Fillet brazed steel bikes, handcrafted in Oklahoma.

Archive for May, 2012

First look at the Ceramicoat twins

The two frames that went to Shawnee Trail Bike and Performance coatings for their Ceramikoat process returned today.  The frames look pretty good, and they’re getting a lot of positive comments.

I’m liking the result so far, and the durability is supposed to surpass powdercoat.  One of the good things about this process, is that (according to Roger at STB) the ceramic particles bond to the tube at a molecular level, and that when the coating is scratched or otherwise compromised, moisture will not make it’s way underneath the neighboring particles. That means you don’t have to worry about rust crawling under the coating next to a scratch. These two are going to Flying Dog Racing out in Maryland, so we’ll see how they do where the trails stay muddy half the year. That’s also why the black frame has Crud Catcher mounts brazed on the underside of the down tube.

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Braking convention

The disc brake road bike build continues. The brake mount went well, in spite of my lack of recent practice with a cutting torch.

So yeah, there you have it. On front disc brakes, the inside dropouts are offset from the inside of the brake tab, so the mount had to be cut from the dropout and offset to match. That’s one of the nice things about fillet brazing, you can just pile on the bronze and blend it in after. That’s all there is to see at this point, but there will be more soon. Thanks for looking.