The spring rush has hit hard and early here.Â There are a record number of bikes on order right now and building was running smoothly.Â Of course that had to come to a grinding halt with a visit from the local safety authorities.Â The powder coating oven that I built is not “safe” to use.Â It did work very well but it needs to be built according to Canada’s electric safety standards.Â I have sent the oven out for rework and it should be back in a couple of weeks ready for action.Â I am comfortable paying for the upgrades.Â 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. Â After doing somewhere aroundÂ 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 largeÂ ti road bike.Â Jan has put many miles on a steel frame I built him 6 or 7 years ago. It was time for an upgrade!
I also built a few mtb frames last week.Â Pictured is a very smallÂ hardtail frame built for 26 inch wheels.
The other frame is Matt’s new True Temper Platinum EBB single speed frame.Â Matt had his tubes bi-ovalized.Â Looks really cool!Â The white funk on the frames is silver brazing flux.Â The flux will be dissolved in a warm water bath.