Sunday, February 18, 2018

7005 race CX frame for Portland

This frame has a new style head tube-the lower is 56 mm so the frame can take a King headset instead of the usual drop-in integrated setup on most of my aluminum race frames. This large frame might benefit  from the more robust wall in the head tube-not that any others have failed...it's just a basic truth in frame building that thicker tube walls are stronger.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Three steel gravel frames for Huntington Beach, Calif.

 This is my tig SL CX model , this time with painted-to-match Enve CX forks. All three of these are going to a shop in Huntington Beach, Calif.I'm hoping that these folks will have a fun time shredding in the So-Cal hills.


aluminum gravel frames for Bishop, Calif.

 This is a his and hers matching set of 7005 aluminum gravel frames with Enve forks. These frames will not only see some high-desert duty but will probably be on many cross-country adventures. The frames are very light and should feel easy to pedal on the rough stuff.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

S-3/ Columbus 'Life' road frame

 I had to wait a few weeks for the fork to be painted but the wait was worth it. The color match is perfect and the whole package looks right. This is my most popular style of road frame and since I only have a few S-3 downtubes left, it is likely to be extinct before the end of the year. I'll definitely try to source some tubes to replicate the ride and weight of this frame but it won't ever be quite the same. I have one just like this one and have been riding it for about two years now .
 This frame also has a King headset with the subtle logo. The owner opted for a 1-1/8" steerer rather than a tapered steerer to get a 45 mm rake fork. This slightly lower trail design will give the bike a bit of a livelier front end.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Schnozola for sale- the last one !

This bike was built for NAHBS. It has a 585 top tube and a 560 seat tube. It should fit a 6'1" rider perfectly.The bike was built in Bruce's shop which will close for good at the end of this month. Bruce did more of the building on this bike than on any of the other Schnozolas. The bike has his racks and cantilever brakes-the very last set of these brakes he produced. If you want to ride across the country and have a super durable and reliable rig, as well as have some serious style you should consider getting this one. It is marked down $ 1,100 from the show price and is currently $ 3,400. It has an XT build with bar-end shifters-Bruce's style that he used for his Rock 'N Road touring rigs. You can contact me directly as the bike is now in my shop. It has never been ridden.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Di II steel CX frame with Rocker dropouts

 Yes- it is a new year and I hope to be better about putting up photos of current builds on this blog. You can also check out the Rock Lobster facebook page or Paul H. Sadoff on instagram as I am a bit more active on those two forums.
 I made a mathematical mistake in my calculations for last years total builds. Turns out that I built 102 frames in 2017. I'm pretty sure that I am not likely to surpass or even equal that this year as I think that the probability of burnout could effect the quality of life and builds. I'm happy with what I did last year but as I have said in the past, I'm always trying to do better. The frames I am building now represent nearly 40 years of experience-they are probably the best so far. That said, I'm in this game for the challenge of continually trying to refine the craft. As long as my eyes and limbs still work and I don't get too forgetful there's a chance that my beast work is yet to be done.
Here's an example of the best to date.

Friday, December 29, 2017

100

 Maybe I'm compulsive about this work-I think that I set a precedent with the total of frames I have built this year. Last year I thought that I would build 100 but I didn't quite make it. This year I didn't go to Ashland to teach my two week frame building class so I had the thought that it would be possible to build 100 frames in a year .

In September I got bogged down with some projects -at that point it looked like 100 would not happen. Job one is to do quality work-the goal of 100 was pretty far from the top of the list. I didn't want to hurry on any build but I did want to put in the time, be efficient and not waste moves. If I did this I was still thinking that I could hit 100 if I didn't make too many mistakes.
 Here it is, just a few days left in the year and yesterday I finished this frame in the photos- # 100.I also built the matching fork. This was nearly four days of work with a few fits and starts, some tubes that went into the scrap pile and plenty of changes on the fly. I took some very old lugs that I bought from Bruce Gordon and tweaked and bludgeoned into this tiny road frame. Most of the materials predate when I built my first frame. The tubes and some of the fittings were given to me by people who had plans to build a frame back in the '70's but never went through with it.
I feel like I'm batting cleanup-taking stuff that has been sitting in boxes for nearly four decades and turning it all into something that really didn't need to exist, except for the fact that all the materials were supposedly destined to be used for something eventually. There's a lot of old frame tubes sitting in garages that represent a time when building a bicycle frame was done with hand tools, a piece of string and a measuring tape-some sort of torch and a lot of time. With only a few exceptions , places where bicycle frames are made do not employ these methods or materials. It's a craft from another time for the most part.
Stepping back into this world was a real eye opener. It had been a number of years since I had built a lugged frame. I didn't forget the process-but with this frame I pushed the materials into a shape that they didn't want to be-it was a real fight. I can't say that I completely won the fight but I'll know for sure when the bike is assembled and gets it's first miles. I put an unreasonable amount of work and really endangered my chances of finishing it before the end of the year with all the time I spent but I'm happy that I chose a very challenging project to cap off one of the most productive years in the history of my shop.