Friday, June 29, 2012

Here is Dylans frame after etch and sanding prime.  Just a few little spots to glaze before the bright blue goes on.  I'll force cure it in the oven while Tina is at work, to speed up the process.  Unfortunately, my business credit card was hacked, so I hope I have enough paint.  Time to start removing the paint on my frame.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The rain bike frame goes back on the shelf for a bit.  Instead, I'm doing a repaint on Dylan's original CERNITZ cross bike.  At the same time, I'm going to convert my personal frame, that has been hanging in the Bikebar for ages, to Di2 and a repaint.  After adding water bottle bosses, I had Dylans frame commercially stripped.  While it was convenient, the two 70 mile round trips and 2 week lead time was more than I can take.  I will hand strip my frame in less than two weeks with out any driving.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I really like the way this frame is looking.

I'm going to shape the upper lug point to match the lower point.

On to the rain bike.  I thought I'd try a "lugged" style internal brake routing.  I drilled a 9/32" hole an went to town with a rat tail file.

 How's this for a professional looking fixture?
 All silvered brazed.  I need a smaller tip for this type of work.

All done, and I quite like them.  As far as placement, I just like top entry in the front and lower in the back as the disc brake cable will be bottom routed on the seat stay as well.
The "project" frame is done.  The bright sun really washes out the pearl white.  I will take it to the Bikebar for display so I can get my frame back.

Friday, June 15, 2012

 I made up some quick bender bars to close up the seat tube/ down tube angle a few degrees.  Old Silca pumps have so many uses.
Finally, the first braze on the new rain bike.  Those little wing nuts hold my shim stacks together.  I base my dimensions off of the top of the seat tube and shim out the bottom bracket to achieve correct alignment.
So, here I am assembling bikes, silver brazing, spray painting, and forming and polishing head badges all off the same bench.  A recipe for disaster.

 Tinas bike is now finished, take a look.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I've been quite busy with bike builds and repairs.  Here, the powder blue has been applied and the pin stripes masked.  

After the metallic gray has been shot, I masked
 for the pearl white.  I
 also had a larger logo
 cut for the 38 mm down
The pearl white is on and the body of the logo has been painted blue.  Next, I'll apply the clear coat.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sanded and ready for the first coat of powder blue for the pin stripe I am going to attempt.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 Cutting the extended seat mast to size and using tape to try and come up with a three color paint scheme.  Any ideas?
 Just a little pictorial of how I do my miters.  I use the BikeCad Pro software to make the patterns, then cut after determining the position on the tube.
 I finish up the outside edges with a belt sander.
Then get the inners with this very aggressive sanding roll.
Finally, I use a piece of head tube diameter and 80 grit to finish it off.