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Old 06-05-19, 07:34 PM
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I haven't offered anything up lately. In the past a lull in the torch projects was typical as the retail shop hours ramped up. This spring is different. I got a lot done last winter while recovering from two foot surgeries and have kept a job or two going since. I hope to have more shots of other completed bikes soon, the wife and I have to dial in out set ups first. Here's an interesting fork build. It's replacing an OEM one which had an odd A-C, being for a 20" tire, and a specific brake reach. If the brake mounting barrel had been further below the crown I would have considered a bridge tube running between the blades.


This is the first fork with this new to me jig. It is nice to work with. Very solid, repeatable and looks to be spot on straight. Andy
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That's nice. Did the bike originally have v-brakes?
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Eric- Not sure of the OEM fork's brakes. This is being built to a dimensional spec then being delivered raw. It's someone's experiment for changing their bike handling. Andy
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Nice solution, is that just the steerer tube projecting down or is it a separate piece added on under the bridge?

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Really pretty. That's either some great brazing or very fine filing, or both. I with I had that sort of patience, but that self knowledge is why I like to look at your builds (and those of some others here) rather than contemplating picking up the torch myself.
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William- Yes the "skirt" is the steerer extending below the crown.

himespau- Thanks. A single shot doesn't show the planning. I did a couple of practice brazings emulating this joint before this one. Of course there's some filing (after brazing, a lot before...) but mostly of the brass flash that coats the outsides of the crown. I've been doing this part time hobby building thing for a long time and sometimes you get that groove going. Currently my torch work is better then usual. Soon this will pass. Andy
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My brazing has been better than it is right now because I really need to get my cataracts removed. It's hard to do if you can barely see what's going on. Oh, well, getting old stinks, especially if you don't wear sunglasses.

I have found that an abrasive buff on a dremel works well for removing flash. Better than expected, really. I just buy the cheap ones from Amazon and don't stress about how fast I go through them. I also like how it highlights areas that I need to file, sometimes things blend in a little too much (see aforementioned cataracts)
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