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Bens big cargo bike

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Well here is another build that is a little different , Ben asked me to build him a cargo bike that needed to fill a few specific requirements he wanted the handling and response that you get from a pull pull cable steering sys and a big carry bed but most importantly it had to be very strong as he would be carrying around his most precious asset his new born son. So I set to work creating his super cargo frame, I have been very happy with my cargo bike and but i was very glad to have this opportunity to improve a few things with this build. with all one off complex builds there are always many challenges to deal with and this build was no different but the end results have come up to and bettered my expectations and I am very much looking forward to seeing the complet bike built up and running. Well if you live in Brisbane look out for a crazy green cargo bike rolling the streets.
Stay upright ūüėČ

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Primate Frame Sale

Primate Frame Sale

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Here are some frames that I have for sale at very reduced prices , some of them are customers who fell through ,¬† others are stock that has been around to long .all are hand-built all have star enameler¬† paint jobs all are top quality. contact me if you need any more info on any of them. freight is $60 sent to all major city’s in OZ .

FRAME #1 $800

Primate fillet brazed double butted Columbus tubed /paul components tips / fixie with star enamelers paint job

Effective TT =586   /  ST =446  /  HT ang = 72.5 / ST ang = 72.5 / kg = 1.6 / 1 1/8  head tube / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #2  $500

Primate  cinelli lugged dedacciai tubed fixed free frame , has my custom tips, no cable guides but a rear brake bridge.

This one is very cheap as it has a small dent on the TT due to the bike being knocked over at another shop check the photos. frame is un ridden was built up then striped down again.

TT=53.5 / ST=53.5 / HT=73.5 deg / ST=73 deg / kg=1.8 / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #3 $900

Candy Cranks Cenelli lugs Dedacciai tubes brake bridge  no cable guides fixed free frame and Dedacciai forks

TT=55 / ST=53.5 / HT=73.5 deg / ST=73.5 deg / Kg=2.6 with fork / fork rake 32mm / 1″ fork / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #4 $700

Candy Cranks proto type this was the first concept CC frame when we where testing out what wanted to do with them, has cenelli lugs and Dedacciai main tubes uses round tapered stays in the rear and old school campagnolo tips. this one has a very tight rack fork as i had intended to use this frame as a trick polo rig but never got round to building it up.

TT=55.5 / ST=52 / HT=73deg / ST= 73.5deg / Kg 2.7 with fork / fork rake 25mm / 27.2 seat post / 1″ forks

FRAME #5 $1000

This is a Bosevski road frame and fork John is no longer building his beautiful frames and this is truly a piece of history, not only is it a Bosevski but it is the personal frame set of the builder made with Cinelli SLX ribbed tubes and Cinelli lugs, internal cable guide on TT, Cinelli fork crown and blades. candy apple trans red paint. All I can say is its more than  beautiful it truly is a piece of art work.

TT=58 / ST=58 / HT=72.5deg / ST=73deg / Kg=2.6 with forks / fork rake =45mm / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat post

FRAME #6 $800

Hear is another Bosevski road frame this is one of Johns last frames ,this one is a fillet brazed main and rear with a lugged BB shell, Dedacciai tubes ,internal cable guide on TT .another beautifully crafted frame this one is un ridden and ready to be built up into something special.

TT=57.5 / ST=57 / HT=72deg / ST=73.5 deg / Kg=1.8 / 1″ forks / 27.2 seat tube

FORKS $220

I made this set of forks for a candy cranks ally cat prize but we didn’t end up using them. they have the rifled columbas steerer tube and Dedacciai fork blades and columbas crowns

(This set will fit the Bosevski pictured above)

crown to thread = 156mm / axle to crown = 359mm / rake = 35mm

Complete Bike $2500

Hear for sale Is Meg from Candy Cranks Fixie. this is a very tidy wip and Meg is only selling it as her new ride get all the an attention leaving this ride to gather dust

I don’t know what brand the frame is as it was already sand blasted when I picked it up but it is a very high-end light frame, I removed all the cable guides and gear hanger then had star enamelers do the paint.

forks are Campagnolo that we had sprayed to match the frame .

wheels are low profile Phil woods hubs in anodized red fixed free flip-flop rear black dt swiss double butted spokes tied & soldered, laced to white deep V rims with maxxis tires.

