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05-13-23, 06:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 356
Posted By Doug Fattic

Methylene chloride is the chemical that was...

Methylene chloride is the chemical that was banned from paint removers in about 2018. That is why they don't work nearly as well anymore. It is nasty stuff to your health but of course worked great...
05-11-23, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By Doug Fattic

Actually the most common type of decal they do is...

Actually the most common type of decal they do is the rub on type. Many frame builders source their brand decals from them. The advantage of the rub on type is that they are very thin and require...
04-30-23, 03:50 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,709
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes she picked the colors after listening to my...

Yes she picked the colors after listening to my suggestions. Yes it is a carbon fork but I usually make forks. I have my framebuilding class students make their own forks as well. It is a skill...
04-30-23, 02:49 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,709
Posted By Doug Fattic

On my daughter's frame, I carefully positioned...

On my daughter's frame, I carefully positioned the rear brake bridge (and the length of the fork) so that by taking off the 39/49mm brakes used with her 650C wheels and replaced them with 47/57 mm...
04-30-23, 12:38 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,709
Posted By Doug Fattic

Toni Rominger was a Swiss professional rider (he...

Toni Rominger was a Swiss professional rider (he won both the Tour of Spain and Italy) that used 650C wheels during some stages of the Tour de France. Production companies use 700C wheels for small...
04-30-23, 06:04 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,709
Posted By Doug Fattic

My reason for posting is that your short friend...

My reason for posting is that your short friend expresses the common misconceptions surrounding 650C wheels. They don't realize that designing a small frame with 700C wheels most likely severally...
04-29-23, 02:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,709
Posted By Doug Fattic

A bicycle with 650C wheels does not have ''wonky...

A bicycle with 650C wheels does not have ''wonky greeting". For most normal people not riding in fast pace lines, 650C wheels puts their gearing in a more suitable place. The difference is roughly...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-27-23, 08:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Posted By Doug Fattic

I prefer moving the fixture to get a chosen angle...

I prefer moving the fixture to get a chosen angle instead of moving the head. It always seems when moving the head, the center position changes slightly and the cut is then not centered anymore on...
04-25-23, 11:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,012
Posted By Doug Fattic

I can see from the picture your frame has fairly...

I can see from the picture your frame has fairly laid back angles. Certainly not 73ļ parallel like is common with more modern frames. With your handlebar height nearly the same as your saddle, this...
04-21-23, 09:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,410
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'll post some pictures of the top tube I...

I'll post some pictures of the top tube I replaced by splicing a tube into the middle on a frame I made for myself. I originally made it as a request by Hank Folson to show off his Henry James lug at...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-20-23, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,017
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'll present one of my miter set ups as food for...

I'll present one of my miter set ups as food for thought for those that might be considering how to miter on some kind of vertical milling machine. Over the years I went through a variety of plans...
04-20-23, 03:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,410
Posted By Doug Fattic

If a dent in a tube has a crease then that tube...

If a dent in a tube has a crease then that tube needs to be replaced because it is likely to fail in the future. No sensible professional frame builder will want to roll and fill the dent because of...
04-06-23, 01:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,519
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of the problems of explaining the differences...

One of the problems of explaining the differences between tubing types is that all things are not equal. Reynolds 531 was made with different tubing wall thicknesses from very thin to thick (22/25...
04-05-23, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,519
Posted By Doug Fattic

Ellis Briggs Cycles where I learned how to build...

Ellis Briggs Cycles where I learned how to build frames in 1975 is located in Shipley West Yorkshire in the same metropolitan area as Jacksons and Woodrup in Leeds. There was about 15 miles...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-04-23, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By Doug Fattic

Because I am a painter, I have the perfect tool...

Because I am a painter, I have the perfect tool to eliminate rust and that is a sandblaster. That gets everything down in the deepest pits. I try to smooth the surface some afterwards with a emery...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-02-23, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 694
Posted By Doug Fattic

harrier6, I became very interested in the design...

harrier6, I became very interested in the design of upright riding bicycles when we started our Ukraine Bicycle Project over 20 years ago. I used as an example of what we wanted to supply to pastors...
04-02-23, 06:34 AM
Replies: 1,121
Views: 328,779
Posted By Doug Fattic

Commando, nice bike and build! I've enjoyed the...

