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Archive for July, 2010


This piece has been a long time coming. Seatstays are by far the most time consuming and frustrating part of a frame for me. Trial and error, file/check/file to get one right. Then you’ve got to make the other one match. I’ve been planning a fixture to cut them on the lathe for a while now, and it’s finally done.

This is a 1″ thick chunk of steel plate, with 2 pieces of 1/4″ flatbar and some aluminum hex stock.

The hex stock was drilled out to 5/8″, which is the diameter of the stays I’m using. I’ll eventually need to make cradles for each size of tube I’ll use. The stays are neatly held by the cradles,

and then clamped down by the flatbar retainers.

The 3/8″ roundbar on the back side is welded on with the same spacing as the wedge on my toolpost.

It slides on and clamps just like the tool holders that are made to fit the post.

I haven’t tried it out yet, but I think it’s gonna be a huge accelerator.  That’s it for now, and I’ll leave you with another Smoked Out entry. This time it’s Nick Crumpton, of Crumpton Cycles in Austin Tx. Nick does badass carbon fiber frames, made to order.



The Rockabilly Goat is done and ready for some paint. Black Cat swinging dropouts, Dedacciai Zero Due main tubes and chainstays, and 4130 seatstay wishbone. I like doing those wishbones.I will probably be starting a road bike next, but I may take a few days off to work on tooling.

Almost ready

This one is almost ready to go. It needs braze ons and a tad bit of finish work, then it goes off to be painted.

The crappy cell phone pic will have to suffice.

Peacock Groove in Smoked Out

I’ve had a lot of work getting done, but my camera is done as well. I’m hoping to get a replacement soon, otherwise I may have to break out my old Nikon F and buy some film. That’s why there aren’t any pictures of my stuff for this update. I’ll leave you with another builder’s story, Erik Noren of Peacock Groove. He’s an interesting guy, to say the least. I was initially turned off by his work, but he seems to be a solid dude and his writeup made me dig for more of his stuff. I did indeed find some pretty cool bikes with his name on them. I lean towards his more mellow designs, but if you want a bike that reminds you of a glitzy, Las Vegas Elvis impersonator, that’s what he’s more known for. There is nothing wrong with that, btw. He builds what he likes and I respect that a lot.  Honestly, the more he posts in the forum, the more I like him. The dude has heart.

Spectrum Cycles in Smoked Out

Tom Kellogg and his partner Jeff are an old team. They’ve been around for a long time, building great bike, odd stuff like track tandems  and Tom doing design and consulting for outfits like Merlin. Good clean work from guys who’ve been around since the 70’s.

Check them out:

Big Surprise….

Another 29er single speed.

Fresh from brazing. It’s soaking at the moment, and the rear end will start tomorrow maybe.

As promised…

I said there’d be pics soon, and here they are. This is the finished ECTO #2 frame.  ECTO is actually ISM racing, which is a race team in the DC area sponsored by Herb’s boss and Edoz bicycles. Well, not so much sponsored by me, but I’m building bikes for a few team members so my logo was put on the jerseys. Anyway, here’s the pics.

Another pair of those sweet Black Cat swinging dropouts. I love those things. I didn’t at first, you know. When I first saw them I thought “meh” and intended to use Paragon sliders for my current mtb. Brian wanted the Black Cats, so I found Todd’s blog and saw more bikes he’d built with the dropouts and they grew on me. I changed my mind and ordered 2 sets. I’ve built 6 or 7 frames with these, and intend to build more. They look cool, and they work even better. Cleo’s frame should be going to paint soon (finally) and I’ll post pics of it when it’s back. I think it’s gonna look very cool. More soon.