Category Archives: Becoming a bicycle

Rack and fender attachment

Two nifty design ideas from my friend Dave Atkinson. First: the mono-stay connecting the front of Blackburn rack to the frame of this old Schwinn mixte. It’s curved to match the shape of the wheel and painted to match the … Continue reading

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Something old, something new and blue derailleur housing: the Giant Escape

I picked up a Giant Escape after someone backed over it with a car, maybe a tractor. Continue reading

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Rebuilt in central Illinois: the Royal Scot

Dave inserted the Royal Scot back into the flow of history, creating something sure to confuse anyone trying to identify this particular model. Continue reading

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Les confessions du snob de selle

Every once in a while, you realize your imagination has its limits. Your flexible mind, capable of intuiting many potential solutions to the same challenge, is faced with something that cannot, in any way, be a solution to that challenge. … Continue reading

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Frame building for credit at the University of Iowa

Historically, frame building often begins with brazing the first frame. But TIG welding is a more universal skill in terms of application. You don’t braze a trailer hitch, for instance; you weld it. Continue reading

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Chroming the Boxer: Jack Trumbull makes it shine

“When I send a frame to the plater, it looks exactly like when I get it back. It takes hours and hours of polishing. ” Continue reading

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Chroming the Boxer: Mitch Hull makes a few changes

You’re right on the satisfaction–and right that there have been a few changes. Continue reading

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