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.

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