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.
Clearly paying attention, got some of the Trojan CDs to keep me nodding along and then an advert for a lathe dropped into my ebay inbox! so we went to pick that up from a place that it turned out used to be the Krays country retreat out in the middle of nowhere. either way, it fits perfectly into the end of the new workshop and so far is lots of fun and i haven’t lost any fingers
in other news, in between finishing Adam’s tourer, i’ve been practicing the fillet brazing in preparation for a top tube repair and a couple frames people have been making noises about. so heres the progression. it’s going to be a sort of fixed skateboard carrying townie cruiser thing with a one piece moustache bar n stem combo and a custom rack. soon come.
please ignore the little flux dot, its gone now.
this jig is hands down one of the best things i’ve ever bought.
So sadly Leeds is no more, but Kent is nice. a bit damp though.
It’s been a busy month or so, dismantled the shed and shipped everything from north to south, picked up some new bits of kit - an Anvil frame jig i bought off Tom at Demon Frameworks, very happy chappy, cheers mate! And also a massive wealth of stuff off Simon Davey, who it would seem was one of the people keeping bike building in the UK alive when production work was going overseas. Got loads of old lugs and dropouts, a few nice old Columbus tube sets, even an old Max mtb set! and some tandem lugs if anyone feels like it.
Anyway, now everything is re assembled and ready to start again.
The last few days i’ve been getting on with Adams all singing all dancing tourer. This is the last bike to come out of Shed 6 Mk 1 and the first to come out of the new and improved MK 2!
I carved some seat stay caps while up in Leeds, but i wasn’t completely happy with them, so did them again…
I think Adam is going to choose some quite contrasting colours for the seat stays and the seat lug, so this will stand out really nicely. Should have it finished pretty soon.
I’ve got a top tube repair and modifications to do on an old bike, more on that later.
got round to painting and building up the first bike i made in the Shed, It looked really nice in raw steel, but the rust was creeping in so i’ve had it done in a sort of matte sky blue with some black and red bits and still with the polished stainless steel head tube badge.
Still getting used to trailer life, Ledge puss is having a wild time, The view is nice.
Right, I know i shut the Shed down once already, but that was a bit of a blip. This time it’s actually happening. The Shed will be moving to darkest Kent in order to knuckle down, do some proper work, ride my bike and have a crack at a kind of metal based ‘good life’ existence. All i want for christmas is a lathe and something from the Trojan Box set collection - that should keep me going for a while!
In other news:
it’s definitely been a long time coming, but its done and ready to go. Whits specifically wanted down tube shifters and flats. none of this modern integrated witchcraft. it looks kind of old school with the fleur de lys lugs and down tube shifters, but its built out of oversized Reynolds 631, all new 105 bits, mavic aksium wheels and a snazzy race face chain set for going FAST!
Whitby wanted a bike for life kind of thing, so it’s got clearance for 28/30C tyre and mudguards, rack mounts and a geometry that lends its self to razzing around forever!
Righto, after a few months hiatus i’m back in the shed. It was odd moving everything back in, but stuff found its place, tools back on the wall, gas in the corner. had a big clear out and shifted some stray cobwebs.
I’ve signed up to go to the Yorkshire bicycle show towards the end of September, which i’m very much looking forward too. i’ll be taking the Stroop, maybe a road bike and whatever else i can cram into the little booth! so come and say hello! http://yorkshirebicycleshow.co.uk, https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireBicycleShow?fref=ts
Got some more bits to play with as well. I’m going to build a couple of stock frames to sell. Going to do a fixed commuter/ winter trainer, full mudguard clearance, space up to a 28 or 30(ish)C tyre. drilled at the back so you can run a break if you like, 1 1/8th steerer and made of Reynolds 631 over sized tubing throughout, road angles with a slightly higher bottom bracket. That’ll be £725 frame and forks.
The second one is going to be a bit more summery, full 853 front end, gently tapering oval 725 stays, those big old columbus life chain stays you can see in the picture above, stainless dropouts and a columbus carbon fork. Really looking forward to this one, super tight rear triangle, high bottom bracket and a 74 degree seat tube but paired with a slightly more road styled front end, it’s gonna to go like the clappers! And that will be £1100 F&F (includes a Chris king headset though!)
Sizes are provisionally 55cm and 57cm respectively and colours are far from decided. if you’re interested in either of these and get in touch before i start building i’m more than happy to build them in your preferred size. And if i’ve started building but you still want one, the colour can be decided at the very end! - Just waiting on Reynolds now, soon come.
This kid rides a Shed 6, get one and you can feel just like him!
Today I are mostly been… grinding lugs. Nothing particularly exciting to take pictures of, but the parts have turned up for the stroopwaffel mk2 and the internal cable routing is going to have to be built into the frame as the main triangle goes together as opposed to once the bike is finished.
Whitbys’ road bike is coming along as well, just got to build the fork before setting the bottom bracket height and then its on the final stretch. cleaning, tidying, fitting braze ons etcccccccc.
So, after a short trip back to London i’ve got some bikes to build! The first one will be for one of my oldest mates, Whitby. Its going to be his do everything bike, primarily cracking around London and maybe some longer distance rides, gotta see if i can coax him out on some short tours. With this one its about working out a balance between nippy and agile and comfortable and relaxed. I don’t think i’ll stray from standard road head and seat tube angles, the real thinking is going to have to go into the bottom bracket height and chain stay length to achieve the right ride qualities. I’ll be using the fleur de lys style lugs which will set quite an old school tone for the final build. Sm4sHiN DA 0Ld aN Noo 2Geh4 1nNit!!
The second one is for another mate, Timmy. He’s a courier and just raggs it around London all day. What a job! Anyway, I want to build him up a city fixie version of my road bike. Before going off to California i had a spin round town and thought the tight geometry and beefy chainstays would lend themselves perfectly to a nimble city bike. He’s kinda letting me do my own thing with this one, it’s not going to be fancy, just solid. I know Tim’s broken a few frames before and is keen on racing alleycats so its got to be comfortable and practical enough for daily courier use, yet a race machine! Subtlety is key i recon. Able to use front and back brakes and full mudguards in the winter, then summer time fun with no unsightly braze ons!
Can’t wait to get on with these bikes, in the process of working out measurements for Whitbys bike, should have a drawing soon and i’m just waiting on Tim to get properly sized up at Tokyo Fixed before i can get cracking on the drawing for his. Hurry it up sonny!
was quite fun, some sights that just look so foreign, then you turn a corner and its the business district. had some dim sum in the place most filled with chinese people, cant decide if it was delicious or disgusting. i ate the same thing twice and it gave me 2 very different opinions!