“Many folks enter the framebuilding niche by way of the message boards… There’s a certain vibe surrounding the trade that has attracted more than its share of voyeurs. From my vantage point, it appears that a mindset exists that includes not only learning to build a frame rather than take time studying the process, but also an infatuation with machinery, fixtures, tables, and power tools…”
Downsize The Fantasy | RICHARD SACHS CYCLES
This reminds me of how I feel about photography.
11:42 pm • 8 November 2013
Don’t know why it took me months to photograph and show anyone this frame. I guess at the heart of it, is that I am not “proud” of my work. Anything that is decent about the craftsmanship is entirely due to Mike’s supervision. Only the flaws can I take credit for.
8:48 am • 17 June 2013 • 2 notes
Cable Guides on Carbon
Matt Roy’s RSC Endurance Team frame arrived when I was over. The cable guides got to me - couldn’t stop touching them.
1:38 am • 14 June 2013
Working on a step-through frame verrrry slooowly at the Artisan’s Asylum. Paul Carson is supervising/helping/babysitting. Something possessed me to try fillet brazing. This was a big mistake. Brazing tiny little bridges is one thing; lugless main joints quite another. Should have bought those new stamped step-through lugs from the UK and stuck with that. But no, I went with fillet brazing.
Anyway. It is difficult and a mess and I have a burn scar on my arm and I’ll be lucky if the frame doesn’t fall apart under me the first time I ride it. At least I am using heavy straight gauge tubing and spending very little money on the whole thing. Scavanged components mostly, single speed. Fingers crossed. It is a winter bike, so hopefully will be ready by winter…
11:27 pm • 16 May 2013
Those Red Files
One of the things I miss about the ANT shop is the multitude of tools. Mike just has so many, accumulated over the years of course. But these files with the red plastic handles are fairy new. He got one of them around the time we started on my frame (the large, half round I think) and we both liked it so much that he later completed the collection. These were easier for me to use than the files with wooden handles. The red plastic handles are extra fat with a non-slip texture to them, making it easier for me to hold them tightly. Seems like such a small thing, but it made a huge difference. I will try to get a set of my own, as soon as I find out what they are.
1:11 pm • 20 January 2013 • 1 note
Not sure whether I’ll be able to call this one #01. Hope so.
11:26 pm • 17 January 2013 • 1 note
That Gum You Like Is Coming Back in Style
I noticed this mixte at Circle A Cycles and asked where they got the lugs. Mixte lugs like these have not been available in some time. Framebuilders have either been getting their hands on NOS sets, or making their own by modifying diamond frame lugs.
Turns out, this is newly available from Ceeway. It’s kind of hard to find on their website, but it’s here, listed as “Berceau Lug Set.” No illustration. There is also a “Ladies Lug Set,” for a step-through frame. These are all stamped lugs. I contacted Ceeway and the cost is £10.88/set on both of them. I might get one of each, though I am not sure that I’ll use them.
The lugset looks good to me. Perversely, I prefer these pre-fab reinforcers to the fancy handmade ones. Maybe it’s just because they remind me of actual mixtes from the ’70s, whereas the handmade beautiful neo-mixtes of today always look a little off to me (my design included!). Maybe I will find a way to use these after all.
1:20 am • 17 January 2013 • 1 note
Sometimes fate takes a strange turn. A week ago, I was contacted by Paul Carson, who runs a framebuilding space at the Artisan’s Asylum. This is a rack full of frame fixtures that he built. We are working out an agreement for me to use the space. Everything is there: fixtures, tools, gas. This place is relatively new, and it’s right in my neighbourhood. Too good to be true?
3:54 pm • 15 January 2013 • 1 note
SCUL’s Lair, Titanium ‘Ship’
Saw a couple of Ti bikes when I stumbled upon SCUL's lair at the Artisan's Asylum. A “nerd gang that builds and rides mutant bicycles,” SCUL is led by Skunk, a graphic designer (and formerly welder?) at Seven.
I saw his work space, but not Skunk himself. Some day I am sure we will meet.
5:18 pm • 14 January 2013
Water Under the Bridge
I came across this picture of a brake bridge today and had to laugh. I had thought that I’d made mine uneven (thicker toward the middle) by filing away near the joints too much. Apparently it had that shape from the beginning and I just hadn’t noticed…
11:10 pm • 11 January 2013