Monday, December 8, 2008
That's the name of the Dupont paint color. I took these photos inside because it was too cold outside to sit in the snow. The color in natural light is a classic baby blue or some might call it a French blue or is it bleau? I only took one quarter of French but I should know. Anyway, this is a repaint of the earlier Tournesol. I'm happy with how it turned out.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
This frame is built with NOS Reynolds 531 tubes along with stamped and welded long point Prugnat lugs. The lugs take a lot of work to make them presentable. I reshaped and filed them to a new profile. These old lugs present many challenges but in the end they can look really great. A subtle thing is the larger radius at the crotch of joint which you can see in the picture of the lower head lug. It's just an aesthetic thing but looks matter. I think all frame builders working with lugs should build at least a couple of frames with the old welded and stamped lugs. If for no other reason but to get some filing in. I see too many frames these days being built without the benefit of the business end of a file. The frame is designed around standard reach brakes and will have a front rack. I took these photos before putting on the rack mounts on the fork blades.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Steve asked me to paint this frame and showed me a picture of a Baylis. The customer wanted that color. Brian Baylis is famous for mixing his own colors and is a master at it. Me, well, I'm a rookie. I stopped by my friend Chris Kvale's shop to look at his Dupont chip book. When I explained to him what I was looking for he said he had something like that. It was a custom color Chris had mixed for one of his customers. The customer's name is Wally. I've never met Wally nor have I seen wine this color but the name on the can was Wally's Wine. Chris was kind enough to let me use the color because he had a quart of it and hadn't used in years since painting Wally's bike. Lugs are Sachs Rene Singer. BB shell and crown are Pacenti The frame was built by Martin Tweedy. He did an excellent job.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Pete got his frame built up. This is one of the twin frames. I think it looks good. If my bikes were only one color that blue would be it. He says he likes it. This bike can be ridden almost anywhere. From smooth paved roads with 23mm tires to gravel roads with 30mm tires. Raced or rambling. Fenders with fat tires or supple tubbies.
This frame and fork are built around 650B wheels. Pacenti stainless lugs and bb shell paired with a Sachs fork crown. The photos aren't very good because I took them quickly in the bright sun. I couldn't clearly see the display so the I didn't notice the focus is a little off. The finish on the lugs is a brushed look. Same for the head badge. It has a modern sort of look. I like it. The rear drops are NOS Campagnolo 1010A horizontals. The customer wants to have the ability to go single speed or a internally geared hub or a rear derailleur. The drop out faces are nickel plated. Paul cantilever brakes will be used. I've used the paint combination before. Green and yellow remind me of John Deere tractors but these two colors don't at all. In person, these colors really pop.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Finally after a summer vacation and a recovery time from a pinched nerve in my neck I got this frame painted and shipped out. This is RT's frame from the previous post. The red is a highly pigmented red. Expensive color but worth it. The lugs, crown and bb shell are Pacenti.
The last two pictures are of the assembled dragon fly bike. There's an earlier post that shows the frame. I think the picture in the garden is fitting given the colors of the frame. The bike has a look of gentleness. Maybe that's due to the background, the design or the build. Either way I'm happy with it. The customer is too.
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is a road frame and fork. Built around short reach caliper brakes and a sensible road geometry. It's a style I know well and have built the most. The lugs and crown are Pacenti. They are stainless and will get polished. Actually the seat lug won't because I don't polish those. So the head lugs and crown will be masked after polishing and before paint.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This frame and fork are designed and built around 650B wheels. The lugs are from Richard Sach and are called Rene Singer. The fork crown and bb shell are Pacenti. Built with light tubes and painted by JB. There's a custom stem, tail light and front rack but I'll wait to get complete bike pictures. Then I'll post pictures of the complete bike.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
I finally got this project painted. The frame has bi-laminate construction which is fillet brazing combined with lugged construction. The paint color is a stock color for a 1938 Ford Model A. It's sort of blue and sort of green depending on the light. The fenders are Honjos. I almost didn't mask off the ends but I think the fenders look better like this.