Thursday, July 31, 2008

UBI Graduate

All finished with the schooling. Man that was a pretty intense two-weeks. Spent about 90 hours working on bike frames and about 30 hours driving my family in our Volkswagen Westfaila. We went from our house via Bend and camped at Diamond lake then toured Crater Lake in the morning and made our way to Ashland. School started at 8AM sharp on monday and I had gary and Ron as our frame building instructors. The first day was more of an overview of the entire process and we dove into silver brazing up some water bottle bosses on som .035 chomoly tubing. The process intensified and by the end of the week we had a fork and front triangle built up. The weekend was spent back in Portland as my wife and child got sick and we thought it would be best for them to be at home. Monday came again and I dove back into getting all my chain stays and seat stays and braze on's added. I built a knock off of an old French style P/R frame similar to a Kogswell. I used a 73 H and a 73.3 S angle alnong with a 25mm rake on the fork. I chose to use a front hub with drum brakes and a rear 3-speed hub with drum brakes. A whole bunch of pictures of the trip is here.

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