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01-20-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 139
Posted By Doug Fattic

While it is possible that there is a gap in...

While it is possible that there is a gap in brazing material, it is also possible there is something else going on making it look like that. That frame will not come apart at that joint even if the...
01-20-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 694
Posted By Doug Fattic

William, you might want to try cleaning and...

William, you might want to try cleaning and lubing and replacing the consumables (if necessary) and try riding your Super Sport just like it is before doing many modifications. When I was in grad...
01-19-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

You can reach me at my new email address. Before...

You can reach me at my new email address. Before the .com and the AT sigh is my name dougfattic. I'm open for a February visit. I've contacted (and been contacted) a couple of people to begin the...
01-18-22, 12:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 782
Posted By Doug Fattic

Pinning a frame was/is a method to mechanically...

Pinning a frame was/is a method to mechanically keep a frame in alignment while brazing. It doesn't mean the builder didn't use some kind of jig. At Ellis-Briggs where I learned in Yorkshire, they...
01-09-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 782
Posted By Doug Fattic

This is a picture of the 6 number serial...

This is a picture of the 6 number serial placement on a Johnny Berry fork and frame. I still use Johnny Berry's equipment I bought from his widow and shipped to the States in 1975. On the cast iron...
01-09-22, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 782
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was wandering around England trying to...

When I was wandering around England trying to visit as many builders as possible to find someplace that could teach me, I was surprised at how many small builders there actually were. Every major...
01-05-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,283
Posted By Doug Fattic

If you want to get rid of them faster, you can...

If you want to get rid of them faster, you can try giving them away. PM me for my street address. I'll pay shipping! I sense the direction of collecting is starting to shift towards American...
12-31-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 623
Posted By Doug Fattic

sd, here is an idea that might work for you and...

sd, here is an idea that might work for you and others sometimes. My friend Tom (a now recently retired UPS driver) brought by this Schwinn to me to be refreshed. He sanded the whole frame lightly...
12-30-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,992
Posted By Doug Fattic

In my case I originally didn't realize the top...

In my case I originally didn't realize the top tube had a slope so when I measured the angles they were not the same as they would be if measured against level ground. I used what I thought was the...
12-30-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By Doug Fattic

It was popular for us builder/painters to match...

It was popular for us builder/painters to match the bands on the frame to the pump in the 80's. When 2 sets of water bottle bosses became popular and as a result Silca frame fit pumps became less...
12-30-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,992
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here are the pictures showing my Masi that I got...

Here are the pictures showing my Masi that I got from Milan in September of 1972. I had my letters in English translated into Italian so the size could be determined. The slightly sloping top tube...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-28-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By Doug Fattic

The chance of doing more damage than any...

The chance of doing more damage than any correction is way too high! The risk reward of replacing the top tube is not worth it in my opinion. Let's review some facts. Most frame tubes come to us...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-28-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 309
Posted By Doug Fattic

Instead of driving a hole that requires a nut and...

Instead of driving a hole that requires a nut and bolt, one could just tap a hole M5 or M6 on one side only. That way only one bolt without a nut and washer on the other side can hold whatever. I...
12-27-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 295,809
Posted By Doug Fattic

Our new cat Charlie (we found abandoned on the...

Our new cat Charlie (we found abandoned on the local bike trail), has now become a guardian angel to baby Jesus. Off duty he follows me wherever I am in the house.
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Forum: Framebuilders
12-24-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 611
Posted By Doug Fattic

You can buy the right one from MSC for $37.25....

You can buy the right one from MSC for $37.25. MSC Part # 08862161. Another option is MSC Part # 45403334 for $44.34. Then you can loan yours to other amateur builders. You will never miss or regret...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-21-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By Doug Fattic

Lejo, the area where I think you might be...

Lejo, the area where I think you might be surprised to run into unexpected difficulty is your rear triangle putting your rear wheel in the dead center of the plane of your frame (exactly between the...
12-07-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,872
Posted By Doug Fattic

So the frame is Italian and not British. This is...

