Friday, November 21, 2008

Sleeping with the Enemy...

Well OK, not quite there yet. Maybe someday I can hope to be.

Our esteemed friend Mark (MMcG) dropped off his new Wojcik Monkey Butt for me to do the finishing touches on the build.

The thing I like about tig'ed steel is the clean unassuming welds and lines of the bike. The MB doesn't dissapoint.

I'm not a huge fan of the "do-all/slider/ebb" bikes that are the trend in 29ers these days (especially steel, but maybe I'll rant on a later post) but the sliders on these look pretty solid and minimal.
It should be done tonight Mark. Enjoy it.

On the Stew front, I haven't really had a chance to practice much this week. Family, house work, a shit load of leaves in my yard and just plain being tired by the time kids go to bed made it kind of hard this week. Hopefully I can get in a bit this week end and play around more this upcoming week.

I got some scrap tubes from a builder so I can play around with that too.

I was also able to sell the Cross Check I had for sale. Right now the money is being used for Christmas present cash for the kids but I was promised I'll get it back for tooling as I need

The SuperCaliber frame is still for sale too, so if you know anyone who rides an XL and wants to try the joys of a 29er FS, let me know. No real price has been set yet. Here's a pic:
Now go out and ride your bike.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Ground is positive!!!!

Well the other day I finally got the welder up and running, but I couldn't figure out why I was burning through tungsten and not gettng an arc. Finally realized (Thanks to Wade) that I mixed up my pos and neg and after that, works like a charm. Last few night I've just been sitting practicing running beads for about 45 minutes playing around with setting's and stuff. I need to hit up Logan Steel tomorrow to get some more scrap. Plus I need to find a muffler shop who might have some scrap tubing so I can practice curves and joints. That's what we practiced on the first couple of days at UBI.
Another plus is that my neighbor and I figured out how we can easily and relatively cheaply make some new blocks for my jig. Things are a bit crazy right now for the holidays and such, so hopefully after the first of the year, those will be done with the other mods I need to do it.
I'm going to check Logan Steel to see if they have any scrap 8020 laying around for the mods.
Also I found a couple of "test rats" who are willing to risk life and limb and ride the first few Steel Stews next spring. Hopefully I won't let them down.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Not much going on here....

I know I haven't posted in a couple days, but really, there's not much going on at the moment. I've been exhausted by the end of the day and not really energetic. Finally got around to cleaning up the garage a bit more so I just need to hook the welder up and I'm ready.
I also have two bike's I need to strip down. I'm selling my Cross Check frame/fork, White Bros. BW.8 fork and my Supecaliber frame to get some tooling money without running up the credit cards.
Let me know if you know anyone interested. The frames are a 62cm and an XL.