Sunday, October 9, 2011

Off to a good start!

While not being at all perfect, I'm still pretty stoked on FINALLY completing my Yamaguchi School frame:

It took a while since I was away for the summer and only recently got my crazy messy shop in order. It was just too constraining for me to get any work done in there. Esp after working in Koichi's shop which he keeps tight as fuck.

 I went into the course thinking whatever I build, it's going to be about learning as much as I can. As opposed to coming out with a beautiful new frame. I probably spent as much time working on it as I did BSing with Koichi about nerdy bike shit. The frame is a mix of techniques so I consider it to be somewhat of a sketch. As you can see, the front end is fillet brazed. The ST and BB are lugged and there's some nice Yamaguchi style track drops in rear. The rear seat stay section is pretty interesting but I'll save that for the build pics..

Speaking of the build, this thing is going to be as funky as one of my freak bikes. I have a rack I already built before I even went to the class and a super hilarious adapted wheel for the front. I mean, we're talking total jackassness here. Then again, what did you expect right? Don't worry tho, classy builds will come soon enough. Since this one has sketch status written all over it, I thought I'd have a bit of fun. I mean, I'm just going to use it as a sort of around town cruising and lock up bike after all :)

The only problem I'm facing right now is what color to paint it. I was originally going to go all black as per usual but in the spirit of change, I'm trying to come up with some new color combos. If you have any thoughts feel free to comment!



craig said...

This scheme

Alan Sikirič said...

Dude that's so funny you posted a motorcycle as an example. Old School bikes are so rad! Tho I was thinking something like this could also be sweet: