I really am not sure were to start but here goes...
As you can tell I'm new to the forum and all this beautiful framebuilding is driving me nuts! So i thought i should get it off my chest and let you guys know that i have been playing with the idea of making frames (hobby only) for a couple years now and i think Im finally ready to start the process, starting with necessary tool acquisitions. I have read the patreck manual cover to cover (and ordered a few other books) a couple of times now so i have a pretty good idea of were i wanna head with this build.
I am a fretted instrument repairer/builder (luthier) and have a small home workshop filled with a few woodworking machines so this will be my first proper foray into metal work, I am however pretty good with a soldering iron and thus I think I will be going with a small propane torch, setup for silver brazing.
I am currently researching options so if anyone has any recommendations as to specifics please let me know bearing in mind i live in Oz.
Anyway the bike....
so here's the plan, A nice small, steel, lugged frame for University commuting for my long time lady friend/rival.
Here are some rough dimensions i have been working on over the last month.
(damn small frames are hard!)
Now i am aware that the head tube need to be much smaller and have yet to work out the exact details for the fork/headset/stem so if you have any thoughts or suggestions please let me know.
For the lugs, I am dead set on this beautiful set from our very own Richie
Everything else is still yet to be decided
I would like to run the following,
700x33.3 jack brown tyres (for comfort)
canti-brakes probably a nice from velo-orange
shimano 105 drive train with bar-end shifters (open to suggestions)
a rear rack
north road style bars (like on her current ride)
the rest is still up in the air and TBD
So in my coffee crazed state I'm sure there are plenty of things i have forgotten to mention but basically I just wanted to test the waters and get some opinions and thoughts.
Don't stress though there will be lots of practice on test tubing before i go and violate anything
If all goes well this is what i am aiming for.....
(BTW if there is a preference as to the posting of pictures please let me know)