Monthly ArchivesDecember 2012

Finishing Patrick’s Fat Bike standard

Finished up Patrick’s fat bike today – all that is left is some finishing work (Face and chase bottom bracket, head tube and seat tube, trim the small stub off the top of the seat tube and drill/tap the holes for the head tube badge. Then it’s off to the powder coaters. Everything went very smoothly and I’m happy with the result. Looks like a few of the parts Patrick wanted to spec are unavailable until late January and February. Sounds like this one will be a slow build. But on another note, that seems to be the general theme here with a lot of parts. Two clients ahead of him are on back order with Fox Racing Shox. So ...

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Finishing Patrick’s Fat Bike standard

Friday was a good day up here in the North. Finished Patrick’s seat stays on his fat bike and monday looks like i’ll put the seat stay bridge in place, braze on the small tid bits and do the final face/chase/ream to all the interfaces at the head tube, bottom bracket and seat tube. The past few frames I’ve built have been a bit more on the traditional side with elements and 44 DNA slid in for good measure. Patrick’s fat bike sports that 44 Signature look with looped tail and seat tube bridge lending gobs of standover. The seat stays require A LOT of voodoo to get them all in place ‘just so’. These have 3 bends per stay. ...

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FATNESS standard

Listen up kids: Just when you thought the trails were safe… Fat bike in the works here in the North. Wish we had some snow (egads, I can’t believe I typed that). But it seems whenever I build a fat bike, no snow. Go figure. But I digress. Today’s work was finishing and fine tuning Patrick’s seat tube bridge and then fully welding the front triangle. Things came together nicely. Tomorrow looks like I’ll be finishing up his seat stays and moving on to the bridge/braze on’s hopefully. One thing that happened while welding late yesterday was an “epiphany” with filler management. Typically, I cut my filler rods in half. That 36″ of rod waving around has always been distracting. ...

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Patrick’s Fat Bike Build standard

Things are hopping here at the shop. Been spending the mornings up at the studio placing orders, getting out quotes and tending to long term design projects. Some product some graphic design as well. Then after lunch, and a little playtime with the pup it’s down to the shop. I’ve been working on Patrick’s fat bike this week and things are coming together quickly. Monday I got his bottom bracket assembly prepped, dropouts welded to the chainstays and pretty much the entire frame mitered/fitted. First miter on the chainstays: Tacking the drops (actually letting the post flow do it’s thing in this shot) and drops welded up: Finalized bottom bracket assembly: Gives you an idea of what will fit back ...

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Getting in the Spirit of the next build standard

Patrick’s 29er went off to powder this morning. Ordered his fork and post along with a kit for another build previously in the build list. Was on the phone with Phil Wood, Paul Components, Quality Bicycle Components, AND Chris King. After all was said and done it was time to head out for a much needed gravel ride: Came back and prepped everything for Monday’s start of Patrick’s Fat Bike. Here’s all the parts assembled and prepped for an early start to the bottom bracket assembly: Yesterday when all was said and done I took out the fat bike to the top of Winn Mtn. and back to the shop.

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Finishing Patrick’s 29er standard

Wrapped up all major work today on Patrick’s 29er. Tomorrow I’ll do all the finishing work bright and early (Went for a much needed gravel road ride at 4pm this afternoon…). On the schedule for today was finishing the seat stay welds (at the dropouts) and hand fitting/welding the seat stay bridge. Lastly was to braze the bottle bosses in place and two cable guides for the rear brake hose. Here I am fitting that seat stay bridge: And finishing the welds on the dropouts/seat stays: And brazing the bottle bosses. Trying a new flux out from the good folks at Henry James. Good stuff: And pretty much finished! This is pre-soak to remove the flux. I’ll do all the ...

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That was Friday… THIS is Monday and Tuesday! standard

Making big strides here at 44 HQ on Patrick’s SS 29er. Got the front triangle completely welded up on Monday afternoon. Things came together nicely. Once tacked, the frame goes on the alignment beam and I check everything to see where the tubes are headed post tack. In this case, the seat tube was leaning about 2 mm to the drive side. So I started my sequence on the non-driveside and used the heat to slowly pull the seat tube back into place: Seat tube welds at the bottom bracket: Once this is finished and sequentially welded, I move on to the head tube/top tube/downtube junction: I use heat syncs throughout to minimize heat input – here is the latest ...

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Patrick’s 29er looking like a bicycle standard

On the agenda today was some design work first up at the studio and then head down mid day to start venting all of Patrick’s tubes, drill the water bottle boss holes on the down tube and run the internal cable routing for the rear brake. This is a dedicated singlespeed so no need to run a rear derailleur cable routing. Which oddly enough, had me “feeling” like I was forgetting something all day long. Odd. But indeed no matter how much I rechecked everything, I had everything covered. Force of habit up to this point I suppose. I’ve started to not weld the bottom bracket assembly fully until the entire front triangle is mitered and fitted. Allows me to ...

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