Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Trials project under way

Well, it hasn't really started yet as far as building but I did make a trip to see Jana and the crew down at Fairing ind. in the far edge of Los Angeles and pick up some frame tubes and talk about everything thats not really important.

The goal is to build a trials bike thats got some twist but not really take to long to build mostly cause I really want to ride it...... All these YouTube videos got me all worked up, I had to take the Yeti out and manual the whole block just to remind me I still got it !

Here is kinda of a good idea of what I want the frame to look like... Really !
maybe 26 or 24 inch wheels with hidden disc brakes ( got to wait to find out how its done )

Some shots from Cranky's Bike Shop

Jim posted up some photos of the racks I built for him a while back.

The best way to describe the racks are they can be moved like poster racks where they can swing almost 180 degs. Or if theres a need for a change in the wall and remove the bike rack to replace it by the clothing racks I made or helmet racks or Frame racks or ....... trust me I made A LOT of racks for everything.

Theres about 6 inches of hight adjustment as well.

Jims first week in his new shop - the bike racks on the left wall
Cranky's Bike Shop - Santa Barbara,CA
Just off Interstate 101 / PCH hwy 1

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Santa Cruz.................

Kinda want to rail slide that in the background.
6AM Santa Cruz BMX mashing in the water.

So long story short......
It was a early thanksgiving for the good down in Santa Cruz so Matt, Lisa and I rolled the truck down there from Oakland. Everything went great and the food everyone cooked was good, other then the rain that day it was all going as planned. Later after everyone ate, the dancing started! Matt busted out some of his masterful Robot moves that took 4 years of college to dial in, while I just bounced around and got dizzy. Something wasn't feeling right and everyone else was starting to feel it too. What we didn't know was there was a large fire going under the house and it was sucking all the oxygen and filling the room with toxic fumes, but there was no smoke until the vent work melted and filled the house with smoke. Everyone got out and the fire dept. was so pumped to get to chainsaw the very nice hardwood floor to small bits as they climbed under the house to put out the fire. In the end it was an build error when the house was fixed in the early 1990s that lead to the fire.

got lots of photos but this one I kinda liked cause people still wanted to party while the fire dept battled flames 5 feet away.

And I got some sick Avid Elixer CR brakes this weekend and made some quick radial mounts to hook them up. I can almost count the days.......

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New Canon Camera !!!

  Ok, check it kids -
 I got a sick new Canon
so here it goes on the wild streets of Berkeley,CA                                  

                                                        Gravity Speed downhill bike

Monkey Likes Shiny Gravity Speed bike
Mavic Lefty wheels and no drivetrain - pure coasting

close up of the non-frame side

Floating locked crank arm that now acts as a rear foot peg support
note the insert in the crank for the footpegs

front view of the mock up bars
the tow quick release, headlight and Iphone holder are next so stay tuned

Don't ask me why it won't rotate?
Cut down the Cane Creek headset as much as possible, they will be pumped that it has no logos!

Turn your head to the right!
Careful for your neck doesn't get sore!

                                   Cargo Bike -  Coker 36 inch Prototype design

Matt Ducot helping lace up the ELECTRIC Monster !!

Started making the rack!
Those are the sides you are looking at
They have 3 stop points
-  Flat narrow - like you see it, about 15 inches wide
Box with sides - Flip those up 90 deg vertical and they become sides
Super wide Flat - Flip those babies out flat and now it a wopping 24+ inches wide !

German - Just like me
Got boxes of them to build weird stuff with.
So cool and so fast
I drilled this one from a 36 hole to a 48 as you can see by the missing holes

maybe 29 x 36 inch
made a quick mock up fork with some boxxer triples and Jim C's stolden 29er coaster rear wheel
I kinda like the look but it cuts in to the rack a lot with the big 29er wheel as compaired to the 26

Saturday, November 6, 2010

getting closer

well, its been a long few weeks and everyone at work has been hammering on concept projects and had family things coming up, so theres been a lot of extra weight on me to pull off the tasks during the day. Plus Monkey Likes Shiny was asked to design a very very big project for a major company, which has yes, I know, slowed down the posts on my blog and made everyone sad.

But I did some more work on the downhill gravity speed bike, including a tow hook with bar mounted quick release just like a glider airplane (photos coming soon) and got some more of the clip on bars and front end done. Thought I would take a pict of the roller since no one has got to see it with 2 wheels yet.

hope you enjoy........   theres a lot more to come with the all aluminum body and finishing up the bars and custom made banana seat out of aluminum I have been building during lunch at work.

there it is in a roller state with the Mavic Crossmax Lefty wheels

If you didn't notice I shave my beard to me more aero!