Thursday, October 21, 2010

Yes, I still am a framebuilder..


With liitle or no blogging I'm sure some of you might assume that I have gone away and hung up the torch. This is definitely not the case, I have just been buried in all sorts of situations, some my own making and some I really didn't ask for. This aside, I have been belching out work with some regularity. This frame is a 'big-tire road' with the addition of S&S couplers. I built a steel for as well as the bike will be in and out of a travel case many times, not a good place for a carbon fork.

Here's the fork with the Pacenti 'Paris-Brest' crown, one of my favorites as it allows for lots of fender and tire room, something required on this type of bike.
Here are some of the last aluminum and scandium frames for the winter back from the painter. He still has about a half a dozen more......I built a lot of frames in Aug-Sept. and they are going to fill up the rack in the next day or so. I think I might get to that 100 frames for the year mark that usually is a little more than I can do. When you don't get a long vacation it is surprising what you can get done. Next year......long vacation !

7 comments:

Carl Shawver said...

The gussets between the stays on the green frame in the center look pretty sharp. Just threw one on the drive side for symmetry?

swiggco world said...

I put the gusset in to help the frame last longer with a 200 lb. 6'7" rider torquing the crap out if in in cyclocross races.This rider has broken a drive side chainstay once.....I'm trying this for the first time. I hope it's not a mud catcher.

steve garro said...

damn, me too, Paul. i'll call you in a few days once it calms down & chat - Garro.

ort said...

Michael's bike looks nice! I hope to come with him to pick it up.

troy said...
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troy said...

What kind of seat tube is that on the bare road frame? Is it 1.25" and then tapers down sharply at the BB or is it just the picture?

swiggco world said...

The seat tube is a 1 1/4" OX tube, nothing special. I might have given it the squish at the bottom but i don't think so. I usually only do that on MTB frames.