bike projects
En Fuego - La original
This is the bike that started it all.  The journey of creating a bike that makes a great commuter and can also be ridden over mountain passes and on spirited weekend rides inspired us to recreate this kind of bike for all at an affordable price.  Follow the story below...
It started out as a Craigslist find, a late 80's/early 90's Specialized Street Stomper, complete bike.  It is a full Cro-Moly steel frame and fork.  At the time I was just looking for a sturdy commuter I could tinker with but didn't realize what I had stumbled upon - a steel frame with essentially road geometry, canti mounts, capacity for wide tires (up to 47-50 mm slicks or 2.1 inch knobbies), two eyelets on the rear dropouts and drilled holes for fender mounts.  
I had the frame powder coated by The Bicycle Shack in Arvada, CO.  I have taken another frame to them and have been impressed by their work.  Went with seafoam green for this one. 
Stripped, painted, polished and ready to be assembled
Here is the complete bike of the first iteration: 
- Blackburn Orogen Saddle
- Continental Traffic Tires 1.9 inch
- Sugino VP Triple Cranks
- 7 speed freewheel (14-28 I think)
- Forte 8 speed derailleur (replacement) with original bar shifter
- Original front derailleur
- Dia Compe Cantilever brakes
- Planet Bike Cascadia 60 mm MTB 26 inch fenders
- Planet Bike Eco Rack 
- Ortlieb pannier
- Original loose bearing bottom bracket
- Original wheels
- Butterfly handlebars with homemade cork bar end plugs
- Original loose bearing 1 inch headset
In summer 2015 I decided to ride the Colorado Trail.  I didn't own a mountain bike so I figured a little reconfiguring of my commuter would do the trick.  Changed to a 1x7 with a 26T chainring and 14-28 freewheel.  I added linear pull brakes for more stopping power and a front suspension fork.  We had planned to do the entire trail and budgeted 11 days (a tad ambitious we later realized).  We made it 100 miles over 4 days with a lot of type 2 fun and then called it since we were way behind schedule and our equipment was starting to fail pretty bad.  The bike actually performed fairly well considering the uncomparable ruggedness of the trail, but was beyond heavy.  By the last day no amount of wrench torque could keep my headset from shaking loose.  We learned a lot that trip, and can't wait to give it another try. 
The butterfly bars were fun and good for short commutes, but I couldn't stay away from drops for long.  After I got back from the trail, it was time for a makeover.  I found some cool old used randonneur bars with a slight flare upwards of the top bar.  Added shimano durace 9 speed bar end shifters.  I also built a new wheelset - sun ringle EQ 21 laced to DT Swiss 350 hubs with DT comp spokes, with a 9 speed 12-27 cassette (Have to spread the 126mm drop outs a little to make it fit).  These wheels have been bullet proof.  Schwalbe marathon plus 26 inch x 47 mm tires.  Cane Creek brake levers paired to Tektro CR720 cantilever brakes.  Velo Orange Hunter Pass Cantilever mount randonneur rack with Velo Orange randonneur bag (looks like they no longer make this). 
I made a custom mount for my Cygolite 700 headlight using part of the handlebar mount bracket.  It is USB rechargeable, along with the taillight.  It has great output, but after using this setup for several years now, I am ready for integrated lighting with a dynamo hub...  
As above, after the trail the headset just wasn't the same and I wanted to have more flexibilty for modification than quil stems can offer, so I decided to convert to a threadless fork and headset.  I went with a Sunlite 26 inch steel fork, Origin 8 Pro Threadless 1 inch headset, Salsa Guide stem 7 degree 70 mm (now running a Ritchey WCS 90 mm because the Brooks B-19 saddle rails don't allow for as much fore/aft adjustment) and Salsa Cowbell 3 bars (provide a shallow drop with a slight flare outwards).  I also switched the brake levers to SRAM S-500 levers - I think these are more comfortable than Shimano or Cane Creek. 
This is basically the current form.  I swapped out the triple chainring for a double Shimano Ultegra compact (50-34) which was still way more gears than I needed so simplified down to a 1x9 with the SRAM s350 42T crank with an 11-34 9 speed cassette.  This gearing combination is pretty perfect for me, allows plenty of gearing on the low end for steep climbs and can still keep a smooth cadence at 30 mph on the flat.  Pedal of choice is the Shimano XT M8000.  I'm converting all my bikes to these so I can wear the same shoes no matter what bike (Giro Privateer high volume - the extra space is crucial for thick wool socks/double socks in the winter, comfy to ride and walk in with recessed spd cleat).  It took a bit of tinkering to get the chainline just right so I didn't have rubbing on my rear derailleur cage when shifted all the way to my largest cog.  I first tried just putting the chainring on the inside position of the crank spider but that moved it too far left and created problems shifting to the smallest cog.  The final solution was swapping out the factory SRAM ring with an All-City ring (they have a thinner mounting area at the chain bolts) and mounting on the inside position and adding a 2 mm BB spacer on the drive side.  This still preserves the Q-factor  to my liking.  The advantage of the SRAM ring was it had narrow-wide teeth, and while it felt too grippy, it definitely held the chain.  With my current setup, I have a fair amount of chain drop.  I could add a chain catcher, but don't want to for aesthetic reasons...I might work with the chainline a little more using the SRAM ring and see if I can get it right without throwing off the Q-factor too much.  As long as I don't hit big bumps at speed, there are no issues.  I have since updated the saddle to a B-19 standard, which has been amazing.  Bar wrap is the Performance brand Grip-Tec 2, which I have been really impressed with, just the right amount of tack and cushion.  I also have removed the rear rack and only put it on when I know I will be carrying a large load, and instead rely on my rando bag for any cargo needs.  Taking away the weight of the steel rear rack has made a bigger difference than I anticipated.  This will basically be the model of our own do-it-all bike we are starting to build and sell, more to come on that!