Thursday, March 6, 2014
As you recall from a previous post, I did some work for a customer interested in getting a little more functionality from his Broakland track frame. I replaced the seat stay bridge with a brake bridge, cable guides and added 2 sets of H20 bosses all for $150 bucks. Which is a pretty damn good deal considering the time and effort involved..
He was stoked so he wrote me a little review and even made some snaps:
"I contacted Alan to replace the bridge, add H20 bosses, and cable stops. I just got the frame back today. Super clean and fast! I love how everything came out, even better than I expected." jensenn
I was pretty stoked too so I figured I'd offer the same service to anyone else who'd like the same done to one of their frames:
So there you have it- if you're interested and live in the NYC/NJ area be sure to holler at me!
This service is perfect for a beater and or cheap and or nice tarck frame that could use a few tidbits to make it more enjoyable to ride. Obviously I can offer a lot more options so if you're interested in various other custom features be sure to inquire :-)
I figure this way I can make good use of my days off and somewhat justify spending thousands of dollars on frame building equipment. Not to mention that most builders in the area don't have time to do these kinds of repairs for people or for as cheap. I don't have a huge name brand or pay rent on my shop so I can pass off the savings a bit :-)
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 12:23 PM
Monday, March 3, 2014
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 6:14 PM
Had to make some SS caps to finish off the Sachs frame..
Plates brazed on:
Progression of shaping:
One of many reasons why I love my Anvil jig:
Frame completed minus cleaning and touch up work and new rack:
Close up of said caps on frame:
Then I brazed the front triangle of the new lugged aero seat tube frame:
I'm starting to think 1x8/9 townie now after coming up with an idea for another set of funky bars..
Worked on a customer's Broakland frame. Here's swapping out the original bridge for a brake bridge:
Also did cable mounts and 2 sets of H20 bosses..
Then I got high and came up with this:
..which I'm really stoked on but really not stoked to actually make :-/
Anyways, looks like I'm working all week so progress might be a little slow this weekend..
More soon enough!
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 12:33 PM
Monday, February 24, 2014
PLEASE BEAR IN MIND THIS ISN'T EVEN AT MOCK UP STAGE!
Just quick and dirty to see them in real life. These are wicked experimental adjustable track bars, spawed from my own desire to have another set of Yamaguchi style aero bars and a forum conversation with someone who participates in some 6 day track racing events etc..
The stem will slide via a clamp style stem and the drops will be adjustable for width and up/down angle via a quill stem style set up. They will drop slightly when making them wider but the downward angle isn't that severe and since they're track bars you don't want them too wide anyways. The inside of the aero section will house a piece of 1" fork steerer tube for the quill action to work properly..
The idea behind these bars is to test out the design, fit and comfort. I knew that if I didn't incorporate adjustability into them it would be impossible to accurately determine fit for one person, let alone multiple individuals preferences. So these are basically 'fitting' bars. If I was to make another set, they would be based off a persons adjustments and have no adjustability. Maybe the stem but probably not the drops as creating that set up is a pain in the balls, adds weight and might not perform as well under stress..
Worst case I'll toss em on a sunday fun day bike as they would make for an interesting conversation piece lol
Just made an order to Nova for some more bits and once I get my tanks refilled I'll be ready to gizzo in the shop again. If anyone in the area feels like giving me a lift to the welding supply place holler at me as my cars transmission took a dump recently :-(
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Totally didn't realize it's been 10 days since the last post! I've been kinda busy with things and the last couple of times in the shop I made progress, but it was mostly clean up work. For instance, here's the Sachs fork I started building last time:
Pretty much done with the exception of a bit more cleaning/sanding/polishing..
My moms came across this wicked old photo of my brosef showing me how to adjust some pesky center pull brakes on a bitchin' late 70's Mongoose BMX his buddy gave me. I had never seen this photo up until last week and I am super stoked on it :-)
Another one of myself circa 84' when I first learned how to ride a bicycle :-) Please note the 68' Firebird, Chevy Vega and 84' Firebird parked in the driveway lol..
The snow situation here has been sucking a fat nut lately:
Did a double take when I walked past the mailroom just now:
I'm not even into MTBs but this Ti Merlin XLM was pretty tight:
Thomson handlebar, stem and seat post, Shimano XTR hydro brakes, Sram XX1 drivetrain, Chris King headset, FOX fork and Industry Nine wheels with Schwalbe tires.. Yep, it's a would!
Anywho, I'll be in the shop again tomorrow SO FOLLOW ME IN INSTAGRAM YOU FILTHY BASTARDS LOL!!
I mean, check out this sunday selfie with my 5 kilo dreamboat lol!
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 4:50 PM
Monday, February 10, 2014
I bought some Richard Sachs Newvex lugs and Pego/Richie tubing a while back and built the front triangle:
Figured I'd get on the fork since I just made one. Mocked up rack mounts:
All of em ready to be mounted:
Mocked up in the jig:
The unfortunate reality that is my workbench:
Ended the day with some lulz:
Just gotta clean em up and they'll be ready to go. Need to get back on the frames anyways..
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 12:47 PM
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Finished the Bridgestone track bike repair and passed it on to a stoked person (previous post here)..
Before and After:
Then I couldn't decide on what to do for a lower rack mount on the new fork:
Then I got stoned and came up with this design (left) and it seemed to match nicely:
Third times the charm:
Done with the first two:
Should have the fork done next time I'm in the shop \m/
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 1:25 PM
Monday, February 3, 2014
Got the fork all brazed up minus a proper cleaning and whatever I decide to do for lower rack mounts..
I was super into the crown when I first got it but the spear points I made really sets it off! 8-)
With the fork nearing completion I can get back to work on the frame:
Only problem is, WTF should it be? Roadie? Cross? Hybrid? Tarck? The debate rages on..
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I was WAY to excited on the new LAN71 crown and had to work on it right away. After I stab someone with it tho as it looks like some proper medieval shit right here:
Drilling the hole for the fender mount:
Drilled and mocked up rack mounts:
Made some larger spear point lug add ons:
Mocked up on the fork:
Next time I'm in the shop I'll braze the mofo up!
Then, in other exciting news I scored a complete NOS vintage Dura Ace Track group:
I've been wanting that group FOREVER now!
It's going to be SUPER SICK building up a frame from scratch with this group AND dropouts!!
I'll have some proper photos of that shizz as soon as it shows up at my door..
Posted by Alan Sikirić at 3:24 PM