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      04-02-2012 02:17 AM #1


      The basic plan is a standard road bike but with clearance for wider tires to make sort of a dirt road bike.

      I've had the tubes for a little over a month but am finally starting to get everything else lined up. Once my schedule matches up I have a local teaching me the finer points of brazing. I have plans for a few more frames this year including a cyclocross frame for next season and a strider style bike for my niece. On the chance that she gets into cycling when she is older how cool would it be to say your first bike was custom made for you?

      I'll update the thread when I have more progress.

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      04-02-2012 07:30 AM #2
      Nice! Can't wait to see how this turns out. I started to learn how to braze a few years back but never ended up building a frame. Where did you order the tubing set and lugs/dropouts from? Also, what type of tubing?

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      04-02-2012 08:15 AM #3
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      04-02-2012 01:19 PM #4
      I got them from nova cycles. The tubes are their house brand and the lugs are slant six. I was going to go a slightly different route but they had these on a monthly special so... The nice thing is the HT is 1 1/8" so fork choices will be a lot better. Also since John from land shark is no longer making steel frames I might be buying some of his left over tubing.

      The dream right now is in a year or two is to have a frame building business as a hobby. Realistically I would be estatic to sell only one frame to someone I don't know, but that is a ways in the future. I'm also trying to find a reasonably price way to get a logo for "brand name"

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      04-27-2012 08:26 PM #5
      So I started to practice with silver solder so I should start building the frame in a week or two. I also have started to get some parts in. I'm just nervious to start cutting the tubes, I think this will be a measure 5 or 6 times and cut once deals.

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      08-09-2012 02:22 AM #6
      Long time no updates. I have been really busy with work and races but I am almost done with mitering the front triangle (I forgot to print out the template to cut the tt to st). I still need to finalize the st length but here is a quick picture.



      I will be using a pro carbon fork, pro mtb stem, thomson post, wtb dirt drops (or maybe some woodchippers), retroshift levers with dura ace shifters, xt shadow plus rear d, 105 front d, and I am not 100% on the wheelset yet.

    7. 08-10-2012 11:02 AM #7
      Very cool man, I give you credit for having the ambition to tackle a project that is as involved as a bike frame. I'm sure you are getting some invaluable experience.

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      08-12-2012 04:10 PM #8
      Thanks. I should add (if it isn't apparent from the fork) that this turned into a cross bike since I ran out of time this year.

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