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Forum: Framebuilders
04-17-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Doug Fattic

One company in the US that specializes in various...

One company in the US that specializes in various handles is Reid Tool and Supply in Muskegon, Michigan. That is where I got my adjustable handles to replace the cheap plastic ones that came on my...
04-16-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,618
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I started making frames in the mid 70's, I...

When I started making frames in the mid 70's, I had to make a frame's seat tube long enough to fit a fairly short Campy seat post. I wasn't aware of longer seat posts until the mountain bike craze. A...
04-13-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 550
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes of course I can do it but I haven't had a...

Yes of course I can do it but I haven't had a chance to do much painting lately. Covid has brought more interest in learning how to build frames and I'm having trouble finding enough time to teach...
04-13-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 575
Posted By Doug Fattic

Well you got me off the coach watching History...

Well you got me off the coach watching History Detectives on PBS and down to my basement were I have 2 NOS Campy Record Triple cranks. In my frame shop I have a digital calipers. The distance not...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-13-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'd be surprised if anyone built frames around...

I'd be surprised if anyone built frames around 27" wheels after the 70's but it is possible. Any dent in a heat treated tube creates the possibility of cracking where the dent is located. I've seen...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-13-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 441
Posted By Doug Fattic

There was a problem with 753 chain stays breaking...

There was a problem with 753 chain stays breaking when it 1st came out. I had 2 Raleigh frames come through my frame shop that had cracked chain stays. That scared me off of getting my 753...
04-12-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've had a couple of framebuiding class students...

I've had a couple of framebuiding class students choose those lugs. There are 2 different sets very similar to each other. I don't remember where my students got them or if they were in my large...
04-11-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 371
Posted By Doug Fattic

Everything points to Jim Redcay being the...

Everything points to Jim Redcay being the builder. He worked in Lambertville, NJ right across the Delaware River from New Hope, PA in Bucks county north of Philadelphia. It is a touristy art center....
04-09-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 653
Posted By Doug Fattic

Nice of you to check in with us. Door county has...

Nice of you to check in with us. Door county has terrific bicycle riding. In the summer that area of the US doesn't usually have the heat and humidity that is typical further south. One of my retiree...
04-07-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Doug Fattic

Huffy is a brand of bicycles that were made...

Huffy is a brand of bicycles that were made originally near Dayton, Ohio. They were the cheapest kind of bicycles and sold through big box or megastores like K-Mart or Walmart. They were not sold by...
04-06-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,149
Posted By Doug Fattic

Thanks for keeping me from a curiosity death! A...

Thanks for keeping me from a curiosity death! A quick check of 1908 quarter eagle values indicates it has a worth around $500. The 1908 quarter eagles didn't have any mint marks that year - which...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-06-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By Doug Fattic

One thing I want to mention about doing pin...

One thing I want to mention about doing pin striping and that is pin striping specific paint has more pigment so a couple of applications is not necessary so the paint color underneath is not...
04-05-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 5,149
Posted By Doug Fattic

When I was a sophomore in HS in 1963, I went with...

When I was a sophomore in HS in 1963, I went with my parents to Rwanda Africa where my dad a doctor was director of a hospital. On the way we stopped over in Switzerland (among other places) where my...
04-03-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,988
Posted By Doug Fattic

This same question about who made these AMF...

This same question about who made these AMF frames came up on the Classic Rendezvous list and George Mount responded: No "mystery. Marinoni made bikes one year and Eisentraut another year. I have my...
04-02-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,988
Posted By Doug Fattic

I didn't build it. In the late 70's and early...

I didn't build it. In the late 70's and early 80's I built a few frames for IU guys that rode in the Little 500. By that I mean their personal frames and not what they rode in the 500. I remember one...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-02-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By Doug Fattic

Joe Bell is the one that got me started using the...

Joe Bell is the one that got me started using the Kemper Fluid Writer. I think that is what all my pro colleagues use now too. I've used a number of tools/methods over the years. Paint pens were...
03-24-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By Doug Fattic

Dave's rule only works as an over simplification...

