I finished the build on my UBI bike about a month ago, and wanted to send you some photos. I built it up without paint to get fenders and racks properly mounted, and I am glad that I did it. Getting the right tire reveal with the fenders was a challenge, but the time spent was worth it to get that custom look of tightly wrapped fenders. The front fender and rack were mounted on the rear of the fork for a cleaner look up front. I added a couple of water bottle bosses to the seat stays for the Portland Design Works rear rack, and finish filing on the seat stay lug turned out nice. The bike rides great: it is just the solid touring bike I hoped for. Bike, fenders and racks will be going off to paint soon. I’ll send more photos when it comes back.
It’s Kovas – I was in your Titanium class this past November.
It’s been a few months, but I finally finished building-up my Ti frame (Photo taken post-build – She’ll never be that clean again…).
Ok, so I still haven’t gotten around to installing a proper drop-bar handlebar, but I couldn’t wait any longer – had to start riding.
Mine’s a dirt collector. Like trail dirt. She’s a bit flexy, a little laid-back in the geo, but still rides pretty damn well. Plus, she’s got the best story whenever anyone asks “So what kind of bike is that?”
Thanks again for all your time, advice and patience in class.
THANK YOU for teaching me all I now know about bikes and bike building. Here, at long last, is the first result of my adventures in your mechanics and framebuilding classes from this spring.
Keith [Anderson], as you can see, did a magnificent job of making my fillets look far more fluid than they are in brass alone. The fork, unfortunately, is a purchased Bontrager touring fork which saved me having to set up right away for brazing and allowed me to get this put together much sooner (if four months is considered soon)!
I got the bike painted and assembled finally, my son was very impressed with how fast it went. I would like to thank you again for the great time that I had up there; it was a terrific vacation.
Greetings from SF & 835kms later.. (I think that’s ~515 imperial miles) The bike & I made it in yesterday after leaving a week ago, so it’s holding up. It now looks a tad more used than the attached pic.
[Editor's note: Tai is from Australia and rode this bike from Ashland to San Francisco after class, on his way home!]
Hey guys: some pictures of my bike, some parts are from my others bikes so that is not the final look yet and Im going to leave without paint for a while!!!!!!!!!
This is my rock-solid 26” chromoly brazed adventure bike. The design of the bike and the component group selected reflect
the idea that this was built to be durable and inexpensive enough that I wouldn’t be afraid to “huck” it around.
-68 degree head angle w/crown to axle length of 530mm and 15mm lower stack
-Short seat tube for increased range of seat post adjustability
-hydro and mechanical brake line accommodations
-seatstay and disc brake bridges
-comfortable clearance for most 2.2-2.3” labeled tires