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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
dang, Andrew; almost your size, too.
possibly too tall, even for you?
i liked Pegorettis paint (almost as much as Land Sharks), but got kinda' turned off by them in general when i saw one in a local builders shop without paint on it; some of the things that were done to make the lugs "pretty" just seemed cheesy to me.
I was just measuring out cables last week.
It is and it isn't. Most people who build with steel usually use a variety of existing butted tubes for the main triangle and existing tapered, swaged and formed tubes for the back end. The options in wall thickness, diameter, length, butt profiles and alloys is staggering BUT not much has changed for many years so there's a decent record of what works and what doesn't in many circumstances.
Occasionally there's a game changing technological advancement (disc brakes, suspension and then 29ers with suspension) that makes everyone have to recalibrate tube diameters and wall thicknesses in certain applications but generally there's not much being done from an engineering standpoint in the small shops because they're really not building anything all that unique.
There's not really much failure analysis amongst small builders either, partly because we generally can't afford it, partly because it's usually obvious why a failure occurred by the mode of failure. In seven years of business, I've had two and was able to figure them both out within minutes. Had I not, I have a good friend and customer who designs parts for scanning electron microscopes and other similar equipment who has volunteered to do testing if I need it.
It's not quite the wild west out there.
All these awesome Ti frames and bars. Here's mine from my ride up to the dam this morning. A mass-produced LeMond, but then beggars can't afford to be choosers.
My new ML-7 almost complete..
I don't really like the mate black anodizing, so I may painted in the near future.
Pretty aluminum bolts just for bling.
Pretty cool Ricardo. Can you still get seal kits for that fork?
Salsa Mukluk by a sad pier.
Oh yeah Enduro makes the wipers or you can still get the OEM and the inside orings and seals can be purchase from industrial suppyers or Ethan the guy that still tunes the Mavericks..
So far the 3 forks I have are trouble free, I really like the design and riding quality, specially from the dual triple crown like the one on the new bike..
Who will dear to blast such a pretty paintjob...??
What is sad the hear, from looking at them, they appear to be really well made
i wasn't putting down Darios paint; i think it looks like he has a lot of fun with his paint, and i really like some of it.
what i didn't like was seeing how some of what looked like long-point lugs on a frame i was looking at were really just much more standard lugs with long lug tips added for purely cosmetic purposes; seemed like cheating to me.
i hope things are going well for you there; we miss you here!
I would say it's close to the same vintage, too. Although I bet mine preceades it by a couple years. Ahead of it's time?
Here is my Airborne Valkyrie titanium bike.
Carter bridge, Lagos
Third Mainland bridge in the background
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Went out for a stroll around Lagos Island and the Yaba area.
Church time so traffic free roads.
I really enjoy all your pics!
But having just gone through a testing ordeal getting the shifting dialed back in on my MTB after the son flipped it. And I may be a bit over reactionary here, but I cringe at the sight of that bike resting on the rear derailleur. :eek1
I wish it was still this clean and shiny today.