Building a Bicycle Frame with Dave Yates – Day 5
The frame may have looked finished yesterday, but there was still a lot to do! Today’s tasks:
- Frame shot blasted
- Excess brass filed off
- Any brass gaps touched up
- Excess tube ground away from inside bottom bracket
- Bottom bracket cleared with taps
- Bottom bracket faced
- Head tube reamed, top and bottom
- Seat tube cleared (27.2mm)
- Fork tracking checked
- Rear tracking and frame alignment checked
- Plug air holes (steel rod / silver)
So there we have it. In five days I’ve managed to build myself a fine bicycle frame. Dave is an absolutely fantastic teacher. Over the five days he only touched a tool to the frame a handful of times, and only applied the torch once, when demonstrating the more delicate technique required when brazing with silver. When teaching it can be easy for the teacher to teach by demonstration, and end up completing half the work themselves. That’s not Dave, he explains clearly and watches closely providing continual guidance.
It’s with the painter now – come back soon to see the finished bike.