Day 3 at Big Forest Frameworks

When I arrived at the workshop I got my frame out of the water bath. The flux had gone and frankly, it looked great! No more major brazing today but lots of fiddly finishing off to be done.

  1. Braze brake and gear cable stops.
  2. Braze rack attachment points.
  3. Braze rear brake bridge.
  4. Braze chainstay bridge.
  5. Tap thread for under bottom bracket cable guide.
  6. Attach cable guide.
  7. Ream and face headtube.
  8. Ream and face bottom bracket.
  9. Cut a slot in the seat post clamp.
  10. Ream seat tube.
  11. File off some globs of silver that had run on to the tubes.
  12. Wrap frame in bubble-wrap to transport home on the train tomorrow.

We finished the day with a beer from a local organic brewery to celebrate the end of my course. In conclusion, the course was fabulous and everything I was hoping for. I learnt a lot not only about the process of building frames but also about bike mechanics in general.

Robert is an excellent teacher. He provides the right balance between clear instruction and backing off to allow you to gain experience with the tools and processes by yourself. I’m a teacher, so I know a good one when I meet one.

Today we had Italian for lunch and Gleiss 6 for the fourth time for dinner. I was super-exhausted on leaving the workshop and only managed a tiny run. Tomorrow’s post is about the first ride I took on the new frame. There’ll be some bonus slash experimental audio on Friday.