I once again want to show my respect for my painter Todd Eroh.
While I was soaking a tube after an internal cable guide I made this head tube.
It is for the Cane Creek zero stack headset. The next bike I am building is for a rather strong fellow and I think this is a great option for him. Also when he decides to get a suspension fork for the bike it can be taper 1.5" steerer. This head tube started out as 2" .188" tubing and had a crap load of machine work done. It is .055" wall now with the .125" rings on each end. Rather light and super strong with the large O.D. I think it looks kind of cool.
A while back Rody Walter of Groovy Cycle Works posted a blog entry about his new Lagun Vertical Mill.
Here is a link to the entry:
Jeff's road bike underway.
I have been rather productive the last few weeks. I have a few projects that I really would like to find time for but these last bikes are allowing me to maintain some form of timely delivery. I fell behind last year and am trying to get somewhat back on track. There are a few tools I really want to make, this year I am building a few titanium beta bikes and I also have to build a bike for Jamie Swan who is building my new road bike. Somehow I will fit all this in while becoming a father as well. Should be a busy year!
A few weeks ago I posted "fillets". Now I will enter welds.
I like all forms of joinery and also really like having the ability to do all of them. TIG welding has lots of uses and one of them is speed. Not many will deny that TIG welding was introduced into the bicycle manufacturing world to speed things up a bit. Once the lug was not as common it was easier to TIG weld a bicycle than use fillets and spend time with finish work. I like that TIG welding just puts your work out there for the people to see.
I have a few road bikes in a row. I am excited about all of them.
First one is a "weekend warrior" style bike. It is a bike that is hopefully going to be zippier and lighter than Brian's light tour/commuter bike. He wants this bike for the weekend rides when he is not loaded down. Carbon fork, fast back styling and fully TIG welded. Super straight forward bike with an exact purpose. I like that.
Here is Brian's bike after tacking and an alignment check. Next I add more tacks and weld it in the correct sequence.
Making fillets smooth. They sure look nice once done.
I do like the look of fillet brazed bikes. There is a certain industrial beauty in TIG welding but something about a smooth fillet that just works with a bicycle.
We rented bikes on vacation and it was bitter sweet.
How else could someone explore an entire island for $12 in one day? Car seems really boring and lame, walking takes forever and that is why they invented the bicycle. We rented some really rough bikes and it was very apparent I am a bike snob. I enjoyed the entire day but man did I think to myself this bike is a real junker.
Owen's stem and post all done.
I always prefer to get the stem and post done before starting construction on the frame. That way when done with the frame it is shipped off and you are ready to begin the next bike.
I am having a new bicycle built.
I am fortunate enough to be trading a new frame,fork, stem and seatpost for another builders frame, fork, stem and seatpost. I am not revealing who the builder is. I am going to show pictures of my new bike. Curious if anyone can guess the builder based on the photos. The shop is kind of the give away.