Mrs. Locust wanted a bike that she could ride on the streets with me, she had been using my french cyclocross ride but i wanted to make something more her style. so i set out to make her something personal taking into account how she likes to ride and her likes and dislikes. this is what i came up with.
i started with an old 51cm Schwinn world sport, heavy but bombproof. i first removed the old stamped dropouts and the brake bridge since i would need to re-space.
i then cutout the dropouts
and placed them in the frame for a dry fit
after some bending to make sure the dropouts were parallel i broke out the torch and brazed em in. (i am getting much better at this part and i need allot less cleanup now)
the top is a bit heavy on brass but the bottom is looking good
after some rough cleanup i start to think about what else i want to do, i decide to add a little decorative touch since i am not really digging the inside radius of the dropout
so it ended up looking like this
after i finished fabricating a brake bridge and re-spacing to 110mm it was time to strip the frame and ready it for powdercoat.
i hate this part but it has to be done
after a few hours time and some wire wheel work its all set for PC