Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Roy's frame is finally rolling...

Next on the block is a frame that is reaching way across the Atlantic to the Netherlands. Roy has requested a fantastic project; a rigid mountain bike with one piece bar/stem combo, internal cable routing for a Rohloff speed hub, internal hydraulic rear brake housing for Magura Firm-tech brakes, eccentric bb and custom dropouts, all driven by the newly revised Grove Hot Rod cranks...whew!

Despite the fact that I've been looking forward to the build, it has taken a bit longer to get it started due to some logistics with some of the more unique parts. Regardless, we're moving full steam ahead as I've got to get it completed so I can start (uh-oh) on some of my North American Handbuilt Bicycle Show items for Portland in's coming up too fast :^)

So, here is a mix of the parts that are destined for the whole; double butted steel, internal brass lining, .75 non-tapered stays, custom eccentric, should be cool.
Today, I cut, faced, and bored the headtube to fit the Chris King threadless headset. Swaged and mitered the downtube. Mitered the toptube. Angle cut and mitered the seat tube, tacked on the binder bolt, and drilled all the water bottle bosses.

Got the main triangle all fit up nice and tight into the jig and began prepping for the rear end.

Nice tight miters are soooo important for high strength joints as well as allowing for small strong weld beads.

Tomorrow, I'll bend up the stays and start working on the custom dropouts...those babies will eat up the rest of the day.
Til' next time,

1 comment:

steve garro said...

awesome stuff, rody! we'll have to have a frosty pint in stumptown! steve.