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Powder Coating Blues!

The spring rush has hit hard and early here.  There are a record number of bikes on order right now and building was running smoothly.  Of course that had to come to a grinding halt with a visit from the local safety authorities.  The powder coating oven that I built is not “safe” to use.  It did work very well but it needs to be built according to Canada’s electric safety standards.  I have sent the oven out for rework and it should be back in a couple of weeks ready for action.  I am comfortable paying for the upgrades.  When I initially started powder coating I wasn’t 100% convinced that I could recreate the amazing liquid paint jobs that the old painter was capable of laying down.   After doing somewhere around  500 powder paint jobs in the last 1.5 years I couldn’t be happier with the results.

There is a quite a line up of frames here waiting for powder coating. I have been concentrating on building as many ti frames as I can.

Here are a few a shots of Jan’s new rather large  ti road bike.  Jan has put many miles on a steel frame I built him 6 or 7 years ago. It was time for an upgrade!

 

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I also built a few mtb frames last week.  Pictured is a very small  hardtail frame built for 26 inch wheels.

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The other frame is Matt’s new True Temper Platinum EBB single speed frame.  Matt had his tubes bi-ovalized.  Looks really cool!  The white funk on the frames is silver brazing flux.  The flux will be dissolved in a warm water bath.

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