• 11-27-2012
    icantdrive65
    Finally made my first chainring
    I have been riding my Raleigh XXIX for 5 years and have wanting to make a chainring for it. I have all of the tools, but it has been hard to get around to it while keeping up with the regular jobs. I finally got one done this week. Took it for a spin this morning.

    It's a 33T to replace the one Truvativ ring that came on the bike originally.
    http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...4047099383.jpg
    http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...4047112642.jpg
  • 11-27-2012
    Dion
    Very NICE!!!!!!!!
  • 11-27-2012
    Nelson34
    Agree-NICe!
  • 11-27-2012
    SS Hack
    If you can make an attractive spiederless version, you could sell plenty.
  • 11-27-2012
    squashyo
    What's more impressive is that when he says he had the tools, he was talking about a single chissel and a smelting pot.
  • 11-27-2012
    icantdrive65
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by squashyo View Post
    What's more impressive is that when he says he had the tools, he was talking about a single chissel and a smelting pot.

    A CNC chisel, actually.
  • 11-27-2012
    SS Hack
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by icantdrive65 View Post
    A CNC chisel, actually.

    Do you do this for a living? If you can make spiderless rings for less than $50, you may have a new job and could tell the boss to stick it.
  • 11-27-2012
    icantdrive65
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SS Hack View Post
    Do you do this for a living? If you can make spiderless rings for less than $50, you may have a new job and could tell the boss to stick it.

    Well, I am the boss already so...

    I am messing around with designs so I can add this to my website. I have been selling derailleur hangers for an obscure bike and custom emblems for VWs for a couple years. I have a bashguard that I have been testing for umm...about 10 years that I need to get up there too.

    A spiderless ring at that price should be no problem if I can sell them without a middleman. I don't want to get stuck in a spot like HBC, so I'm weighing what options I could make available to keep rings in stock and not have customers waiting months until they show up with pitchforks and torches in hand.
  • 11-27-2012
    pvd
    Nice.

    I'd be happy to push the design hard if you plan on making a bunch. There's a lot of room for interesting detail there.
  • 11-27-2012
    stubecontinued
    Cool!
  • 11-27-2012
    Tone No Balone
    Very Nice!

    steel or alum ?
  • 11-27-2012
    icantdrive65
    Aluminum. This one is 6061 material that I had in my shop. I am just messing around with the design. I will pick up some 7075 later for strength and wear-resistance.
  • 11-27-2012
    icantdrive65
    Ran a lightweight version of the bash guard I made for my old Heckler 10 years ago. I switched that one over to my Blur when I got it in 2007. Now I have a shiny new one. I will have to send one out with the next batch of anodizing to make it look pro.

    http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...4062302280.jpg
  • 11-28-2012
    intheways
    Nice work! Those are some nice pieces.
  • 11-29-2012
    icantdrive65
    I made a 32T ring for my Blur. It is super lightweight. I weighed it at the bike shop. I think it was 34 grams. I'm not sure about the strength, especially since it is made of 6061. I am anxious to get out and ride it. Rain is messing with me.

    http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...4139591690.jpg
    http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n...4213384206.jpg
  • 11-29-2012
    Stripes
    Beautiful job!
  • 11-29-2012
    chris.george
    That's some great work!
  • 11-29-2012
    IAmHolland
    awesome work!
  • 11-29-2012
    2fargon
    That chainring is sweet!
  • 11-29-2012
    WarBoom
    Those are so badass I want one when you start
  • 11-29-2012
    Berkeley Mike
    Congratulations!
  • 11-30-2012
    Dion
    Man... if you can design a 30T 104BCD chainring... the 1X and SS peeps will love you long time.
  • 11-30-2012
    Stripes
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Man... if you can design a 30T 104BCD chainring... the 1X and SS peeps will love you long time.

    This. Are there any good chainguides for a 30T front?
  • 11-30-2012
    icantdrive65
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Man... if you can design a 30T 104BCD chainring... the 1X and SS peeps will love you long time.

    I just did a quick drawing of a 30T 104 BCD chainring and found the fundamental problem with it. The profile of the teeth cuts into the chainring bolts.
  • 11-30-2012
    Dion
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by icantdrive65 View Post
    I just did a quick drawing of a 30T 104 BCD chainring and found the fundamental problem with it. The profile of the teeth cuts into the chainring bolts.

    I thought so. I guess the only option with this is a splined sprocket and not a chainring.