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    NNC - So I Built Another Bike

    Seeing as the Lounge is now one of the few semi-active boards on RBR (I don't count PO), I figure that I would leave this here.

    I've built another bike from scratch. My sixth.

    Meet "Miss Guided"

    Columbus Chromor oversized tubing, silver brazed using Columbus lugs and drop outs.

    A mystery aluminum fork that I picked up at a bike co-op for $5

    55cm seat tube, center to center

    55cm top tube

    74 degree seat and head tube. Fork rake 39mm, giving a 56mm trail

    "Vintage" Shimano/SR components, Nitto stem.

    Roth Metalflake "Twisted Tangerine" paint over a white base

    It rides nice...
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    It's Been Fun...See You Down The Road.

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    She is a classy "Miss"!!!

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    Nice!

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    That's a really nice looking bike. Great job!

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    gorgeous, your taste is up to par with your skills, Glad you finally got your head above water.

    Now that I am partially/mostly retired, it is time to build a bike! I am looking for a slab of granite for a flat, solid benchtop for assembly. A good buddy of mine is a former builder/engineer, now with Trek, he has in's for lug blanks (Henry James) and tubing, and design assistance.

    Getting closer
    Of course I'm sure...that doesn't mean I'm right.....

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    If you need another cinelli quill stem, I got one in my garage.


    I'm thinking about turning my 1986 Shogun Prairie Breaker Pro into a fixie (with a front brake because I've come to respect as well as like my skin and bones).

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    Btw, I am a huge fan of anything Nitto, the Randoneur bars are absolutely incredible, most ergonomic that I have ever used (I have 2 sets) I sure wish I could get black anodized, I would have them on my Waterford.
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    Nicely done. Good looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    If you need another cinelli quill stem, I got one in my garage.


    I'm thinking about turning my 1986 Shogun Prairie Breaker Pro into a fixie (with a front brake because I've come to respect as well as like my skin and bones).
    Hey, you are going to need that stem for other projects!

    The Shogun fixie sounds pretty neat. I'm a total chicken - my fixies all have both front and back brakes. I had a bad experience on a fixie with only a front brake - I was headed downhill at a furious clip when the front tire blew. Talk about a "brown pants moment"...
    It's Been Fun...See You Down The Road.

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    when I got my Langster, someone told me, "use platform pedals until you get used to fixed"

    Going down a fairly steep grade I could NOT hold it back! I was SOOOOOOO glad I had front and rear brakes, I had this vision of the metal "rat-trap" pedals chewing my feet off starting with the achilles tendon!
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    That's a good looking bike.

    What kind of tooling are you using to build your frames? A frame jig, either home made, or store bought, or free hand? How about cutting the tubes, drill press, mill or hand filed?

    That's not a Viscount\Lamberth "death fork" I hope.
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    That's a good looking bike.

    What kind of tooling are you using to build your frames? A frame jig, either home made, or store bought, or free hand? How about cutting the tubes, drill press, mill or hand filed?

    That's not a Viscount\Lamberth "death fork" I hope.
    good job....we need to keep him coming back here!!!!!! ask more questions!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory Taylor View Post
    Hey, you are going to need that stem for other projects!

    The Shogun fixie sounds pretty neat. I'm a total chicken - my fixies all have both front and back brakes. I had a bad experience on a fixie with only a front brake - I was headed downhill at a furious clip when the front tire blew. Talk about a "brown pants moment"...
    That sounds like great advice.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    That's a good looking bike.

    What kind of tooling are you using to build your frames? A frame jig, either home made, or store bought, or free hand? How about cutting the tubes, drill press, mill or hand filed?

    That's not a Viscount\Lamberth "death fork" I hope.
    Nope, not a Death Fork. The steerer is steel. The crown and legs are aluminum - how they are bonded together I really don't want to know...

    In terms of tooling, etc., think ingenuity over investment. I have a couple of home-made jigs to get things lined up. For the front triangle a bit of square tubing and some c-clamps works great. I have something more complex for locating the chain-stays.

    https://teamlardbutt.wordpress.com/2014/03/

    https://teamlardbutt.wordpress.com/2...stay-of-fools/

    For the fork, I made a special jig out of old bike parts and more square tubing. (I didn't build a fork for this bike)

    https://teamlardbutt.wordpress.com/2...-thank-me-now/

    https://teamlardbutt.wordpress.com/2013/12/

    For cutting tubes, I have a good, old fashioned hack saw. I use one of those guides that Park makes for cutting fork steering tubes to get things straight when cutting. I do have a drill press, etc.

    The most useful tools in the shop are an air-powered die grinder (think Dremel Tool from Hell) and a cut-off tool that is most commonly seen cutting exhaust pipes on cars. I use the die grinder with a nice rotary bit to miter the tube ends so everything fits tight and nice. I use the cut-off tool to notch tube ends for dropouts, etc.

    And to make sure that those miters are accurate, I print off patterns using a basic computer program and then tape the patterns to the ends of the tubes.

    https://teamlardbutt.wordpress.com/2...g-screwing-up/

    The biggest $$ investment has been in bike-specific frame prep tools. I have a (1) bottom bracket tap, (2) head tube reamer/finisher, (3) seat tube reamer/cutter, (4) fork tube threader (which I broke...), (5) nice Campagnolo drop out bells, (6) rear hanger alignment tool, (7) more crap than I care to think about.

    It is really just glorified plumbing...
    It's Been Fun...See You Down The Road.

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    Looks very nice.

    I like the seat stay treatment!

    I keep thinking that I will give building a try one of these days, but I'm still struggling with house reno projects.
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