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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