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07-09-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 789
Posted By Doug Fattic

Your desired dimensions are very much outside of...

Your desired dimensions are very much outside of the norm so I can't imagine any production frames that fit your criteria. Probably somewhere there is a custom frame made similar but of course that...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-08-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By Doug Fattic

I have ridden 7/4/7 frames with a 1" top tube I...

I have ridden 7/4/7 frames with a 1" top tube I have made for myself for more than 30 years. I would not want to go with anything with heavier walls or larger diameter tubes. There is a liveliness I...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-07-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 355
Posted By Doug Fattic

Probably because your pictures are too large. On...

Probably because your pictures are too large. On my Mac I put them on my desktop and then downsized them in the tools section to a width/height of 20/15. Once they are downsized I can drag and drop...
07-06-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 749
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm sending out these lugs to one of my former...

I'm sending out these lugs to one of my former framebuilding class students. They can still be bought. He is going to use fairly light tubing as he is making it for his wife who doesn't need...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-05-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 538
Posted By Doug Fattic

I completely agree with this. I'm a little guy...

I completely agree with this. I'm a little guy and can tell the difference between light and medium wall thickness tubes and there is a good chance she could too.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-04-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By Doug Fattic

Tom it is much easier for an amateur builder to...

Tom it is much easier for an amateur builder to make a frame with horizontal long slot dropouts. This is because it is not necessary to nail exactly the chain stay length. You can get it...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-02-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By Doug Fattic

One reason to face the side of the BB shell that...

One reason to face the side of the BB shell that the cup presses up against is to protect against the cup pushing away the paint as it screws in. It not only pushes the paint from the face of the...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-01-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 402
Posted By Doug Fattic

I looked at my old Imron paint chart from the...

I looked at my old Imron paint chart from the 80's and I think the color is H7994U Seminole Red Metallic. I may still have a partial can somewhere. It was the only red metallic color available in...
07-01-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 537
Posted By Doug Fattic

Are you wanting a black and red Motobecane like...

Are you wanting a black and red Motobecane like the one in the OP's picture? I made a frame for a customer years ago that maybe still has one. I remember the color when he brought it by to show me...
06-30-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 537
Posted By Doug Fattic

Your fork looks like it is well within the range...

Your fork looks like it is well within the range that it can be bent back to original rake. I've aligned hundreds of frames in many years of framebuilding and it is uncommon that a fork is so...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-29-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Doug Fattic

A commonly available size is 1/16" (0.062") but a...

A commonly available size is 1/16" (0.062") but a little thinner like (0.040") would be more ideal. Here is a picture of a student frame that bought a 12" X 12" X 1/16" SS sheet for around $20. He...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-28-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Doug Fattic

Well Tom you already know the basic principles...

Well Tom you already know the basic principles involved that are the same as when you carved your blank lugs. You can start with the same font you used in the down tube lettering. It may have to be...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-28-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 402
Posted By Doug Fattic

You might try Matt Assenmacher in Swartz Creek...

You might try Matt Assenmacher in Swartz Creek near Flint. He is one of America's original frame builders that started soon after the bike boom of 1970. He learned at Bob Jackson in Leeds after...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-28-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 309
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'll add that there are 2 tip sizes for a Fluid...

I'll add that there are 2 tip sizes for a Fluid Writer. Off the top of my head I don't remember if the black one is bigger or smaller than the gold one. It can be helpful to use a bit of sandpaper to...
06-27-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Doug Fattic

If I was a judge I would be put demerits on a...

If I was a judge I would be put demerits on a frame that attaches seat stays directly to the top of a single butted seat tube. Most standard seat tubes have a wall thickness at the bottom bracket...
06-24-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,519
Posted By Doug Fattic

Your bicycle was probably bought as a frame only...

Your bicycle was probably bought as a frame only right after the bike boom that started right after 1970. Before that time a "10 speed" bike was pretty rare in the US. The lack of braze-ons and...
06-22-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By Doug Fattic

John Cherry and I are friends. We both went to...

