Fillet brazed steel bikes, handcrafted in Oklahoma.

Shit shit shit shit shit shit shit!

That was pretty much the scene this afternoon when I had the top tube all mitered to perfection and then drilled the holes for the little brass tube that the cable slides through. The problem was that the tubing was supposed to be .5mm thick and it’s nowhere close. it’s more like .15mm which means the shit kinks when you breathe on it.

So you drill holes in the tubeIMG_8556like that. You start out with a hole, and you elongate it with a file. The idea being the brass tube exits at an angle, which means the brass tube has to bend a bit to exit on the same line as it enters. Remember what I said about that brass being really thin? You smell where this is going, don’t you?

IMG_8559I thought you might. Just in case you didn’t though, here’s a pic. No cable is going to slide through that. So now I have two choices

1. try to find some suitable tubing and salvage the project

2. say fuck it and get a new top tube and some cable stops

The problem with a new tt is that I don’t have one. I have to order it, and the shipping will be just as much as the tube. Plus, it’ll be sitting there until the middle of next week, and I’m on a schedule here.  I guess I’ll see what the hardware stores have this weekend.


4 responses

  1. Couple of ideas…

    1) Can you do the internal routing straight from one end to the other? for ex: Start on the right and end on the left?

    2) There is narrow brass tubing at ACE near my house, but it is only 12″ long.

    3) Are you sure cable can’t route through that? Or maybe you can slide a goretex sleeve inside to give the cable something smoother to ride along?

    August 14, 2009 at 3:31 pm

  2. Brian

    Whose frame is this for? MTB or road?

    August 14, 2009 at 7:04 pm

  3. edozbicycles

    1) I have already drilled the top tube, so changing the exit location is not an option. Plus, running it straight through puts the cables where I don’t want them;)

    2) I’m gonna hit a few places tomorrow in search of something suitable.

    3) Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Sure, no one will ever see it once it’s brazed in, but I’ll know it’s there.

    Brain, it’s a mtn frame for a local guy named Perry.

    August 14, 2009 at 8:53 pm

  4. gino77

    This company may be of some use. They do custom work as well.
    Brass Work

    January 3, 2011 at 11:14 pm

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