Phil woods BB / 105 shimano cranks, striped and painted white/ Thompson stem and seat post / shimano dura-ace front brake / msk quick release peddles  / soma tow cages and Toshi straps / pro bull horn bars.

this one will be $95 to send to any major city in OZ

TT=52 / ST=51

Ben’s W.T.F !!

Ben’s W.T.F !!

20" BMX, bicycle, brazed, courier, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom tips, fixed gear, fixie, hand built custom bicyles, lugged, primate frame, single speed, Welded, workshop0 comments

Here is Ben’s new play thing in the raw. (and you thought your fixie was original ūüėČ

I called this post Ben’s¬† what. The . F#@* !! because im pretty sure this is going to be the first thing people say when they see this bike riding by followed but Why.The. F#@* !! then buy can I have a go,. and if your lucky enough to get a ride the first two questions will be answered pretty quickly.

This is the second frame I have built for Ben. The first was a single speed 700cc custom special here is a link to some shots of it

http://primateframes.wordpress.com/2009/07/22/bens-singlefixedeverything-bike/

Well Ben Is a very interesting customer he always has something new attached to his bike  or has changed the set up to suit his latest riding style. I like the way Ben thinks about bikes and his style with them, and when it comes to building for him he keeps on my toes.

He Will rock up with some crazy set up bike or a bunch of  sketched drawings of the ideas he wants to put into a bike, I have to then work out what will work and what will get thrown on the cutting room floor.

So when Ben rocked up on his 12″ folding bike with a hand full of drawings and told me he wanted me to build him one I had to get the gray matter working to work out how I was going to make 12″ rear 20″ front wheeled bike fit a 6′.2″ rider and make it ride smoothly and handle properly !

the first hurdle we had was to find a decent rear wheel no small feat let me tell you. Ben spent a lot of  time searching the web to find any thing remotely decent with not much luck. In the end we went with a 16 hole steel pram wheel I then had to get a 32 hole 120mm Miche track hub and lace it every other spoke hole. It was a fairly tricky build but it came out well in the end .

With the wheel¬† sorted it was time to work out the rest of the build around it, after much to and fro we settled on a 20″ front wheel and the 12″ rear. Ben had been fitted up by Steve Hog from cycle fit the first time I built a frame for him so I used the measurements and adjusted everything to fit the new wheel size. after a few tweaks I¬† had a design I was happy with , then it was time to start to build¬† her , she came together very well and quickly. I had a good excuse to use my new tube bender for the stay bridges¬† on this bike and im very happy with how they came out .

for the forks I had a set of MTB lugged crowns that I thought would be very good for this build after talking with Ben we went with them and the forks you see in the photos were born.

After I had every thing built we decided to  build the bike up for a test run prior to getting her painted. Firstly as we are planing to build a rack on the front forks and I really wanted to see how she would ride , this being such an out there build though I knew the frame would fit Ben I really had no idea how it would ride or handle with such a small rear wheel.

well after prepping and building up the bike it was time to give it its maiden ride. A little bit apprehensively I threw a leg over her and off i went. A quick run around the car park and i had a big smile on my face she felt really nice to ride. With very neutral¬† handling being¬† quick and nimble but very stable you really didn’t feel as if you are¬† on a tiny wheel bike at all.

so now we are working out the carry system for the bike, im designing a front platform rack running of the front forks and then i will be making a trailer for the back.

Ben has kitted the bike out with a nice  build kit,   schlumpf high-speed drive crank set/ Chris king head set/ Thompson post / brooks saddle/ he has not decided on the front wheel build yet but im sure it will be top shelf.

