Sunday, March 1, 2015

broke off

Bike Night

This action sports photographer Scott Raymond got some good shots of some guys on Stouts and affiliated brands:

Jason Harris handplant 180 the spine!
 Mikes first ride at the park on his trails Stout
 Willis jumps over a sad man with a beer and broke hands

An over rotation sent me to flat and left me with two bad wrists. Don't know how long I'll be out but I sprained or broke something in this left hand. I'll have to get someone out here to lift the powdercoat cart once the weather dries out.

I did manage to get some riding in on my 4.3" bars and the difference in stiffness over butted one-piece bars was immediately noticeable on the race track. I didn't realize it but the flex in the old butted bars killed my confidence when pulling up over doubles and rollers. I cleared a few doubles that I was hesitant to try with my old bars. Then I used that confidence to sink an eight foot putt, nailed my presentation at work and lost all the weight. I'm pretty stoked on these bars



Friday, February 13, 2015

 Gun blue (in strategic/vulnerable places) can prevent rust worms, especially with the thinner trans powder colors. The crushing forces of a stem and a brake lever usually open up the coat as soon as they are installed.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

 Some test bars (4.3"s), soon to be making some 5.9"s for this type of bike: Jacob's fixed freestyler

 This 22" BMX was supposed to have 10X110mm spacing but I forgot what I was doing and made a 10X135mm disc rear end. So I might have it for sale pretty soon 74.2* HA, 21.75 TT, 14" CS, 1.4" rise BB
 These are some fork legs that I have for trail MTB or tough commuter bikes. I have had requests for non-freestyle forks.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

down the street at Hilltop

Davis got some really good shots, below is his Facebook album. I like the contrast of the grey sky on the orange lips better than a blue sky:

I think this is the winner of the high jump but there were many people from out of town and several groms that I'd never seen.
 Jason turning it down on his old Stout that he re-coated at his shop
 little Landry hitting big jumps

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Billy's 24" MTB race and trails
 Knarly. This horizontal knurling seems to make more sense than the typical diamond knurling for handle bars. Four piece in the works.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pretty sure this took more than twice the time to weld than the typical front triangle (Due to the acute angles and the added surface area) It was a challenge, and sort of fun, but I don't think I want to make another any time soon.

 The neighbor's Alliance custom bike has Hope "V-twin" road disc brakes. The rear connector bled out so I had to do a re-fill job. I don't know why this system exists, as it seems to have way more friction than a well lubed mechanical brake. The V-twin is basically a cable that comes off the lever and pulls a plunger past the reservoir, so it still has some cable friction. I'd suggest a good mechanical brake.
 Stoked on gun metal color (trans pewter) and larger chainstays.