I participate in a number of online bike forums- one of which is the Velocipede Salon. In addition to several discussion forums I activly participate in the frame buildeers discussion sections and a weekly picture update section called “Friday Night Lights“. There is a relatively new section called Smoked Out- a section where different builders open up with a brief into post and welcome questions from for
Ooooh- a big box lands! Peeling back the wrapping: Keith knocked the paint out of the park on this one- notice the shifter reflected in both the paint AND the chrome: Ralph has been collecting a great user group of Record and Super Record parts. He had been looking for a classic frame to hang them on, but was having trouble tracking down just the right size and condition when he saw one of my bikes in a shop. Ralph w
Saturday I mentioned working on the front ends. Lots of work, but they came together- Prepping: Brazing: The onto stays! One down, 17 to go… Drop outs- so many scallops Nine front ends with chain stays and drop outs: I’m taking a little break to work on some tooling and to build up Ralph’s bike (photos to follow), then its off to the races finishing up the seat stays, braze ons and finish work. Than
A few quick notes before heading back to the trenches- I had an exciting fork extravaganza. So many drop outs… The closer these are from the torch, the better and faster the process. Even in batches, each step is done one at a time by hand. Fork load! I spent yesterday prepping all of the lugs and shells and beginning the miters. All of the 90* jobs (20 of them) were done in a big push. From here I’ll mit
Its going to be a bust couple of weeks! Another big order to keep my hands full. Big pushes like this are a great chance to flex the muscles, work on batch efficiency and really push the fabrication experience. I’ll try to get some fun build shots up. If there are any requests please let me know!
I just wrapped up the first round of Beloved bikes- three models headed to Mellow Johnny’s as floor models/ dealer samples. Small batch mitering of the chain stays- Laying out the materials for fork day- De-fluxed fork crown- Canti boss (raw and ready to roll)- Three models(a mixte, a single speed porteur and an 8 speed internal) A couple of weeks ago pro photographer Daniel Sharp came down to shoot some photos