Fillet brazed steel bikes, handcrafted in Oklahoma.

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.


One response

  1. Nathan

    Cool. A flux capacitor.

    April 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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