Dave's rule only works as an over simplification guide for a casual inquiry. I'm sure he did it as a way to easily explain C - T measurements without getting into the weeds of where a non-existent...
03-24-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By Doug Fattic

Since you are in the Classic and Vintage forum,...

Since you are in the Classic and Vintage forum, that implies that you are looking at understanding frame sizes made in a former era. In America right after the bike boom of 1970, many of our best...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,886
Posted By Doug Fattic

Lots of my framebuilding class students are...

Lots of my framebuilding class students are retirees wanting to do something interesting with their lives before they die. All of them learn to braze just fine (although some of them wouldn't have...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By Doug Fattic

Let me know if you got my email with the...

Let me know if you got my email with the instructions in attachments. Sometimes my emails get blocked or rerouted to a junk mail folder. Also you probably want me to send you the templates you can...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-20-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 463
Posted By Doug Fattic

JaraNS, I went to England in the 70's to learn...

JaraNS, I went to England in the 70's to learn frame building partly because I wanted to shape my own lugs. I got a Hetchins when I was still in college to tour England and that frame showed me that...
03-19-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,138
Posted By Doug Fattic

This looks like a very nice solution to your...

This looks like a very nice solution to your dilemma of not having a brake with a long enough reach. It looks better and provides more upper clearance than a drop bolt. I'm happy for this subject...
03-18-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 964
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm wondering if the geo of your Paramount with...

I'm wondering if the geo of your Paramount with upright bars is the same as their drop bar road models. It is possible that it is different. Looking at your picture of your blue bike, the seat angle...
03-16-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 966
Posted By Doug Fattic

If there are any bicycle frame builders in your...

If there are any bicycle frame builders in your area, they will have the tools and knowledge to know how to cut and install headsets properly. The fact that he didn't know what the spacers were for...
03-13-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 412
Posted By Doug Fattic

The "CR" on the seat stay caps might mean it is a...

The "CR" on the seat stay caps might mean it is a Charles Roberts?
03-10-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,138
Posted By Doug Fattic

I'm going to agree with Germany_chris and suggest...

I'm going to agree with Germany_chris and suggest filing the slot a bit longer. Of course I am a frame builder that knows how to file with the big variety of files on my pegboard. If done right, it...
03-03-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,369
Posted By Doug Fattic

1n 1987 to promote Sante components, Shimano...

1n 1987 to promote Sante components, Shimano teamed up with Bicycling magazine to sponsor a contest asking frame builders to make a bicycle with Sante components. The winner would be awarded $3000....
03-02-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,845
Posted By Doug Fattic

I've been fond of pretty lugs ever since I got my...

I've been fond of pretty lugs ever since I got my Hetchins from Alf 50 years ago. It was their simplest lug design and had straight rear stays. I still have it. In fact designing and cutting out my...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-24-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,865
Posted By Doug Fattic

I suppose my thought on using primer only as an...

I suppose my thought on using primer only as an intermittant protective coating is that I think it doesn't have be removed. When you are ready to paint again, it can be sanded smooth, wiped off with...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-23-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,193
Posted By Doug Fattic

There are obviously several ways to successfully...

There are obviously several ways to successfully align a frame. There are bad ones too. It is interesting how varied are the opinions on the amount of accuracy required. I've never had trouble...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-20-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is some general painting advice. Painting is...

Here is some general painting advice. Painting is mostly a lot of prep work compared to the time in the spray booth. It should be called sanding rather than painting. Liquid paint is really...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-19-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,386
Posted By Doug Fattic

The value of an airbrush is mostly confined to...

The value of an airbrush is mostly confined to painting within masking areas. The Iwata model you reference has either a .5 or .6mm spray nozzle. That is way too small for me. I like on average a...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-16-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,393
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes, the 2 top pieces are 10" long and the...

Yes, the 2 top pieces are 10" long and the vertical piece is 18" long. 80/20 aluminum extrusion is commonly available here in the US. I go by their headquarters on the way to the in-laws. And because...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-16-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,393
Posted By Doug Fattic

Custom frame design is always a collection of...

