well this one has been in the works for a while. my brother has been riding a waaay to small cheap ass frame with a flared seattube so the seatpost slides down and makes him look like he is riding a clown bike. so i came across this nice trek from triry2002
here it is
now this would have been a nice conversion on its own but why ride a decent conversion when you can kick it up a notch. i stripped the frame down and it looked something like this badly photoshopped picture.
after that i sent it out to be bead blasted, i know now that u-strip in Milwaukee is a much better option than the guy i used. u-strip will probably have your frame done same day as opposed to the 14 days i waited with the guy i used.
anyways now that i had the frame blasted it looked exactly like the pic of the frame stripped except it was dull grey
(forgot to take a pic here)
so i suppose i could have sent it off to andy at Grafton powder coating services and had it powdered but i wanted to change it up a bit and make it special.
so i ordered some forged track dropouts from www.novacycles.com
after allot of filing and tweaking here they are. camera battery was charging while i was brazing so no action pics
so now i have dropouts in place and they are semi aligned. but i have about a 130mm rear spacing and this is a track bike so its time to remove the rear brake bridge and re-space the rear triangle.
after re-spacing the rear triangle it was time to fabricate a new brake bridge. i didn't like the old on as it was too bulky and it looked odd in its new position. so i brake out some 3/8 o.d. round tube stock and cut off an appropriate piece
after some work with the rat tail file it was time to braze it in place
after it was in place a few file strokes cleaned up the area and i had a finished product.
and finally the final product
so now its off at GPSC being powder coated today. expect some pics of the new paint sometime tomorrow or Sunday.