Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Here is the frame I have been working on for Ian Hope, an Orbea bike shop owner in Little Rock and a local on the Arkansas race scene. The frame is for a 650B mountain bike and contains a belt-driven drive train. This frame looks more like a drag bike than a mountain bike because the wheel in this photo is a 26er and left a big gap between the seat tube. Once a 27.5" wheel with a big, fat knobby tire is dropped in it should be dialed in. I told myself when I started building frames that I was just gonna stick to cyclocross and road frames however this was a challenge that I wanted to take. I didn't even know what a 650B mountain bike was when he asked me about it, nor did I know anything about Carbon Drive Systems so this was an interesting build that I have learned alot from and am glad I built it. I am gonna build another one just as soon as I get caught up with the frames I am working on now. Man, I just wanna take this thing for a spin to see what it feels like. Maybe Ian will let me take his for a spin when he gets it built up, I can't wait.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here is a track frameset that I started on quite a while back and just recently got the finish on it. I kept this one as simple as I could. All straight tubes left raw with the fillet-brazing showing. It has a super-strong powder coat finish done by Industrial Powdercoating of Mountain Home, AR. The owner was beating two pieces of tubing together and failed to even scratch it. This frame has the name that I was gonna use on my frames in the very beginning, OneFiftyOne, but then I just decided to go with my nickname, MEECH. This was the first time I actually put it on a frame and I might still use it from time to time. Honestly I don't know much, if anything, about track racing so I just used a standard geometry and tried to keep it simple and comfortable for everyday street riding, but oh-man would I love to see someone race the molasses out of this thing on a velodrome. I was gonna take it to the Texas Handmade Bicycle Show in Austin but I can't go this year, maybe next. Hope you like it. I have a 650B mountain bike with a belt-drive I am working on now and will be posting some photos when its done so stay tuned. Chao.