Not one single person flagged me down in the street to tell me about the clear awesomeness of the bike I was riding, thus giving me the chance to smugly tell them that well I actually made it all myself. This was so disappointing that I had to stop in to people I knew to show it off. This satisfied my ego somewhat...
At approximately this time my eldest asked about the hours I spend in the garage and what exactly it is that I do there. I proudly showed her the bike and said I had been making this. She pointed to the wheels and asked 'Did you make this bit?', 'No'. She then pointed to the seat and seatpost 'Did you make this bit?', 'No, now go away now you horrible little shite'.
I then decided to strip it down, and shortly I had this pile of bits;
|Those rims are Salsa Delgado Cross Rims, the front laced to a very sexy VO Grand Cru High Flange hub.|
|A pile of bicycle parts yesterday.|
|Tapping the M5 Guard mount hole|
|Positioning the chainstay bridge ready for brazing, the big hole is to fit a kickstand if I need one. I may not be able to bring myself to do it though.|
So today I dropped the bare frame off to James Lee Design for coating. I am getting it clear matte 2 pack wet sprayed, this will show off the frame warts and all. I am probably quite far from the norm with this sort of thing, but I really like things being actually what they are, with no pretending whatsoever. If I thought I could get the frame to look like it does with no protection at all then I would, but practicality rules over all.
I should have the frame back for the weekend hopefully....