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    The "Tight-Spot"............

    Not quite finished but close........... This one was built to be raced in the SWANK 65 by a youngin' graduating high school this year.......some kids get a senior ring this kid builds a Smoke.
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    if that bike rides as good as it looks, it's going to be one fast ride.

    i've always been a great fan of the monostay in the back. my favorite bike i've broken has to be a dekerf generation, which somewhat resembles the fine frame above. although rusty and cracked, it has a place on the wall of fame.

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    it's got no wheels....

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    These new light weight steel frames don't need wheels........they float. The Dekerf frames where my favorite frame in it's day........the design I used for this frame is certainly loosely inspired by those Dekerfs.
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    Finished, next come the expensive part (wheels, shock, gears, etc.)...............
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    Very nice! What's on the head badge and what is the coin/medallion?
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    Thanks MUM..........I've been playing around with head badges lately and like the idea of using bamboo (courtesy of your neighbor) but I'm trying other things as well. The "Sacagawea" dollar fit perfectly in the ends of the seat stay "crown" so there it is, now the frame will never be "broke"......
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    is that a rattle can paint job...it looks amazing

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    do you always hang your spare tires in a figure 8? does this help keep them fresh?

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    Did the customer end up brazing this, himself? High School project, correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by D.F.L.
    Did the customer end up brazing this, himself? High School project, correct?
    Correct..........No, I did all the brazing and mitering.........he watched most of the process and help with tube prep and finishing. All & all a good experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by runbuddha
    is that a rattle can paint job...it looks amazing
    Yes, rattle can with a "sparkle" effect and lots of clear coat. I find if you prep (clean) your tubes really well getting all the grease and surface rust off of the steel and use a quality primer, the product is not bad.............I'm not saying as good as power or a pro's paint booth but at $20 bucks, it works well enough for a mountain bike.
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    We bumped into Adam yesterday morning at the Fisherman's bridge as we were getting ready to ride and he rode with us all day. As he passed me on the climb up to Yellow Gap I told him to chase down brouSSard and stay in front of him all day and I'm pretty sure he did and he couldn't have been too far off tomato's and singletrackpig's wheels on the downhills but I was too far in the back to say for sure.

    That 17 year old high school kid sure was smoking that smoke
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    When we worked together on that frame I had no idea he was so strong.........the proof was his finish at SWANK. It's cool to hear about this kind of stuff.
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    Gabe did you weight that frame?

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    The finished frame was about 5 pounds (just under)..........not including the two coins in the tight spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smokebikes
    The finished frame was about 5 pounds (just under)..........not including the two coins in the tight spot.

    At current currency exchange rates, you could shave about 1.244 pounds by ditching the
    coins - a significant performance advantage.

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