So the frame is Italian and not British. This is another reason the decals were not replaced. Getting decals from Italy is problematic and not convenient and expensive. I can remember when I painted...
12-07-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,872
Posted By Doug Fattic

Let me explain that the British culture of...

Let me explain that the British culture of selling custom frames is different than American culture so it is not odd or suspicious they painted a frame with their own decals even though they did not...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-06-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Posted By Doug Fattic

Framebuilder and painter here so adding and...

Framebuilder and painter here so adding and removing braze-ons is standard procedure. Man is that some ugly and incompetently brazed on BB bosses. Whoever was using the torch dribbled brass on down...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-02-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,320
Posted By Doug Fattic

I was fortunate when I went to learn how to build...

I was fortunate when I went to learn how to build frames in England in 1975 at Ellis Briggs that they also painted frames there too. I didn't try my hand at spraying when I was there but saw how all...
12-01-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

I just had a nice phone call with Jim Merz. He...

I just had a nice phone call with Jim Merz. He was the 1st American to pass the Reynold 753 test. This was given in order to make sure builders could be successful making a frame with this new light...
12-01-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

It wasn't as expensive to ship as I might have...

It wasn't as expensive to ship as I might have thought. It was 46 years ago so my memory is a bit vague but I think it cost me around $600 to get it to Michigan. That included the price I paid the...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-30-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 714
Posted By Doug Fattic

Framebuilders say "brass" instead of "bronze"...

Framebuilders say "brass" instead of "bronze" like what it really is when we braze things together. Should it be called a fixture or jig has come up for discussion in the past. In the car and...
11-30-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

We were fairly young kids comparatively new at...

We were fairly young kids comparatively new at building competing for market share from established well known and respected European builders. it wasn't possible at first to raise our price more...
11-30-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 934
Posted By Doug Fattic

England had many small frame builders. I have...

England had many small frame builders. I have many listed in my notebook when I visited them for research in the 70's. It seemed like there was one in every town and several in bigger size cities. ...
11-30-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've chatted casually with Bill Boston a couple...

I've chatted casually with Bill Boston a couple of times about his history. Once I visited him at his shop sometime in the 70's and another time at an early NAHBS. He did like a month long tour of...
11-29-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

No I never had the slightest interest in making...

No I never had the slightest interest in making aluminum frames. There are several complications in making one. 1st you need to have an AC tig welder. Titanium and steel can be welded with a DC...
11-29-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,550
Posted By Doug Fattic

A shortish history of modern American frame builders

The general population of adult Americans did not ride bicycles until the bike boom of 1970. Before then they were for kids to get around until they finally got their driver’s license. I saw my 1st...
11-29-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 36,926
Posted By Doug Fattic

This is an introduction as well as a farewell....

This is an introduction as well as a farewell. Our dog Roxy is an Australian Shepard that has been with us 13 years. Her birthday is the same day as mine. She gets us off the coach to walk her almost...
11-29-21, 12:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Posted By Doug Fattic

I was one of those Americans what went to England...

I was one of those Americans what went to England in the 70's to learn how to build frames. I was a high school teacher at the time and wanted to bring those secrets back here to the US to share with...
11-26-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 738
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of my female frame building class students...

One of my female frame building class students made this last year. She is shorter than 5'. She cut the lug sleeves to a design she created and also chose the color combination. I think this is a...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-25-21, 12:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,367
Posted By Doug Fattic

Ann, 1st of all I was very impressed with your...

Ann, 1st of all I was very impressed with your website about the history of titanium bicycle frames. I thought it was very well done and it can continue to be a great contribution to our knowledge of...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-23-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Doug Fattic

Tom, a common position and routing for a rear...

Tom, a common position and routing for a rear brake on a Mixte is along the bi-laterials. That way the cable routing is less convoluted. However here is a picture of the brake routing system on one...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-23-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Doug Fattic

i believe proper lug brazing techniques makes...

i believe proper lug brazing techniques makes removing excess silver right along the shoreline unnecessary. Clean shorelines start by making sure the lug (or shell or crown) fits tight against the...
11-22-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By Doug Fattic

I recommend an 8" half round 2nd cut. The radius...