John Cherry and I are friends. We both went to the very 1st titanium class UBI offered in 1992. He had already been building ti frames before he took that class. I've painted a lot of his road frames...
06-22-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By Doug Fattic

You might try using neatsfoot oil on the straps. ...

You might try using neatsfoot oil on the straps. It is designed as an oil preservative and when you apply it, the leather will darken.
Forum: Framebuilders
06-21-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By Doug Fattic

I was chatting about painting with fellow frame...

I was chatting about painting with fellow frame builder/painter Rich Gangl the other day and he said the brand aircraft stripper took out its most powerful ingredient methylene chloride and now it...
06-21-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 547
Posted By Doug Fattic

Somewhere between 1980 and 1990 is when I stopped...

Somewhere between 1980 and 1990 is when I stopped reading Bicycling magazine. Rodale Press was/is a business whose purpose was to generate profit for their company and not necessarily to entertain...
06-14-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 853
Posted By Doug Fattic

How would the OP know if the shop was competent?...

How would the OP know if the shop was competent? Of course there are shops somewhere that have an employee experienced in aligning dropouts but I would bet they are kind of rare. I would go to...
06-14-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was visiting various frame builders in the...

When I was visiting various frame builders in the London area in the early 70's, I stepped into Don Ferrell's shop. I remember the guy behind the counter said Don must have been born with a brazing...
06-11-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 853
Posted By Doug Fattic

I agree. I wouldn't heat it up any either (and I...

I agree. I wouldn't heat it up any either (and I have awesome oxyacetylene and oxypropane torches and know exactly how to use them including what temperature range to shot for based on the color of...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-07-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 358
Posted By Doug Fattic

for some reason I have a few 1 1/8" threaded...

for some reason I have a few 1 1/8" threaded steerers. What length were you looking for?
06-05-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By Doug Fattic

The early 90's was when lightweight Tange...

The early 90's was when lightweight Tange Prestige tubing was available. It came in every wall thickness and diameter from very thin to heavy. I built most of my custom frames out of Prestige back...
06-04-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

You didn't mention anything about prepping the...

You didn't mention anything about prepping the spokes and rim before building. I assume you put a little grease on each rim hole and some kind of lubricant on all the spoke treads? I use Spoke Prep...
06-03-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

One trick that has always helped me is that I...

One trick that has always helped me is that I orient the flats of the nipples so they are always vertical or parallel to the ground (until the very end). Most adjustments are done in quarter turn...
06-02-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

67tony, because spokes coming from the inside of...

67tony, because spokes coming from the inside of the hub travel a slightly different length to a rim than those from the outside, it is normal for them to have a slightly different tightness if all...
06-01-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

This description of spoke placement is just so...

This description of spoke placement is just so you can be able to lace a wheel correctly. There are several other ways it can be done. My description isn't about the details or philosophy involved in...
06-01-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

The most helpful picture would be almost straight...

The most helpful picture would be almost straight down but with just enough side angle so one can just see the spoke holes on both flanges and you are able to see clearly which spoke from one flange...
06-01-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

Because this is a 32 hole Sun rim, the rim hole...

Because this is a 32 hole Sun rim, the rim hole in the picture that is just to the right of the valve hole (you put a green circle around it) is offset from the rim's center so it is supposed to have...
06-01-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,540
Posted By Doug Fattic

I believe you have laced the wheel incorrectly....

I believe you have laced the wheel incorrectly. Follow any two almost parallel spokes that are going in the same direction from the hub to the rim. One spoke is coming from the right flange and the...
05-31-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 232
Posted By Doug Fattic

I didn't benefit directly. By that I mean I don't...

I didn't benefit directly. By that I mean I don't remember someone saying they read the article and then called me up to order a frame or bring me a repaint. That doesn't mean that someone didn't...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-28-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By Doug Fattic

Niles, Michigan where my shop and school is...

