May 292012

Here are some pictures of a touring bike I made at the UBI silver brazing class in May of 2010. The steering tube decal is powdered glass melted on a bent brass plate. I used O2 and methane, but I have heard of people using mepp gas. Components: Wheels built by Joe Young Wheels Texas, Chris King headset, Phil Wood hubsets, Shimano Dura Ace downtube shifters, Shimano SLX front and rear derailleurs, 11-32 rear cassette, 22/32/44 front chainrings. The bike has a long wheelbase and I can climb a barn roof in low gear. It rides great and shifts like a dream. I took it to Utica, NY last summer — 500 miles round trip — no problems. I had an auto body shop paint the frame. The decal on the seat tube was made from a stencil I ordered online.

 Posted by at 3:25 pm
May 182012

It lives in Tokyo!

The frame is now built up into a bicycle! I had to wait an extra 3 days to get the bracket that holds the front outer brake cable housing in front of the fork crown/headtube above the cantilever brake, but could finally fix that and wrap the bars in tape.

It is one sweet ride.

The build is a SRAM Rival groupset, Kore cantilever brakes, Ritchey stem, bars, tires and cyclocross fork, and a used Fizik Arione saddle and FSA seatpost.

I hand built the wheels (Nos. 00002 and 00003) — Velocity A23 rims, Chris King Classic hubs, 32 DT Swiss spokes front and rear (Revolution, except Competition on the rear drive side), and Ritchey 700×32 cyclocross tires.

I love the SRAM double tap shifters. Then again, I usually love a brand new, clean and properly adjusted drivetrain!

The canti brakes … were chattering a bit at first, but within the first kilometer seemed to smooth out nicely.

The Chris King hubs have their trademark “angry bee” buzzing sound. The tires … are noticeably slower than road tires. I’ll probably use another set of wheels for in-town riding, and save these for settings when they will provide maximum benefit.

Now I just need to add some decals/graphics.

 Posted by at 4:36 pm
May 162012

Got my frame all built up. Here are the photos!

 Posted by at 3:35 pm
May 152012

I took your Titanium Frame building Class this past winter. And I am happy to report that my new bike is complete!
I would like to present:Fooly’s Super Stinky Head
This is my new daily commuter/road bike and Cycle Cross bike. This is the bike I plan on spending all my time on, from commuting to work, my winter training, and even racing on. This bike I plan on keeping for a very long time. Thanks UBI for making my dream a reality!

Dan “Fooly” Acosta

 Posted by at 4:39 pm
May 152012

Here are photos of my randonneur bike that I built at UBI Portland this past summer. I rode the bike last week for the Solvang Century. The bike rode great; I’m really pleased with how it all turned out. Thanks again to Ron and Tony for all of their help and guidance, and to the UBI staff for making it a great experience.

 Posted by at 4:12 pm