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09-15-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 723
Posted By Doug Fattic

It is more than just culture that Americans can...

It is more than just culture that Americans can do more finish work on custom frames than the classic era Europeans. I Paid $75 for my Hetchins frame in 1969. That means the builder has very limited...
09-13-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 651
Posted By Doug Fattic

The Blackburn holder was held in place with 2...

The Blackburn holder was held in place with 2 water bottle bosses (M5 thread). The pump clipped into the holder and was held more securely in place with a velcro strap. The velcro strap went around...
09-13-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 651
Posted By Doug Fattic

Back in the late 80's I remember putting some...

Back in the late 80's I remember putting some under the top tube water bottle bosses to hold a short Blackburn pump that had a holder designed for those under the top tube bosses. I don't think...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-07-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've got detailed instructions on how to design...

I've got detailed instructions on how to design and carve lugs if you want to email me for them. How to do this has always been a passion of mine ever since I got my fairly plain Hetchins in 1969....
Forum: Framebuilders
09-07-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

Like Andy says, it is often necessary to grind...

Like Andy says, it is often necessary to grind some of the socket to get a better fit. In fact oval chain stays and oval sockets have variances that have to be altered to make them fit together. So...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-07-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

Well, well, well, if your wife is a jeweler, she...

Well, well, well, if your wife is a jeweler, she already has the tools to cut designs out of blank lugs. Carved lugs isn't to everyone's taste (or ability) but I bet if you were making her a frame,...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-06-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is a picture of a frame I made for my nephew...

Here is a picture of a frame I made for my nephew where I used double bend oval chain stays that required I modify the angles of the CS sockets so they fit the bend of the stays. I used this punch...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-05-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've modified the oval sockets on a BB shell to...

I've modified the oval sockets on a BB shell to fit double bent chain stays. I used a punch I hit with a light hammer to bend them to my will. It wasn't overly difficult. A number of my...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-04-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

I can't imagine any round/oval/round straight...

I can't imagine any round/oval/round straight chain stays only 415mm long can work with 47mm tires. However I'm going only from instinct so the only way to know for sure is to draw them out if you...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-04-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 692
Posted By Doug Fattic

Ryan, here is a picture of those chain stays and...

Ryan, here is a picture of those chain stays and BB shell I used on my wife's bike. The tires are 650B X 42 Rene Herse Baby Shoe Pass tires. I'm not where I can do any measurements.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-01-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 972
Posted By Doug Fattic

Ethet, this is a forum to exchange ideas on...

Ethet, this is a forum to exchange ideas on building our own frames. Why not build your next frame yourself? A track frame with .9/.6/.9 tubing (like the Kaisai 019) is an easy build. If you are not...
08-30-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,098
Posted By Doug Fattic

I really like seeing the progress and for you to...

I really like seeing the progress and for you to take the initiative to make your own fork! It is nearly impossible to diagnose the quality of a braze from a picture after it is done. What I do know...
08-29-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,098
Posted By Doug Fattic

Good to see progress! You can count on me to give...

Good to see progress! You can count on me to give unsolicited advice. Perhaps you can continue to work on your heat control? Maybe you can flick the flame off and then back on (sometimes...
08-27-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,246
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a frame builder/designer I can tell you that...

As a frame builder/designer I can tell you that with sweptback bars, both the head and seat angle probably need to be less than 72º. I built my wife's custom frame/bicycle equipped with "north road"...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-22-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 998
Posted By Doug Fattic

A couple of tips using hole saws to miter tubes....

A couple of tips using hole saws to miter tubes. 1st they work better if you get the Paragon hole saw holders. The ones that are supplied are a bit flimsy. Unterhausen already mentioned to face the...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By Doug Fattic

I think you would be surprised at how much better...

I think you would be surprised at how much better your lugs can look after a skilled filer has worked on them. For example just this week one of my framebuilding class students was filing his lugs...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is the Cliff Notes version on using propane...

