Alléz alléz alléz!!
El typo- proto. 1 piece bars n stem. Suuuuuuper laid back. This things as tall as it is long. Skate rat pub bike relaxment. Might make this a thing if people are interested
Going to try and get into painting a bit further down the line. But for the time being just rattle cans on a prototype. One for the I
Finally got the surface plate up n running. Been a long time coming but quite reassuring to see a frame that started out using the (SUPER) old fashioned alignment techniques is only is only about 1mm out at the dropouts and bang on on the head tube!! Roll on pin point accuracy!
Keep mum rolling in style for miles!
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!
New parts day for mum today! Lots of goodness. Brooks bits, nitto bits, 105 groupset, Chris king, archetype rims! Wheel building later and still waiting on the tyres. Frames off to paint early next week. Just you wait n see it!!
Jigging up my first mountain bike frame. 44mm head tube, Columbus MAX tubes, paragon sliding maxle dropouts. Fun Fun FUN!
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…….
What started out as a fairly simple top tube replacement became my first bit of bi-lam work, making a sleeve and recreating the shape of the half a lug I had to remove.
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.)
Come beginning of July, come up to Leeds for the start of The Tour and The Yorkshire bike show.
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.