Niles, Michigan where my shop and school is located is not a place known for adventure. I'm just north of Interstate 80 (the PA, OH, IN toll road). However I sometimes teach short framebuilding...
05-24-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 581
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of the reasons sloping tubes were not done...

One of the reasons sloping tubes were not done before mountain bikes became popular is that standard Campy or Shimano seat posts were not that long. I remember when I made custom frames in the 70's...
05-16-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,501
Posted By Doug Fattic

Get your post count up by telling us a bit about...

Get your post count up by telling us a bit about this bicycle. Is this a bicycle you have had for a long time? Since maybe you were in school or was it something you got as an adult? You can start...
05-14-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 770
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was learning how to build bicycle frames...

When I was learning how to build bicycle frames in England in 1975, I stayed with a family that was involved with a motosport I never really understood. Essentially competitors rode what I would...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-12-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By Doug Fattic

Tig fillet brazing has long been an interest of...

Tig fillet brazing has long been an interest of mine. I used to paint John Cherry frames and he gave me some filler rod to try many years ago. I don't know what rod he gave me. We went to the very...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-12-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 900
Posted By Doug Fattic

The problem is to know when to bend until...

The problem is to know when to bend until everything is in the right place. There are a lot of checks. For starters you need to bend both blades back until they have the same rake as they originally...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-12-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 900
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes it makes sense to try and bend the blades...

Yes it makes sense to try and bend the blades back. The original straight fork blades were bent a lot to get the curve. Where do you live in Michigan? I'm in the SW corner just above South Bend...
05-03-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,393
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm a frame builder and painter so over many...

I'm a frame builder and painter so over many years I've had the opportunity of riding a variety of bicycles that have come through my shop. The reason I point out that I paint frames is because in...
05-02-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Doug Fattic

I asked on The Paceline who is the guy painting...

I asked on The Paceline who is the guy painting the bicycle frame? I thought he might have been an American colleague I had never met. He is from New Zealand. Here is more about him: ...
04-30-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 867
Posted By Doug Fattic

I don't think that chain ever came to market. It...

I don't think that chain ever came to market. It was supposed to be distributed to bike stores through a company in New Orleans. I think that company was partly owned by Alan Kingsbury (a national...
04-29-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 449
Posted By Doug Fattic

I go at those cable guides with a little wire...

I go at those cable guides with a little wire brush on a Dremel. If for some reason you go the whole repaint route, be sure and have the builder/painter take off the 3 top tube guides and put 2...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By Doug Fattic

A "Fit Kit" (The New England Cycling Academy -...

A "Fit Kit" (The New England Cycling Academy - NECA for short - kit to determine bike fit) measurement is similar to your book in a crotch. You pull a stick all the way up into your crotch and...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By Doug Fattic

I never trust someone else's measurements ever....

I never trust someone else's measurements ever. I've found that they can be inconsistent with my own measurements. Even in my frame building classes I'll have students help measure each other and...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-24-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By Doug Fattic

Oxy/propane is a great tool to start learning how...

Oxy/propane is a great tool to start learning how to put tubing together. It is slightly easier to learn with oxygen/propane than oxyacetylene because if has a slightly lower flame temperature. That...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-22-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By Doug Fattic

I might add that multi-port tips were designed...

I might add that multi-port tips were designed for use in the jewelry trade for precision. In the States some of us finally convinced the Paige Tool Company to make adaptors for American torches with...
04-18-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,179
Posted By Doug Fattic

The paint damage around the head lugs showing...

The paint damage around the head lugs showing filleted brass raises a question I am curious about. Can someone more familiar with Singers tell me if the lugs on this frame were made from 2 pieces of...
04-18-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,648
Posted By Doug Fattic

While I find a Dremel useful for a number of...

While I find a Dremel useful for a number of tasks in my workshop, I and my framebuilding class students primarily use it when cutting a design into a blank lug. This has already been mentioned a...
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