Here is the Cliff Notes version on using propane for brazing with oxygen. And you want to use pure oxygen with propane so you can get a nice sharp flame for much finer control. While acetylene...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-19-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By Doug Fattic

Apollodriver, where are you located? In North...

Apollodriver, where are you located? In North America or in Europe or someplace else?
Forum: Framebuilders
08-19-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By Doug Fattic

Those lugs look pretty good! When Americans...

Those lugs look pretty good! When Americans started to build frames after the bike boom of 1970/71, it became expected that lugs would be thin. That was the result of a lot of extra filing. There...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-18-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 941
Posted By Doug Fattic

Now that we have more information, we can give...

Now that we have more information, we can give you more advice that you can ignore. I know it is possible to add Fillet Pro silver on top of the lug to build up thickness but the chances of something...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-17-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 941
Posted By Doug Fattic

In one of my early framebuilding classes in about...

In one of my early framebuilding classes in about 1977, I let one of my student use my Dynafile. He discovered to his joy that it removed metal much faster than with a hand file. Just a coincidence...
08-17-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

That sounds like a solid plan for separating the...

That sounds like a solid plan for separating the blue and white. I just wanted to make sure you understood that it can be a challenge. Practicing so you can figure out how to overcome difficulties...
08-16-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

You might want to consider painting the blue 1st...

You might want to consider painting the blue 1st sine the fine line blue stripe will be easier to mask with a single piece of tape. I use fine line tape from 3M because it has clean edges unlike...
08-15-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

Just so you understand where I'm coming from, I'm...

Just so you understand where I'm coming from, I'm a professional frame painter (and builder and teacher too of course) that insists on doing top notch work. I don't pay too much attention nor am I...
08-14-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

House of Kolor paint was formulated by a custom...

House of Kolor paint was formulated by a custom car painter wanting to do glamor candy and pearl paint jobs. His last name started with a K and that is why they spell Kolor with a K to promote their...
08-14-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

I use disposable cups on my clear coat only spray...

I use disposable cups on my clear coat only spray gun. After I finish, I'll leave whatever is left in the cup undisturbed. It can take a full month for the liquid to shrink to its final solid size....
08-14-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,241
Posted By Doug Fattic

This new version Rene Herse shows how most top...

This new version Rene Herse shows how most top quality bicycles are really undervalued. It's true it is a lot of money compared to competitors but not so expensive some people can't still afford...
08-13-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,989
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm relaxing at a camp site after the 3rd week of...

I'm relaxing at a camp site after the 3rd week of teaching another frame building class. My student had literally no idea whatsoever how a frame was put together and English is his 2nd language....
Forum: Framebuilders
08-10-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 832
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've taught frame building classes in the US...

I've taught frame building classes in the US since the late 70's and have had many European students. My students lately have included Tandom Tom and a Dutch guy that works for Sram. The most...
08-09-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 929
Posted By Doug Fattic

No the ones I've used were cast out of mild...

No the ones I've used were cast out of mild steel. Because I'm a painter as well as builder I wouldn't mind filing any of the boss to make it fit the derailleur. Then I apply a little paint in the...
08-09-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 929
Posted By Doug Fattic

Braze-on front derailleurs vary a lot in where...

Braze-on front derailleurs vary a lot in where the attaching bolt is in height above the bottom bracket. This is one reason I gave up using front derailleur braze-ons (as well as the reason JDT...
08-08-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,098
Posted By Doug Fattic

Silver is easier for beginners to get right when...

Silver is easier for beginners to get right when they are inexperienced with a torch. The class is also taught how to use brass (I know it is really bronze but frame builders say brass anyway). The...
08-06-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 897
Posted By Doug Fattic

When a customer is placing decals on their own...

When a customer is placing decals on their own frame, they will want to use vinyl decals after the new paint or powder coating is finished because they are durable. I'm assuming whether they choose...
08-06-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 799
Posted By Doug Fattic

What a coincidence! His name is Tom and has done...

