Friday, July 30, 2010

The base coat is on and looks good. I can't wait to open a bottle of Tricerahops to do a color match. Let it cure over night, then do the logos and clear coat tomorrow.
I posted some pics of a couple of my frames in action at the local short track races at PIR on the Friends of CERNITZbike on FB.
Let's get rid of the gray.

Monday, July 26, 2010

This shot was actually taken last friday, I haven't had time to to post. The electrician is here today and has turned off the power to the garage, so not much I can do until he is done. Jimbos frame is now etch primed and Brian G.s road fork is topcoated his light blue. Today, I will continue stripping Brian S.s front triangle the paint prep on Jimbo and get it painted on Friday. I'm pumped to see how close we got to the Tricerahops color.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Another dropout alignment check at 132.5mm. The glass bead process will cause them to move again, so I will final align then. time to get ready to drive out to PIR for short track.

Here ya go Jimbo. Two pics with the sample of Tricerahops I took in to the paint store today. People thought I was carrying around my doping sample. Anyway, young Brandi and I spent over an hour going through most of their color chips and trying to use the computer aided color analyzer. But, in the end, this brew is so magical it was never the same color twice. We finally took the sample outside with a white backing and matched the closest chip to it.
The plan is to
finish the metal prep and glass bead on Friday. Then prime it when I do another paint job I have for Friday. Do the paint prep over the week end and color and clear coat it on Monday. I'm assuming the paint masks will be done by then.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I happened to have some free time today, so I reamed and honed the seat tube on Jimbos Frame. Did some filing and sanding also. I, unfortunately came to the realization that his paint masks won't be ready 'till the end of next week. The gal designing them drew them with an outline, which we don't want.

I pulled the fork of Dylans bike to cut and glue it and thought I'd mock up the tricerahopper just for fun!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Here is what a full day of filing and sanding has accomplished. The stainless steel faces are on the dropouts and they are coming along nicely.
I brought the seatstays in real tight on the seat lug as Jimbo requested and you can see the modification to both the front and back of the lug for the pass through brake cable. I raised the point on the front of the lug for aesthetics and just wee bit more rigidity for the seat tube.
It's a busy week end, but hopefully I will finish the filing and sanding on Monday. Regardless, I will buy the Tricerahopper paint and supplies.
Also, I am now offering Kinlin and other rims on my wheel builds, as I have an account with Alchemy Bike Works. Cool.
Off for a beer, then to watch my oldest grandson race go-karts.

Monday, July 12, 2010

This is as far as I got today. All the silver brazing is complete except the dropout faces. Hopefully tomorrow. Thought I'd throw on one of the Reynolds wheels and a Eurox brake arm to show the fit. Of course the frame will get shiny and pretty as I file and sand once I'm done with the brazing.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The seatstays brazed up quite splendidly. The fillets at the seat tube lug will require very little finishing and I filed one side of one dropout to show how it will look.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Almost ready to silver braze the Tricerahoppers seatstays. Just a little more finessing and prepping the dropout ends for the scallops.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A couple of shots of Jimbos in-progress seatstays.
I spent most of the days re cutting and routing the bending mandrels trying to make an aesthetic, but functional shape. These bends have an additional 10 degrees bend and doubled the radii of Dylans . I'm just a functional guy. Any more bending or increased radii would have over exaggerated them and made them softer and with too much gap at the top.

Friday, July 2, 2010

here is Jimbos Tricerahoppr Mocked up for silver brazing the chainstays at 64.5 degrees. They are at minimum length possible to make the bike as nimble as possible.