• Bottom bracket welds.  These are tricky in a number of places because it can be hard to see and hard get your hands/TIG torch where they need to be.  Also the thickness differential between the different parts requires very careful heat control.
  • Top tube-head tube weld on christrigaux ‘s bike.
  • Randy’s bottom bracket/chainstay sub assembly.  TIG welded.  I love this process!  I am also really excited about welding bikes back end first.  The rear end is harder to make, and alignment is more critical, but it gets easier if you build it first, and I couldn’t really use this technique with fillets.
  • Dropouts and chainstays for Randy’s disc cyclocross frame.  The dropouts include the disc brake mount.  You can adjust your chain tension for single speed and remove/install your rear wheel quickly without worrying about screwing up any adjustments.  You can also add a derailer hanger for use with gears.
  • Mounting my grinder to the wall was a great idea.  It’s always ready to go and I can really lay into it if I need to.
  • I bought a TIG welder and I’m working on my chops so I can start welding bikes soon.  It takes more time to prep all of these welds than it takes to weld them, but it’s a lot of fun and I’m getting better really fast.
  • Tapping holes for a new jig piece.  Doing this by hand is very tedious.  I was spoiled when I built my fork jig and tapped holes with Versatapper.  100% worth the money if you do much of this work.  But I don’t do much of this work, so I never bought one of my own.
  • I’m making modifications to my front triangle jig which means lots of time spent milling aluminum.  The improvements will make set up faster and more efficient and the jig should hold the frame far more rigidly now.
  • christrigaux:

This is an outtake from my time with Cobra Frames. See the full edit of photographs here. Earlier this week, Joe (above) and I discussed getting my very own Cobra built. I’m pumped! Bikes Bikes Bikes!

I’m Jazzed about this photo of me with my hair doing a funny thing.