Commando, nice bike and build! I've enjoyed the bikes I've built for myself (including the frames) for around town and bike trail riding use. I built one frame with a kickstand attached to the seat...
04-01-23, 07:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 875
Posted By Doug Fattic

A Serotta sizecycle is used by framebuilders (or...

A Serotta sizecycle is used by framebuilders (or fitters) to find a customer's bicycle position. The design of their custom frame will be based on the position discovered by the fitter on the...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-31-23, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 694
Posted By Doug Fattic

Your design is not right for North Road...

Your design is not right for North Road handlebars. The steepest allowable seat angle should only be 71ļ or even less. Otherwise you will seat uncomfortably forward without your body being balanced...
03-30-23, 10:56 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,748
Posted By Doug Fattic

As a pro I have to have professional looking...

As a pro I have to have professional looking results. I use the Fluidwriters and House of Color striping and lettering enamel. It comes in various colors. Their advantage is that this paint has a...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-27-23, 10:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 960
Posted By Doug Fattic

You have already received good advice from Andy...

You have already received good advice from Andy and Eric. It isn't possible to give you adequate feedback with just a few suggestions. I saw a lot of issues in your brazing that need to be addressed....
03-26-23, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 456,826
Posted By Doug Fattic

Hayley Westerna is a classical/pop soprano singer...

Hayley Westerna is a classical/pop soprano singer from New Zealand. Back 15 years ago she belonged to the Celtic Woman group made popular on PBS. About that same time she was a UNESCO Goodwill...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-12-23, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By Doug Fattic

I became familiar with tube and other kinds of...

I became familiar with tube and other kinds of frame repair when I was learning to build frames in Yorkshire in 1975. I'll mention a couple things. Many classic European made frames were pinned to...
02-28-23, 06:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,012
Posted By Doug Fattic

Fellow frame builder Mark Bulgier has a website...

Fellow frame builder Mark Bulgier has a website with old bicycle brochures. One of them is an old FW Evans brochure from the 1930's that advertises his layout fixture so one does not have to do a...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-25-23, 05:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 829
Posted By Doug Fattic

Managing student frustration and disappointment...

Managing student frustration and disappointment is one of my primary jobs as a frame building class teacher. That's why I like to have 2 rather than one student at a time. It can be beneficial to...
02-20-23, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 456,826
Posted By Doug Fattic

Not only are they Rivendells, they were made by...

Not only are they Rivendells, they were made by custom frame builder Joe Stark. Some years ago he used to post on frame building forums but I haven't heard from him in a long time.
Forum: Framebuilders
01-24-23, 11:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 811
Posted By Doug Fattic

Keep in mind that you do need a vent hole...

Keep in mind that you do need a vent hole somewhere in your down tube area to let hot air escape when welding up your down tube. It can be at your head tube or BB or pre-drill your water bottle boss...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-20-23, 12:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,059
Posted By Doug Fattic

Of course you need something to hold the tubes to...

Of course you need something to hold the tubes to your design. You can try to avoid calling it a jig but it is going to be something physicall to do that job. And you need some method of keeping the...
Replies: 22
Views: 773
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm pretty confident your frame was made...

I'm pretty confident your frame was made somewhere just before or after 1970. Of course someone could have requested those details at a much later date but that is unlikely. Your long slot 1010A...
Replies: 22
Views: 773
Posted By Doug Fattic

REW Reynolds was a bike shop in Northhamton in...

REW Reynolds was a bike shop in Northhamton in about the center of England. They didn't make frames themselves. The frames they sold under their name were made by Woodrup in Leeds (which still...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-15-23, 08:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 740
Posted By Doug Fattic

kooby, nice frame work! You will want to get in...

kooby, nice frame work! You will want to get in contact with Tim Massengill. I'll send you his contact information by PM. He is also an amateur carbon framebuilder and painter in Texas. He has been...
01-14-23, 06:47 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I started riding good bikes in the 60's...

When I started riding good bikes in the 60's tubulars are what everybody rode if they were riding a good bike. It wasn't until the 70's that 700C clinchers became available. I still prefer the ride...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-12-23, 04:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,220
Posted By Doug Fattic

My philosophy is that it is better to braze a...

