Friday, October 24, 2008

Tall-o-ween bicycle race prize

i took a break on eriks frame to build a frame for a prize for the talloween bicycle race this weekend. its a tig welded single speed frame made of mostly older tange tubing(not quite sure what tubing exactly, but its pretty thick walled) the top tube i purchased along with a bunch of other random tubes from steve garro. the track ends are from henry james. they are designed for a wide range of angles, so i left the tabs completely in tact to go along with the beefy chain stays and the inverted seat stays(which was done so that i could braze the stays directly to the binder. i think it looks classy along with the curved top tube.
powder coat done at organic engines in tallahassee. after the powder coat, i could notice the blems in my tig welds, i used this cheap tig welder that i purchased off ebay that i use for small projects. it doesnt have a foot control, so the amperage must be manually adjusted on the unit. this does not make for pretty welds, but it does the job.

Friday, October 10, 2008

eriks frame

this is my first fillet brazed frame. its a "pursuit" style track frame. i decided to tack with the tig welder and ended up doing small portions of the joint using the tig then adding the fillet over it. i thought it would make things easier, but i think that it would have taken the same amount of time just using brass.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

the beginning

ive been hounded for a while to start either a website or a blog. i decided on a blog because it seems to be a little more fluid and personal. this blog will mostly focus on my bicycle frame building, but i might stray a little into other projects i may be working on.