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.