My philosophy is that it is better to braze a frame outside of a fixture for several reasons. First, it allows the frame tubes to freely expand and move as it is being heated. Second, it is easiest...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-12-23, 10:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,220
Posted By Doug Fattic

Now that my laptop has come out of its coma, I'll...

Now that my laptop has come out of its coma, I'll post a couple of pictures of my jigs for inspiration. If I was to start again from scratch with minimal funds, I'd somehow make something similar out...
01-08-23, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By Doug Fattic

Bill died many years ago in an automobile...

Bill died many years ago in an automobile accident. He wrote some of the earliest articles on frame building for Bike World magazine when it first came out around 1972. In case others donít recognize...
01-08-23, 10:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,329
Posted By Doug Fattic

The reason you like a bigger frame is because...

The reason you like a bigger frame is because they have a longer head tube that allows your stem to be raised up higher so your handlebars can be near or at the height of your saddle. The reason you...
01-07-23, 08:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,817
Posted By Doug Fattic

Marten and I are buddies. Iíve visited his shop...

Marten and I are buddies. Iíve visited his shop several times on a stopover to Ukraine. He lives in the coolest village with a canal running down the middle.

The bike in the front was painted as a...
01-03-23, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 612
Posted By Doug Fattic

The lugs on this frame were made by Haden. They...

The lugs on this frame were made by Haden. They were a British company. Long spearpoint lugs went out of style when investment cast lugs became popular after the mid 70ís. It was necessary for IC...
01-02-23, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2,536
Views: 620,385
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is my sport touring Trek I fixed up about 20...

Here is my sport touring Trek I fixed up about 20 years ago to do bike trips in Ukraine. It was donated to me by a friend as a thank you for packing and sending him a Mississippi built Schwinn he...
12-24-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 3,382
Views: 389,510
Posted By Doug Fattic

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Charlie our cat of 1 year got dressed up for Christmas...
12-12-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,613
Posted By Doug Fattic

The fork crown is a Henry James. The lugs...

The fork crown is a Henry James. The lugs probably are too but I can't tell from the pictures he sent. Hank Folson started making frame materials in the late 70's until he retired a few years ago. ...
12-12-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 677
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm not an Eisentraut expert (or even a casual...

I'm not an Eisentraut expert (or even a casual observer - I visited his operation with a number of workers once in 1976). What I can tell you is that custom builders like myself kept a lot of...
12-12-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,613
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm wondering if there is a Brooks B-17 hiding...

I'm wondering if there is a Brooks B-17 hiding under the seat cover. I've always been a fan of Brooks even when they were seen as old fashioned. Customers always chose whatever saddle worked for...
12-12-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,613
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of my Doug Fattic bikes was found in a storage unit

One of my curiosities is what happens to frames/bikes I made years ago. I got this email recently from a guy cleaning out a storage unit. He recognized without training that this frame was made to a...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-09-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yellow is a weird and difficult color to paint. ...

Yellow is a weird and difficult color to paint. It runs away from sharp edges no matter how many coats are applied. It is possible that the right amount of paint was applied in this case with the...
12-04-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,648
Posted By Doug Fattic

That is what I always thought too until I test...

That is what I always thought too until I test rode the Cyclery North frame I painted. The owner wanted me to check it out because he thought his Hellenic CN bike rode differently. I mean in theory...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-28-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By Doug Fattic

The problem with being a pro painter/builder is...

The problem with being a pro painter/builder is that the products we choose to use are typically bought in a size or volume that donít make sense for a hobby one-off project. Here are 2 products I...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-26-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By Doug Fattic

The red is going to be the primer. We used a lot...

The red is going to be the primer. We used a lot of redish/brownish primer years ago. It sticks and sands well. The white is going to be the sealer. A sealer serves several purposes. It provides an...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-01-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By Doug Fattic

I put 2 House of Kolor clear coats over an old...

I put 2 House of Kolor clear coats over an old Chicago made Schwinn for one of my friends. I usually put on 2 final coats on most paint jobs. I put in a gloss cutting additive so it didn't have as...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-30-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 992
Posted By Doug Fattic

Measure the length of your head tube. I bet I...

Measure the length of your head tube. I bet I have the exact head tube/lug replacement. It came from left over materials from Miele in Toronto when they went bust.
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