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Archive for November, 2010

More Monster Cross

I’m getting real close to finishing this thing up, all that’s left is some finish work on the rear end and the cable stops. Right now it’s drying out after soaking, and then I spend some quality time with a set of files and a roll of 80 grit.

Here’s one from filing the front end a couple of days ago. Next is one from right after I brazed the chainstays on.

The flux is still on it, that’s what the weird brown/tan/white ish splotches are.  That stuff cools hard as glass, but it soaks off in hot water. Those fillets laid down pretty smooth, so they won’t require a whole lot of elbow grease to finish out.

There it sits, dripping on the floor in front of the fan. It’s got clearance for a 1.9″ rear tire in there:) I’m thinking a set of Nanoraptors will work great with this bike. I’m still waiting on the front derailleur and mount, I’ve decided to try one of the new Shimano direct mount setups. It’ll get me a bit more tire clearance in the front derailleur area, and if it becomes a standard I guess it’d be good to try it out now. Maybe make a fixture for it, too. That’s it for today, I’ll be posting more pics when I get the rer and cleaned up and put the little stuff on.


Smoked Out love

I’ve been a little slack recently about linking the SO threads. There are a three new ones that I will post up today. Some of these guys, you know. Some you don’t, some are established and some are new. Some guys will be/are in business, some aren’t and won’t be. What all these builders have in common is that they all threw together their interest in bicycles and their desire to make. The willingness to put sweat and blood into something, and then share it with the world is what all these guys have in common. I’ll link 3 threads, but first I’ll leave you with a movie quote that has relevancy here.

“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little, yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talents, new creations. The new needs friends. Last night, I experienced something new; an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking, is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook”. But I realize — only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

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Rained out

I was all set to actually ride a bike today, but bad weather was moving in and I decided to get some work done and some pictures taken. The quite extensive internal cable routing I had planned was scrapped, partially due to weight (over 3/4 lbs of tubing would go inside the frame) and partially due to my uncertainty of the execution details. I’ll save it for a future project, cause it’s an idea I really like, but I need to have it planned out better.

Yesterday I brazed up the front triangle and soaked off the flux. Today, I started the finish work on the fillets.

The bb turned out good, which is convenient because it’s the hardest joint to smooth out.

The head tube joints turned out a little lumpier than I like, but they’ll file out fine.

That’s the start of the seat cluster, the hole above the top tube is for a small piece of stainless tubing to go through the seat mast. That’s where the brake cable will pass through on it’s way down to the rear brake.

These are my seatstays. Two piece, with a hand carved joint in the middle, then hand bent. I need to come up with a catchier name for them.

Anyway, that’s it for today. See you again soon.

Monster cross!








I guess that’s the closest term that describes this frame. A cross frame with clearance for 1.9″ tires. It’s my first shot at an integrated seatpost too, and it might end up with some internal brake cable routing. I’m still on the fence about that.
Here are some pics.

Saturday teaser

I’m waiting for some lunch to cook, so I figured I’d hit you with a taste of the groove I’m puttin down this weekend.

More later.

Mid week filler

Hey, I’m not taking too many pics right now, I’m mainly working on a redesign of my frame fixture. I’ll get some progress shots in a few days, but I thought I’d leave you with another Smoked Out link. Andy Stewart has been around for a while, working in a few small shops here and there for many years. He’s got some interesting work, and a good story. The dude is really helpful, too. Check him out