Tuesday, February 26, 2013

New Blog/Website

Hey everyone. So I think I'm gonna move stuff over to my new website. The blog can be found over here: http://sklarbikes.com/weblog

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cross bike built and ridden!

Well, I finally got it finished, and it turned out great!! I'm sure that this bike is best looking one that I have built, the finnish came out really nice and the I think the powdercoat looks great. It's hard to tell in the pics, but it's sparkly purple too. I dig it.

Anyway, It was like 50 degrees in Bozeman today, so just about as perfect as it gets for a January bike ride. The bike rides just about how I wanted it too, which is cool! I'm not a big fan of being super hunched over or drops, so I built it short, and that seems to have done the trick. 

I also think I did a really good job of tube selection for this bike. It seems to be stiff in all the right places. I had virtually no noticeable flex in the chain stays or rear triangle, which is awesome, but still that good steeley feeling. "Laterally stiff, yet vertically compliant" you might say.

Anyhow, I'm very pleased with the end result. I can't wait to take it on some dirt!
Oh, and those gears... they're not too bad either.



FD Pulley

Bridger Bowl in the background
cable routing, seat stay bridge
another one with the bridgers. Pretty ride.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

It's done!ish

I just dropped my frame off at the powder coater. Pretty exciting, my first one to get PC'd. I picked a pretty flamboyant purple and I'm a little nervous to see how it turns out, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

I learned a lot of things on this bike. Mostly about frame alignment  How to get it right(er), how to adjust it, and how to check it out along the way.

It was also interesting building a geared bike. I managed to nail all of my clearances, including chainrings and cranks and deraillieurs and such. I also got the chain stays the same length, which was sweet.

Anyway, I can't wait to get this thing built up and finally start riding it! I've been dreaming about this bike for a while now...

Here are some pics:

Oh, and here's one of my klunker if you hadn't seen it.

With some advanced technology

Also, if any of you are interested in seeing lots of bike pictures more often, I'm on that "Instagram" thing and my name is adarn4 if you wanna check it out.

More pics, when its back from powder next week!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Coming along...

More pics of my cross bike, this one is gonna be good!
Seat tube sleeve, Top tube, dry fit in the jig.
yeah! all dry fit together
This is the first bike that I have completely mitered before brazing tubes together, and I'm not sure why I haven't done it in the past. The down tube has been a hassle on past frames as I brazed BB to ST to TT to HT before mitering the DT. This way though, I can switch out the seat tube and down tube to get that miter real dialed in.
The drawing (4th try's a charm) - and a real protractor helps.
Why does that look so funny you ask? Because I have crazy long legs and a really short torso. Also, I don't like how spread out I get with drop bars, or drop bars.
They're the same!!
I also used a full scale drawing for the first time on this frame. It worked out really, really well. Since I don't have any real CAD programs it's sort of hard to get all of the numbers I need, but this gave me something to check each tube against while building. As you can see, the frame is as I intended, and I'm very happy about that.

Here'a a picture of a dropout/chain stay pre-braze. I thought it looked nice.

Chainstay miter needs a little adjusting, but that DT/ST joint looks good.
So, I have the front triangle tacked up. Tomorrow I'm going to take it to school and hopefully get to check out the alignment on a surface plate (really, really perfectly flat chink of granite). I'm vizualising some brazing now, hoping I can get these to turn out real pretty.

Thats all for now, I'll post more when I have a whole frame!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Starting to put tubes together...

After struggling with a drawing for a long time I'm finally putting tubes together on my new cross bike.
I started on the rear triangle this time, and it's coming along pretty well. Here are some pics:




checking clearances
Well I'm gonna go try and get the front triangle mitered up.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone,

Not sure If I told you this already, but I'm at home in Colorado for the holidays and I'm not building bikes while I'm here.

Have a great new year and I'll have more bike stuff up very soon after that!!