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09-26-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was getting my Bill Hurlow frame in 1974...

When I was getting my Bill Hurlow frame in 1974 in England (Bill's workshop was in Herne Bay not that far from Canterbury), I had to go to Broma's the frame painting company in London to pick it up....
Forum: Framebuilders
09-25-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 898
Posted By Doug Fattic

No 1 mm makes a noticeable difference. A bit off...

No 1 mm makes a noticeable difference. A bit off in chain or seat stay length is more important that other places. That is because of the ratio of length difference between the hub width and the...
09-24-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By Doug Fattic

The Kemper Fluid Writer is the pin stripping tool...

The Kemper Fluid Writer is the pin stripping tool of choice for many of my colleagues. It come in 2 sizes. It helps to use pin stripping paint because it has more pigment for better coverage in one...
09-19-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,672
Posted By Doug Fattic

If Raleigh asked me to design a frame as a modern...

If Raleigh asked me to design a frame as a modern tribute to their 70’s flagship racing bicycle (I’m a British trained 753 certified builder - but they never would) I wouldn’t do it that much...
09-15-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,672
Posted By Doug Fattic

My guess is that the investment cast lugs that...

My guess is that the investment cast lugs that are still available have steeper angles than the original design of the frame. The easiest and best way to make them work without blacksmithing them...
09-11-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 917
Posted By Doug Fattic

What I remember hearing was that at the 1960...

What I remember hearing was that at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, the Italians showed up to race with bicycles without braze-ons. The idea (as already mentioned) was that the brass used to attach the...
09-09-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 822
Posted By Doug Fattic

From 1964 to 1970, the 10 speed Super Sport was...

From 1964 to 1970, the 10 speed Super Sport was the model just below the Paramount. Schwinn introduced the more expensive 15 speed Sports Tourer in 1971. I purposely identified the Super Sport in the...
09-09-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 822
Posted By Doug Fattic

In the 10 speed group in the 60's and 70's, The...

In the 10 speed group in the 60's and 70's, The Super Sports were the next step down from the top of the line Paramounts. Below the Super Sport came the much more common Continental and the most...
09-08-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 872
Posted By Doug Fattic

Mike Melton sometime in the early 80's moved from...

Mike Melton sometime in the early 80's moved from the east to Delaware, OH. He goal was to increase production using more workers and making fixtures. His plan did not work and his operation in Ohio...
09-01-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 747
Posted By Doug Fattic

There is a 27 X 1 3/8" tire available. Those...

There is a 27 X 1 3/8" tire available. Those would be just fine for cruising around town and camping sites. Of course all wholesale suppliers are out of stock on all tires right now.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-28-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 657
Posted By Doug Fattic

I found the box of D section fork blades in my...

I found the box of D section fork blades in my shed. They vary a lot in weight, rake radius and amount of rake. I found markings on 3 blades. One was Reynolds H M 18 -21. For those not named Mark...
08-27-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,822
Posted By Doug Fattic

A natural question for a bike enthusiast to ask...

A natural question for a bike enthusiast to ask is how important is frame alignment and/or what difference does it make? Of course this kind of discussion falls more into the area of attitude and...
08-26-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,822
Posted By Doug Fattic

Back in the late 70ís or early 80ís (I donít...

Back in the late 70ís or early 80ís (I donít remember exactly) the New England Cycling Academy (commonly known by its anacronym NECA) came out with a system to align cleats on shoes. They originally...
08-18-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,618
Posted By Doug Fattic

This cast iron alignment table, bench vises and...

This cast iron alignment table, bench vises and fork alignment tool I bought from Johnny Berry's widow in 1975. Johnny was a builder that lived and worked in Manchester, England and died in 1974. I...
08-13-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 561
Views: 98,429
Posted By Doug Fattic

If I wasn't a frame builder myself I would have...

