Process shots from Adam’s 29+

Adam's frame is 95% done. I just need to cap the wishbone stay ends, put on a few cable guides, ream/face, and clean up before posting any final parting shots.  It was a challenging build not just because the bent tubes but because it was so interrupted by time away from the shop. I have... Continue Reading →

I’m a pulser now

On the rear triangle of the latest frame, my new super fat rotundcycle, I test-drove the pulser on the ThermalArc 185.  I started trying it when I had poor line-of-sight on the elevated chainstay bridge and I thought it'd help with heat control on those tight spots.  But after I got done with the bridge... Continue Reading →

TIMMAY’s bike almost done

Some photos of the process and results.  The welding of the front triangle and chainstays went well.  I tacked in the fixture at 12 and 6 for most tubes except for the top of the downtube where I tacked at 10 & 2.  Before removing it from the fixture I welded a full pass to... Continue Reading →

TIG troubleshooting

Some days I wonder if an alien hasn't already taken over my body. Am i getting too old to learn and retain new tricks? Am I over-caffeinated, or under-caffeinated? Just as keeping yourself physically fit, it's important to keep the muscle memory strong by practicing welding even if you're not building a bike at the... Continue Reading →

Knard bike starting to take form

It's been awhile since I posted photos on this frame I started months ago...slow progress because of the move and holidays! So here are some shots just to look at. The welding of the tubes I'm welding and not brazing on the front triangle are done. They look different than what I usually put out.... Continue Reading →

Weld shots of the day

I usually post only my better weld shots but on this front triangle, they all turned out pretty good! Again, no pulser and no foot pulsing either except on the hard to see acute angled joints like the ST/BB/DT and the bottom side of the DT.  It's habit, not needed, but I like how you... Continue Reading →

Welded dropouts and BB shots

Got to the welding the chainstays to the dropouts and bottom bracket tonight and it went well! One pass and all looks good.  Next, I'll ream & face the BB shell, and then check the alignment of the front triangle and chainstays and see if I need to lay another pass somewhere. I would REALLY... Continue Reading →

TK’s wishbone stays almost done

I'm slowly getting this frame finished. This wishbone seat stay in the photos is my second try. The first try, I cut the mainstay miter too close on the bottom and burned through the tube at the edge.  This time, I cut the mainstay long, welded it to the crown pieces, then used the mill... Continue Reading →

1 year of building frames

It's been one year to the day when I finished my first solo frame in my garage. It was a 29er suspension adjusted frame that had a few holes burned through while welding the tubes.  From the below photo, you can see I didn't move fast enough while welding, overheated the tubes, and well...just kinda... Continue Reading →

TK’s 29er touring bike taking shape

Yesterday I got some time to weld the front triangle of TK's mtn touring machine, after re-mitering the larger 38mm diameter downtube and brazing on the various braze-ons last week.  I also mitered the chainstays to the BB, after first slotting them for the Paragon low-mount dropouts, and then dimpling the stays for more tire... Continue Reading →

The Choad’s almost done!

Yesterday, I slotted and mitered the 19mm True Temper S-bend seat stays.  These are expensive pieces of steel! Luckily i only went through 1 extra one to get it right! hah. I mitered the stays for the seat tube by hand (with 12" half-round file) and made them fit pretty tight if I do say... Continue Reading →

…and the cradle will rock

Frame 11 is coming together, slowly.  It may look weird right now, but each tube has a purpose and even though this will be one heavy frame relative to a 'normal' two-triangle frame, it will be sweet to ride this fatty.  It's been a slow process but mostly that was because jigging this thing up... Continue Reading →

Wishbone seatstays

The two-triangle bike frame is pretty hard to improve upon...there are little tweaks but for the most part everybody uses the same design because it works.  I've always loved Retrotec and other frames that incorporate unique lines but try to make a rigid frame less rigid where it matters.  I know there's very little evidence... Continue Reading →

Frame alignment

In an ideal world, nobody would need an alignment table. Many builders probably don't have one and just are *that* good, or assume they're that good and that nobody will even notice the frame is out of alignment.  Perhaps.  But unless you have absolutely spot-on miters and are a perfect welder that can use the... Continue Reading →

Turned a corner

Feeling good about my tig-welding after today's effort.  I welded the front triangle and chainstays and these are some of my best yet.  Not great by most standards, but I'm really happy with many of these beads!  I haven't burned a hole in any tube (so far) and feel MUCH more comfortable moving the frame... Continue Reading →

Frame #3: short chainstay 29er

I started frame #3 after a break from building anything last week. It's good to sit back and digest, recover from (over)thinking things about frames and forks.  I took down a few beetle-kill trees, cut them into pieces that'll fit in the stove next winter, walked the pups and my girl, rode my bike with... Continue Reading →

Segmented fork, take 2

After bending my first segmented fork when seeing how it'd hold up, I got right to making #2 since I don't have a fork for the RivBomb frame to ride yet. I swear, what takes most people 4 hours takes me 4 days. Of course, I tend only to get a few hours a day... Continue Reading →

Mountain tourer is almost done!

 I finished welding frame #2 yesterday in the midst of yet another spring snowstorm.  We awoke to around 5 heavy inches of snow! I hear from our local nutty forecaster that we're on route to a record May in the foothills in terms of moisture.  The last time it was this wet in May was... Continue Reading →

The Mtn Tourer (frame #2) is tacked

My laptop died a couple of days ago...right when I finished a mapping project thankfully.  I left for a meeting, came back home, tried to turn it back on, and it just was black.  Black screen, a slight thumping sound...dead.  It's about a year and 3 months old and of course I only had a year warranty... Continue Reading →

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