So yesterday I got the tubes of the front triangle cut to length. I was then able to slot them into the lugs and put the whole thing on the floor to get an idea of what the frame will soon look like. I then finished the day by having my first go at brazing on some tube off-cuts.
Today I was pretty excited to start putting a hot flame to my own tubes. Tubes I’d paid quite a lot of money for. Although Robert was there to guide me through the process at the start, I eventually wanted to take control while not making any costly or esthetic mistakes.
The steps I took on Day 2 were:
- Cut chainstays to the correct length.
- Braze bottle cage bosses. First proper braze.
- Braze chainstays to dropouts.
- Apply LOTS of flux to main tubes before tacking.
- Tack (spitzer in German) front triangle tubes to lugs in the jig.
- More flux. Braze in the bike stand.
- Cut seat stays to correct length. Braze in top plugs.
- Braze chainstays to front triangle.
- Braze seat stays to dropouts then to front triangle.
- Frame alignment checks in the jig.
- Put frame in a water bath overnight to dissolve all the flux.
We broke again for lunch at 12:00. Yesterday we ate at a self-service place with good German food. Today we tried the fusion-Vietnamese. Again. Solid fare. No run tonight but I did visit Downtown Potsdam. The streets were deserted and windswept with lots of posh shops and restaurants. So I went back to Gleiss 6 for dinner. Check back tomorrow for Day 3 highlights.