Colours, fire and forks. Thoughts and photographs

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Colour means temperature, temperature means control, control means quality.
Colour means temperature, temperature means control, control means quality.
FLUX is your best friend as a framebuilder, you can never have too much of it. Flux makes brass FLOW. That is a very good thing when brazing.
FLUX is your best friend as a framebuilder, you can never have too much of it. Flux makes brass FLOW. That is a very good thing when brazing.
Fire. Controlled heat and hard work will get you results.
Fire. Controlled heat and hard work will get you results.
This hollow forged fork crown is strong and light. perfect for controlled nose manuals, or endos if you get it wrong.
This hollow forged fork crown is strong and light. perfect for controlled nose manuals, or endos if you get it wrong.
This fork is for a bike polo bike, the 28.6mm blades shrug off clumsy pileups much better than you.
This fork is for a bike polo bike, the 28.6mm blades shrug off clumsy pileups much better than you.

Cleanest 29er, how to hide it all away

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Tapered headtube on this 29er. Modern is here to stay.
Tapered headtube on this 29er. Modern is here to stay.
brazing seattube cluster, note the internal cabling on seatstay
brazing seattube cluster, note the internal cabling on seatstay
curved bridges just look better.
Technical details: curved bridges just look better.

As you might guess from the pictures, this mtb has internal cabling all round, this makes the bicycle much cleaner to look at, (and much easier to clean).

All those brass tubes brazed inside the frame tubes add a lot of work.

That’s why internal cabling costs more, but for some it’s more than worth it.

What side are you on?

Il cablaggio interno in questa mtb fa si che la bicicletta sia molto piu’ pulita, oltreche’ piu facile da pulire.

Costa di piu’, perche’ richiede piu’ lavoro, io lascio la scelta al cliente.

Tu quale scegli?

Bespoked 2015

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Many thanks for completing the application for Bespoked 2015. We will be in touch to let you know more information once applications close. This will be early October.

Many Thanks

Tessa and Phil

 

Per Sempre, Columbus XCR.

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Some things never grow old.

Few things.

This is one.

 

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Columbus XCR is a stainless tubing set, that means a lot of things:

more dent resistance,

more expensive,

harder to file,

much harder to braze

 

You don’t have to paint it.

 

Which means all that hard work brazing, filing and finishing really pays off.

 

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I could whine about how hot it was when I was filing, how the dust mask makes it even hotter, about how tiring it is.

It doesn’t matter now.

It’s finished, it came out very well, I’m proud of that.

That is enough for me

 

Columbus Fel fork, 44mm headtube, threaded BB shell.
Room for larger tyres, lower BB, all day geometry

This is a modern road bike. In stainless.

 

I hope you like it too.

It’s Sunday, enjoy it.

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Tomorrow you’ll be back at work.

 

I would like to congratulate Germany, and all my german friends, customers and readers, on their winning a world Cup, I think I’m one of the last people on earth to find out.

From the depths of my memory I recall the 1994 world cup, the last I watched with diligence.

I can’t remember how the german team did there, but I can’t forget their song

 

They say time fixes everything.

 

Unfortunately it’s not always true.

Options Info, Internal Cables: Your Choice

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Internal cables are one of those things that divide people.

Let’s look at hows and whys.

The little tubes coming out of the big tube are brass tubes that are brazed into the frame tubing.

(How many tubes is that?a lot)

This keeps moisture out, and makes it easy to thread the cable, or the housing through.

This is good, because a hole usually collects moisture, and while my frames have framesaver in them, I’m old enough to know that avoiding problems is the best way to solve them.

The brass tubes weigh more than the braze ons on the outside of the tube.

 

Internal cabling procedure:

make two holes in frame tube,

file to make two slots.

thread brass tube through the frametube,

avoid kinks, sharp bends and keep the tube from touching tubing walls or the other internal tube,

check cable or housing goes through,

braze it,

file it,

check it again.

 

The procedure with a braze on is quicker, this means it’s cheaper.

 

Did I mention it’s lighter?

 

Generally, at least in Mtbikes, racers prefer external cabling as it’s quicker to replace. Lighter.

Non racers prefer internal, as it’s slightly quieter, cleaner to look at, and easier to wash the frame.

Me? Coaster braking SingleSpeeds is where it’s at.

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This 29er frame is getting all the cables internal, it looks great.

Verkehrsrot, making outstanding steel stand out.

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Fillet brazed Steel, check.

Modern, check

Disc compatible, check

Tapered steerer, check

Columbus MAX, Life and Spirit tubing, check.

Downtube bosses? why not.

Red, very.

 

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This customer came to me and wanted a modern, stiff, future proof steel bike.

Red. Very red.

An ex racer, as everyone round here seems to be, he told me: my days of going fast uphill are long gone, but my days of going fast downhill aren’t.

He prefers Dt bosses plus adapters, so I used some stainless ones.

Actually the braze ons here are all stainless, this does two things: lets me polish them to a high shine plus avoids corrosion where paint naturally tends to chip off.

I painted over the hydro cable guides as for now it will be built up with rim brakes, a change of fork and wheels and he’ll be ready for road discs.

 

The fork is carbon, a Columbus Fel, the headset is Columbus, the tubes are Columbus.

The work is mine, the bike is his.

 

The photos are yours, I hope you like them.