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Stunning Fixy!

November 28th, 2008 Hugh

Andrew’s fixy is finally together. It is built with sleek oversize lugs and True Temper Platinum tubing. The yellow pinstriping on the lugs turned out really well. This frame has an EBB to take care of the chain tensioning duties. I am sure this bike will turn a few heads. Once the fit is dialed in I will have a stem painted yellow to match the other yellow bits.

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Ti Finishing 101

October 27th, 2008 Hugh

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I use a number of methods to put the finish on a ti frame. First I use a bristle disc to texture the weld/joint area on Mark’s cross frame. A Scotchbrite belt on a Dynafile is perfect for putting the first layer of brushed marks on the frame. I usually hand finish the frame with a Scotchbrite pad. In total the brushing takes me around 1.5 hours to complete. After the ti is brushed this frame will go to the painter for the final clear coat on the carbon rear end.

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Andrew’s lugged fixy frame in now ready for paint. The appearance of this lugged build is extremely clean. The lugs aren’t ornate but have very nice curves. I think the lugs will be highlighted with paint. I didn’t use seat stay eyes on this frame. They always look too heavy with this style of frame. Instead I have brazed them on and blended the fillet with the lug shoreline.

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I managed to get a start on Jay’s club bike last week also. It will be ready for paint by the end of the week. I am in the process of designing Brad’s 650B tandem right now. Brad already has had me built a performance version of a Kogswell road bike. The geomety of the tandem will be very similar to the racing tandems built in the 1950’s.

Frame Repair and Delivery Times

October 17th, 2008 Hugh

It appears winter is just around the corner. The long underwear and toque have become standard building attire again. I am looking forward to a very productive winter building season. There are already an abnormal number of builds schedualed for the spring. I have decided to not do frame repairs on non True North bikes. I have done a ton in the past but it just seems to delay getting custom orders out the door. Best to talk to Jay at Winterborne Cycles in Guelph if you need some work done.

Delivery times will be quoted at the time of ordering. I still have a number of spots available for delivery in the spring but I would imagine these will fill up quickly.

We have also been busy working on setting up a powder coating system. Here are a couple of shots of Greg installing the insulation on the curing oven. Looks like it will be operational in a couple of weeks time. Powder paint is perfect for touring and mountain bikes. It doesn’t look quite as pretty as Stefan’s wet paint but it is almost impossible to chip.

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Here are a couple of 29ers that just left the shop. They were sweet! Stefan did a beautiful job on the finishing. Both bikes were full rigid setups with Pro Carbon forks and XT drivetrains. Rob sent me a nice email after a few rides “I am just emailing to say that I am loving the bike. It feels fast as hell, and I can’t believe how aggressively I can steer it and still feel stable.”

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Here is a picture of Andrew’s headtube. He is getting a lugged fixy frame. I just happened to have a few sets oversize lugs that I acquired from the Gardin clearout a few years ago. These were the lugs that were used on Curt Harnett’s Gardin track bikes.

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I also have a start on Mark’s ti crosser and a new show bike. The show bike will be a fillet/lug combo.

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Head Tube Detail

February 27th, 2008 Hugh

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I just polished up this stainless steel maple leaf. It is so bright I can’t seem to take a clear picture. The leaf is silver brazed on to the head tube of a lugged city fixie frame.

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I started with this waterjet cut blank.