Project Profile: Passing on the bike-building knowledge

Local teen Hamish wanted to learn a bit more about bike building and I was keen to pass on some knowledge.

He joined me for several days over the summer to help out and do what he could – which was quite a lot!

I love passing on this knowledge and my customers get a huge buzz out of being hands-on helping build their own dream-bike – it’s not something many bike-owners get to experience.

Measuring up the frame - this is quite challenging with teenagers as you have to try and ensure the bike will suit them as they grow.
Measuring up the frame – this is quite challenging with teenagers as you have to try and ensure the bike will suit them as they grow.
Hamish was a useful second pair of hands as we measured up.
Hamish was a useful second pair of hands as we measured up.
Cutting the Reynolds frame tubes.
Cutting the Reynolds frame tubes.
Preparing toptube for cutting
Preparing toptube for cutting
More frame cutting
More frame cutting
Making sure the frame tubes are long enough for the lugs.
Making sure the frame tubes are long enough for the lugs.
Inspecting the lathe cut of the top tube.
Inspecting the lathe cut of the top tube.
Positioning joins for welding.
Positioning joins for welding.
Sandblasting the forks, one of Hamish's favourite jobs.
Sandblasting the forks, one of Hamish’s favourite jobs.
Coating joints to allow them to remain in place for welding - nice to have somebody else doing the mucky work!
Coating joints to allow them to remain in place for welding – nice to have somebody else doing the mucky work!
Measuring chainstay length.
Measuring chainstay length.
Welding derailleur hanger on.
Welding derailleur hanger on.
Cutting drop-outs.
Cutting drop-outs.
Ensuring chainstays are parallel and correct length.
Ensuring chainstays are parallel and correct length.
Semi welding bottom bracket to keep chainstays in position
Semi welding bottom bracket to keep chainstays in position
Semi welding seat stays to keep position
Semi welding seat stays to keep position
Polishing the seatstays
Polishing the seatstays
Lining everything up.
Lining everything up.

19. Headset welding

20. Headset welding

Headset welding.
Headset welding.
Welding the bottom bracket - lucky enough to have a beautiful old Cinelli bracket to use.
Welding the bottom bracket – lucky enough to have a beautiful old Cinelli bracket to use.
Hamish installing the brakes and cables.
Hamish installing the brakes and cables.
We have some different logo options, this is our classic look.
We have some different logo options, this is our classic look.
Finished and riding!
Finished and riding!
The finished bike, with some nice chrome Ultegra and leather bar tape for the retro look
The finished bike, with some nice chrome Ultegra and leather bar tape for the retro look
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My own road frame

My own road frameMy very own Jeffson road bike frame. Handcrafted out of Reynolds 853 tubing. Note the chromed rear end for a classy finish. Chrome helps to protect against chain damage on frame and makes it easy to keep clean. Price of this particular frame painted, is only $1450.00. Chroming detailing is extra but available on every frame.
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XL Sized Road Bike

This bike frame has been built for Paul of Auckland. Paul tried a number of shops before turning up here. Paul is 6ft 9″. This is definitely the biggest bike I have ever built. To increase frame strength I used large diameter Reynolds aero tubing. I also handbuilt the high pressure wheels myself, using MTB hubs for strength and Mavic rims. We fully fitted the bike with Ultegra 600 10sp componentry. As he had never had a bike to fit before, Paul is one very happy customer.

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