When you set up a shop it's always nice to have a certain flow. You start in a set place and kind of move in a circle till the frame is done and goes to paint. When you get new equipment though, the easy approach is to find a place that it fits without thought of the overall fit. I had hit a point where there were numerous things that just needed to be moved. The issue was these items weighed thousands of pounds and I never really wanted to do it.
Current Work Archive
Well I was hoping this would remain under wraps til NAHBS but with the interweb and all it was leaked. Here is the new drop out I will be using for all single speed mtb bikes. It has so many things going for it but the biggest for me is the chain stay mounted brake. I was involved in the development of this product through Paragon Machine Works and I am rather proud of the result.
This year I have a goal of 36 bikes (which averages 3 per month) and feel it is a realistic goal. One thing to keep in mind is almost all my bikes include a fork, stem and seat post. Those items can add up quickly and take about as much time as the frame.
The other day I was called for an interview about the current rise in popularity of the handmade mtb. Here is a link to the article which is currently on the Bicycling website:
I find the hardest part of blogging is coming up with a nifty title that has not been used yet. When I was a cook I made a new soup every day except Friday which was always N.E. clam chowder. It got really hard after a year of making soup to not repeat (REAL HARD). Blogging seems to feel the same way.
Welcome to the new year. I am excited about this year and have some really great bikes in the queue. It is a heavy MTB year including 4 stainless bikes in the works. They can be real time bandits but the toil is usually worth the effort.
Today I had the wiring completed for the heating system. There was a 220 line needed for the water heater and a 120 line needed that then feeds the circulating pump and runs the fan behind the radiator.
I have always enjoyed electric work but tend to either run the wires and have my electrician double check my work or just completely have him do the work and just watch and help. Since this system was going to be on all the time and it needed some conduit work I figured it was best to have him do the work.
There is something sweet about a very straightforward road bike. Other than the ability to run 28c tires and having an ISP (integrated seat post) this bike is an "old man"-style traditional road bike. I say old man because the handlebars will have about 2cm of drop which IMO is about the perfect position for anyone not earning a paycheck to ride a bike.
Actual heat! The shop has been dealing with space heaters forever. This weekend I am having a closed loop hot water heating system installed.
The original heating unit used oil and that tank and system are not in use. The new system will use the same radiant blower but use a hot water heater to supply the heat. I can not wait to enter the shop in the morning at 55 degrees!
Had a brief delay with Jed's bike because I was waiting on some info from him but we are back on track. Should be wrapping it up this weekend.