More pictures of the Ellis Cycles frame in process
Posted Nov 21 2008 4:25pm
Dave at Ellis Cycles continues to work on the new frame. Yesterday he worked on the seat stays and fork. He had hoped to finish it but ran out of oxygen and couldn't get any from his supplier right away. The frame build will be done next week.
Braze on posts for the Paul Racer Brakes. Again, very nice work. The brakes are going to look great on the bike.
Dave braze the posts first. They get brass brazed while the crown gets silver. He didn't want the silver running out when he did the posts since the posts are mounted so close to the crown.
He ran into a few minor issues caused by the smaller frame size. I talked to him during my lunch time at work. We had talked about routing the brake cable to the rear at a 7 o'clock position on the top tube. He decided the bend at the rear seat cluster was too short running it that way. He will route the cable at a 11 o'clock position. That should work better. We also discussed partially hiding the rack mounts on the seat stays. He would use a stainless water bottle braze on on the inside of the seat stay instead of the hourglass shaped braze on. This would give it a cleaner look, specially when I'm not running a rack. But there was some clearance issues with the center pull brake cable. It's likely with the small frame the brake cable would hit the rack struts when you used the brake. He'll be figuring out another option. This is why it's worth every penny to use an experienced builder like Dave. Less experienced builders haven't learned some of these lessons yet.