April 2016 Posts

Polishing Stainless Steel – Updated

Polishing Stainless Steel – Updated

I love using stainless steel because I have always hated rust and especially when used for dropouts, fork crowns and brake bridges. It means your paintwork doesn’t get damaged. I found out how to polish it up from the instructions given by Darrell McCulloch of Llewellyn bikes fame and you can do no better than reading: http://www.framebuilderscollective.org/polishing-stainless-mcculloch/
I used to polish the parts after completing the frame but, as McCulloch, I now file and sand the parts to at least 240 grit emery paper before building the frames. It is much easier to get in all the recesses before the frame is assembled.

Pro-Max 350w 6inch Bench Grinder –  Review

Pro-Max 350w 6inch Bench Grinder – Review

I purchased this machine from Metal Polishing Supplies after an online search. It is a “Budget” model in the world of Bench Grinders and bears a remarkable resemblance to a lot of other own brand models suggesting they are likely to be made in the same Chinese factory. Credit to Metal Polishing Supplies, however, in as much as the company has produced it’s own product leaflet which is written in clear english. They also offer a 3 year warranty.

Bespoke 2016

Bespoke 2016

Predictably I went to the Bristol Bespoke show again this April to keep up to date with current ideas and trends. The photo above is of the displayed Craddock track bike and I want one of his road bikes. Richard Craddock is not the only bespoke carbon fibre builder but has been doing it in the UK the longest. He uses Carbon fibre tubes and cuts and mitres in the usual way then overlays the joints. His bikes used to have a lugged appearance but now due to popular demand he has smoothed out the joints by feathering the layers. You can get a truly made to measure bike with his method.