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!
WoCh diS Sp4Ce yehhhh…..