It's a classic flat top road crown similar to what one would see on some Masi frames from the '70's.
The pump peg and chain hanger definitely tie the frame to an older era when all bicycles were fitted with a full size pump.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Aluminum CX frame for Chicago

 With luck this one will go out UPS today. It is a 7005 aluminum CX frame with a Ritchey WCS carbon fork painted to match. This frame shows that rim brakes are not dead yet !

 One of the standout features is the sterling Jen Green headbadge, not seen often on aluminum frames.
This one will see some muddy times in the greater Chicago area for sure.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Steel big tire CX/Gravel bike for SF

 This one will get some NOX rims on White Industry hubs with Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Roll tires next week. The frame has Prestige chain stays which provide a ton of tire room.
 The drive train is Sram CX-1 Force, simple and pretty much to go-to 1X setup for this kind of bike.
 The fork is an Enve painted to match. This is one of my more favorite shades, one that I used on my fourth frame back in 1979.
And here's the happy owner....hope that he has many great adventures on this machine.