Still coming together but it looks like I will be there. Was great to have it in San Jose but I think it's pretty cool they can move around a bit. Portland builders have quite a scene happening to it makes sense to move up there this year. Looking forward to seeing some good friends and some fine bikes!
Well, I guess I'm not going after all. Turns out this weekend is The 33rd Annual Pacific Northwest Sportsmen’s Show. How could I pass that up? Hand made bikes are cool, but this has a casting pond!
The largest show of its kind in the Northwest, this year’s show promises to thrill outdoor enthusiasts from every standpoint.
Offering staples that include casting ponds, a free kids’ trout pond, seminar theaters and camp cooking, the 2008 Sportsmen’s Show will again be the leader in bringing you the one of a kind displays.
If they are displaying it a show that is open to the public, they're not trying too hard to keep it a secret. I suppose they might be worried about international rip offs if pics get on the web but that's always a risk.
Here's a little preview from cyclingnews with a profile of Tony P, cool guy doing great work in Portland:
I can't afford to take time off for the full class, but I am doing a weekend TIG welding seminar. It's a 2 day class they offer between the brazing and welding courses. It's about 50/50 classroom/lab and they focus all on the welding aspect, not frame geometry or design.
Cutting, fitting, and welding cromo and steel. They do cover a little bit of aluminum setup and talk about Ti, but they said they focus on steel and form. The same basic technique applies with minor setup mods for different metals.
I know a few people that have gone to the school and it's supposed to be as good as it gets.
I will go through my pictures tonight and post up any that might be worth it.
I have to say, there were some awesome bikes there, but getting pictures was a huge pain in the ass. Every time I tried to get a shot, some obnoxious hipster stepped in the way. I wanted to start clubbing people, but I refrained.
What I found funny was the announcement "Everyone who locked their bike to the handrail must move it or the lock will be cut." They announced this about every 15 minutes because as soon as everyone moved, a new batch would show up.
I would think a sign on the handrail would have been more effective.
My personal favorite, Titanium 29er from Black Sheep Fab that was just good looking:
BME's version of the squirrel catcher:
Cool pinstripe at the Spectrum Powder booth:
Th original squirrel catcher:
This ride from Cloud Nine was just elegant:
A $10k ride for my daughter:
Cool web gusset work (ala West Coast Chopper CFL frame)
I hope RM got better pics because I am not a photo dude. But I did talk to a few cool people and saw some very slick rides. I got very tired of fixies, seems that's the staple for the show. Followed by the SS 29er, of course.