Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Big tire road bike for Santa Monica, Calif.

This bike is going to live in my old neighborhood from my junior high school days. The bike is outfitted with the  Shimano 105 5800 eleven speed group. The shifting is about as nice as it gets, even with the long cage der. and 11-32 cassette for the dirt roads above Will Rogers state park.
 The brakes are long reach R-450 in black and seamlessly blend with the rest of the group. I built the wheels with Mavic Open-Pro rims and D.T. spokes. Bar, stem and post are Ritchey and the saddle is a Fizik Arione. The headset is a King, also in black. The rider should have the bike tomorrow afternoon-plenty of time to get it ready for the weekend.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

 the original vinyl decals made in S.F. in the eighties are on the downtube of this frame.
 This fully rigid 29er platform will be a sure-footed ride in the Santa Cruz mountians. The tapered head tube and disc brakes represent the present-the original deacls and 1984 'lobster red' paint represent the beginning of my MTB building.
Got a little sideways on this shot and couldn't rotate it after I put it on the site.....I guess you'll have to turn your computer 90 degrees !

Friday, August 29, 2014

7005 CX race frame or Glenpool, Ok.

 There's CX racing in Oklahoma and this is going to most likely be the only Rock Lobster at the events out there. This might change in the future but the owner of this bike can lay claim to having the only CX race bike from me in the entire least as far as I can remember.
 The tapered steerer fork should be good for hitting the corners hard and holding up to the rigors of hard racing.

7005 road frame and fork for Singapore

 The sky blue paint and pink logos really play tricks on your eye-an interesting effect, almost making it look as if the decals are floating above the surface of the frame.
This road frame will be seeing rides on the other side of the world in a country where there are currently only three of my frames. The fork is a Ritchey WCS road carbon and the headset is the King inset. 
This frame should handle up to a 700x28 tire and provide a nice stable ride without being too harsh.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ashland UBI trip 2014

 School founder Ron Sutphin gives a demo on the mill . There would be no UBI without Ron.
 Chris is here helping David do the final braze-ons on the last class day. There was an unprecedented amount of co-operation and help among the students.
 Patrick prepping his frame for the seat stay installation.
Matt moving too fast to be in focus.
 Tristan having a good day at the welder.
 Technical data found its way to the big board-many new terms were coined during this class.
 The demo at the big machines was generally Ron's venue-he has the most experience.
And here is your 2014 tig steel summer session graduating class from Arkansas, Thailand , New Zealand, L.A. , Portland , and of course Santa Cruz.This was a great trip.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CX frame for the Sierras

 This is an adventure style disc brake CX platform for exploring the backwoods near Yosemite. The owner of this bike is a trail advocate and has a crew of folks who are building a trail network outside the park.
 This frame and fork are steel but there are a couple modern features. The fork has a tapered steerer and the gearing is a new Sram setup with a pretty huge cassette. There may be only two chainrings up front but the gears are low enough for the high mountains.
The pedals, bars and wheels were the only used parts in the buildup.All else were brand new......the bike rides really smooth and should be good for all-day excursions.

Di II disc brake aluminum CX frame for Santa Rosa

 These are the colors of CX Nation-a coaching and race promotion organization. This frame is going to CX Nation's founder in Santa Rosa. It just so happens that he has raced on our team for a few years as well.
 The big head tube accommodates a tapered steerer fork and there are fittings for the internal Di II wires. There will be a seat tube mounted internal battery pack.