tillamook drift.

somehow i have slipped on my weekly ambition to write and update the blog. i am a framebuilder first and a “blogger” secondly, right? if you really want to see what is happening in the shop, i recommend you come by or keep your eyes on my flickr page. although lately the bikes have been rolling out of the door glossy and steadily, most of the photos on flickr are of my short weekend adventures.

last weekend was supposed to be the rapture and a big group of riders were all looking forward to riding our way to heaven but alas, we settled for a grand adventure in oregon’s coastal range instead. donnie who puts on the velo-dirt rides has succeeded to host another quality ride complete with crazy gravel roads, steep climbs and even crazier downhills. the rapture ride was amazing and was bracketed by a great camping experience at the flying m ranch outside yamhill, oregon. every type of bike showed up for the ride and i opted for my winter road bike sans fenders with schwalbe touring tires. complete with road pedals, downtube shifters and my tried and true 39/53 tooth sram cranks, i was the second rider to come in at the end of the long day.

the route was great and would be a fun way to get to tillamook for a weekend bike tour. you can find more write ups and links on the velo-dirt site too.

meanwhile back at the shop, i finished up alex’s fillet road bike and am ready to take it to paint. it came out great. nice fillets, classy style and will surely ride great with the enve fork up front. i started pete’s lugged road bike this week too and reaffirms my love of the sloping, double oversized lugset designed by llewellyn. modern technology meets traditional style construction.

i had some time to repair nicole’s fixie that was damaged from what appeared to be a car smashing the stay up against the bike rack where she had locked it up. ouch! i replaced the seatstays after doing some realigning. with a fresh paint scheme, it will be as good as new. it is nice to go back and see what the 27th bike i made looks like without paint and give it some tender lovin’.

the big news of the week is the update for the continental bicycle that tony and i have been working on. they should be done at paint in the next week or so and ready for the final build before they are shipped off to the distant corners of the world. while we wished to sell more the first time out, we are happy to announce that we have extended the sale period for the second batch which is on sale now through the continental bicycle site.

while tony and i haven’t had much time to enjoy the rapha rides this year, we are happy to see the rapha continental film finished on up on the rapha site. well worth the viewing. a little taste of what tony and i poured into the continental bicycle project.

this past week was also the early bird registration deadline for nahbs next year in sacramento, california. i bit the bullet and sent in my entry fee. i am now excited to be going to nahbs again despite the expense and huge time commitment. before the show next march, i have to build a bike for the oregon manifest in september, build a couple of cross bikes for the ira ryan cycles cross team and shoehorn in a bicycle build that will be reviewed in a major cycling publication in december.

stay tuned.

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One Response to “tillamook drift.”

  1. 30thcentury Says:

    Shoehorn!

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