One good thing is that Cubby welcomed the UPS man who was carrying a lovely brown package...what could be inside?
Ok, not much suspense, it's getting too late for much of that. The materials for the Ti Luv Handles landed, some yummy 3/2.5 Ti just begging to be massaged up into some cycling bliss.
Normally, I build almost all my pieces in a fixture, unfortunately, this P12.5 is quite a bit longer than my jig will accommodate so I'm taking extra time in the mitering set up to insure that every thing is spot on and then relying on the precision of the miters to insure pre-weld alignment. This first shot shows the rise the stem affords...now imagine it with dirt drops ;)
A closer look at the bead... Next, the pinch bolt is positioned and silver brazed in place. I was running WAY low on flux (like scraping the sides and spitting on it to get it wet) so I concentrated it on the area I needed the silver to flow and went for it. You can see the silver flowed in nice at the joint and got pretty toasty on top where it was more liquid than substance.
Folks really don't understand just how long custom items take. Take for instance the bolt cap for the top of the quill. Seems like a small item, but there are 10 steps in the process to making this little guy, but it's a necessary part for the complete stem. See why most custom builders live pretty meager lives ;) ... it's a lot more passion than the market will economically sustain.
FYI...Steve Garro of Coconino Cycles turned the big 40 today, congrats buddy!
Off to bed now, see y'all in the am,