Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Montana U.S.A.
Bikes: Too many to list, some I built myself including the frame. I "do" ~ Human-Only-Pedal-Powered-Cycles, Human-Electric-Hybrid-Cycles, Human-IC-Hybrid-Cycles, and one Human-IC-Electric-3way-Hybrid-Cycle
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For a person without welding skills that might make a lot of good sense.
But for someone like me with welding skills all I see is the huge amount of unnecessary weight added by all those bolts, nuts, and washers. I would be willing to bet a 5-pound box of good quality 1/16" size E308-16 welding rods that with all the added weight of the bolts, nuts, and washers it increases the weight of the frame by over 50% compared to an identical frame made by welding the joints rather then using all those bolts, nuts, and washers. Granted welding adds a little weight beyond the bare weight of the tubing alone but not near as much as using bolts, nuts, and washers. Not to mention cost and strength issues, generally enough welding rod to do the job is going to run you less money then using bolts, nuts, and washers like that and if you do a good job with your welding it will be stronger then if you drilled through the tubes and connected them with bolts like that.
Plus if your do it like I generally do and use 304 stainless thin wall tubing with the E308-16 rod (or wire spool if your a MIGer) then you end up with a rust proof frame as well. Unless you buy stainless bolts and hardware ($$$) in time all those bolts are going to start rusting especially if you ride in winter where they use salt.
Last edited by turbo1889; 06-01-14 at 07:21 AM.