Well all in all I am very happy with this build. It is always nice to have some thing turn out better than you where expecting it to be, and with a very funky color scheme planed for the frame and some cool head badge bling this is going to be a seriously custom build. Keep an eye out for the finished shots.

stay upright Tarn..

Jewlz gets rolling again

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Hear Is Jewlz Fantastic commute weapon.

I have known Jewlz for a few years now and always loved her passion for her bikes and the true affinity she has with her rides. So when she brought over her beloved Brad(a condor acciaio) to see me about a crack he had¬† developed I was a little apprehensive I don’t¬† like to tell people the pride and joy may be un safe to use any more, but as it turned out though Brad had a small crack below the seat stay bridge I thought there was a few more miles in him yet and sent Jewlz on her way with the notion ow getting a new frame¬† in the future but with no great hurry on it, but fate had other ideas.

I got Brad in for a fit up and took all the measurements i would need to replicate Brad but in beautiful steel with sexy welds to cap it all off , any way not long after this I got a call from Jewlz telling me she had been taken out but a ute in the city and brad was no more. It was a nasty hit causing Jewlz to have surgery on her finger and when I got a look at what was left of brad I think it could have been a lot  worse.

Well knowing how much Jewlz loves to be on the bike I pushed her build ahead and got into it, with a few ups and downs on the way, mainly sourcing the right components for the build and with me moving the work shop during this time but we got there and the end result looks the business.

I have to apologize for the bad photos they really don’t do it justice !!

I’m still waiting to find out what the new rigs name is but these things take time and Jewlz and yet to me named are getting to know each other hears to along and safe relationship.

Stay upright Tarn..

The Cargo bike

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Hear are some build shots of  the first prototype cargo bike.

I have been planing this one for some time and it has been a good chalange and very rewarding to see it come together.

It is tig welded and the build came together pretty quickly.

I wanted to use a cable steering concept that i had been toying around with, I got the idea from a very cool frame builder Francis cycles, he uses a funky cable steering set up on his haul bike, i did a lot of research in to pulleys and cable and played around with numerous ideas that could work for the steering, they all had merits but also had some sort of limiting factor. after much to and fro I came up with the system of two pulleys both of the same diameter with the cables running between them.  what i was  trying to achieve was a very direct steering that was out of the way simple to fix and repair and looked neat, I have never liked the linkage arm that is used on most cargo bikes they are prone to damage and look crap. Next I had to work out how I was going to attach the cables, at first i was going to use some very nice super flexible SS cable they use it to make jewelery but there was the issue of attaching it to the pulleys and I wanted the system to be easy to change and replacement cables to be cheap and easy to obtain. So in the end I drilled the pulleys to accept  standard brake cable heads the cables run from the fork pulley over a small cable specific pulley that runs along the side of the boom tube  then down to a second pulley that directs the cable under the frame and cargo platform they terminate and are attached to a small turn buckle which tensions the system then from the other end of the turn buckle there is another short wire that attached to the drive pulley on the steering shaft using the same attachment as the fork pulley. works very well on the bench and pushing it around the work shop floor. I will be putting it thru its paces as soon as it is all up and running.

I also wanted it to have a low bed like the bullit frames and the dutch cargo bikes as i think this is a better place to have the wight of the load and it makes it use full for carrying kids or pets.

It’s a full 4130 front end and Columbus rear stays and tips , using my designed and Cycle Underground CNC’d¬† eccentric BB, the forks are a of the shelf 20″ set that I fitted canti bosses to and then fabricated the steering pulley and welded it on, I have disk tabs on the frame and later on I will be designing a disc set of forks but for this frame I just wanted to make sure all the concepts where going to work on the frame before i started designing forks for it.

Well the bike is almost ready to roll I am weighting on a 20″ rim to come in from velocity that I will be building up over the weekend and I should be out for the first ride early next week looking forward to it.

I’ll post shots when i have it all together and sprayed up stay tuned ..