Friday, October 17, 2014
Now this is custom! I wanna party with this guy. Have a good weekend!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
These photos aren't much different than any other brazing shots that I post but I'm determined to turn these into the nicest fillets I've done to date. Only time will tell though.
I tried to slow things down a bit and focus on laying them down as smooth as I could in order to have only minimal cleanup work. Few more braze-ons and then the real work starts.
I've had this older rear wishbone lug laying around for a while now and decided to incorporate it into this frame. Now I'm looking for a nice fork lug that will match up to it nicely.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
I was surfing through some photos of ExpoBici 2014 that Velonews had posted and apparently this company Vivax Gruber, who make these assist motors for bicycles, was there to share their product. I know this isn't new, as the videos from Ryder Hesjedal's bike spinning around like a top on la calle in la Vuelta surfaced quite a few weeks ago, but I can't believe that somebody actually went to the trouble to make this product, and better yet they're selling it at a bike show. "Umm, shun!" I don't know. I think this is crazy screwed-up. Really? For all the work and effort that goes into creating and designing a product, building a business, and all for what, a couple of miles an hour, a horsepower, or whatever out of a bicycle that was meant to be pedaled? Do you use this if you bonk on the group rides? Is this gonna get you home on your commutes? You got me. I would love to see the marketing and sells strategy behind this. I went to their website but after about one second the words motorcycle, moped, and scooter came to mind and I exited. If I want a motor to help me get around, I'm not gonna choose the cordless drill motor. Who are the people that actually want/need these? Is this product really in demand? When we all first heard people saying that Fabian Cancellara rode away from Tom Boonen like he had a motor on his bike, I just laughed inside. And even though I don't believe that Cancellara would ever stoop to this level, this product actually makes it a possibility.
Ok, I did go back and read a couple of clips to see if I could find something to help me undestand this a little better. While I didn't read much, it only took me a second to realize its for keeping the group together, hence, not getting dropped. Isn't getting dropped what makes a rider get better and stronger? Here is an excerpt from their advantages column.
Vivax's electric assistance is only usually needed from time to time for group cycling, ensuring the riders remain together. Electric support takes the strain off hard-working muscles at exactly the right moment. None of the group find the riding too taxing and none find it too easy. On easy routes electric support isn't needed at all, conserving battery capacity and battery life. Longer and more challenging touring routes are also possible, motiviating and giving the rider confidence. You keep the exhuberence and enjoyment of riding, even on these longer, harder routes
Well, after looking the website over and watching the video, I've come to this conclusion.
Someone has stolen my "5 Seconds of Nitrous" idea.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Brand new motocross event sponsored by Red Bull. Its called straight-rhythm motocross and its basically a drag race on a mx track thats 3/4 mile long without any turns. I missed the live version last night, as I didn't even know they were racing, however I stumbled onto this video and thought I'd share it for anyone who may want to take a look. Not sure how many mx'ers there are that stop by. Its over 3 hrs. long but maybe you can fast forward to the good stuff. Enjoy!
Almost forgot to give CYCLENEWS credit for the photo up above. If you're into motorcycles
you can't overlook those guys. www.cyclenews.com
Saturday, October 4, 2014
I'm putting the MEECH TravelCross frame up for sale. Its a size 58cm and breaks down to fit into a 26"x26" suitcase. The price is $1750 and if you need some components to go with it I will be glad to order whatever you would like. I also have a brand new pair of Velo-Orange mid-reach brake calipers that work perfectly with this frameset. If you're interested in some specifics you can give me a shout. Scroll down if you would like to see this frame being built from the ground up.
Here is another frame built much like the TravelCross frame however it doesn't contain the S&S couplers and it also has a steel fork. This thing will go literally anywhere and could even be raced in cross races, preferable dry, hardpack as there isn't lots of mud and tire clearance. It has an integrated seatpost that will be cut down to fit the rider if needed. Its roughly a size 56cm with a slightly sloping top tube. Internal rear brake cable that exits through the seatpost.
Cyclocross frameset that I was contemplating repainting however after doing a double-take this thing is good to go as is. There are only a couple of small spots on the paint but nothing major. This is the first disc-brake cyclocross frame that I built and it also has a tapered head tube and a ENVE fork. Would love to move these frames in order to make some room in my shop so give me a shout if you see anything you like. And, should you need any components I can take care of you. Thanks for stopping by and if you have questions feel free to give me a shout.
MEECH Custom Bicycles
Mountain Home, Arkasas
Yesterday I came across these older photos from the Yamaguchi Frame Building workshop and it had me reminiscing a little. It was a great experience and just a good time in general. Since the new frame building photos aren't coming as quickly as I'd like, I thought I'd share some of the ones where it all started.
