Moving equipment into the new shop space In Amherst, MA, and finally got the ol' toolbox opened up. Lots of experiences represented. Anybody got a toolbox with character?
I should have something a little bit more interesting for y'all (that's a Massachusetts expression, I think) to look at really soon.
I don't know if I posted this diddy before, but a long time ago I was given a Ritchey Ultra frame and fork. The guy didn't want it because the top tube was all wavy, like it had been clamped too tightly in a work stand. These Ultras were mid-level, mostly Asian-made with final BRAZING done by Tom Ritchey and whoever he could keep working at his superhuman-pace at the time. I chose to sell it, but the TT was a mess, so I decided to replace the TT and after cutting it out, something odd was going on inside. I cut it open to find this. At some point, something heavy and sharp not only dented the TT, but hit it so hard that it CUT THROUGH the tube. Apparently, whoever was in charge thought that the best solution was to fill the massive dent and hole with brass...
And since the finish sure seemed original, I like to think that it was a cheapskate Tom Ritchey who figured that not much could go wrong, and what kind of a freak would cut a window in a tube to find out, anyway?
Technically, this may be the vary first ByStickel, even though it's just a rip-off of the AMP Research B2, with a concentric rear pivot. Take that, Weigel! All brass with fillet-brazed joints. 1990s fit and geometry, NORBA XC-ready.
I think I'm still the only builder who has ever built a rider, though.
Seat stay detail on a 24" race cruiser, with a complete pic. Crazy fun getting the miters and curves worked out. Check the I-9 wheels. I'd love to have new, Torch-based BMX wheels.
Santa, bring me a market for artisan BMX frames.