True North Cycles » Cool Projects

By: True North Cycles  09-12-2011
Keywords: Pictures, Frame, Powder Coating

True North Cycles » Cool Projects

November 26th, 2008 Hugh

Brad’s 650B Mixte tandem. I think the pictures tell the story. This one was a little extra work. It is a bit of a hybrid of a current day touring tandem, 1950’s vintage race tandem, and a Mixte tandem. I don’t have a tandem specific frame building jig. My Anvil Supermaster works just fine though if the frame is built in sections. There is less than 0.025″ runout over the entire frame. I now have to add the braze-ons and get working on the fork.

If I look at this frame any more today I think my eyes will explode! Check out the blood splatter scheme on Ron’s new 29er! *This is not real blood.

October 17th, 2008 Hugh

It appears winter is just around the corner. The long underwear and toque have become standard building attire again. I am looking forward to a very productive winter building season. There are already an abnormal number of builds schedualed for the spring. I have decided to not do frame repairs on non True North bikes. I have done a ton in the past but it just seems to delay getting custom orders out the door. Best to talk to Jay at Winterborne Cycles in Guelph if you need some work done.

Delivery times will be quoted at the time of ordering. I still have a number of spots available for delivery in the spring but I would imagine these will fill up quickly.

We have also been busy working on setting up a powder coating system. Here are a couple of shots of Greg installing the insulation on the curing oven. Looks like it will be operational in a couple of weeks time. Powder paint is perfect for touring and mountain bikes. It doesn’t look quite as pretty as Stefan’s wet paint but it is almost impossible to chip.

Here is a picture of Andrew’s headtube. He is getting a lugged fixy frame. I just happened to have a few sets oversize lugs that I acquired from the Gardin clearout a few years ago. These were the lugs that were used on Curt Harnett’s Gardin track bikes.

I also have a start on Mark’s ti crosser and a new show bike. The show bike will be a fillet/lug combo.

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May 28th, 2008 Hugh

The frame is being built out of True Temper Platinum tubing. I am not sure what the final paint scheme will be. So far a brown/pink combo seems to in the running.

For years I have dreaded reaming seat tubes. I never really seemed to have an efficient system that didn’t require a huge amount of elbow grease. A little while back I found a number of 1.5 hp motors with gears boxes attached and thought that some day I might have a chance to use them for a reaming machine. My friend Wheelspinner put this machine together for around $200 and a couple of afternoons of work. It works like a dream!

March 13th, 2008 David

Despite the massive snow storm, we had a great show this year. Attendance was good, given the awful weather. We had a lot of interest at the booth - my throat is still recovering from talking myself out. Here are some pictures of the booth and the bike we put together for the show.

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Keywords: Frame, Frame Repairs, Long Underwear, Paint Scheme, Pictures, Powder Coating, Powder Paint

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09-12-2011

True North Cycles » Frame Repair

It’s getting very close to both the North American Hand built Bicycle Show and the Toronto Bike show and as such it’s quite busy here at the shop. Jeff Moote had his road frame revamped with a new top tube and some black lava powder. Single Speed EBB crosser built from Columbus Max OR tubing for Tricky Ricky. We’re finally getting the last of our repair bikes out of the way. Trevor had his True North Foco road bike repainted and reparted.


09-12-2011

True North Cycles » News

When I initially started powder coating I wasn’t 100% convinced that I could recreate the amazing liquid paint jobs that the old painter was capable of laying down. It did work very well but it needs to be built according to Canada’s electric safety standards. We had a lot of interest at the booth - my throat is still recovering from talking myself out. Here are some pictures of the booth and the bike we put together for the show.


09-12-2011

True North Cycles » Uncategorized

Jefferson’s bike features S&S couplings to allow it to break down for travel, a Shimano 3×10 105 drivetrain with Pauls ‘Thumbie’ shifters and Avid cable actuated disc brakes for powerful and reliable braking. Elise’s flat bar road bike features long reach brakes which will allow her the ability to run larger tires and fenders, but still retain the sporty and effortless ride quality of a road bike.


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True North Cycles » Prototype Frames

A little while back I found a number of 1.5 hp motors with gears boxes attached and thought that some day I might have a chance to use them for a reaming machine. The EBB allows a person to tension the chain without having to move the wheel position wrt the fenders and disc brake. I am also working on an interesting frame/bike for the Toronto International Bike Show. It will be based on 650B size wheels, disc brakes, and an eccentric BB.


09-12-2011

True North Cycles » Custom Frames

Although we as a shop will not be going down to the Hand built show in Indianapolis, i do plan on making a quick trip down and will likely have a few pictures up on the site next week. We have to slide these frames into the queue when it both A)makes sense and B) time permits and thus it can often take quite a while to turn around a repair. It did work very well but it needs to be built according to Canada’s electric safety standards.