Sunday, April 26, 2009

Good Weather and Hard Work

Lately, things have warmed up here in St. Louis, bringing in the flocks to the shop as well as low electric bills. The bike trails are hitting critical mass, and street lanes are getting flooded with both cyclists and people on bicycles. So in the spirit of last year and commuters dusting off their bikes everywhere, I'm posting the sequel to the original "Do The Test" video. I know I'm preaching to the choir, but share the video with a friend or family member, and maybe raise some awareness. I wouldn't mind hearing a few less honks or choice words on the way to work, but I definitely would like to at least make it to work.

But in other goings on... The weather really is awesome. We were sitting outside a couple evenings ago, and just decided to stay there. So we busted out the tent and some sleeping pads, and camped on our back lawn. Working in my workshop is always more cheerful when I can open some doors and get some fresh breeze in. Justin's frame is coming right along. I even have some H2O bosses on the *correct* side of the seat tube! The fork is done, the tubes are mitered and set to go. Just need to spend a good day prepping and brazing this baby! Then it's some smoothing of the welds, making some chainstays, and a few last details, and she'll be ready for paint. Maybe a couple weeks to go? We'll see how long those last details actually take...

Smoothed out fork crown

Smoothed out seat tube collar. This took a lot of careful filing to get the edges rounded off like this. Trying to keep the lugged crown and seat tube collar matching with the overall smooth filler brazing feel this bike will have.

Tubes all ready to be a frame...

And as always, check out more pics here.


whoinsamhill said...

Loved video on not seeing what you are not looking for as I use to bike around Los Angeles in the '70s. I'd comment on the brazing but this is the first I've seen of making a bicycle from scratch. Keep posting.

Casey Ryback said...

damnit! even when I'm LOOKING for shit, I don't see it! I may have noticed the dead guy's leg change positions, but that's it.

Could I have you put the disc brake frame tabs on the chainstay?

Casey Ryback said...

DUDE, I just had a revelation - can you make me a Big Wheel?! oh mama!

FelletBrazing said...

Thanks for checking me out Sam ;) Do you still do any biking?

I'll make just about anything you want Casy... you're the one paying for it.

Heaumer001 said...

I noticed the bear being replaced by the later 15th century Italian export suit... Ummm... That distracted me. I mean it had been a bear just a minute ago.

I missed the rest.

your progress looks great, as usual.

FelletBrazing said...

Thank you sir!

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