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FrameBuilding Class Pictures Pg. 2
All pictured below!
What really happened this week?
Who do I think really won this week!
This is really a long answer, but please read it. I am not one ever to follow the crowd or be PC. Sorry, that's just the way I am. You can see this in the bicycles we build, the motorcycles we build, the way we still make USA products and even the way I dress and look.
For 20 years I have been asked to do classes. I always said no because I wasn't sure how it would end up. Not in my wildest dreams (I have some really WILD ones) would I have ever imagined what really happened this week.
2 from CA, 1 from WI, 1, from MD and 1 from FL (by way of SD). None had alot in common in occupations. Not one had the same style bike they were building. Man O' Man were they ever different.
1. One wanted a super light dirt/frame that would still hold up to park use.
2. The next was a light race frame that would hold up to trail use.
3. Next was a 24" cruiser with a short rear and a longer front.
4. Then, there was a 26" that could be used for SS MTB use and be well suited for BMX racing.
5. Last, but not least, was a 700 c cyclocross frame set up for fixed wheel use always since he also is a bike messenger.
Then, to top it off they all had these ideas on how they wanted it to look.
So, the first class we have there is all the above. Will they get along? Get along! That is the biggest under statement I have seen in a long time. We had a blast. Everyone helping each other. Going out to eat together. Man, the stories and the laughter was better than any summer camp I went to when I was younger (I still remember when I was younger!). We have several GREAT local restaurants we went out together in the evening and man was it great. Every night they had to stay open past closing because of the great time we were having. All the restaurant staffs were great. So, my first problem NEVER showed up which totally amazed me.
Next, how would this effect business and my employees was another concern. Kim (my wife) did an unbelievable job on phone calls, local business and helping out with the class. Ryan, Ann and Chad (my son on crutches, that's another story for another day) helped out with the class and also really enjoyed the time spent with the class.
So, this week because of these great people above did make it work.
Who also won?
Cycling! We now have 5 more people that can explain the differences in bikes. I think it is a shame how the cycling public have let the industry go out of the USA. Yep, the factories and employees didn't want to close down, but the majority of the public really don't care where their products they buy are made or how these people that now make these products live. We are a family small business! We make all our frames and finish in-house!
Now we have 5 that have experienced the PWBTOS syndrome. I have had it since the first bicycle chopper fork I hammered on in 1967. What is PWBTOS? Wow, 10 years ago and earlier at Interbike (bicycle trade show) there were awards for being this kind of person. Nope, I am not going to be PC here so if you are under 18 please scroll past this. PWBTOS, People Who Build Their Own Shit! These 5 are now in this rare group nowadays!
Look again at the picture this week. A LOT of smiles, wasn't there? The pride of learning and building you certainly can see. At the closing dinner last night all commented on how tired they were. They said it was hard to sleep at night because of all the ideas about the frame they were building kept coming and coming and they were excited to get back to work. They all commented on how during the day they never looked at the clock. They said the next thing they knew it was mid to late afternoon and forgot about breaks or lunch. When was the last time you had that passion or even a feeling like that? These all did!!
Everyone at the end was making sure they had phone #'s, addresses, cell #'s and e-mail address so they could keep in touch. Many friendships were made here.
So who really won the most?
The real overall winner was me!!
Yep, I couldn't sleep either, I didn't watch the clock also and was very tired all week. I was just as excited seeing these people totally enjoying their day. Why was I the winner? To see 5 people from all walks get together and be a PWBTOS! They all worked very hard, had fun, had many ideas which made me totally enjoy the week!! Their passion was so contagious I came in to work in the shop on Saturday to work on some new designs. I came away with a feeling of pride that there are some who really care where their products are made. I came away knowing how many who read this feel this way also. The web hits and e-mails were awesome with the comments on how much they enjoyed following along their progress during the week. Yep, many still do care. Man, that got me motivated also. So, you see I came away this week with many things also. Most of all, 5 new friends! Thanks for the FUN week guys!
Isn't that what 'Made In The USA' means?
Lightest Dirt/Street I've ever seen! 4.8lbs.
Tapered top tube and very solid design work.
Full Custom Dirt/Race 4.6lbs
Trick seatstay junction with built in seat clamp under stays.
everyone signed and wrote on the frame before the trans. red powder was applied
Offset seat post.
26" single speed/cruiser 4.5lb!!
Check out the rear end
Look at how the toptube tapers to the seat tube and this taper follows down to the dropouts.
Hand ground drop outs
Oval tubes flow great together
Short rear, great detail!!
700c Cyclocross Single Speed
Tig and fillet brazed
Fillet brazing, don't you love it?
Fillet brazed drops.