November 12, 2008

Shout out to Steve…

A visual one, that is. Doing a hipster fixie for my old HS friend Scott, so I thought I’d spice it up with an external sleeve/lug on the seat tube. Pretty neat. I TIG the sleeve right over the top of the seat tube, which welds them to each other pretty nicely, and then I run a little silver into the top and bottom at the end of the build to keep everything extra secure. I’ve done this with some other frames in the past, but it looks so cool (and makes the seat tube so indestructible) that I might start doing them more.

In this shot, you can see how there wasn’t *quite* enough material to totally soak up the heat at the point where the weld gets closest to the edge of the sleeve. Neat effect.