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    So remember when I wrote about brazing practice? And how I mentioned that if someone wanted to punch out a bunch of mitered stubs on their milling machine for me that I'd be hugely appreciative?

    Well, Brian (aka claritycycler) just sent me a few dozen little mitered stubs. I was (mostly) kidding when I asked--but wow, how awesome is that? I know what I'll be doing the next few evenings.

    Thanks again Brian!

    -Chris

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    Hey Doug! If I send you tubing would you do this????😁😁😁
     

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    Apologies for the lack of updates on this project. Itís been an odd month. Last I checked in, I had just dropped off Mathildaís bike for paint.

    Mathilda and I drew up the paint scheme together. We sat at our coffee table one evening, went through paint swatches, and clicked around in Illustrator/InDesign. I think I blew her mind--manipulating the look of a bicycle drawing on a computer screen. I hadnít realized that sheíd always equated creativity with paper and crayons; this was her first experience with computer-based design. Pretty fun.







    Hereís what we delivered to the guys out at Black Magic Paint. I told them we were flexible on everything, but didnít want to leave them directionless. Pink and purple giraffe--have at it. (By the way, if youíre following along, youíll have guessed that I missed Mathildaís birthday by a couple of weeks. She ate an extra piece of cake and couldnít have cared less. Father-failures... Maybe next time!)

    Last week, I rode back out to Black Magic and picked the little frame up. They nailed it. It's bright as hell. The opposite of my own taste. Perfect. When I got it home, Mathilda freaked out. Hysterical belly laughter. Touching every inch of it. She couldnít wait to show it to Nellie (her little, stuffed giraffe).









    Now the frame is back down in my studio, and Iím figuring out the last few parts. I think Iím about ready to assembleÖ I just need to strip a few more anodized bits (tiny, silver parts are tough to find!) and get the wheels built up. Iíll go over those details once the bike is finished.

    Finally, while Mathildaís bike was at paint, I managed to get the adult-sized version built as well. Iíll spare you the play-by-play this time around, but I do have some photos and a couple thoughts to share. Iíll do that in the next few days.

    The completion of this project is going to come at just the right time. Weíre not going too stir crazy just yet, but teaching Mathilda to ride a bike out on our (now empty) street will be a welcome bit of something-new. Hope you all are finding ways to stay sane as well.

    -Chris

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    Chris,
    This so neat on so many levels. Congratulations!

    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by mnoble485 View Post
    Chris,
    This so neat on so many levels. Congratulations!

    Mike
    Thanks, Mike. Glad you like it!

    -Chris

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    Amazing. What a cool paint job for an awesome little bike. Thanks for sharing the process with us!
    "I guess you're some weird relic of an obsolete age." - davids

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    Quote Originally Posted by cblandford View Post
    The opposite of my own taste. Perfect. When I got it home, Mathilda freaked out. Hysterical belly laughter. Touching every inch of it. She couldnít wait to show it to Nellie (her little, stuffed giraffe).
    -Chris
    Well done. That is such a cool bike. And it seems like not keeping her birthday present a secret was the right choice.

    Hell, i'm enjoying watching via the interweb, i can only imagine how much Mathilda is enjoying being part of it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinmclelland View Post
    ... And it seems like not keeping her birthday present a secret was the right choice...
    Definitely the right choice. I think she'll enjoy/value riding/owning it more, having had a hand in it along the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    Amazing. What a cool paint job for an awesome little bike. Thanks for sharing the process with us!
    For sure - thanks for following along!


    -Chris

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