What a coincidence! His name is Tom and has done that run for years. He has hung around my shop since he was a teenager in the 70's. However I texted him this morning about the frame and he said he...
08-06-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 799
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm interested! I live in Niles, Michigan just...

I'm interested! I live in Niles, Michigan just north of the Indiana Toll Rd and Notre Dame U. I have a good friend that is a UPS long haul truck driver. He does the run from South Bend to Toledo 4...
08-05-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,098
Posted By Doug Fattic

It is inevitable that if you are making a jig to...

It is inevitable that if you are making a jig to braze a new fork, You'll eventually make yourself a new fork. I'm here to provide unsolicited and perhaps even unwanted advice. Kirk Pacenti did some...
08-05-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 897
Posted By Doug Fattic

I agree. With smaller diameter tubes, the...

I agree. With smaller diameter tubes, the smaller letters look better. Those details are very noticeable to me. I"m repeating my self but I think those larger letter decals were for later frames...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-03-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 351
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm a painter and my guess is that your painter...

I'm a painter and my guess is that your painter doesn't want to have to choose from imperfect (to him) options. If you don't think his color choice is right, then it is his fault and you might...
07-31-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 957
Posted By Doug Fattic

There are some nice older British bikes that...

There are some nice older British bikes that might work for you. The Gillot and Ephgrave Mark mentioned are top quality and would command a premium price. However there were many builders in the UK...
07-30-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 897
Posted By Doug Fattic

My guess is that the smaller decals were for...

My guess is that the smaller decals were for steel frames with 1" top tubes and 1 1/8" down tubes. When tubes got bigger than so did the decals. Maybe, I'm speculating here. Manufacturers like...
07-29-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,403
Posted By Doug Fattic

The Classic Rendezvous site has a very short...

The Classic Rendezvous site has a very short description of how he started. More importantly it has a phone number and address of his shop in Maryland. I have no idea if he is still building but I'd...
07-22-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By Doug Fattic

in the year 2000, the church on the campus of my...

in the year 2000, the church on the campus of my alma mater (Andrews University) made a plea for members to donate bicycles for a college in Russia. Somebody had arraigned for a shipping container to...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-13-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 798
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a frame builder and liquid wet painter, I'd do...

As a frame builder and liquid wet painter, I'd do like Duanedr suggested and fill it with 45 or 56% silver (because that is what I have on hand). And then of course file and emery it smooth. It...
07-12-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By Doug Fattic

It is possible that your down tube (and maybe...

It is possible that your down tube (and maybe even the seat tube and top tube) were SPX instead of SLX. SL wasn't all that stiff although both the down and top tube were .9/.6/.9. It isn't uncommon...
07-12-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,495
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'll try to contact my former student that I...

I'll try to contact my former student that I remember was able to find an alignment table after he took my frame building class. It is a good excuse to see how he is doing and if he is willing to...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-11-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've aligned hundreds (maybe more) of steel...

I've aligned hundreds (maybe more) of steel frames in 46 years of refinishing frames. If I got a chance, I asked the owner later if they noticed a difference. The reaction was mixed. Some say they...
07-11-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,495
Posted By Doug Fattic

I have a framebuilding class student that lives...

I have a framebuilding class student that lives in Waynesville, NC. That can't be too far away from you. He bought a cast iron alignment table and post after he took my class. He has the knowledge...
07-10-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 521
Posted By Doug Fattic

Standard shop labor is $60 an hour and my guess...

Standard shop labor is $60 an hour and my guess is that they figured it would take them a couple of hours to build. I've built hundreds of wheels (maybe thousands) but i don't do it every day so when...
07-09-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,495
Posted By Doug Fattic

What a super, super deal - especially now when...

What a super, super deal - especially now when demand for get-around bikes are so high! I always thought the Super Sport was the queen of the solidly built bikes.

Where are you generally located?...
07-08-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,495
Posted By Doug Fattic

As already mentioned, your fillet brazed frame...

As already mentioned, your fillet brazed frame can be realigned by a knowledgeable person without any problems. However not all bike shops have the correct tools to do it properly. At a minimum to...
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