Saturday, March 12, 2011

Getting things done

I have the front triangle brazed up on the frame for Dirk. I still have some clean up and such to do but I need to get the rear triangle started. I have been doing some figuring on a jig for doing the rear. I need a simpler, more efficient way. I have to get the machine shop to make me some pieces still but I'm getting closer to getting it done.

Here is a sneak peek at what's up:

Rear triangle fixture
Another frame that I am working on gets a wishbone rear end. I like this look a lot. This particular one has a seat tube that has a socket cast into it that accepts the wishbone top extension. I worked a little bit on getting the tube mitered to the back of the seat tube.

 After I finish up this rear triangle fixture, I will get the chainstays brazed in. After that I can figure out where the wishbone needs to be and braze that to the top tube extension. Then I can work down from there to finish up the seatstays.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

And the winner is....

Dirk A. of East Barre, VT is the winner of the 2010 Pedal for Paws frame and fork. I want to thank everyone that came out in the foul weather to help me and NCAL raise some money for the animals. It is a great event and a great cause. There are some nice changes in store for 2011 that I think will be liked by all. I will be there again with hopes on raffling off another frame. I also hope that Dirk will be around to show off his new ride and enjoy another ride to raise money for NCAL.

I will be getting the information that I need to get this frame started and will be posting the progress here. Keep in touch and check back for updates.

Thank you, Wil

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

plenty going on - no blogging

A couple months have passed and I have not made any attempt to show or explain what has been going on around here. I have some jigs that I am updating. I have some things being machined for me and I have ordered a bunch of 8020 extrusions for some projects that I am working on. I have the prototype bike that I am designing about ready for assembly. I have some PR things in the fire and really too much to keep up with.

Its all good though. I decided that this is the best way to take care of it. It is fall, winter is upon us and it's time to use this to my advantage so that I can be ready when it is time for the bikes to roll. Stay tuned, I promise that I will share more!

Friday, August 20, 2010


Well here it is the Friday before the Pedal for Paws and I have a camera full of pictures of the frame that I am building to show and not a one of them on the computer. The whole build process changed as things progressed and it turns out that I will be showing the frame at the event in a current build status. I will set up a little area that will be similar to what it is like right now in the shop for this frame. I will still have the rear triangle to do but the front is together and I am at the lug clean up stage of the build.

At this point, the pictures will have to be posted after the show but that doesn't change much. The frame still needs to be completed so the posts will go on.

I am also going to restructure the way things are happening around here so there will be updates as things progress. I really want to focus on setting up a solid process for building. Keep your eye out.

Saturday, July 31, 2010


I got the parts set in this week for the Pedal for Paws display bike. Everything checks out and I drew up my full size drawing of the frame. I also started doing some cleanup and fitting on the lugs set. I had a pretty tweaked up lower head lug and it took me a while to get it into shape for the down tube. Next up will be getting the bike's spine ready for brazing. The first joint I do is the seat tube to the BB shell. I will set off first thing in the morning to get this rolling.

I also have problems with my camera, so I will be using a different one that requires more work to upload to the blog. I will get some pictures on and start a Flickr group for this build.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NCAL's Pedal for Paws

On August 22, 2010, there is a fundraising ride in Stowe, VT. It is comprised of a Century, Metric Century, and a Fun Ride (25 miles). The proceeds of the event are to benefit the animals at the North Country Animal League. I have ridden it (the metric) two of the three years that it has happened. It is a very nice ride and it is for a very good cause.

This year I decided to contact the organizers and give them a proposal. I would build a custom steel frame and fork for a lucky individual that will win a raffle to raise money for the shelter.

I am really excited about this project. I will be building a frame and fork that will be displayed to represent what some lucky winner will receive. Lucky for me, I will be building the display for myself. I will build it up over the winter and have it to enjoy for next year's season. Feel free to Click for some details of the event and the frame. The build will begin soon and be documented right here on the blog for you to follow along.

A brief description: Pacenti Artisan lugs, BB shell and fork crown, Nova tube set, Henry James dropouts, and a hand full of braze-ons. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

absentee excuses

Blah Blah Blah. Our move took a lot out of me and my time. It took a while to get everything ready, then move, then settle. I am there now and of course with nice weather, I have been playing a lot. I like living closer to the shop. I ride nearly every day. it is about 11 miles one way so I am getting about 100 miles in every week just from my commute.

I signed up again this year for the Vermont 50. It is the 50 mile mountain bike race that I did for the first time last year. It is in September. I have 4 months to get my butt into shape for this. I have a goal of completing the race. I guess it will take about 9 hours. I have my work cut out for me on this one.

On to frame work. I happened to get the top tube fit, brazed, and initially cleanup in the frame. I will do some more lug clean up on the seat lug and the upper head lug. Then I will face and ream the head tube and ream the seat tube. I will also do a final face and chase on the bb shell. That will leave me at the rear triangle. If you remember, it is a wishbone rear end with track drop outs. I will get some pictures posted of where I am now and then get back on track with the updates there after. See ya soon!