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09-26-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 524
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: 700
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: 524
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...
09-20-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,314
Posted By Doug Fattic

Sure, the picture of the fancy lugged frame in...

Sure, the picture of the fancy lugged frame in the fixture has a 2º slope. It was designed for a short girl so all the tricks had to be used so the top tube could be kind of levelish with a quill...
09-19-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,314
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: 3,314
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: 828
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: 691
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: 691
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: 832
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...
09-05-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 297
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is a picture of a few of my frame blocks....

Here is a picture of a few of my frame blocks. Wood blocks are the foundation tool for any frame builder. They have the right amount of ability to both hold and move the frame without readjusting the...
09-02-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 958
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes, recreational riders with a slower cadence...

Yes, recreational riders with a slower cadence liked them just fine. When you are in a fast pace line or racing, the not round chainrings upset your higher rpm cadence. I think the negativity from...
09-01-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 659
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.
09-01-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 659
Posted By Doug Fattic

I think your bike would make a great campus bike...

I think your bike would make a great campus bike as it is. If you live in Northwestern Indiana you can't be that far from me in Niles, Michigan. I'm just a few miles north of Notre Dame University....
Forum: Framebuilders
08-28-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 430
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: 2,753
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: 2,753
Posted By Doug Fattic

Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s (I don’t...

Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s (I don’t 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...
08-26-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,753
Posted By Doug Fattic

Rizaa, let me give you a bit more information on...

Rizaa, let me give you a bit more information on steel frame alignment and cold setting. I'm a framebuilder and painter that has aligned hundreds of frames in my long career. I would be surprised if...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-25-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 430
Posted By Doug Fattic

Mark,I posted this response on the CR list and...

Mark,I posted this response on the CR list and I'll do it again here. Somewhere in my shed where I store odds and ends of framebuilding materials, I have some D section fork blades (as well as D...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-24-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 698
Posted By Doug Fattic

Is your dent on the end of the head tube or...

Is your dent on the end of the head tube or somewhere in between? If it is on the end, canes can be squeezed together to help round the end of the head tube again. If it is in the middle, than an...
08-22-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,404
Posted By Doug Fattic

Those are Park cone wrenches. The blue handle is...

Those are Park cone wrenches. The blue handle is the give away. I don't remember the sequence in which different models were made. The Park cone wrenches I got to equip our bicycle frame shop in Kiev...
08-22-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,404
Posted By Doug Fattic

Those are cone wrenches most commonly used to...

Those are cone wrenches most commonly used to adjust the cones and nuts on wheel axles. The bigger wrenches are for adjusting headsets.
08-18-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,224
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, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 624
Posted By Doug Fattic

Rich still very much has his shop in Golden, CO...

Rich still very much has his shop in Golden, CO but is involved with some work that prevents him from doing much with bicycle frames. His shop is the best bicycle building and painting shop in the...
08-13-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 96,762
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...
08-10-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of the frames/bike I had made/painted got...

One of the frames/bike I had made/painted got stolen and rattle can painted. When I recovered the frame, I used lacquer thinner (a fairly strong solvent) to remove the rattle can paint over the Imron...
08-06-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 557
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 557
Posted By Doug Fattic

Solid points and the fact that there is that...

Solid points and the fact that there is that braze on (probably for gear housing) coming down the drive side chain stay and no eyelets sways me towards your suggestion that it was used for cycle...
08-05-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 557
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: 930
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....
07-27-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By Doug Fattic

I agree with the posts above that suggest filling...

I agree with the posts above that suggest filling the hole with a mild steel rod and brazing it in with silver. The only thing I would add is that I would start the new hole with a "center drill". ...
07-26-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 702
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, 09:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 702
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes propane combined with an oxygen concentrator...

Yes propane combined with an oxygen concentrator works great. BBQ propane tanks can be bought zillions of places at all hours. Neither is its transportation and sale restricted like acetylene. It...
07-25-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 702
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...
07-19-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,460
Posted By Doug Fattic

Riding tragically into the ocean is a possibility...

Riding tragically into the ocean is a possibility since there was no back brake since the brake bridge had not yet been drilled out to attach one. Come to think of there was no front brake either...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-19-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,637
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...
07-18-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By Doug Fattic

Everything about this frame points to a decent...

Everything about this frame points to a decent American builder making it sometime in the early to mid 80's. It is nicely made with Henry James lugs that were almost never used outside of the US and...
07-17-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,460
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...
07-16-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,102
Posted By Doug Fattic

For some reason I thought you lived in the States...

For some reason I thought you lived in the States until I looked at your personal information more closely. I'm assuming it wasn't difficult to find that bolt in the UK? Also did it go in smoothly...
07-16-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,361
Posted By Doug Fattic

If you were to attach a long rod to an eyelet...

If you were to attach a long rod to an eyelet that is originally part of a steel dropout, it would take a lot of bending force to break it off. In fact it probably won’t break but bend because it is...
07-14-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,361
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...
07-14-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,361
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a frame builder I would not use a braze-on...

As a frame builder I would not use a braze-on eyelet on a dropout to support a rear rack. What has unfortunately happened in the past was that when the loaded rear rack fell over and the panniers (or...
07-13-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,102
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: 1,102
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...
07-09-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,336
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: 22
Views: 1,630
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: 874
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: 1,238
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: 22
Views: 1,630
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: 11
Views: 700
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...
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