This is Judd...,
and this is Will. I have no idea where these guys are or if they're still building frames. It would be cool to talk to them to see what's up. Both very interesting guys.
Now this is a frame-building workshop!
Handing me anything that is capable of starting a fire is usually not a good thing. I've started a handfull of fires in my earlier days. Did I ever mention the time I helped light up the neighborhood baseball field. Koichi told us one story about watching either an oxygen or acetylene tank shoot straight up into the sky like a rocket. Glad I haven't done that. Although, I'm not done building frames yet.
"Break out the grinder!" I'm not sure this is a good idea when building bike frames, however if you got the steady hand go for it.
Love this table. The name slips my mind at the moment however they're imported and retail for around $6000 if I remember correctly. They used to be available through Strawberry Cyclesport. Marchetti I believe is the brand, perhaps Marchetti Lang.
If you ever get the itch to build a frame, Koichi Yamaguchi is an excellent teacher and one of the most interesting bicycle enthusiast you'll ever meet. Check him out.
These are the first 4 frames I built.
Thanks for stopping by.
Friday, October 3, 2014
Here is one of the latest videos from Danny Macaskill. Its a mountain bike video that during the first watch seems pretty boring. There are hundreds of videos of people doing some insane stuff on bikes these days and this one doesn't look any different, however after watching it the second time I found a little more upon a closer look. One of my problems is the boring, meditational music that puts you to sleep, but then I'm not a videographer am I? Couple of things to watch for...., ahh, who am I kidding, there isn't much to get excited about here. There is an extremely cool front flip over a wire fence. I've actually done that trick before, however I didn't stick the landing quite like he did. There is some pretty difficult riding here and I realize that i couldn't walk (or ride I should say) 10 feet in this guys shoes. I couldn't even do the bike hike he does in this video. Nice scenery though and I dig the Santa Cruz bike with the pink rims. Is that Bakers Pink?
Did you ever see the one of Danny at the Playboy mansion? Utterly ridiculous. Girls just aren't impressed by stuff like this. Wonder why?
Did you ever see the one of Danny at the Playboy mansion? Utterly ridiculous. Girls just aren't impressed by stuff like this. Wonder why?
Monday, September 29, 2014
Ok, so I know I've been an absentee landlord these last few weeks. If you only knew how long I've waited to have something new to actually post. I tried to at least touch base a couple of times with some Vuelta coverage or anything else that I could try to pass off as news to you in order to get myself to a point where I could actually post something worthwhile. This frame here has taken me longer to finish than any other frame in the history of MEECH. It still lacks the head badge, that just happened to show up in the mailbox today, and it still needs a little spit-shine in a couple of spots.
"Where have you been D?" Man, I've been trying to figure out how to take care of a baby. I tell you, it hasn't come easy for me. We've had people in the house since before he was born. Mothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, etc. have been coming and going for the last 4 weeks. It was nice to have some help for a while however we were ready to get the house back to ourselves and kinda try to find a groove to get into with this kid called Jack. Ever heard of a dead end groove? I just made that up. How bout a "Jack Attack?" Thats what I call it when he wakes up. Have you ever just looked up in the sky and asked God to please just send you a signal? Is anybody up there? Yeah right, like he knows what to do. He's the one who created this mess. Have you taken a look at the world lately? People are getting their heads cut off, and worse, the Duggars have their own TV show. Imagine twenty people going to the grocery store in a bus together. Now that's scary. "Do I have a third option? No? Ok, just cut my head off." Kids are kinda like Rodney Dangerfield describes them in the movie "Back to School" when he says, "The greatest thing about kids is making them." Thats been the case so far anyway, but I'm sure it'll get better because I'm a semi-optimist.
Lately people have been saying to me, "Congratulations on the baby! How does it feel being a daddy?" And I reply, " I would love to tell you except I'm unable to feel anything at the given moment." My head is so tired and cloudy that I worry about getting on my bike for fear of making a bad call. I have been managing to get out for an hour or so about every other day just to try and keep sanity within reach. Usually when I get back home I don't really remember the ride. I'm only four weeks in and I'm already looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. "Jesus, is that you?" Nope, its just the 12:05 running a bit early. Frame building you ask? It seems like an unsolvable puzzle. I honestly don't feel like a frame builder right now. When I do something with a frame it almost seems odd to me. I finished all my orders about a month before the baby was born and didn't take any more because I wasn't sure when I would be able to get anything done. I'm looking forward to the resurrection though, the MEECH resurrection that is. Jesus did it in only 3 days, however its gonna take me quite a bit longer I'm all sure.
