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Frame building appreciation: times that a photo makes you stop what you were doing

Old 03-29-20, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
@Slightspeed, I love the medieval blacksmith comment. Have you seen the 1947 film on the making of Raleigh bikes? They put brass sleeves under the lugs and toss the whole frame into a hearth. I wouldn't expect it to work as well as it did, but it helps explain this look.
That film is Nottingham though (cheaper Raleighs), not Carlton/Worksop where the Super Courses were allegedly made.

Slightspeed, is that a replacement fork? I bet I've seen a hundred or more early-70s Super Courses but I don't recall one with that crown. It's nice looking though, quite appropriate.

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Classic (but not vintage), I love the work that ARCycles is doing out of Sacramento these days, particularly this model with hand-made stem, steel fork, and polished stainless lugs:

Sneak peek

More on Flickr here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99868450@N06/
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Old 03-30-20, 01:45 PM
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Thanks Brent, appreciated.
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Old 04-24-21, 06:02 AM
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I have to agree with Mark. Nestor C. was a long time customer, and he never ceased to amaze with his incredible skills. Some people might not get the 'design' aspects, but simply pondering the execution is enough to leave you gob-smacked!
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Old 04-24-21, 01:35 PM
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While it doesn't grab you initially, it may when you find out Jim carved these fork crowns from a solid block of steel.

This one has taken a very big hit and the TT, DT and fork blades have some buckle but zero kinking, cracking or separation at all.






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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
While it doesn't grab you initially, it may when you find out Jim carved these fork crowns from a solid block of steel.

This one has taken a very big hit and the TT, DT and fork blades have some buckle but zero kinking, cracking or separation at all.
I'm not positive what I'm looking at but it looks like that crown was not fully brazed to the steerer from what I see in the first pic.
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Old 04-24-21, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
I think Mark must have come to the same conclusion. Here's one that he built in 2018: The corner of the lug has been cut back farther to make a more acute angle and allow more of a curve which follows the parallel curve where the lug meets the top tube.




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Is Mark channeling Yoshi Konno? Hmmmm
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Old 04-24-21, 10:38 PM
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My 1978 Eisentraut "A" immediately after Ed Litton painted it 8 or 10 years ago, It is less pristine now, but still looks great.



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Originally Posted by unterhausen View Post
I'm not positive what I'm looking at but it looks like that crown was not fully brazed to the steerer from what I see in the first pic.
You may be right, I wondered a bit but left the pic anyway. I don't think it mattered, the hit may have broken the through hole insert loose but the crown and steerer sure look solid at the bottom as we can see and the rest of it sure is still solid as well, it took a h**l of a hit.

With the canti's, that hole must be for a fender mount, I'm not sure exactly what we're looking at either, I'll take a harder look at it next time I have it out and maybe get some more pics.
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My favourite Mark DiNucci flourishes were the chainstay bridge and front derailleur tab he created for the 40th Anniversary Specialized Allez (I know it's a bit sad to get off on chainstay bridges and derailleur tabs, but hey):

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Originally Posted by tendency View Post
Is Mark channeling Yoshi Konno? Hmmmm
Maybe but not likely, Mark has been doing it just as long and has always stunned with his level of skill, he actually helped oversee much of the production at big S along with Bainbridge, Merz, Neenan and others.
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WOW. I mean just WOW!
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A nice photo of Tom Ritchey fillet brazing:

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I love this thread! I am a sucker for lugs, fancy or plain. You have seen my contribution before: my 1962 Carlton FrancoSuisse and my three ca. 1960 Capos.


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