Forks

This year I have a goal of 36 bikes (which averages 3 per month) and feel it is a realistic goal. One thing to keep in mind is almost all my bikes include a fork, stem and seat post. Those items can add up quickly and take about as much time as the frame.

It is hard to talk about the last few bikes since I am trying to keep a few things a secret before they get released. Naomi is local and is getting a 29R. She is on the shorter side so we are doing rigid specific to help lower the front end of the bike. I should have the details of the bike ironed out mid this week so I got started on the fork first (I tend to always do this). Here is a look at the fork after making all the segments and such.

Rigid specific 29R fork.

This past weekend I made a few tools and one of them was a new unicrown fork mitering fixture. It was kind of ironic since I finished the fixture and the first fork I need to make is not unicrown. Oh well it is ready for the next touring bike I am making. Here is some pictures of it set-up to miter some blades.

Unicrown fork mitering fixture.

Adjustable drop out width. and adjustable centerline.

Linear slide with set screw.

The family has grown (not not at home yet). This is the big daddy of "small" horizontal machines. It is a Cincinnati No.2 UM which is a very desirable machine. It is kind of worthless in the current manufacturing world but for people like me that use manual machines it is a real sweet find. It is rather heavy and I need to make a few moves in the shop before it gets into operation. I have an addition for the shop planned and once that is done this beast can get moved in. Here it is after delivery.

American HEAVY iron!

Cheers,
Drew