Photos of my first frame (warning: lots of pictures...)
I originally posted this in the SS/FG forum, as I didn't even know that there was
a frambuilders' forum here. Oops. I'll definitely start lurking around here.
In any case, I made my girlfriend a frame as a Christmas gift. It came back from being painted today, and I thought some of y'all might be interested in checking it out. It's pretty scrappy, so please keep the following points in mind:
1) Before starting to build this thing, I hadn't touched a torch of any sort since my Jr. High Industrial Arts class 16 years ago.
2) The only things resembling a "jig" or "fixture" that I had access to were a bench mounted vise and a wobbly Park stand (which received a few good meltings).
3) I made it for my girlfriend for Christmas. It has the power of love on its side. Be nice.
Here's a picture of the frame and fork, pre-paint, with some wheels so you can get an idea of the geometry and (teensy tiny) size.
Seat tube (c-c): 42.5cm
Seat tube (c-c): 48.5cm
Seat tube angle: 74°
Head tube angle: 72°
Tubing: Columbus SL
Lugs: Long Shen
Fork crown: Everest
Fork tips, track ends, BB shell: Kalavinka
Basically, the geometry is fairly relaxed and the chain stays are fairly long to give a nice, comfortable ride. It takes 650c wheels and has clearance for fenders (but no eyelets...). I haven't measured the angles since finishing it, so I'm not really sure how close to the intended values they wound up. Close enough, I'm hoping.
I had a poopload of fun and learned a whole lot making it and I am looking forward to the next one. Thanks, and sorry for the photo overload.