Long Overdue Spring Update!

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!

Works in progress

Photographer Stephen Dybas stopped by the shop recently and took some photos. 

Above, heating up the dropout of a frame in progress. I braze most dropouts with brass rod, and I use an oxy-acetylene torch. Shade 5 goggles allow me to see what's going on inside the flame of the torch.

Below, checking a frame on the alignment table before attaching seatstays. 

And finally, below is the same frame clamped in my trusty Wilton vise. The vise is mounted on a Black Locust tree stump, which happens to make a great vise stand. Here I'm prepping the seat lug for seatstay attachment. 

Thanks for the photos Stephen!