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    It might be, but I don't think I can burden the...

    It might be, but I don't think I can burden the family with that. A couple months ago I gave up on the frame and the shop in disgust. The family just contacted me today about one of the unopened ...
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    Well, I can finally forget about my deposit. So...

    Well, I can finally forget about my deposit. So that's closure. Never commission through a one person shop if you can help it. I know, that's rather cold. I think I'm over custom frames anyway...
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    T.E.T. Cycles Review--Stay away

    This shop has had a history of producing excellent frames, but those days are long gone. If you're looking for a custom hand made frame look elsewhere.

    I commissioned a frame in December, paid a...
  4. I've also had good experiences with them. ...

    I've also had good experiences with them. They've especially been a good place for me to locate less common quill stem sizes and metal fenders.
  5. University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program

    I just ran across this very recently, so I thought I'd share it. The campus in Iowa City appears to offer two classes: "Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle" and "Hand Built Bicycle II". ...
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    "So ... what other frame is there in the $500 to...

    "So ... what other frame is there in the $500 to $700 range that is designed for 650Bx42?" Again the specs on on this frame don't really measure up. It's supposed to fit 42 with fenders, but in...
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    This is probably my final say on the frame. Yes...

    This is probably my final say on the frame. Yes there will be some manufacturing flaws on a first run, but the the Grand Rando suffers significantly from design oversights, the kind that have...
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    There's this from nooneline.blogspot.com: "The...

    There's this from nooneline.blogspot.com: "The boildown is that head tube angle and fork rake work against each other in order to reach an equilibrium, a sweet spot of trail measurement (60mm,...
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    I've ridden a bit more and with different loads. ...

    I've ridden a bit more and with different loads. So far the front load handling really sucks compared to my other low trail frame and, well, all of my mid-trail frames too. In order to maintain an...
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I looked at those...

    Thanks for all the replies. I looked at those pictures of Alvin Drysdale's shop, and I wonder if that's coke he's using. The documents that I've looked at so far reference coke, so I wonder if wood...
  11. My dilemma with this one-man shop is that I have...

    My dilemma with this one-man shop is that I have no one else to contact to find out what's actually going on. I finally had to track down a family member. And then what do I ask, "Is so-and-so...
  12. Considerations when going the custom frame route

    I hope some of you can benefit from my mistake.

    First, do not pick a one-man shop. If you do, discuss and plan ahead for the possibility that your builder might die or be otherwise permanently...
  13. Well, it's just a matter of melting some...

    Well, it's just a matter of melting some metal--bronze or silver, into the space between tubing and lugs, isn't it? That's something people have been doing for a long time before the latest modern...
  14. "This method makes absolutely no sense for any...

    "This method makes absolutely no sense for any beginner to use. There are no subject threads on where to buy fire bricks or how to stack them around a joint (3 or 5?) for a good reason."

    I'm not...
  15. The impression I'm getting so far is that I...

    The impression I'm getting so far is that I mostly need some help learning how to braze well and then clean up the lugs, and I'm not seeing how that's worth around $3,000. The rest I should be able...
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    T.E.T. Cycles' Thomas Teesdale

    I can no longer get in contact with him and was wondering if anyone here knows anything. If something happened to him I don't know if his current customers would get contacted, so I'm doing my best...
  17. Those look great. Three weeks sounds much...

    Those look great.

    Three weeks sounds much better. I didn't realize there were courses out there that would go beyond one or two weeks, so I'll look a bit further than the great plains states. ...
  18. That's one of my big concerns. I'm not sure...

    That's one of my big concerns. I'm not sure that I'll be able to use a lot of the course material in an amateur shop.
  19. I'm willing to spend some money on a jig and...

    I'm willing to spend some money on a jig and other basic tools. Beyond that I want to keep the overall setup as inexpensive as possible, hopefully within $1500 US. I wonder if lugged construction...
  20. Which school is that? I may have to see...

    Which school is that? I may have to see irrefutable results before wasting any more money. I'm used to being left to my own devices even after spending 10s of thousands of dollars. Truly, the...
  21. So I'd like to build my own frames. Are professional courses worthwhile?

    The two somewhat local courses run around $3000 here in the Midwest. With travel and lodging that could easily push $4000. If I instead purchased the necessary equipment, tube sets, lugs, and...
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    I found a set of the 50mm Berthoud fenders for...

    I found a set of the 50mm Berthoud fenders for $67 at Ben's Cycle. I definitely wouldn't try to fit them over 42mm tires, but they'll just fit 38mm with some tight spots. Of course, the closer you...
  23. So this would probably work with the ferrules...

    So this would probably work with the ferrules trimmed down: http://www.cycle-frames.com/bicycle-frame-tubing/INNER-GUIDE-SET-WITH-BRASS-INTERNAL-TOP-TUBE-AND-FERRULES.html.

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    Never mind, I...
  24. How do you reinforce your downtube where the...

    How do you reinforce your downtube where the guide tube exits? I'm imagining that the guide tube runs fairly straight and is cut at an angle flush with the downtube and that whatever's used to...
  25. I like the idea of feeding it through an internal...

    I like the idea of feeding it through an internal tube for rust protection. I'm having a frame built, so I'll see if they can do that for me. I just fed some wire through a chainstay with no...
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