I was always a bit scared about having kids and all I can say is that I was right all along and I saw this coming before the sun reached the horizon. Whats the big deal? I mean people do this all the time, right? Don't know, I guess I'm a bit weird. I've always felt more like a kid than a dad. Also, I'm more of a dog person than a people person. Dogs love me, but babies, well...maybe one day.
"Are you gonna talk about frames or bikes at all D?" Check that dude out. It took a long time but nothing good comes easy huh? A while back I built a frame almost identical to this one for Sandy up in the New York/Mass area. He's put over a couple thousand miles on it and says he loves it, so since it seemed to be such a success I decided to build another and just put it up for sale. So anyway, lets go check this thing out. In order to change things up a bit, instead of posting a few pics from every little part of the process, I decided to just start from the beginning of the process and end with the final result all in one post. Who knows when I'll get another frame up. I actually have one all mocked up in the jig. Its a bit unique as well but your guess is as good as mine when it'll be finished. Follow me.
This of course is the frame I built for Sandy. He sent me a more recent photo however I couldn't seem to get it uploaded so I posted one of the older ones. These frames are the "Go anywhere, do anything, road frames." They have extra tire clearance for up to a 32c, a Wound-Up light touring fork, and rack mounts should you want some fenders for commuting. The only thing else you need is some medium-reach brake calipers. Velo Orange makes a great pair of calipers that Sandy is currently using and I have a pair sitting in my tool box as well. Cane Creek, Shimano, and Pauls Components also make some very likeable calipers that will work perfect with these frames. Lets check out the photos.
I took a little extra meat out of the bb shell to tilt the scale my way.
S and S couplers are what makes these frames the "Go Anywhere Bike" that they are. Can you envision some backroads in Andalucia during la Vuelta a Espana? I can.
I enjoy nice, tight miters. Its one of my favorite parts of frame building.
This is a 30c cross tire. Fairly worn I might add.
This is a brand new Vittoria 32c cross tire. Snug fit, but it spins.
A bit different braze-on for the derailleurs
A few brazing shots.
The head badges came in the mail today so I should get it on tomorrow.
Check out the fork work. Love the black crown and dropouts. Didn't have to paint them, only tape 'em up.
The color scheme is straight outta nowhere. I started out with the yellow and turqoise idea after Nibali and Team Astana won the Tour. Then I decided to throw in a forth color and decided on the reddish-orange. All in all I was very happy with it, and you'll never have to worry about running into another frame painted like this one on your group ride.
This shows the contrast pretty well.
Carbonification on the chain stays. Its not bought, its made. Handmade that is. Don't even think about shooting this frame in the chain stay, it'll ricochet and put your eye out kid.
Used a new stencil on the seat stay just for the fun of it. I like to change things up from time to time and keep it interesting. I'm fixing to start playing with some new paint schemes.
Thanks for baring with me during this new and crazy period of my life. I'm sure things are gonna get better, afterall, they can't get any worse. Just joking. Jack is pushing Anne and I to our limits but one day it'll be worth it. When he gets older, oh man, am I gonna work his little butt off.
"Jack, go make me some coffee."
"Jack, go get me my toothbrush."
"Jack, get me my houseshoes."
"Jack, brush my teeth."
"Jack, go brush your teeth first."
"Jack, miter those tubes and braze that frame up."
"Paint that frame Jack."
"Jack, if you can build two frames a day instead of one, I'll pay you
two boxes of popscicles a day."
In order to calm my nerves a bit I started reading a book called "Living Buddha, Living Christ", or something to that extent. It talks about different ways to enlighten one's self and become more at peace with the world. Apparently Buddhists are always aware of what they're doing at the moment, which seems easy enough until you try it. For example,
when they're breathing, they are aware that they are breathing, and when they are eating, they are aware that they're eating. Make sense? Clear as mud. Last night I read a part that said when they're chewing their food that they chew it 30 times before they swallow it. I guess they are thinking about all the sunshine and rain that went into the food while they're chewing it, and it supposedly helps with digestion as well. Duh, its liquid after 20 chews, unless its my mother's roast beef recipe. Trying to eat that is worst than a knife fight. I was gonna try the whole 'counting chews' tonight but I had already cleaned my plate and put it in the sink before I remembered I was eating. I don't have time to chew a bite 30 times, I get interrupted too much.
"Dammit Jack, you made me lose count, now I got start all over!"
Besides, if I chewed each bite 30 times before swallowing I would burn more calories than I'd be taking in.
FACT: I can eat a whole box of Little Debbie Swiss Cake rolls in only 24 bites, twelve if I focus. Remember the time I almost choked to death on that Peanut Butter sandwich? Wonder what Buddha would say about that?