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The devil’s play thing

The devil’s play thing

bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, costom scooter, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, lugged, machinery, tig bike frame set up, tools, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop4 comments

If satan had a son and satans son rode a scooter this would have to be satans sons scooter!!

My latest crazy build is almost ready.

About 5 years ago I started to see a lot of kids on razor scooters in the skate parks. This use to give me the shits (and it still does when parents use the park as some sort of  pre school and let there very young kids loose with scooters  unsupervised while they talk shit and drink coffee in the corner!!) I was always thinking get a skate board or a bike and stop pissing around on that half ass attempt at both. That was till I saw a 10-year-old kid bust a 2m back flip out of the bowl whilst doing a double 360 and landing it!  suddenly I had a whole new respect for these monkeys they where throwing down some big shit, but they were doing it on the old folding neck  piece of crap scooters and  they where defiantly not designed for that sort of  abuse.

So I started toying with the idea of  building  a hard-core scooter, but i didn’t really  think  there was much chance of selling such a thing so it went on the back burner.

Any way jump to the present and I was starting to see heaps of kids with what looked like some pretty serious scooters rolling the streets.

Gone were the break neck fold up decks these things where all one piece and looked pretty trick , and the bar was a cool segmented hard-core looking thing. The forks where by far the coolest  looking bit of kit all CNC’d super trick looking pieces.

Well this was my Q to re visit the idea of a hard-core scooter again. After a bit of home work I saw just how far things had moved on, and I’m kicking my self a bit  for not getting in there sooner, you snooze you loose .

Looking out there I could see that there was still room for something a bit different (this is always my excuse to justify building my self a new toy!). So one quiet day at work it was out with auto cad and start to create on-screen what was floating around in my head.

A bit of  R&D and I had the geo and length sorted out, then It was a matter of trying to work out how I was going to jig it all up? At first I tried  to use my frame jig but that turned out not to be a workable option so it was on to my alignment table with clamps and spaces to get every thing running true and straight. A few hours of fine tuning and I had it set up to tack, tacked and welded and it was all looking sweet. next was the forks I played with the idea of doing a CNC’d set but then I thought why not try for a lugged set of forks after much deliberating and playing around with different crowns  I settled on the ones you see in the pictures. I must admit I really enjoyed building this little toy as it started to take shape I kept getting more and more ideas about how i wanted it to look or what would look cool on it, to this end I remembered I had some tapered plugs I had bought a while back from Paragon machine works and I thought they would look trick on the forks and the rear of the deck. I would pull them out and lay them up on the rig then think no leave them off and put them away only to pull them out again, indecision..

finally I thought why not and filled them out and dry fit them and im glad I did they looked sweet.

next I had to turn up the axle tips and braze them in on the forks and tig them on the deck, with the deck and forks finished I turned my attention to the stem and bars.

I wanted to use a set of titanium handle bars that I had so I machined out a tube to fit the bars and welded it to a very nice tange prestige down tube  that I had in my kit the end result is a very light super strong bar stem combo.

all in all it turned out very well and she is of to get sprayed this week. I wont give away what color she will be but lets say Barby would be proud .

For the rest of the build I have a cool set of  Luksa 100mm wheels and I’m getting a solid carbon fiber plate that I will be making into the top deck, I also have a funky brake system worked out but I’m not sure if I’m going to be running it yet might just stick to the old sneaker  stopper.

well I’ll put up some shots when I get her back from the painters and have her all built up and rolling .

so if your thinking you need something super special or super hard hit me up. I am keen as to whack out some more of these baby’s .

stay upright

Tarn..

Williams Wonderfull 29er

Williams Wonderfull 29er

29er bike, bicycle, brazed, columbus tubing, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, machinery, primate 29er bicycle, Welded, Wet Sprayed, workshop1 comment

Well I must admit to leading a double life for the lead into this story.

I work a full-time job as a theatre technician (basically I run the back stage of the Sydney theatre),  In this job I meet a lot of different  people, we get all sorts come through our venue from total amateur shows to big productions with a lot of big name actors in them.

Truth be told I don’t have much time for most of them they are just part of my job and some of them have egos so large I’m some times surprised they can fit  them selves through the doors  (and we have some big doors at work).

So when the boss told me we where going to have William Hurt with us on stage for out next production I was curious to see what sort of person he was.

Well it turns out that some times in life you meet some one who is truly special. I don’t find many people who I would say that about, but William is defiantly one of them.

Long story short I found William to be extremely open and down to earth and I could see he was not having a great time on the show we where working on so I took upon my self to break up his day with a chat and a laugh when I saw him at work.

I had a feeling that William might have been a bike person but I didn’t want to seem as if I was trying to sell him something as I’m sure he would get hit up by people trying to sell stuff all the time so I just kept out chats away from bikes.

Any way I was on my way to work  listening to the radio and they started talking about the show we where working on  and the DJ started talking about William Hurt and what he had been up to since he arrived here.  Turns out one of the first things he had done was to go and purchase a bike from Tokyo bikes in Surry hills.

So that night at work I asked him about his bike and told him I built frames. He asked to come up and have a look at the work shop I have set up at work (I am very lucky in this regard as my boss is a top bloke and has no problem with me working on bikes if there is nothing happening around the building, so I have a very nice little work shop set up in the theater) luckily I had two frames that had just come back from the painters.

Well after a very short time William was complementing my work and  saying he wanted a bike built, I didn’t really take him seriously at first as he had literally been in the work shop 5 min.  He must have seen what I was thinking so as he turned to me and said “I’m serious I want you to build me a bike” and to reinforce this he came up later to tell me again to seal it with a hand shake.

Well this threw me  into gear as the production was only in town for another 3 weeks.  After talking to William about what sort of bike he was looking for and looking over his body shape I had him sent to Steve Hog at cycle fit to get the full fit up treatment.

