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    indigosky
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    Built my own singlespeed frame with Carl Strong... (road content)

    I spent last week with Carl and (his assistant) Nic Schmidt at his shop in Bozeman. He and I agreed to a week's "class" where he taught me the steps involved in framebuilding. We went step by step through the process, and by Friday I had built my own frame (with much help from Carl and Nic). It was an incredible experience, and I was on information overload every day. I built a road singlespeed with Paul dropouts. It's currently on it's way to Spectrum for powdercoat!

    Both Carl and Nic are true professionals and the week was everything and more than I expected. Carl, I know you'll read this, so here is my public THANK YOU! for a great week.

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    try driving your car less
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    fantastic!
    i have always wanted to that at hot tubes. supposedly the man behind the mastery of steel bicycles at many a new england frame builder (according to chris bull).
    http://www.hottubes.com/hottubesframesfbc.htm
    Only boring people get bored.

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    brother on a mission
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    Very nice Indigosky.

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    That is pretty sweet
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    indigosky
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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    fantastic!
    i have always wanted to that at hot tubes. supposedly the man behind the mastery of steel bicycles at many a new england frame builder (according to chris bull).
    http://www.hottubes.com/hottubesframesfbc.htm
    I thought long and hard about Hottubes because it is about 4 hours from me. I've heard it is more watching Toby work than hands on, so I investigated some other routes. Don't get me wrong, Toby is supposed to be a good framebuilder, I just wanted to ~do~ as much as I could.

    It took me a full two days of practicing tig welding before I was ready to start on my frame.

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    I've wanted to build a frame for quite some time now, but am at the dead-headed stage of things where I really don't know in which direction to head. I am wanting to fillet braze the frame as the equipment is easier for me to obtain. I haven't fillet brazed since high school, and don't remember that much about it, but it seems to fit my 'purist' attitudes and aesthetic tastes for frames with the big, fat 'welds'. I really am glad you had the chance to do what you did. I have to declare a definite level of jealousy though. Congrats!!

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    I did the same thing at UBI

    even though the frame I built has a der. hanger, it will be built as a SS... It's a great feeling to build your own frame... Makes one appreciate the price people charge (especially the custom one at a time builders) for custom frames...

    Adventures in Ashland...

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