is evidently a bad thing to give me. Well, maybe not a bad thing, but it’s not something to tell me I have when you want something in a timely manner. Brent’s cross bike, specifically. He’s pretty much letting me go wild on it, and I’m sure he’ll be very pleased when it’s done. However, every time I get a new idea, or think I can refine an old one, it extends the process. I think this is going to be one of the issues I’m going to have to overcome. Richard Sachs made mention of this once, saying something like a builder can always strive for perfection, but has to know when it’s good enough to let go, even though it’s not perfect. Letting go is going to be the hardest thing for me to do with a frame. Sachs also said it doesn’t matter what happens to the frame after you’re done, or whether the customer ‘gets it” as long as you’ve done the best job you can on it.
The true test of whether or not I buy into his thinking will be the first time I see one of mine for sale on Craigslist, cast away, mistreated or god forbid, in the hands of some trendy punk who’s got it all hipster fixied out complete with 10″ flat bars, and color coordinated rims.
Anyway, more on that later. Maybe. Since I’m once again stalled on Brent’s frame waiting for material that I want to use but don’t actually have, I started on Perry’s 29er. It’s pretty straight forward, and there’s tons of things to do that aren’t subject to my artistic ADD.
two steps back it seems. Brian’s bike was looking good after it came back although it was the wrong color. They were cool about redoing it, so he built it up for a ride or two before he sent it back. He noticed this kink in the top tube when he was packing it up to go back.
There was also one on the down tube, although barely noticeable, it’s still no good. Basically it had to be fixed. Brian called Spectrum to tell them it’d be a few more days, and I called Henry James cycle supply for more tubes. I went a little thicker on the new top and down tubes, plus a little larger diameter on the top tube. He brought the frame up over the weekend, and the repair began.
First he bought some badass stripper, because brazing powdercoat sucks.
I guess this was kinda fun, even though I didn’t want to have to do it. I think Brian’s gonna make a lamp out of the old front end.
OK, so some friends and I are going to beautiful Durango in September for Single Speed Worlds. There also happens to be a handmade bike show at SSWC09 put on by Norse Cycles, a local Durango custom builder. Yours truly has snagged a spot, and Brian’s frame will be on display alongside the likes of Norse, Inglis/Retrotec and none other than Black Cat bicycles, supplier of those badass swinger dropouts I used on my last two 29ers. (and the next one)
The show is starting to get some press, too. I saw a thing about it on the DrunkCyclist blog. OMG, people from all over are gonna see my work 😮 At least I don’t have the added pressure of not having built the bike yet, giving me innumerable opportunities to second guess myself and redo stuff until I have to rush something to get it done. Check it out, and while you’re there check out Norse as well. The guy does some slick work.
I have to say, I dig it. I love the darts and the masked off seat tube sleeve. I love the little touches like the grey on the seat tube bottle bosses and the rings around the outside of the bb shell. They even trimmed the brazed on stainless chainstay protector in grey. I hate that the low spots on the head tube fillets show up though:( I didn’t realize how much the paint would accentuate those spots until it was too late for this frame and my cross bike. That shit won’t happen again, if I have to buy a can of primer and check it myself before I’m done.
That wouldn’t be my first choice for base color, but evidently it wasn’t Brian’s choice either. Brian isn’t too happy, he wanted an “industrial browny bronze” but got pastel yellow instead. They did hit the XTR Grey nail pretty squarely on the head, though.
Currently, he’s got an email in to Spectrum asking them for a redo. They were pretty easy to work with when he was discussing colors and artwork and all that stuff, now that they have his $425 we’ll see how their customer service is. (Note to self, always specify color codes when having a frame painted)
Thanks to my buddy Adam for whipping this up for me. I’m a big Judas Priest fan, so I love this logo.
Every once in a while I ride, too. Believe it or not.
Tiny saw blade and little bitty files. It’s a good thing those saw blades come in packs of 10 for a few bucks, because I broke 2 in about 4 minutes cutting those crown points.