Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Down with the Brown

Jared's been patient waiting for his bike. Hope he likes it.
After building bikes with these for a year and a half, I'm beginning to be able to say "often immitaded but never duplicated."

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Team FRP

Black Cat Bicycles was chosen as the frame supplier to team FRP this season. These frames are race only!! You can't even train on them. Untold horrors will occur should you ever run errands on them! Don't even think about the coffee shop!

new tools=happy boy

Just scored a Burke horizontal mill. It's gonna need a little love before it contributes to any bicycle frames though. It came with a tiny dividing head and a tiny rotory table with an x and y axis, but very few other tooling bits. It took about two hours to disassemble it enough to know that i'm missing a few parts. There is a whole following, with chatrooms, devoted to these little machines. "They may be small but those #4's are real metal movers!" It's good to find yourself knee deep in in something a lot of people feel such affection for.
It took a few hours to get the smell of thirty year old stagnant grease out of my olfactories, though.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

this one's a keeper

The christening ride on this one was a twelve hour race. A real baptism by fire. One hundred and twenty five-ish miles and zero problems with the bike. My legs tell a different story though...

long days in the shop

Watch for Carla Bray ripping it up in Orange County on this single speed this winter.
Eric Mellencamp has ordered this custom big wheeler. My bet is that his suspension bike might collect some dust here pretty soon.

The gusset/ lug (glug?) I've been fond of doing lately. Straight off the mill.

A picture of jared harris' bike. A soon to be twenty nine inch wheeled bike. Curvy tubes are the new black.

eric's bike

This is Eric's bike. A big wheeled bike for an appropriately big guy. There's a reason why he's known as Hightower. Eric proves on a regular basis this is the best trail bike around. That is if you like going fast. Stable at speed, yet ready for action at a moment's notice.
Here is a picture of, what i'm told, the best looking and perhaps the best working one speed dropout in the biz.
They come with a derailluer hanger if you want, or not.