Handcrafted Excellence, One Bike at a Time

Before and After

November 18th, 2008 Hugh

Mark picked up his shiny new ti/carbon cross bike on the weekend. Beautiful bike with a mix of Dura ace components, Scandium tubeless wheels, and a Eriksen sweetpost.

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Not quite 24 hrs later …..

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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.

Ti Time

September 4th, 2008 Hugh

I have been building quite a few ti frames this year. I have a new shaped 3/2.5 tubeset that is perfect for road and cross bikes. The shaping adds stiffness to the frame the right places while still maintaining the supple ride ti is known for.

Here is the start of Johnny 5′s new cross bike.

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It is off to Stefan now for some clear coat on the carbon rear end. When it comes back I will do the final finishing.

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I also just finished a ti 29er for Aleksandar. The ti 29ers are absolutely wonderful to ride. We built this bikes around one of the Eriksen ti posts. The post softens the feedback from the rear wheel. This will be the next bike I am going to build for myself. We are still waiting for some of the parts to arrive for the final build. Here is a picture of the bike with some temporary parts.

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Custom Titanium Road Bike

June 24th, 2008 David

Here are some shots of another custom titanium road bicycle with a carbon rear end and custom wet paint. The colour is a really cool ‘glam’ kermit green, with very fine metal flake. The photos do not do it justice. The bike is built up with the Shimano Ultegra SL group, matching SL wheels, a Selle Italia Lady GelFlow saddle, and an anatomical, women-specific TTT-EVA handlebar.

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