Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Chris's bike, Melissas's bike.

 CN's frame fresh from the painter, a delicious ruby red with gold flake topcoat - que rico!
 One for the curves with standard hand cast bronze headbadge, all curves done in house, segmented seat stays, 17-4 stainless steel cable guides, internally relieved BB shell, hand made seat tube sleeve - a "stock" frame.
 Mandatory booty shot........
 Steve's eye view - BLING! this unit has some serious eye candy.
 Side view - a 26" wheeled bike made for a 120mm fork - a great bike for anyone's stable, a bike that can rock anything.
 Logo detail to show the color and the sparkle.
 And one of the H2O reinforcements - these keep the bottle from ripping out of the thinnest part of the tube if bent and bent back - please don't use your frame to bend back your cages, huh? Think about it.........not good.
 And below, the nearly finished unit. To be picked up in early June right after we return from the Grand Canyon & I wanted to be sure everything was here and works top-notch.
 And, at the same time I'm building Melissa's 26" wheel x 100mm fork dedicated 1-speed with Coco-Moto dropouts, light tubing, and a full build on the way.
 In the pictures above I have 1st cut the headtube from a 5' stick of raw headtube stock and faced and chased it, cut, mitered and prepped the seattube sleeve, and polished the BB shell as well as cut the tubes to raw length - the circles are where I need to drill the vent holes, which allow gasses to escape as well as give you a place to put in lube/rust protection, and I have done a good amount of prep to the Coco-Moto dropouts.

 Front triangle all tacked together.
 And checked for both straightness and twist.
 The pictures above show the fitting allowances - tight, damn tight.

 This detail shows how the brass flows along tiny scratches which I impart on the tube to show the molten metal where to go on a molecular scale - I think about giant canyons in the steel with rivers on brass following the metal arroyos - oh, working alone - lots of time to think and work on your technique.
And, all tacked with the chainstays - on to seatstays today.
Thanks, clients and readers! - Steve.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, as always nice work! Heard from Marianne that you and D are going rafting. Sounds like a great time! Anyway, miss you guys!