Wednesday, November 7, 2012

New Frame Shop

Well it took a bit longer than I thought it would, but the new shop is almost complete. All the machines and tools are pretty much up and running - I just need to do a little bench reinforcement and add some more hooks and storage. Here is a pic of how things look. This is by far the best shop I have had. It rivals my third shop built in 1988. It is a far cry from the first shop, which was outside under a deck, from when I first started building frames back in high school. I haven't had a complete shop in just over 2 years. During that time I had just a temporary shop for basic maintenance and repairs. Now I need to get back to the CAD program and work up some new designs. I am thinking about a new hardtail mountain bike, possibly a 650B front end with a 26" rear wheel that would harken back to my original mountain bikes from the 1980's which all had 24" rear wheels with 26" front wheels. I also would like to build up a new road frame with PF-30 BB, and an over-sized integrated headtube. I think I will stick with S3 tubing as I love the feel of frames made with that tubeset.