Saturday, May 21, 2011

Latest back from paint

I received 2 bikes back from my painter Jack at  He does some pretty awesome work.  The details on the cow bike make it pretty hilarious.  I did stainless rings on the head tube I got from Walt.  The weight is 4.4lbs which is not bad for a 29er with a 44mm head tube and sliders.  The all white bike is a standard 26" for a 5'4" female.  It weighs in at 3.6lbs.

Friday, March 11, 2011

More snow....really?!?!

March 11 and we wake up to more snow.  At least we don't have to worry about a tsunami.  I sincerely hope there is not the kind of devastation we saw in southeast Asia last time the world dealt with this kind of tragedy.  OK, on to more positive things.  I cobbled together a frame for myself.  Most of the tubing used was "leftovers" or stuff that had been damaged.  It is nice being so short in this regard.  I can often use tubes someone has cut too short, have been dropped on the end and crimped, head tubes drops(I only need 85mm ;-)  As usual lately, I did not have my camera with me so you get pictures taken from my high quality iPhone camera.  These are only slightly better than if I actually drew them with crayons on construction paper.....but I think you will get the idea ;-)  In general, I do not bring the stays in below the top tube, but one of these stays were really short.  The seat tube is externally butted so it is likely a non-issue anyway.  The chain stay bridge is just a chunk of the good(longer) seat stay.  I actually wish I had more of this material for road chain stay bridges because I like the way it came out.    

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Crown Race Setter

I would almost always rather make my own stuff than buy it.....especially if it is simple to make.  I was in the shop tonight and needed a crown race setter.  I think I have about 90 minutes(and 10 bucks in materials) in making this. Crappy pictures....blame the iPhone!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Just took 2 new frames, a frame repair involving a seat tube replacement, seat stay replacement, and new slider drops, and 2 new forks to Franklin for paint.  Should have a couple back this weekend and will post up the pictures.  While Jack is an awesome frame builder himself(has been at it for 30+ years), he also excels at painting.  For anyone out there that needs/wants to outsource their paint work, Jack does a fantastic job.  While it is not known to the public, he has painted SEVERAL well known builders bikes that have won awards at some of the largest bike shows in the country.  There is a huge advantage to having a builder paint your frames.  He has an eye for the work, and can spot any defects and can/will correct them(for a fee of course).  It is a nice one stop shop for frame prep as well.  He can align, chase and face, and so on.  This is something most paint shops CAN NOT do.  If you contact him, tell him I sent you.   

Sunday, February 13, 2011

road frame, busy!!!

I said at the beginning of the year I was going to try to be a bit more diligent posting pictures and work progress.  Thus far I have been a failure in that regard.  I suppose the only consolation is that it is better to be in the shop building stuff than taking pictures and posting on blogspot ;-)  That being said, when I went to the shop tonight I dragged the camera along and took some shots of the latest road frame. 

Monday, January 10, 2011


I have a couple forks in the queue and decided to get busy on making them happen today.  The forks are to be similar to the classic Fat City segmented forks from years gone by.  Since I had no reasonable way to hold the really short struts I needed to make something.  I looked around at the way some other people have done it and decided to take the most simple approach.  2 hours of milling and drilling later, I had a tubing block that would work perfectly in my Palmgren cradle vise.  The fork legs/blades can easily be mitered in the Anvil main tube mitering fixture.  I got the tubing block done, struts cut, and fork legs mitered for the Paragon hooded drops.
It is cold in the shop this time of year so that is as far as I got.  I will stop in and tack it all together tomorrow.  It will be REALLY hard to stay in the shop because Hop Slam comes out tomorrow.  It never lasts long and for very good reason.  If you have not tried Hop Slam, you are missing out!

Simple without having to reinvent the wheel.

Plenty of room with 1.56" between the miters.

Counter sinking the crews would make it look cleaner.

Resulting miter.

Mitering one of the fork legs in the Anvil main tube fixture.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

So Cold!

I spent the last couple of days in the shop mainly just tinkering with new parts that have arrived, considering how to make a butt length tool(still not entirely sure I need one but whatever), and making large chunks of stainless steel into smaller chunks of stainless steel that are usable on bicycles.  I have 2 bikes in the works that are going to have seat masts and need seat tube sleeves, and since I already have tubing for 44mm headsets(thanks Walt) I felt the need to make some stainless rings to dress it up.  The 29er that is getting the 44mm heat tube is utilizing stainless Paragon sliders that I am going to polish, so I thought a bit of polished stainless up front might add to the aesthetic also. 
We have a scrap/recycle yard here in Columbus, OH that gets a lot of stainless in.  They take the good stuff and stack it on large racks up front, and toss the rest in the ENORMOUS pile in the back to be recycled.  I needed 1.25 to make the seat tube sleeves(seat tipper ID = 30.25 and seat tube OD = 28.6) and some 2.0 to make the rings(ID = 46.2 and OD = 50.0).  Online Metals has the 2" for 60/ft and the 1.25 for 16/ft.  I got roughly 3' of each from the yard for 10 bucks.  It pays to be resourceful.  The shop is so cold.  No heat except for a small electric heater.  It does just enough to take the edge off.  When I got there today it was 19 degrees.  OUCH!

30.25 / 25.4 = 1.190

28.6 seat tube sleeve for top of mast.

Positive rake!  DWF is the man!

44mm heat tube ring.