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Any Frame Builders in the Lansing Michigan area?
I have an old Follis that got messed up do to a seat tube that had chemically bonded itself from sitting outside for years. Needless to say I messed it up a bit when trying to remove the seat. I believe the bike has Reynolds 531 Tubing and Campy dropouts. This was my first try at working on bikes a couple years ago and needless to say the frame has been sitting there demanding some kind of attention. I can do pretty much everything else now, just not weld or braze frames. Would really like to get this thing back on the road next Summer. Sorry I don't have pics of the damage right now. I will try to shoot some photos of it tonight to give an idea of what actually need to be done. If there is anyone close that may want to help me out or point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate. I may even consider traveling a little ways to have it fixed if I need to.
The closest framebuilder I know to you in Lansing is Matt Assenmacher in Swartz Creek, MI just west of Flint. He does painting as well. Matt was one of the original Americans to apprentice in England at Bob Jackson in Leeds in the early 70's. He runs his framebuilding operation out of his retail bicycle store. Scott Quiring is in Freesoil, MI north of Ludington and near Lake Michigan. I'm in Niles, MI just north of South Bend, IN about 120 miles southwest of Lansing. I don't have much time for frame repair and painting anymore as 90% of my time is involved in teaching framebuilding classes. Like Matt, I apprenticed in England in Shipley about 15 miles from Bob Jackson but because of the wandering city roads in-between, it was the equivalent 45 minutes of driving.
Beyond what Doug has suggested, I'll mention Franklin Frames near Columbus, Ohio, Ron Boi at RRB Cycles in Kenilworth, Illinois, and, well, one could do a lot worst than to have a Doug Fattic frame. In earlier years Mark Nobilette worked out of Ann Arbor, MI, but he is now in Boulder, Co.