Monday, December 28, 2009

fully operational

got all the fluids changed in the lathe, its a good thing too.
headstock oil level was low, milling head had almost no oil, feed screw gearbox oil was very dark and molasses like!

was up late last night machining in the comfort of my own barn. very nice.

even made some tools for rack building.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

further rack construction

long hacksaw cuts to rough out the shape
a fair amount of filing later
legs mitered, ready to be prepped for brazing

Monday, December 21, 2009

pictures from places

crush the commonwealth

Monday, December 14, 2009

progress in multiple departments

currently i am trying to balance a couple things

a) job at the bike shop

b) renovating my workspace

c) getting the lathe/mill up and running

admittedly ive been kinda slow on getting racks built lately, but now that the other items on the list are near completion (renovations and lathe setup) much more time will be devoted to racks!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

more luck than i thought!!!

i couldnt believe it, but just after i hopped on the bike the rain slowed down considerably, from a serious downpour to a lighter rain!
when i get to work, i only had to change my socks, the rest of me stayed dry (enough)!!!
oh goody!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

luck has run out

pouring rain. burley rain jacket and rain legs wont do the job today. they'll help, but ill still get wet! i have gotten really lucky the past year in that even on pouring rain days, ive managed to somehow only have to ride to work during breaks or light periods of rain, or have the day off on those days. today is not one of them!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

construction zone

moving things around to make room for new equipment, putting up walls, doors, and windows to facilitate climate control.
i recently read somewhere (sorry, cant remember where) the worst 4 words you can hear when doing home renovations--
"while we're at it"
so, in the spirit of that, while we're at it, might as well pour a nice big slab of level cement for the lathe to sit on..right? hehe
hey, while we're at it, might as well get a pickup truck too, right?

local elementary, lots of little bicycle commuters.

Monday, November 9, 2009

a great weekend

finished the ute rack friday night, just in time for jesse and the gang to pick it up for next mornings tweed ride in philadelphia.

saturday morning drove up to reading where i enlisted my friend chris to help me move my bountiful purchase from a lancaster area framebuilder.

atlas metal bandsaw
a whole bunch of metal stock
emco v10p lathe/mill, workbench and lots of accessories, and all the original instruction and parts manuals.
vertical milling attachment
the gentleman i bought the whole setup from also threw in an unused tandem frameset.

the next step (hopefully tomorrow) is too re-arrange my whole work space, and to frame off the space beneath the loft in the barn to make a legitimate room that i can climate control. oh boy!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


all of the major construction is done, all that is left is some finishing aesthetic stuff, and the woodworking.

on the way home from the local weld supply shop i spotted this freebie on the side of the road-- a benchtop 12x24" surface plate. needs a little love but it might be good for layout work in the future.

Monday, November 2, 2009

utey ute ute

gettin' there

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Ute rack in progress.

Friday, October 16, 2009

new things

i have had these hubs "in stock" for a very long time. when i purchased them years ago i vowed to not use them until i built my first frameset. now i can use them, yippee!

makin 'lectricity.
rear third of the Ute rack complete, six mounting points. next phase, wood.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

another kona ute project

dropped off last saturday, by jesse and the family.

3/4" tube pierced by 5/16 x .049" tubes, making a nice solid thru-bolt mounting point.
other side
tacked into place.
once i get the rest of the cross pieces brazed in im gonna swing by my buddies house to start on the wooded portion of the rack. once we figure out what the dimensions of that part will be then i can proceed with building the rest of it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

back to school

this evening was my first night class at middle bucks vo-tech for a class in precision machining.
should be good stuff, i cant wait to really get into it!

Saturday, September 19, 2009


axle mount
canti-mount, stainless accents

plugging along

Saturday, September 12, 2009

two simple measurements

two numbers is all i really need to get the proper positioning of a rack for a given fork.
pretty simple right?
dont get me wrong, there are a couple other numbers involved, but these 2 are the really important ones.

Friday, September 11, 2009

this weeks interesting pictures from the shop

hub failure
Suntour XC Power controls. This Ross Mt Hood was nearly all original with the exception of the rear derailleur.
interesting suntour chain, take note of the alternating asymmetric inner plates.
U-brake mount roller-cam brake. this brake has lots of power and great modulation.

who is this cunningham character anyways?