Monday, March 17, 2014

Rando ready to roll

 Nitto mini-front rack with Nitto Decaleur just waiting for a bag!

Rene Singer lugs all around









Diacompe 610 centerpulls for lots of tire clearance

Custom made light mount for the Leyzene headlamp

Custom integrated tail light/fender strut mount

Monday, February 10, 2014

More rando pics

Just about done with this rando frame.  Here's my mock up of the front rack to locate the braze-on's 

Reaming and facing the head tube. I prefer to do this on my lathe, it's much easier, faster, and accurate. I turn the crown race on the large as well. 

Head tube end if things

Rear brake bridge area, I like single arm cable hangers even though they're more labor to make properly. Added a stainless "B" to the brake bridge as well. 

Seat tube is all reamed and lug is cleaned up. Just have some finish sanding left, then off to paint. 

Overall frame with front end mocked up. This pic was taken prior to lug cleanup. 

Monday, January 06, 2014

Rando part 2

Dropouts with double eyelets added and dry fit to chain stays. 

Scallops brazed in and filed flush on top of seatstays. I prefer this classic method for finishing seatstays. 

It's starting to look like a frame. Brake bridge installed. 

Crown getting prepped. 

Now if it would just warm up I could get more done. My shop heat is having a hard time keeping up with the -25 degree weather. It was 45 in there today, I think it's time for a supplemental heat source!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

at long last...

This place is finally making bikes!


853 tubeset just waiting to be a randonneuring bike.

Measuring and marking the butts on each tube to properly locate the miters.  Never trust the tube specs, my dial indicators don't lie!


Measuring and marking the bow in each tube (yes, they all have some bow).
I like to keep the bow in-plane with the frame so that it doesn't interfere with frame alignment measurement

Machining the head tube extension.  I make these myself to ensure they match the upper lug perfectly.

Shaping the headlugs.  In this case the front of the headlugs are carved to match the Mitsugi crown.

Engraving the BB shell with serial # and customer name.  I like the little touches like this to personalize the frame.

Front triangle mitered up and jigged.  Once the rest of the lugs are prepped this will be tacked in the jig and then fully brazed outside of the jig.  It's very important to get the alignment correct the first time on 853 frames (just like on stainless frames) as it's quite difficult to set the alignment after brazing.

More to come soon....

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