It’s been a busy year so far, not that you could tell from the activity on this blog! As the sole proprietor here, I am often juggling many projects at once, and as so often happens with blogs, this one was neglected a bit.
In an effort to remedy the recent lack of content, I have a few photos to share from various projects around the shop, and a full photo set of a recent build is coming up within the next few weeks.
First up is a 650b conversion that I did for a friend’s old Trek 660:
With apologies for the dark exposures, this was a really fun project. The frame and fork were slightly modified with a few new braze-ons, powder coated orange, and then a fresh build kit was added to breathe new life into a well-made steel frame and fork. The wider tires and triple gearing are well-suited to VT roads, and the new bar and saddle setup are made for comfort and cruising.
I don’t get to work on projects like this very often, but they can be really satisfying! Knowing that an older frame set is now being enjoyed in a whole new way is pretty rewarding.
Next up are a few shots from around the workshop. Really, I’m just looking through my camera’s memory card from the past few months and picking out the good ones. ;)
Above is a nice front wheel build, using the excellent Schmidt SON 28 dynamo hub, for disc brake and thru-axle. Below is the venerable Rohloff 14 speed rear hub. These two hubs form the basis for a wheelset that belong to a new belt drive touring bike (pics forthcoming!).
Above are some cleanly brazed water bottle bosses on a down tube. I like to use the little 4-pointed “star” reinforcements on some builds. It’s super satisfying when brazing goes this smoothly and doesn’t require any clean-up with emory cloth, files or scotch brite… that doesn’t always happen though!
Head tube welds. Reynolds 853 tubing, which is some of my personal favorite for TIG welded frames.
Finally I have some teaser pics of a really cool cross/gravel frame. Stainless steel couplings by S&S machine were installed to make this frame travel-ready. It splits into two halves that allow the whole bike to fit into a large (airline-friendly) suitcase. This particular frame also features adjustable rear dropouts and belt drive compatibility.
That’s all for now, thanks for reading!