I just wrote a follow up post to to some of these photos. In it I describe some of the non-bike happenings around a frame shop: Around the shop.
It's been a bit since I've blogged, so in addition to the above I thought I'd play a little catch up and describe the recent fork I've been working on.
K's fork- sculptural brazing describes some of the steps I took to dimensionally match his older crash damaged unicrown.
"Painted up the results were just as I wanted- seamless transitions with no hint of the process. It is as it should be- unnoticeable."
When I do any sort of video my two primary goals are to stay articulate and not come off like a total ass. I think I pulled that off.
Steven Shand and I spoke about European and US frame building at Bespoked:
Anecdote of the day:
-A very happy customer took a test ride on her new bike. She's quite tall and had never had a bike fit. From the moment she slung her leg over it was all smiles and giggles. She hit the electric shifting- more smiles and giggles. On the way home she let an even taller friend hop on for a test ride. Smiles and giggles. A few days later I heard from her husband that the effect had not yet worn off.
While pursuing the magazine stand at the local grocery I picked up the July issue of Road Bike Action. To my pleasant surprise this issue has a feature on NAHBS. To my even more pleasant surprise I found a photo of my work and the delightful remark:
"Eric Estlund, the owner/operator of Winter Bicycles, obviously understands what the purest definition of beauty is."
Thanks to Zap and the RBA folks. Check it out on a newsstand near you.
(not their photo, but the same bike. This photo by David Rangel.)
Oops- double post
In response to Luke's question- internal routing is fairly straight forward. Poke a hole and feed a line. Like anything, the devil is in the details.
Last edited by Eric Estlund; 06-30-2012 at 05:01 PM.
Last week I met up with my friend Anthony Bareno of Velo Cult (formerly of San Diego, now up in Portland). Anthony was kind enough to shoot a bike for me:
Anthony took a series of photos for a new summer rig I dubbed the "Thin Iggy"- a sloping top tube frame made with modern alloys in classic diameters. I built this up as a summer all-arounder for the types of riding I normally find myself in. It will clear 25's and fenders, currently wears 28 Nomads, and if I really want some cush will take the 35mm Resist Nomads (32mm actual). It has Force mechanicals, Tektro stoppers and Cook Brothers "compact" cranks. The powder was a collaboration with my friend Bob over at Custom Powderworks in prep for some other projects i have cooking.
Prolly and CycleExif were kind enough to pick it up, and you can see the full photo set over in my web gallery.
Bring it in dirty! I like photos of real bikes, too.
The next move...
I have been at my current location for just over a year. Originally I set up here as a temporary location, but had trouble finding things closer to home. It's been good, but I've been wanting to have my own place, and preferably one that was a little bit closer to home (and less at the whim of the outside weather).
Well, looks like I found all of those things.
The new space is HUGE, and the unfinished concrete box I've always wanted. Playing to my hermit-like tendencies there is one other tenant in the 8,000(+) sqft building. The above photo only shows about half the space- I couldn't back up enough to get it all in frame.
There are a few working updates I need to make, but the hope is to start trucking over stuff in the next few weeks. I'll post updates as I get there!
Still thick, but not as thick. I do have my own roll up door now- good trade!
Did we do the big gesticulating thing in the small apartment? If you are ever in this neck of the woods give me a shout!
Good words- several pages of Winter coverage in the current Rouleur. Thanks to Ian and Andy for the fun visit- I'm glad they enjoyed themselves and found it useful. I've really enjoyed my across-the-pond developing friendships from the past year or so.
They had some nice things to say, which is always very much appreciated. I hope to bump into them again this year in Bristol. Check them out.