Saturday, April 17, 2010

Some days are more productive than others. My parts that I'm waiting for from England still have not arrived. They told me they sent them by air mail. I think they must have been put on a freighter first. One that has to stop in China perhaps. I spent Friday afternoon cleaning up the chain stays and prepping the seat stays. Saturday morning I finished up the forks. Until the parts show up I'm high and dry.

I decided at that point to come home and work on the design for a 29er single speed. This will be my first foray into the world of Mountain bikes. I need to go out and buy the forks or at least get the dimensions so I can bring them into the design. I imagine that there will be quite a few things that I will have to research to get the first bike right. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

You may have noticed there are no pics. That's because I went to the shop without the camera again. I have to get into the habit of bringing the camera. I'll try to stop tomorrow and take a couple of pics and post them. What's a blog without pictures? A blah?

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Busy Day

My day started at 5 am. I won't bore you with the details. I went to Granby bike for a ride with Paul Mikkelson. He is a local man raising money for the American Heart Association. I had contacted my Amigos and asked them to come out and support Paul's ride. I also asked them to ride their Bowen Bicycles if they had one. Marketing-Marketing-Marketing!

They offered several different rides for people at different levels.

50 Mile

25 Mile

20 Mile Rail Trail

10 Mile Rail Trail

Since I'm riding tomorrow I chose the 25 mile ride. I rode with a nice guy named Bob and our own Noeleen. Noeleen has made marked improvements on the bike.

The rest of the Amigos rode the 50 mile ride.

After the ride I went back to the shop and worked on Gary's forks. Gary stopped by later in the afternoon and took some pics. One of the picks from the last blog was compliments of Gary and the one above is as well.
While I was out doing this stuff my wife Margie was busy with her first day at the races at the Hop Brook Dam in Middlebury CT. She had a good day coming in 2nd in her class and catagory.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pass the Fork please

A fork is a fork is a fork. No! The fork is an integral part of any bike design. It is a big part in how a bike handles. The fork for a touring bike is far different than the fork for a race bike. Other factors to consider:

What size wheels will be mounted to the bike?

Will there be fenders?

What style and size brakes will be used?

Threaded or threadless headset?

Will there be a rack mounted to the fork and if so what kind?

In this case Gary wants to run 700x28's with the possibility of mounting fenders.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

What a day!

Being Easter weekend and all I wasn't sure if I was going to get my usual Sunday ride in. So a few of my Amigos and I went over to the Granby bike shop and went for a ride that they have every Saturday morning. Nice bunch of people and I took my usual place at the back of the pack for the most part. It was a hilly ride that went up into Granville MA. Many times I wasn't familiar with the roads but it was a very pretty ride. We were near some reservoir at some point.

In terms of the build I've decided to back up a bit. Over the last few years I have been working with a number of people that supply frame parts to builders like myself. I've used just about everyone that I've found online. And I'm sure like others I have come to enjoy working with certain components and the people that supply them.

First of all there are the lugs. The lugs that are chosen define what the final product will look like. To date my favorite lugs are the ones that Richard Sachs sells to pro builders. What is a pro builder? Simple. Someone who has an actual business and carries full liability insurance including product liability insurance. Richards lugs range from simple to ornate. I like the more ornate lugs.

Gary F. chose Nuovo Richie Series lugs. You can see the detail of the lugs in the last blog segment. Some clients like Gary like to make choices. Others just say "Whatever you want to do Dwight" I like both.
As you can see in the picture above, I got Gary's front triangle in the jig. I brazed up the rear dropouts to the chainstays and put those in the jig as well.
More about bits and pieces later.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Great day at the shop

Well it's Friday. I spent the afternoon working on Gary's frame. The down tube is brazed to the head tube and I removed the cast in threaded bosses. The seat tube is brazed into the bottom bracket and the top tube is mitered.

I need to learn how to use this blog thing better. I want to add some more photos and move them around. I can get multiple photos in but I can't seem to move them. It's a good thing I don't need this knowledge to build a nice bike. I however do need this knowledge to market a nice bike. Looking forward to getting back into the shop tomorrow.

Tonight Margie is off to meet her new team mates for Route 66 race series. She's racing with the Bikers Edge team. I believe she's the only woman. Time will tell.

Talk with you tomorrow!