Wanted to say thanks again to you and my instructors at UBI – Ron And Gary. Attached is my fifth frame from my workshop here in Israel – first MTB 29ER. Thanks for great instruction and a great time.
It’s been a long drawn out process, but my steel TIG welded 29er is finally complete! Lots of goodies, including a slick paint job courtesy of Vicious Cycles!
After waiting for paint and parts, and a brief month of recuperation after a nasty rear tire blow out on my road bike (lots of brand new skin and a hefty copay on an ambulance ride), my 29er is finally together. Paint is by Spectrum Powderworks. The class was incredible and I’ll definitely be back.
It has been a pretty slow process, but I am finally finished. The painting was done by Richard Schwinn, a scion of the family, who makes Waterford bicycles in the old Schwinn Paramount factory (I’m told) near Milwaukee. It cost about $500 and took about 6 weeks. I had spent about 8 or 10 hours filing and sanding and Ron was definitely right in that it is easier to fix a bump than a hole. But Gary’s words also proved useful — it is, after all, just a bicycle. But, what a sweet ride.
Well, it only took me 14-1/2 months to get it done, but with a little help from: the fine folks at UBI, Mr. Jim Kish, the Feds (i.e. my economic stimulus check), Dave & Jeremy @ TiCycles (check that satin finish!), and Sean @ Vertigo Cycles (thanks for the BB re-prep), she’s ready to roll.
The stats: 29er singlespeed mtn bike, Paragon sliding drops, RS Reba 80mm front fork, Chris King headset, WTB SS hubs laced to Salsa Race Disc rims with Wheelsmith stainless butted spokes. Gearing is 32-22 (Surly cogs front & back). Frame weight = 3.7 lbs, bike weight = 24.9 lbs. Super fun to ride – light, flickable, stiff, rolls fast. My first SS & first 29er.
“I am from the fall 2003 TIG class (Kish inst.). Here is my Columbus/True-Temper Twenty-Niner. I think I was the first UBI student to attempt one. It was a success for the most part. The geometry of the bike was hard to pull off, because I did not like the production 29ers out there; so I had Kish help me a lot on what would be the “happy medium” for this particular bike. I had a great time making it and would love to take the Ti class in the future. Thanks again for the great program and thanks to Jim Kish for all of his time spent with me. He has the patience of Jesus…Or at least I need to buy him a drink(s).”