April 8th, 2010 Hugh
The spring rush has hit hard and early here. There are a record number of bikes on order right now and building was running smoothly. Of course that had to come to a grinding halt with a visit from the local safety authorities. The powder coating oven that I built is not “safe” to use. It did work very well but it needs to be built according to Canada’s electric safety standards. I have sent the oven out for rework and it should be back in a couple of weeks ready for action. I am comfortable paying for the upgrades. 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. After doing somewhere around 500 powder paint jobs in the last 1.5 years I couldn’t be happier with the results.
There is a quite a line up of frames here waiting for powder coating. I have been concentrating on building as many ti frames as I can.
Here are a few a shots of Jan’s new rather large ti road bike. Jan has put many miles on a steel frame I built him 6 or 7 years ago. It was time for an upgrade!
I also built a few mtb frames last week. Pictured is a very small hardtail frame built for 26 inch wheels.
The other frame is Matt’s new True Temper Platinum EBB single speed frame. Matt had his tubes bi-ovalized. Looks really cool! The white funk on the frames is silver brazing flux. The flux will be dissolved in a warm water bath.
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.