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Fishfabs

Member since Apr 2020 • Last active Jun 2020
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fish fabrications. co. uk

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    Thanks :) Very rusty to be honest!
    This is the next bike I'm working on. I used similar geometry but 3cm shorter, to try a longer stem.
    It was meant to be an upgrade to my London crappy bike that lasted 8 years but was horrible to ride (cheap aluminium frame).
    I didn't really plan the rolled tube, and it's very crude to be honest - I just used a seatstay, so it was only just long enough. I thought about adding some bosses for a rack-kind-of-shelf thing on the back - Like a Moulton. Just need to find the time to make a fork.... hopefully this week.

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    Cheers!
    I sprayed my first car when I was 16 or so at my Dads workshop, and tried making money spraying bikes when I left college about 10 years ago.... I sprayed a few bikes for people on here actually. The penguin Classic one for Dammit and a few brightly coloured Spinergy wheels were popular. Painting isn't an easy way to make money if you are aiming for perfection, so I found..... you can loose 5 hours quite easily in small details.....not that perfection exists anyway! I ended up going down the metalwork route instead. Very satisfying to spray a clearcoat though, nothing really beats it!
    Dan at Cole Coatings Workshop kindly cut me some stencils as I made him some shelves. He's the man.

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    I managed to spray and build this up a couple of weeks ago now, but haven't managed to put many miles on it as I've jumped straight onto frame 3 and back to work for customers!
    I put the bloody rack mounts too low and the brake caliper is now a bit close - rookie error that isn't it.
    Anyway, onto the next! I'm currently making something 3cm shorter so I can run a longer stem.
    I've also become a bit obsessed with some of these really old bikes on here: https://onlinebicyclemuseum.co.uk/
    We'll see.

    The next step is a fork, some stems and trying some internal routing. I fancy trying some more descreet seat post clamps too...

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    Cheers. Yeah, just for a change really and I spent a fortune on a gas fluxer so felt I should use it more! Like alot of people I guess, seeing Curtis frames as a teenager has stuck in my mind.
    I still like TIG, I just need to practice on such thin tubes. I can knock out some inoffensive TIG welds on thin tube, but getting that last 10-20% of quality is really hard and I need to come back to that at some point :)
    Got lots to learn with brazing too. So much to practice!

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    Lovely looking bikes.
    Some of these coatings are excellent for protecting bare metals: https://www.everbritecoatingsuk.com/all-­applications

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    This is a chrome finish I did about 11 years ago. Wet spraing a chrome finish seemed quite a new thing at the time, in the UK anyway. It was a bit wierd process!
    You do all the normal primers then a 2K gloss black - left to fully cure. Then a silver nitrate solution thinly sprayed, which is gently wiped to lay all the particles down (yeah, sounds strange), then a water based sealant (looked like PVA to me!), then normal 2K clear over the top.
    Never again.
    There are lots of other ways to get a semi-reflective finish now, including that one where they seem to contantly spray the part with distilled water which looks highly reflective after.

    Pictures from the customer once he built up the bike.

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    Keep a search notification on for 'jig borer' - Like a mill really but geared more towards plunging instead of x/y - I think that's right anyway. They usually have a small table which is enough for positioning a tube mitre. They also tend to be rigid things for repetitive acurate work.
    Some are massive, but most are small.
    Also, most people are not searching for jig borers so you may get one under the radar with less bidding competition (apart from me) :)

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    Ah yeah, hi Tim!
    Blast from the past.
    I finally sold the frame last year, shame, as I think it would have fitted you from memory.
    All well thanks. Hope you are too!

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    YEAH! Sam. Who's this? :)
    Must have been 2005/6
    Bankers from RBS coming in and wanting to buy a fixed gear bike on a lunch break. What happened to Shop 14 Bike Co in the end? The customers went there if we sold out of charge plugs. ha. So long ago now.

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