Custom frame design is always a collection of compromises with the rider's primary needs trumping other factors that may be desirable but are in conflict. For example stem length vs toe overlap. Most...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-15-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,393
Posted By Doug Fattic

One of my students that eventually went on to...

One of my students that eventually went on to start his own framebuilding business found out about how he fit better with a shallow seat angle (71) because he had somehow gotten an old British "path...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-15-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,393
Posted By Doug Fattic

Yes but it is a bit challenging to find enough...

Yes but it is a bit challenging to find enough time to make one for customers. My 1st priority is teaching my framebuilding classes. Ever since Covid there has been more inquiries that has also...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-13-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,274
Posted By Doug Fattic

I saw this video surfing YouTube videos. I'm not...

I saw this video surfing YouTube videos. I'm not a fan of the way stack of dimes fillet brazing looks but I don't hate it either. I see it as a method to produce an acceptively attractive joint...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-11-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Doug Fattic

I know that a 14mm seat stay can telescope...

I know that a 14mm seat stay can telescope inside a heavy wall 16mm seat stay (like an old Columbus SP). That combination doesn't work with lighter 16mm stays. I'm not sure how Reynolds 5/8" stays...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-10-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Doug Fattic

You don't, any steel tubing will work as long as...

You don't, any steel tubing will work as long as they have a reasonably close tolerance sliding back and forth with each other. However 4130 has smooth inside and outside walls unlike some tubing...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-10-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Doug Fattic

The length of the OD part of the the stem at...

The length of the OD part of the the stem at 38cm is based on what can fit between some random forks crown and front drops when used as a holding fixture. The end can be mitered with a 12 round...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-10-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Doug Fattic

Here is a picture of an assembled T tool and next...

Here is a picture of an assembled T tool and next to it are the pieces needed to make one.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-10-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Doug Fattic

Make your own T tool to braze chain stays to the BB shell

An adjustable T tool is useful for an amateur/hobbyist builder making lugged frames. It is a time tested and easy enough to make. When I was visiting framebuilders in the UK in the 70s, nearly all...
02-07-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Doug Fattic

This February 1971 Bicycling magazine represents...

This February 1971 Bicycling magazine represents the time when Adult Americans started to be interested in bicycling for sport and recreation. I went to teach English in Sapporo Japan in June of...
02-04-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 745
Posted By Doug Fattic

This just sees like a job for a custom frame...

This just sees like a job for a custom frame builder. He/she could figure out the exact measurements required by finding out the dimensions of your frame. Those dimensions also include what length of...
02-04-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,043
Posted By Doug Fattic

Well in reality that makes it easier for you....

Well in reality that makes it easier for you. Take for example my 7 steps in post #10 and elaborate with more detail on each one to bring your report up to a high standard (or at a minimum enough to...
02-04-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,043
Posted By Doug Fattic

oj, a wise student always tries to figure out...

oj, a wise student always tries to figure out what the teacher is looking for in a report or on a test. I doubt he cares about the differences of sliver compared to bronze brazing or the ride...
02-02-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,043
Posted By Doug Fattic

There are 2 places in England designed to teach...

There are 2 places in England designed to teach custom bicycle frame building. The Bicycle Academy in Frome and Dave Yates closer to you in Lincolnshire. I've actually had students from both places...
02-02-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,043
Posted By Doug Fattic

oj, an American bicycle frame building teacher...

oj, an American bicycle frame building teacher here. I learned how to make bicycle frames at Ellis Briggs in Shipley, West Yorkshire in 1975. This was in the era when adult Americans had just started...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-31-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,334
Posted By Doug Fattic

Not really - especially classic era lugged steel...

Not really - especially classic era lugged steel frames made with non investment cast BB shells. The bending tends to occur in the shell. The primary purpose of my post was to encourage DIY mechanics...
01-21-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,081
Posted By Doug Fattic

I find this merging of Jackson and Woodrup...

I find this merging of Jackson and Woodrup interesting. The original owners of each brand Bob Jackson and Maurice Woodrup were at one time partners after WWII but something happened and their was a...
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