I recommend an 8" half round 2nd cut. The radius of an 8" HR is just slightly smaller than the ID of the seat tube. It is the right size if your purpose it to thin the wall to make a seat post fit....
11-22-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,155
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm wondering if this is really a splatter job. I...

I'm wondering if this is really a splatter job. I think it might be painted with yellow and green as base layers 1st and then masked with with torn tape. Then the purple is painted as a main color...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-21-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By Doug Fattic

Tom, the purpose of brazing practice is so you...

Tom, the purpose of brazing practice is so you can learn to coordinate your hands working together as a unit. You probably haven't brazed in awhile so it is normal that the habits you learned in...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-21-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By Doug Fattic

Those dimensions are solid except for the seat...

Those dimensions are solid except for the seat tube angle. If you are going to use North Road handlebars (the shape of a handlebar on old English 3 speeds or Chicago era Schwinns), a 72.5º ST angle...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By Doug Fattic

I had to study the design of city transportation...

I had to study the design of city transportation kind of bicycles because of our charity bicycle project in Ukraine. Holland was a great place to start. The essential factors are more laid back...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-19-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By Doug Fattic

If I was building a frame that was going to use a...

If I was building a frame that was going to use a 7 sp internally geared hub, I'd use long slot horizontal dropouts. Ceeway in England has some nice ones (N65). I wouldn't use vertical dropouts like...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-19-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,367
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm not surprised that UBI is ending its...

I'm not surprised that UBI is ending its framebuilding classes. There isn't nearly as much interest now as there was (although I got a lot more inquiries after Covid) and the latest bicycle...
Replies: 19
Views: 8,092
Posted By Doug Fattic

I have some NOS unpainted Miele MTB frames. I...

I have some NOS unpainted Miele MTB frames. I got them when Miele went bust and had an auction and picked some up along with some of their framebuilding equipment. The cost would mostly be in...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-16-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,367
Posted By Doug Fattic

If making a titanium frame is your goal, you...

If making a titanium frame is your goal, you might want to consider taking a frame building titanium welding class at United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Ashland, OR. The cost of equipment required to...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-16-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,367
Posted By Doug Fattic

I took UBI's first titanium welding class in...

I took UBI's first titanium welding class in 1992. I took it because at that time I was afraid steel might have a limited future life and I didn't want to be left behind like a blacksmith when people...
11-12-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 695
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a frame builder, I would want to check the...

As a frame builder, I would want to check the alignment accuracy of the front triangle as a reference to whether the rear triangle is off any before doing any alterations on the dropouts. If the rear...
11-04-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 295,809
Posted By Doug Fattic

Meet Charlie a four or five month old kitten who...

Meet Charlie a four or five month old kitten who recently decided to join our family. My wife was walking our Australian shepherd on the local bike trail near the river where people like to fed the...
11-03-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,804
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm sure you could do a nice job getting rid of...

I'm sure you could do a nice job getting rid of the front derailleur boss. What makes me advise caution for the OP doing the job is my years of experience teaching students how to build frames. The...
11-02-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,804
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes, I have removed hundreds of braze-ons before...

Yes, I have removed hundreds of braze-ons before I have repainted frames. You weren't addressing me with that question but I am a LOT worried you would damage the seat tube and leave an ugly scar. I...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-28-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 373
Posted By Doug Fattic

Your best option is Jeff Bock in Des Moines. He...

Your best option is Jeff Bock in Des Moines. He is a master builder and teacher and has a class that meets every Sunday in the winter. There was a framebulding class student of mine that lives in...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-25-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By Doug Fattic

You could of course make a new fork for it. That...

You could of course make a new fork for it. That way you are not disturbing her bike while you make it better for touring. I'd choose heavier walls like a 1.1mm wall thickness. The kind of stout...
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