The Chevron bridge has become somewhat of a signature piece of mine.
I did this for the first time in an attempt to make the contact points of the bridge lower than the actual clearance of the bridge. I feel the lower the contact point the more free stiffness you get. Similar to the use of a curved bridge. They are more effort but people like them and so do I. Here is Jeff's bridge after mitering, welding and cleaning up.
Also Jeff's stem after all the finish work and slotting.
Last part of the machining process is the I.S.P.
The frame is all mitered and set. Matching seat stays with some nice s-bends. Jeff is tall and long so this bike should offer great shoulder room in a running section. Tomorrow I will spend some time on the lathe and make the extended seat tower.
Tonight I am off to see the Phillies play the Giants with my brother and my dad. Excited since Cole Hamels is pitching!!
Finding the fine line between stiff and comfortable.
I like to make bikes stiff in the "get up and go" category. However also want to keep the "ride of steel". Constant diameter stays help provide a very stiff and compliant ride. They however are harder to attach to a tab style drop out. The traditional answer is a hooded drop out. I really like the modified tab drop out I use and wanted to stick with it. Hence the bullets. A traditional Ti offering but also great for steel. This helps provide a quick transition from 19mm down to a 10-12mm tab. Here is Jeff's chain stays after bending them, bullets attached and the slotting done on the mill. Nice curvy lines.
More at the end of the day...