As far is I'll get today, need to play the vacuum cleaner game with the fork and I can't be arsed.
-torque stem and seatpost
-trim and cap cables (no more death trap loops everywhere)
-wrap bars (black this time)
Trying to work out the saddle - bar drop there, as those bricks look larger than the Scoble standard
I’ll bring the calipers and see if I can find a UK standard 65mm brick.
Just need to tape the bars now, and fiddle with the front derailleur. I’ve resigned to sub optimal shifting with SRAM and non-matching rings but I’m hoping to get it back to passable. The tyres felt good on 500m of groad in the local park, big up Teravail.
@amey do I mount the bell before or after taping?
Cant help but think this will get in the way in the drops but let’s see.
Interesting position for the bell, it can stay for a while. Shifts like shit but it’s good to have it back. Think it’s a marked improvement over the raw frame.
Nicely done. are you gonna do a decal somewhere or leave it like it is? headtube logo/badge?
Not sure yet, I’ll be receiving 10 of these because I finally caved for the 10 stickers for €1 ads I kept getting bombed with. Could look good on the head tube but I probably won’t because it feels a bit strange to put my logo on something I didn’t make.
I think it’ll stay decal-less until @Jaap has decided on a brand name.
Some light metalwork.
That's a big shoe rack!
Well we have a lot of shoes!
For the person googling aluminum brazing propane torch like I did a while ago: yes it sort of works but not really. Maybe if it's thin walled stuff, but brazing a 10x1mm tube to a a 10x2mm flat bar took some support from our creme brulee burner and even then I struggled.
I think there's a ghost busters joke in here somewhere:
Oh, it's not actually the beginnings of the ultimate porteur rack then :-(
Call it a precursor. I did enjoy the brazing even if I'm still a bit jittery from the stress of constant risk of severely maiming myself.
Bodged a pec deck-type saddlebag support. Voile straps just wrap around the seat rails for now, I could do with some space between bag and saddle but I'm not paying €80 for a Hobo Pieces Restuvus and want less visual bulk than a Bagman. Those little Velo Orange tabs look well sketchy but might do the trick?
Speedvagen put their logo on stems they colour match but didn’t make
Yeah and I suppose I did design the frame, we'll see.
The rack performed brilliantly, had some pretty rough bits of 'gravel' and it didn't budge. Initially I thought I'd modify this bag for its new use but I'll probably just replace it as I'd need to take it apart almost entirely which is a huge faff.
Front derailleur is still performing terribly which is frustrating as it was fine in the stand, I might have mounted it a bit too low, will investigate when I can be arsed again.
Shifting is mostly sorted now, brilliant bike and brilliant saddle bag if I do say so myself. Does invite to bring more crap than I need, but nothing better on a 30 mile loop than making coffee halfway through.
What do you when 90mm is a bit long but 80mm too short?
Try a 90mm -17°, raised up by 10mm spacer?
You guys are missing the obvious solution, get a fillet brazed 85mm stem.
Sure, there are framebuilders who could fabricate such a thing, but who on earth wants to deal with the likes of them
Stem inbound, thanks again @M_V ! Beyond excited, I will be trying my hand at chemical bluing and then add a clear lacquer for some added rust protection.
That's a really nice looking stem, really enjoy the bits @M_V is putting out!
Interested in seeing how the bluing goes. I caught a bit of an Old Shovel YouTube vid where he uses Super Blue Liquid Gun Blue on a frame with lacquer overtop and it looked great, particular with some stenciled decals. Looks like the stuff is available in the UK from eBay for ~£12 too.
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