The craft of building

Before every build, I start off by listening and going through the customer's expectations and area of use. We run through notes, sketch ideas, look at the preferred components, and ideas for paint. After measurements and fitting, I cross check with what the customer is used to riding from before, as bikes on the market are more general in sizing.

The next step is to choose what kind of steel tubing is most desirable for the frame being built. As I start manufacturing, I draw a full scale blue print to work off. This is where things get old school. All the miters are filed by hand. To attain the wanted angle, I use templates for roughcutting, than gradually file for a snug fit, crosschecking underways. The methods I use are based from the Tim Paterek Manual, that my predecessor, Paul Wyganowski taught me. I later elevate my frame above my blue print, and use the lines drawn check it the frame is on point. After every braze session, the steel flexes, so I have to align this, where I use an alignment table after each time.

The way I build puts the least amount of stress into a frame. This is because I gradually build the frame from several parts, instead of jamming all the tubes into a jig all at once. The heat wants to move and escape, and when you do this, it puts stress into the frame. My frames therefore have very little to none of that stress momentum, giving a longer life to the bike.