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Back to bikes.
Here’s a pic of the head tube being reamed, so I’ve just got the filing to do.
Max lugs are big, straightfoward and not ornate.
Functional comes to mind, asides from the spaceship design on the bottom bracket and seatstay cluster, but I don’t have to do much there, so that makes it easier, so I’m a bit faster.
click on the pic for the set.
Eccovi la fissa columbus max a congiunzioni, fissa che ho sulla tubazione MAX, una delle piu’ belle mai prodotte a mio avviso.
cliccate sulla foto per il set.
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I studied Interpreting and translating at Uni, it taught me a lot and I’m not sorry to have spent five years doing so, though at the time it was long, hard and sometimes boring.
It was all about words, words as things,as tools.
One of the most satisfying things about this job it that I end up with something real, and something that will be useful or fun, and often both.
I knew that; I’m an artisan’s son. I’d worked as a wrench. I love working with my hands.
Words, is this blog about words or about bicycles?
It’s about things, moments, process, craft and problems. Expressed through words.
It’s about bikes, but there’s a need to put them in context, to explain.
To let you in- I’m not just a man with a file and a torch.
I thought, when I came here, what seems like a lifetime ago, that I’d just be in production, filing and brazing and just making.
There’s been a lot of that.
There’s also been a lot of project management, of marketing, of sales, of accounting, of customer support,of collaboration: with the painters, with the companies I work with, with columbus, deda (and a bit of reynolds), with all sorts of distributors, both bicycle related and non.
I’ve learnt a lot about bikes, but I’ve learnt more about people, as well as myself.
When you see a film, if you stay until they turn the lights on, the list of people who worked to make that film happen is unbelievably long.
It’s like that here.
My aim is to make a product, the best I can.
As important as the end product is, it’s all about people.
The bikes I’ve built have been a collaboration, between the client, the painter, and the bikes I see around me, built for other people, by other people.
The bicycle is for a person, this blog is for people; you reading what I’m up to.
Similarly, bike rides, the best ones, usually involve meeting or being with people.
I’ve met a lot of lovely people through the years, thanks to bikes, thanks to riding them.
As much as this blog is about a product, it’s about a process.
A human one.
click on the pic for some bicycles made by a person.
Le parole e le persone, le cose e le persone.
A volte, nelle biciclette, perdiamo di vista l’individuo, perdiamo di vista il fatto che le biciclette sono strumenti, non solo per pedalare, ma anche per interagire con altri.
Allo stesso modo che interagisco con voi, gentili lettori.
Allo stesso modo che interagisco coi fornitori, con i clienti, con il verniciatore, le facciamo noi, ma senza collaborazione sarebbe impossibile.
Perche’ per quanto sia un blog molto specifico sui telai artigianali per biciclette, alla fine ogni cosa che facciamo e’ necessariamente umana.
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This came out well, it’s a tight, snappy frame, the type of frame where every push on the pedals makes the bike go only in one direction, foward.
Dedacciai Zero is Light, stiff and the perfect choice for a XC bicycle.
I believe wheel size should be proportional to body height, and have no problems offering mtbikes from 24″ to 36″, with everything in between. That’s why I’m a custom builder, to build what you want.
it was a joy to file, the large radius curves are like being on holiday after holding riffler files for hours on end for lugged frames.
There’s been a surge in work, it’s normal, it’s spring, everyone wants their bike ready as soon as the weather gets warmer.
So I apologize if blog posts lately have slowed down, it’s to enable me to tackle the backlog.
Click on the pic for the flickr set.
Deda, mtb fillet brazed, tubi ultra oversize per questa mtb leggera, agile e rigida pur con la caratteristica comodita’ dell’acciaio. Un’ottima scelta per coloro che coloro che amano andare veloci e lontani.
cliccate sulla foto per il set su flickr.
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As you can imagine, a factory that’s been working since 1949 has a lot of stuff hidden away.
Some of it is very rare, like this campagnolo dropout that bike lovers will recognize.
Some is simply not going to be used.
So instead of gathering dust here I thought I’d clear out some framebuilding supplies I’m not going to need.
I put the pictures in this set, in flickr, framebuilder kit.
There’s everything you need to build a frame, prices are reasonable, and shipping is at cost.
I accept payment via paypal, and can ship via a courier or via the post office.
I have all the tubing you’ll ever need, flux, brass and can have some tubing blocks made locally.
You can do a lot with some time, a file, hacksaw, a vise and a lot of patience.
So, if you’re reading this because you’re thinking of building your own frame, my advice is simple, start now, don’t dwell, you’ll understand so much by doing, it probably won’t come out great, but you’ll have tried, and the second will come out better.
Tubing is 2.5euros per tube, I have 25,4; 28,6; 31,7 unbutted Falck tubing, it’s around 70cm long.
We used it for years to build our city bike frames, it’s not fancy, but it works.
A full frame and fork set, with flux and brass, is about the price of the campagnolo dropout in the picture.
click on the pic to get to the set with all the brazeons you’ll ever need.
Ho molto materiale qui, una fabbrica che lavora dal 1949 accumula molte cose, alcune sono trovate eccezzionali, come questi forcellini campagnolo, altre sono materiali che sinceramente non useremo piu’. Per cui abbiamo pensato di dare la possibilita’ a chi volesse cimentarsi nel mestiere del telaista.
Per il prezzo di questo forcellino campagnolo, potete comprarvi tutto il necessario, incluso disossidante e materiale d’apporto, per un telaio.
La tubazione e’ Falck, una tubazione italiana nelle misure 25.4; 28,6; 31,7mm. La usavamo nei modelli da citta’, e’ una tubazione onesta, non vincera’ il tour, ma funziona.
cliccate sulla foto per tutte le foto.