Friday, July 25, 2014

People Get Ready

Hey ever'body.

A new custom built road bike made specifically 
for Bruce Marco from the Commomwealth of Virginia.

His new bike is a hybrid of sorts. It's got some handmade steel lugs 
with some carbon fiber tubes carefully glued in there.

Making these bikes is about as much work as making 3 bikes.
First I start off by brazing together some tubes at the correct angles.

Next, the tubes are bored out to the correct diameter in the lathe,
 and all excess material is removed.

When the lugs are ready, they look like this.

 Skip ahead another 40-50 hours of work, 
and here's what they look like when the Enve carbon tubes are glued in.

After a bunch more work, the frame and fork are all ready to build into a bike.

Never done with the targets. So many ways to paint them...

That seat lug doesn't look so bad after all, huh? 

Delicate looking s-bends terminated with
 delicate looking, yet bombproof brass brazing.

The monochrome targets give the effect of each stripe
being darker closest to the lighter color underneath, 
but there's no paint fade going on. 
We'll let your eye trick you into thinking that I'm a better painter than I am.  


I think the repetition from the lug to the paint came out quite nice.

 What do you think? Worth the effort?

Lately, I've assigned myself some music listening.
I've been trying to get through the Rolling Stone's 
Top 500 Albums of All Time.
I certainly don't agree with everything they point to,
 and looking at the committee they've tasked with
 coming up with that list, I can see why. 
In my mind, any and all members of Blink 182 
will never have a vote as to what is good music.
Anyway, so far I've really enjoyed it.
It's interesting to try and get some perspective 
and context to where music has ended up, 
as well as getting turned onto things I never would have.
There are things that I can now never again torture myself with:
anything by Pink Floyd, The Eagles (the Dude was right), 
Prince (sorry, never liked him), early Neil Young, etc.
There are things that I knew were good, but had never connected with, 
which brings us to Aretha Franklin.
Now, if that's not completely packed with awesome 
in every way imaginable, I'll pack my things and go home.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Over and Over Again

 Hey, y'all.
What's the haps?

I hope you're all getting out and riding bikes this summer.

Eric McKeegan of Pittsburg, just got his new bike. 
With any luck, he'll be riding it a bunch.

This one is more of the same:
Slack and short while at the same time
being long and low. 

Slack head angle up front, paired with a longer front center, 
keeps you going in the right direction, without oversteering. 

A tight chainstay length and low bb offer predictability
 to the rear end, so there is no second guessing the 
timing of corners or trail detritus. 


The nearly ubiquitous swinger dropouts on this style of bike from me. 
Hard to believe they've been on my bikes for eight years. 

All the details line up pretty nicely to give a very balanced,
well mannered, versatile mountain bike. 

 The Mini Moose stem offers the rider absolute control 
with the wider bars that seem to have gained almost total acceptance.

The two piece seat tube design offers the ability to run a 30.9mm post 
with only a 30 gram penalty over the same length tube that limits your 
seat post size to 27.2mm and greatly reduces your dropper post selection. 
Seems all the kids want the dropper post these days.

Eric's bike has the swoopy seat stays y'all 
have come to expect from Black Cat bikes.

The 1x drive trains that have gained so much popularity
 are a great option for bikes of this style. 

Thanks, Eric.

Don't forget your music listening assignment:
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats.

Trip out!

Friday, May 9, 2014

In the Real World

How's things?

Mike Simpson just got a new bike.

Mike lives up amidst the mountains and trees of Northern California .

He wanted a rigid one-speed with which to tackle the trails, 
some being the steep, rocky gnar; some being the 
abandoned water races from the Gold Rush. 
Often times on the same ride.

Some things of note:
Brazed on seat collar.

Worry-free threaded bb shell.

Curvy bits.

Gratuitous dropout shots.

Y'all know the drill by now, right?

Thank you, Mike.

How 'bout some Leatherface?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cooler as Ekke

To borrow from the vernacular of the kids today,

Today's bike is for Brian Rogers of the greater Atlanta, Georgia

What's the catch phrase du jour?
Monster 'Cross?
 Gravel Grinder?

Whatever you'd like to call it, I'll call it "Bad Ass".

Features that may help you with your pigeon hole:
Slightly slacker angles than a 'cross bike.
Room for up to 2.1" tires (but 1.85"s are probably more realistic).
Aggressive enough stance for racing, but comfy enough for rolling along.

Curves in all the right places.

Straight steerer that keeps the front end stiff enough
for anything most mortals will throw at it
while keeping the weight down, the ride lively,
 and the fillings in your teeth.

Seat stays arced downward to add to the shock absorption
of the rear end, allowing the rider to hold a line through the rough stuff.

Custom Enve butted carbon seat mast,
topped by a Ritchey WCS Topper Thingy.

Pf30 bb shell.

Black Cat geared dropouts of the newest style.

Bottle bosses that aren't just riv-nuts that are bound to come loose,
pull through the carbon tube, or both.
Built to last.

Sounds like a nice pigeon hole to me.


Thank you, Brian.

South Africa is not the place most 
look for rad white dude rappers, 
but here he is: Jack Parow.