Friday, December 28, 2012

 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.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Fresh out of blast and ready to prime after a blow off and solvent clean. I will start painting in earnest Jan. 2nd, just too many holiday festivities!

Time to glass bead blast for paint.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

 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.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

A couple of pics of the finish work starting to come together.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Just finished reaming and ball honing the seat tube to a snug 27.2 mm.  That's an ugly seat post, but it's very light and comfortable.  Maybe I'll Color sand and buff the graphics off. 
Pilot hole for the relief.
Cut the slot with a fiber wheel after drilling the 3/16" hole.  Now to flat file the slot and smoothly break all the edges.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

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.