May 102010

Hello all. I’ve been meaning to send these few pics of the bike I ended up brazing in Ashland at the March [2010] class. Thanks again for all the great instruction. It’s Kaisei 019 OS, about 565mm square, 75 HtA/74 StA. Dura Ace cranks, bb, hubs, cog, lockring, Sugino 75 s3 Gigas chainring, Thomson post and x2 stem, Velocity aeros, black DT comp spokes, Michelin Krylion carbons, Ritchey Pro Logic 2 bars, Selle Italia SL saddle. It has Ultegra SPD-SL pedals on it now. Vroom vroom. I was thinking about some sparkly black metallic, but now that it’s built up, I’m pretty addicted to the raw steel. Maybe some more finishing and just a clear coat? Who knows.

 Posted by at 10:57 am
May 102010


Here is my single speed made in the March ’09 Chromoly Brazing class. The frame turned out great, and rides better than I ever imagined. Built up with vintage components – mostly Campy NR/SR stuff I had “retired” 20 years ago. The only concession to current technology was the fitting of Speedplay pedals. My old Record Superleggara’s look cool, but it didn’t take long to remember what a pain (literally) clips and straps are. I couldn’t wait to build and ride it, so I gave the frame a “rattle can” paint job instead of sending it out to a pro. Two months and almost 400 miles in, it’s holding up real well. The final touch was the addition of a lugged stem I finished last week. It felt good to pick up the torch once again. Brazing the stainless was “fun” and finishing took forever, but I like the result. Next up, a single speed MTB for my daughter. After that, who knows? Thanks again to Ron, Gary, Nate and the rest of the guys at UBI.

 Posted by at 10:48 am
May 102010

I’m finally riding the bike I built in the August frame class [taught by Paul Sadoff]. The 26″ two-speed BMX with disc brakes concept seems to have resulted in a fun, if kind of weird, bike. Thanks for teaching me how to build it. I had this thing rolling around my head for months and it’s great to roll it down the street now. I had a long delay for the hubs. It tracks straight, is a blast to ride, not too heavy, and everyone that rides it has fun. Thanks for showing me how to build it.

 Posted by at 10:39 am