Sunday, April 3, 2011

Chug-a-Lug


This post is going to a little long on pictures this time
around as this bike took a painfully long time to build.
I'm going to make you guys look at everything.


The bike was built using a variety of techniques.
Amongst those used are traditional fillet brazing,
bi-laminate construction, and quasi-traditional lug work.


Most of the "lugs" are bi-laminate construction where
collars are brazed onto the ends of the tube,
the tubes are mitered, then fillet brazed together.
The curved tubes are REALLY hard (if not impossible)
to get to a snug fit on a pre-made or custom made lugs,
so the bi-laminate method is the preferred route.



Curvy, curvy, curvy.


This chainwheel is the bee's knees.
made by the guys at RCR Fabrication.
I've got a bunch of 34 tooth numbers in black and silver.
They fit straight up to any of the newer Sram carbon cranks.
They will fit from a 3/32" to a 10speed chain.
Super light, super clean.
Give me a shout if you are interested in one.




The fork is made with a variety of methods by itself.
The crown is made by fillet brazing. The fork blades
and steerer are then silver brazed into the crown.
The reasoning for this is the silver filler melts at a
much lower temperature and effects the steel much
less than using all brass. Much stronger that way.
Strong forks are nice.







400 Blows is the music pick.

8 comments:

Johann Rissik said...

That's a stunner.

nathan shearer said...

very nice!

Rotten said...

That bike is bloomin' gorgeous! We've got 32's at RCR as well. Wheels to fit the S-works splines as well! Thanks!

Johann Rissik said...

It reminded me of something I once heard someone say....."It's so beautiful that if it had tits I'd take it to bed"
Not the sort of comment I'd ordinarily make, you understand;)

Daniel said...

My new favorite bike.

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

That's some incredible work there, Todd. Lots of metalwork in that one, a lot of it very detailed. Very fluid result... I'm sure a lot of builders would/will admire this one.

For yourself or for a customer?

Anonymous said...

That is a thing of beauty!

Chris LaSalle said...

Sweet bike! What is the color code of the gray?
thanks!