Monday, March 30, 2009

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


still a couple things to do
not that you would, but if you wanted to rock the full-size rear panniers up front you could.
bunch of stuff in the works

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

back in action

my homies at the LWS took care of biz.

unfortunately i got very little done in terms of re-organizing.

i did find some really cool stuff i forgot i had! but i cant remember how i got it!

things may have gotten a little messier in the "cleaning" process though.

run of bad luck

having some acetylene tank and supply issues. cant do any brazing. hope to rectify the issues soon.

i will take advantage of this downtime:
(the few who have seen it will understand the nature of this undertaking)

when we moved in i never really organized anything, yet i know exactly where everything is among the piles, bins, and random locations. aesthetically, it is NOT pleasing.

a brief list off the top of my head of the goods i have in stock up in the loft:

i have a crate of forks, from all sorts of bikes.
baskets of hubs, bins of hubs, good hubs, crappy hubs, unique hubs, rare hubs.
piles of rims, new and used, clinchers and surprising number of tubulars.
boxes of spokes.
a large pile of random hardware.
multiple bins of various cranks, from fancy to farty.
more than one ammo case stuffed with chainrings.
many bins and baskets of brakes, derailluers, shifters, levers, pedals, etc.
straight block and close range freewheels, various 5, 6, 7, and 8 spd varieties.
a fair amount of stuff that was there before me including a couch with no cushions and a recliner.
various old doors and other weird stuff, some remnants of farm equipement.
oh ya, and bc its a barn, there is a good helping of bird poop spread among the goodies.

on the ground level:

all the bikes and frames.
huge pile of wheels.
massive stack of tires, a few should be thrown out.
the nicer rims.
the REALLY good stuff is safely stowed away in drawers.
tools and equipment.

we will see how this goes....

Sunday, March 15, 2009

rare and interesting

unmodified, this was done by campagnolo for schwinn paramounts in the late 60s/early 70s, and were ONLY found on paramounts.
the supposed story is that the hubs were incorrectly drilled for tandem spokes. schwinn refused to pay and campy wouldnt make new ones, so they re-drilled them.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

the last piece

the last piece i needed to get my alignment table functional. a surface gauge.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

getting better

been using nickel-silver for the fillets mostly. only bc im running very low on brass. the brass colored one is the 4th, and looks pretty good.

hacked em all up to pieces to see how things looked. pretty good, no porosities a good amount of filler. ive been very roughly finishing them to see where the low spots are so i can make sure the next one is better.
below is the 5th fake head tube. used minimal flux on this one for 2 reasons. 1, im almost out and i need to save some for rack operations, and 2, to really work on heat control. getting in and out as quick as possible to reduce the amount of time the tubes are heated, which will reduce distortion and other metallurgical changes in the steel. using less flux means i have less time before the flux is "spent" and starts to char.
you can see the low spots that i need to pay more attention to on the next one. functionally any of these would be strong enough, and i could use bondo or silver or something to fill the gaps for painting, but i dont wanna!
latest incarnation of the fixer. swapped on some wider bars and a shorter stem. feels much much better now. looks fast.

Monday, March 9, 2009

photo update

been kinda lax about blogging this past week, but fear not, rack things are still happening.

worn out my phil wood bottom bracket is. a good bit of end-play in the cranks, and rumbly rumbles. time to get replacement bearings i guess. a bit sooner than i had expected to say the least.

frame bits and pieces scattered about.
removing those pesky lawyer tabs
mock up HT/DT junction. 25.4mm tube mitered at about 57degrees to meet a 31.8 tube. both are about .9mm wall thickness. loads of heat distortion on the "head tube". my actual HT is a much heftier wall thickness so the distortion will be much less (hopefully!).
practice practice practice!
friend of squirrels
man-sized covered bridge. weird.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

what is black, silver, and carries things?

this rack!
im very happy with how it turned out.
a couple other pics can be seen at my flickr.