I thought I would test fit the new rear fender prior to the start of painting. The mounts are in perfect position and I will be able to run 25 mm tires with good clearance. The fender strut mount uses a washer as a backer on the underside of the fender. Being flat, it wanted to cut into the fender a bit, so I shaped it to fit the curve of the fender. Hopefully, this will reduce the potential for cracking in the future.
The bottom bracket is lightly faced and chased. I like to let the tubes protrude a bit into the BB so I get that nice reverse fillet. Structurally, it doesn't need it, but I just like it.
Aligning the head badge on the head tube. I like to have the center lines intersect the badge equally.
The newer head badges are aesthetically too wide to fit my 31.8 mm head tube. So I used one of the older ones withe trebuchet font, but cut the logo off as I will use the new custom font on the down tube. I don't want conflicting fonts. I will blast and prime the frame next week, then call it quits until the new year. Just too many parties, etc.
As I thought, I didn't care for the seatstay fender mount from a previous post. So I bent up this new one and it looks much better.
The frame is complete through braze and soak. It weighs 3 lbs 8 oz with a fair amount of clean up to go. I'm really tempted to replicate this frame with lighter dropouts and racier pipes just to see how light I can get it. 3 lbs. 2 oz.? Maybe, I can save 3 oz. on just the dropouts.
The final shape of the seat stay at the seat tube junction is close. I'll finish it up today when the ambient light is better. So far, the rough weight of the frame is 3 lbs. 8 oz. which is lighter than I originally predicted.
This disc brake conversion is all but finished. Only a little brightening of the metal and a coat of etch prime left to do. I've already mocked it up with the wheel and caliper and the length of the slots allows for plenty of axle travel.