Framebuilders - Proteus and Talbot books...good enough?
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01-13-06, 09:03 PM
I have both the Proteus framebuilding book and Talbots framebuilding book. What are your opinions of these books?
I really like the jig designs in Talbots book...easy to make (the wood ones).
Is Patareks (sp?) manual 75 dollars better than these two books?
01-14-06, 11:36 AM
The first frames I built I used the Talbot book for a guide, I never used the proteus book, though the first three bikes I ever built were Proteus kits ( early 80's). I haven't seen the Paterek Book , but from everything I have read about it is said to be very good.
When I learned how to build frames, I got a couple of discarded lugged frames and practiced on them a while with a mapp torch till I was sure I was getting it right.
I've read and heard opinions good and bad on Talbot. If you've got a copy, you might want to consider selling it, bookfinder.com says (http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?ac=sl&st=sl&qi=9fNYvMzgdAzaL6ZRm45w2md30ss_1318690646_1:6:8) $200 and up. If I could find mine in one of those boxes in the basement I'd sell it in a flash.
Proteus (http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?ac=sl&st=sl&qi=headHFICtyZRnuXUm.LuMSjIarw_4297567070_1:12:12) is about $90.
The new Paterek manual is very good, and it's only about $75.
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