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Ti Finishing 101

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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.

3 Responses to “Ti Finishing 101”

  1. the desert fox Says:
    October 30th, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    i can’t wait to see that tandem.
    i’ve been lurking on this site for quite sometime now while saving up for a TRUE NORTH tandem bike.

  2. Nice article. Thanks. 🙂 Eugene

  3. The Ti frames coming out of the shop are the things legends are made of. Its amazing and inspiring to see the brilliant simplicity being crafted through the shop, and even more so to see the growing demand for this level of “craftsmanship”. When design and development throughout much of the industry is in hyper-drive, complexity and excalating prices of larger scale production trends will only serve to fuel the demand for refined highly crafted no-nonesense simple focused bikes. I only hope Hugh will reserve a spot for me yet again as the orders keep rolling in. Keep up the amazing work. Long live “Built by Hand – Built by Hugh – Built for You”.