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Archive for April, 2011

Door open Thursday

There was a steady rain and a nice 60 degree temp today after I got home from work. Perfect for working with the shop door open.

I got the chainstays on this road frame mitered, dimpled and ready to attach. The braze ons are going on the main tubes, and then it’s tack and roll. Tack the tubes together, that is, and then pull it out of the fixture, check alignment and start brazing joints. That will happen tomorrow, but for now you get some mediocre phone pics. I will try to have some good quality dslr pics tomorrow as well.

Life chainstays with the short taper. They look cool, and are plenty stiff.

Here’s one suffereing the wrath of “The Subjugator”

The aftermath of wrath.

Here it sits. It’s gonna be a screamer.


New blood

That’s what’s going down here, new shop equipment. First, there’s a Gasfluxer.

This bad boy is supposed to be a game changer. It introduces liquid flux into the fuel line of your torch. Flux is the stuff that goes on before you braze, and acts as a cleaner and flow agent for your filler. No flux, no braze. Most guys use this in addition to paste flux applied pre-heat, but if you’re Tom Ritchey this is all you need.

This particular unit was previously gathering dust out in Colorado at Anvil Bike Works. Don figured I needed all the help I can get I guess.

Next up is something I’ve been wanting for a while. It’s a Standard No2 horizontal mill. Craigslist was very good to me, I got it for a couple hundred bucks. Loaded in my roommate’s truck with a forklift, and now it sits in the driveway waiting for 4 or 5 guys to come over from the bike shop to help me get it out of the truck. It’s a heavy mofo.

220 single phase, the motor is switchable to 110, and it’s got a multi-speed gearbox with reverse. It needs some cleaning up, but hopefully I’ll get it into service pretty soon.

I’ve got a bilaminate road frame going, but I’ve been too preoccupied to get any good pictures. I’ll try to rectify that this weekend.

Seeya soon.


back to your regularly scheduled frame build

I’ve started a road frame. OX Platinum main tubes, Columbus Life chainstays, ovalized seat tube and Black Cat dropouts for single speed use.

That’s it, I hope to have another update soon.