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Forum: Framebuilders
01-25-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 367
Posted By Doug Fattic

My thoughts on alignment tables. Granite tables...

My thoughts on alignment tables. Granite tables are very flat and comparatively inexpensive. Many of my students don’t choose this option because they are very heavy in the size they want and...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-23-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 388
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes if youíre willing to use a lugged bottom...

Yes if youíre willing to use a lugged bottom bracket shell. It gets really difficult to get a rear wheel to center if you are hand mitering the end of the chainstays and fillet brazing a plain shell...
01-17-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 9,297
Posted By Doug Fattic

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Here is my trio of transport bicycles I keep in my frame building shop. The...
01-16-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 504
Posted By Doug Fattic

I have this pair of track Clememt Setas my...

I have this pair of track Clememt Setas my brother got for me as a Christmas present when he took a trip to London in 1969. I believe he bought them from Pat Hanlon's shop that was located a few...
01-10-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,227
Posted By Doug Fattic

There is a bicycle I made in about 1979 in this...

There is a bicycle I made in about 1979 in this museum. Originally it was supposed to be an example of a "modern" bicycle but now it's a classic. It is the lightest steel frame I ever made. The whole...
01-06-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,640
Posted By Doug Fattic

DuPont Imron is a brand name for polyurethane...

DuPont Imron is a brand name for polyurethane paint that is made by many different companies. It was designed to be used for the abuse aircraft can get flying through the air at speed. It is probably...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-31-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,008
Posted By Doug Fattic

The reason the seat tube will bulge at the lug...

The reason the seat tube will bulge at the lug shoreline is because it is not at the same temperature as the sleeve and expands more quickly. If it got hot enough it wouldn't return to its former...
12-30-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 213
Posted By Doug Fattic

Thanks, I became friends with Pete when I used to...

Thanks, I became friends with Pete when I used to teach high school at Spring Valley Academy in Centerville before I went to England to learn how to build and paint bicycles in the 70's. I still do...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-07-19, 10:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,208
Posted By Doug Fattic

Not yet. Do you have a set of English taps and if...

Not yet. Do you have a set of English taps and if so what brand are they? I've got Var Italian taps. Just the taps alone are not expensive to ship to you but adding the weight of the handles would...
11-29-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,490
Posted By Doug Fattic

Modern American framebuilders got started right...

Modern American framebuilders got started right after the bike boom of 1970/71 when there was suddenly a new market for top end bicycles. In the 50ís and 60ís cycling was for kids and the 1st day...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-17-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,313
Posted By Doug Fattic

By the color of the flame. When the ratio of...

By the color of the flame. When the ratio of propane to oxygen is greater, the color of the flame is kind of greenish. As more oxygen is added it goes from greenish to bluish (when it is a neutral...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-10-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By Doug Fattic

Brian, I like to use a 1/16" rod with a small tip...

Brian, I like to use a 1/16" rod with a small tip on the end torch handle. I feel like that combination gives me the greatest control. And also I know that it is harder for my students to use...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-10-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,461
Posted By Doug Fattic

1Kosmos1, this is blatant advertisement I donít...

1Kosmos1, this is blatant advertisement I donít normally do but since we both have a Ukrainian connection, what I am going to suggest I think makes sense. One of your best options to learn how to...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-09-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,061
Posted By Doug Fattic

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Here are my suggestions for creating the design on your bilaminate. If you email...
11-07-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 736
Posted By Doug Fattic

Let me explain a bit about why a custom frame is...

Let me explain a bit about why a custom frame is going to be your best option as long as you can afford the cost. Those that sell stock (so that will be the majority of responders) are always going...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-02-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,008
Posted By Doug Fattic

The design of this frame was dictated by the fact...

The design of this frame was dictated by the fact she was a short woman (under 5') with shorter than average legs. You will notice that the down tube and top tube aren't very far apart. Then because...
10-26-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,686
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm a bike frame painter and what I would suggest...

I'm a bike frame painter and what I would suggest are the cleaners that auto paint stores sell to prep paint in-between coats before the final clears go on. They are the mildest type of petroleum...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-24-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 413
Posted By Doug Fattic

McKing, because I am a typical American that uses...

McKing, because I am a typical American that uses the old English system of measurements instead of joining the rest of the world, I have to go to charts to understand how much pressure is 1 bar. My...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-22-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,952
Posted By Doug Fattic

If you can afford it, I would recommend getting a...

If you can afford it, I would recommend getting a size run of American Pattern half round bastard cut files. More specifically that would be a 4", 6", 8", 10" and 12". In addition I would suggest...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-18-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,461
Posted By Doug Fattic

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10-02-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,331
Posted By Doug Fattic

Nashville is a kind of small tourist town not...

Nashville is a kind of small tourist town not very far away. It is a kind of mecca for Midwest artists. It has interesting craft shops. This is where non riding family hang out. The Hilly used to...
09-18-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,242
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'd call around to any nearby frame builders and...

I'd call around to any nearby frame builders and see what they charge. While $75 for labor is not an unfair price compared to electricians and plumbers, it is a lot higher than I would charge if it...
09-17-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,049
Posted By Doug Fattic

Iím a custom bicycle frame builder who has spent...

Iím a custom bicycle frame builder who has spent a lot of my career fitting women customers. Iím going to suggest you get an old bicycle that has M shaped handlebars. As already mentioned these can...
09-15-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,169
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a frame builder I've learned that the stated...

As a frame builder I've learned that the stated specs on any tube and their actual measurements are often different. In the old days when using Columbus SL was a popular choice, I would weigh each...
09-04-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,049
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm going to repeat what has already been said...

I'm going to repeat what has already been said and that is not try and take the paint off of the maybe or maybe not chrome lugs. Years ago in the 70's and 80's, I repainted a lot of Chicago made...
09-03-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By Doug Fattic

I use about 2 oz per coat and almost always lay...

I use about 2 oz per coat and almost always lay on 2 coats per type of paint. This varies depending on the viscosity of the paint. I put on at least 2 coats of primer but sometimes more. I have a...
08-18-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 941
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of the best ways to identify a frame is the...

One of the best ways to identify a frame is the detail work around the dropouts. A closeup picture of the way the stay ends are finished off as well as how any filing was done on the edge of the...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-23-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,450
Posted By Doug Fattic

Getting the most out of propane with multi-port tips

Propane is an excellent choice as a fuel for building bicycle frames. It is much cheaper and way more convenient to buy and transport than acetylene. It burns cleaner and doesnít give off soot....
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