If I wasn't a frame builder myself I would have either Rich or Jeff Bock in Iowa where you live build me a frame. Rich is more race or performance oriented while Jeff focuses more on all the other...
08-06-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Doug Fattic

A picture of the seat stay to seat tube...

A picture of the seat stay to seat tube connection would be really helpful. Many builders use that area to show their distinction from others. Also a shot of the entire frame would also be really...
08-05-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By Doug Fattic

That looks like a Henry James bottom bracket...

That looks like a Henry James bottom bracket shell. That means it has to be an American made frame. Unless it is a Italian Roto shell. They are obvious because on the underside they had indented...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-28-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,038
Posted By Doug Fattic

Two pieces of 4130 tubing with a wall thickness...

Two pieces of 4130 tubing with a wall thickness of 0.120" can be used to bend/curve cut out flat plate to fit around a frame tube. The inside tube would have an OD the size of the head or seat tube....
07-26-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 742
Posted By Doug Fattic

The rear dropouts were 1st brazed into chain...

The rear dropouts were 1st brazed into chain stays in preparation for hearth brazing that unit into the bottom bracket shell with the front triangle. After the front triangle was spot brazed and...
07-25-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 742
Posted By Doug Fattic

I went to learn how to build frames at Ellis...

I went to learn how to build frames at Ellis Briggs Cycles in Shipley, West Yorkshire in 1975. Compared to most other UK builders I visited, their equipment was more clever and sophisticated. Their...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-19-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,688
Posted By Doug Fattic

I bought one of those many years ago. They...

I bought one of those many years ago. They spacing can be adjusted. The round piece that holds the bosses are actually 2 pieces where the middle parts hidden inside the fixture are split and the ends...
07-17-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,737
Posted By Doug Fattic

I am super curious about who made this frame. It...

I am super curious about who made this frame. It has an extraordinary amount of custom details. The seat binder bolt is incorporated into the seat stays. The equipment to do this probably has to...
07-14-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,453
Posted By Doug Fattic

Just to be clear under normal circumstances a...

Just to be clear under normal circumstances a properly brazed eyelet holding a rack on a dropout is unlikely to break. However if a bicycle with a loaded rear rear rack falls over and if the rack or...
07-13-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Doug Fattic

Glengarry, just for reference on who I am, I am...

Glengarry, just for reference on who I am, I am an American that learned how to build bicycle frames in England in 1975. Before that time I had ordered several British frames from well known builders...
07-13-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,124
Posted By Doug Fattic

The treading used on binder bolts on British...

The treading used on binder bolts on British frames of the classic era is 5/16" X 22 BSF (British Standard Fine). These have threads that are a little finer (more teeth per inch) than British...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-07-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 921
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: 33
Views: 1,312
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
07-04-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 898
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: 664
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...
06-27-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 226
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: 54
Views: 2,627
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: 324
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...
06-21-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 770
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: 1,062
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...
06-11-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,062
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...
06-03-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,190
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: 3,190
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...
05-31-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 310
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: 27
Views: 2,093
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: 736
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...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-12-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,392
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...
05-03-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,712
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: 486
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: 1,054
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: 539
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, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 465
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...
04-14-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 447
Posted By Doug Fattic

If I was doing the refinishing on this frame and...

If I was doing the refinishing on this frame and it was mine, after sandblasting the area on the chain stays to get rid of the rust, I would fill the pits with silver. Those look like pretty deep...
04-12-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By Doug Fattic

I went to storage to check my stash of stamped...

I went to storage to check my stash of stamped and welded lugs to see which ones had a square female key on the seat binder part. This little rectangle keeps a binder bolt with a male key from...
04-11-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By Doug Fattic

I must have been playing at the same table too....

I must have been playing at the same table too. This is by no means the total of my collection of old lugs....
04-11-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By Doug Fattic

The key to prevent the bolt from turning is on...

The key to prevent the bolt from turning is on the non-drive side of the frame. This is because it is easier for a right handed person to turn the wrench when it is on the drive side. When my...
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