Got martins bike back from the painter, he got it spot on when i glanced around the painter and said ‘colour match that!’ and pointed at a fire extinguisher in the corner! its got Jim West on one side and Martin West on the other, 531 badge painted on, the head tube badge shined up really nice and you’d be hard pushed to see where the top tube repair is.
and tomorrow mums is off to paint!
Got Adams bike back from the painter and now its all built up ready for him to start his coast to coast on sunday. cutting it a little fine, but it always pans out!
The last bike to be built in Shed 6 mk 1 up in leeds and the first to be finished in the new improved Shed 6 Kent. this has been designed primarily as a long distance tourer, but not the sort of thing you just leave to one side in between adventures, it’ll be carting tools around to the allotment just generally being put to work. got some nice little details on it. theres more information about it in the bikes bit of the website or on the Facebook page.
also finished the work on Martins bike, it’s had a new top tube and half lug, mech hanger and various braze ons. dropped this of to the painters and should be back with me in a few weeks.
seat tube end:
head tube end with the new half lug sleeve:
Also been cracking on with the bikes for the Yorkshire bike show in july. One is a little road bike for mum, some quite simple lug modification and generally designed as a sort of auduxy style light tourer thing that she can do a few triathlons on as well. Paint job is still a long way off being decided though!
fully internal cable routing
also a columbus MAX mountain bike, which I’m quite excited about. (and it’ll have a 44mm head tube instead of the little tapered one pictured there)
but thats still quite a way off.
the foreman has been keeping a busy eye n checking I’m not slacking as well…….
It’s been quite nice recently. Adams bike is off at the painters, the repairs to Martins bike are coming along, worked out what i want to build for the Yorkshire bike show, the view out of the workshop looks like this -
(Beats a crappy car park and the back of a builders merchants, sorry Leeds)
and i helped dad make a chicken coop. Which looks like this -
In Proper news, Martin, the little crack that was on the top tube extended round the underside of the lug and turned out to be a lot bigger than anticipated, so what i’ve done is taken it all off and made up a sleeve that is brazed onto the top tube to recreate the shape of the bit i removed, this will then be fillet brazed into position at the head tube end and silver soldered into the existing lug at the seat tube end. pump pegs removed, holes drilled for the bottle cage bosses and i’ve taken the liberty of replacing the brake bridge as well, as whoever did it before did a terrible job!
One of the bikes i’ll be taking to Leeds for the show is going to be for my mum, she’s been very patient with chain oil stains on carpets, flux nastiness and piles of bikes and misc bits over the years.
Its going to be a casual road/ light touring/ audux style bike as mum and dad used to do quite a bit of touring around Europe and have always been talking about going back to Italy. So i hope this sets you on your way and goes someway to saying thank you. No excuses now! Dads won’t be far behind.
Anyway, it’s going to be a 725 frame, over sized tubes, full internal cable routing and some modified/ simplified Fleur de Lys lugs. She has also left the paint job entirely in the hands of Magnus, i’m excited to see what he comes up with.
(still got the seat lug to do.)