OK this time I am leaking the goods. Since my first stainless 29R the real goal was to make a completely stainless 29R. It was not to make a lugged 29R, that was a result of the materials that were available. I have spent an incredible amount of time trying over and over to get all the items to make a complete stainless mtb. Today the light is shining at the end of that tunnel.
It would be great if the day was 25 hours long. Seems like no matter how much one works the day is always 1 hour shorter than you want it. Ed and I have been working to get all the bikes ready for NAHBS plus I have one last top secret project that still has potential to happen before I leave. It is going to require some very last day marathons but if all goes well it will be worth it.
I have been working on Ross's 29R this week and should have it done mid next week. It is another single speed with the new rocker drop outs. It has a rigid fork, stem and stainless post. He opted for the 2 bolt stem to keep the clean lines of the front clamp. Tomorrow I should finish the stem and get the frame tacked.
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.
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.