Luck was on my side here as Steve is usually 2-3 months booked out, but he had a spot the following Mon, score..

Well over the next few weeks I worked out the spec of the bike with William and as you can see from the photos there was very little spared, this thing is bling as bling .

William went back home and I set to work creating his bike I really wanted this to be something special.

To this end I designed and  had some custom tips cut to fit his frame geo and to house the rohloff  .Then I used a lovely set of Columbus fast back single bend chain stays, I have had them sitting in my tubes for a while as I can’t get them any more I was waiting for a special build to put them into and this was the perfect one.

Then there was the chain ring This is my Karma ring I designed this shape when I was first learning to use auto cad but as it was such a complex pattern I held of getting it cut .Then when I met William I knew he was the perfect candidate for the Karma ring, William is a very spiritual person who practices meditation and holds strong beliefs based around it. my Karma ring is based on an Indian Mandala which is used to focus the meditation practice, perfect for the bike and the man. to this end William asked if I could not put my skull logo on the head badge as he doesn’t like to celebrated death, no problem. Then it was the small details that really finish of the build like in laying the paint in the head tube reinforcement rings and hand painting the ti and soldered spokes (this looks really cool when the wheel is spinning as you get a funky little band of color in the wheel).

After talking through the components and working out what forks we where going with (rock shox Reba RLT TI ) but we had them painted to match the frame with my logo running up the front, sweet

the rest of the build is all the usual high end suspects Thomson/king/salsa/Easton/middleburn/hope/mavic .

This has been a great build for a really nice person and I feel very lucky to have met William and to have had the opportunity to build something for him.

Enjoy your new ride William may she bring you many years of good Karma.

Stay upright Tarn.

What you got, You got SOUL POWER

brazed, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, custom tips, fixed gear, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, tig bike frame set up, Welded1 comment

It’s always interesting the things that come into your head on the Daily commute to work I find I often come up with some of my most interesting ideas or mull over how to make the world a better place one bike frame at a time.

Hear is one of the those ideas that has become one of my beliefs.

All the frames I build end up getting transported from my home work shop where all the big machines jigs and alignment tables  are to my finishing work shop in town where i do all the filing and fit the braze on fitting then back to the home work shop for final prep before being sent out to get sprayed.

every trip is done on a bike and I have got riding with a wide frame on my back down to a fine art.

I started to think about how frames take shape as they get built up and how you can start to see the soul of the frame as it becomes a bike , any frame i create are like my children and like all children  some are easy to work with and some just fight you all the way .

To this end I find the transporting of the frames is like a fledgling bird being shown how to fly,

I talk to them and say this is what you are ,this is what i have created you to do, feel the wind running past you, feel the road under you , listen to the rhythm of the wheels , hear the ebb and flow of  your riders breath,feel the transfer of power from legs to road. All this is what you are, take this knowledge and be the frame I have designed you to be. run true and strong little fledgling.

A bit flowery maybe  but I truly believe in the soul of each frame, and hey wouldn’t you prefer to be riding a bike with soul

Stay upright Tarn..

Jewlz gets rolling again

bicycle, bicycle fork repair, brazed, columbus tubing, courier, cracked bicycle tube repair, custom built bicycle frame, custom built hard tail street frame, custom forks, custom frame, custom mtb bicycle frame, fixie, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles, primate frame0 comments

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..

Yves's Agent Orange Fix

columbus tubing, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, fixed gear, fixie, hand built bicycle frame, hand built custom bicyles0 comments

This is Yves’ tidy new fixed frame and fork. Built using Reynolds tubing on the main frame and Columbus seat and chain stays in the rear. BSM Italian investment cast lugs, and Primate tips.

This makes for a very light frameset and I’m sure she will fly along when she’s built up.  The geo was taken of Yves’s last frame that John from Cycle Underground built for him close to 10 years ago and it’s still going strong.

I’m in the process of sourcing the components and building the wheels. I’m very much looking forward to building this whip up, with what I have in mind this it’s going to be a very hot bike. I’ll post shots when she is done.

Stay up right..

BMX Bandit

20" BMX, custom built bicycle frame, custom forks, custom frame, fixed gear, primate frame1 comment

Well here is my little red pill.

I had a bit of a set back with the build of this one, I made the seat stay and chain stay bridges just that bit too close to the tyre. After much kicking myself  for being impatient I set to work cutting the bridges out and fitting new ones. Off to get painted again (sorry Peter).

Got her back and quickly put it all back together and road her home to hit it up at Maroubra skate bowl.

A few little tweaks setting up the cock pit and it was time to through down some lines, getting to know her and getting her dialed in .

I have not hit the park up for a while so the body was complaining the next day (it keeps telling me im to old for this shit and I keep telling it to shut up and do what its told, I think it may win but I will put up a fight before I go down)

all in all im happy with the build and the ride I think we will have some good times together.

I’m off to the park now to teach my body who is boss. 

Stay up right..

Candy Cranks lugged track frames

columbus tubing, custom forks, custom frame, custom hand built track bike frame, hand built bicycle frame, lugged0 comments

I’m building a run of lugged track frames for the girls at Candy Cranks, they are looking very sweet..I love a good silver wash. Using the old school jig for these ones, straight and true all cool in the old school.

Corey's frame back from the painters

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Corey’s custom track frame back from the painters ready to get packed and shipped.

Corey’s frame back from the painters

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Corey’s custom track frame back from the painters ready to get packed and shipped.

Latest Builds – Coreys courier fixie

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This is a custom frame and fork for Corey The Courier from Melbourne. The geometry was taken from his current track frame and modified to beef up the strength and allow him to do bar spins.

Prepping the forks, making sure everything fits before it goes to the painter.

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