Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ed's frame, 36hr. fishing trip

Ed's frame has been cruising along just swimmingly. Here, checking to make sure the seat tube has stayed straight after adding a bunch of tubes to it - man, nuts on.

Rear axle centered in regards to the BB shell, the seat tube & the head tube. I really do not see how you can make straight frames without an alignment table. I did 100+ without and even your "concrete" measurements with string, rulers & guessing can only get so close.

Detail shot of the fillet where my two-piece seat stays meld together. No filing, that's just the surface tension puddle left after filling the sleeve that has been hit with some 80 grit.

Scoping it out - don't touch! they are just sitting there. Some may have noticed that I use single bends on the Paul dropout setup, you need the lower portion of the seat stay to come into the dropout straight for the disc mount to fit in a way that you can braze it effectively.

Dry fit - just checking it out, just about there......

.........The other end.

the end of the stay, "spearpointed" - this, like many {most} of my operations is performed by hand with a files, a hacksaw and a hand drill. I actually enjoy doing many of these aspects by hand as it keeps me "connected" with my works, at least in my head.

All tacked, ready for the final alignment check, having the seat stay brace added, one last peek at alignment & brazing.

Checking component compatibility. With the chain tensioned it should fit a 2.5" as it fits a 2.35" handily all the way forward in the drops.

Smooth brazing, still hot. On to polishing!

It's snowing now outdoors & it is likely to continue in a renewed bout of winter, so we got out for a 36hr fishing trip to get some trout for the freezer. It was a beautiful trip, but the 22,000+ CFS flows had them a bit confused. Big water!

Another beautiful Arizona Strip sunset.

Nice 'bow!

Some geology for ya.

D. bringing in some dinner.

A quick "howdy" before it goes back in the drink. See-ya.

I love this place. I have been coming here for 35 years!

I'm shootin' the gap.

D. got a nice new sombrero.

9am - checking out the biggest flows I've ever fished here. A mellow two hour drive away.

That's it for now, polishing Ed's frame down over the next few days & then starting three 700c frame & fork sets with semi or full builds and all with hand laced wheels by me - that's allot of work. - Steve.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Steve, long time. I see perfection in your work! Great fishing pics of you and Denise - talk to ya. Joe (your bro)