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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The first official sale.........

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by the wife of an admirer of the first DMO Element frame, this was followed up with the picture below - a mock-up frame she gave to her husband for his 40th - how cool is that!!!


Frame builder in the making???
Following on from this email I met up with Andy and conducted my first demo ride yesterday. 

This really is the way I like to sort a frame out for someone, you can't beat going on a ride with them, seeing how they ride the bike and how they interact with it - plus it's a great excuse to get out and go riding! 

So Andy and I set off and did quite a varied loop of the Ashton Court and Leigh Woods trails in brizzle - I spent most of the time trying to keep up with Andy (probably because he was on the Element and I was on my Zesty ;) ).
All in all the ride went well and it has resulted in Andy putting in an order for a frame - happy days! 

Now I really need to start to focus on the Bespoked show next year (where I will be sharing a stand with Beth and Ian from Wildcat Gear) - I'm hoping to have Andy's Element, my rather battered Element prototype and something a bit different on the stand for people to see - watch this space for developments over the coming weeks and months. 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

The jig MK2 - up and running.......

It's taken a few weeks but having designed and manufactured the components for my MK2 bike frame jig I finally got around to assembling it and trying out setting it up.

All the parts went together pretty well however I think I'm going to have to do a bit better with the mounting to the bench - I can see me knocking up a bespoke floor standing structure which I can bolt down to the workshop floor.

The Mk2 Jig in all of its glory!
The headtube mount
The bottom bracket mount, pictured below, is the datum for the whole jig - everything pivots around this point.

The bottom bracket mount
Seat-tube Jig
Chainstay and dropout jig
All in all the jig took me about 20 hours to make and cost me about £100 - it should tide me over until I can afford to buy a proper one - and will certainly be a whole lot better than the 'expanding' wooden one I used for my first frame.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Barebones 200 ITT.....Job Done!

The weekend of the 12th and 13th of October saw the running of the Barebones 200 individual time trial by Stuart at Forest Freeride.

This was my final target event to take part in on the Element this year (the other two being the Highland Trail Race and the Trans Cambrian Way).

With the Highland Trail Race not going to plan, being made up for in a small way by the Trans Cambrian going so well, I was really looking forward to this event.

I approached it with the ethos of enjoyment not being compromised by trying to "set a time" - this is a handy philosophy when one is not fast on a bike and likes to sleep in random places!!

Upon arriving at Stu's place it became immediately obvious to me that the event had a certain air of seriousness about it, unlike the now hugely popular 'Welsh Ride Thing' held here earlier in the year, there were many very lightweight looking setups - no trailers or bottles of whiskey here!

To describe the event to the uninitiated, it (turned out to be) a 213km individual time trial, no support, no food stashes and no prearranged accommodation. Competitors are encouraged to complete it in less than 24 hours for a black badge, less than 30 hours for a blue badge and for simply completing the route they are awarded a green badge.

Having completed the 106 miles of the TransCam a couple of weeks ago in 29.5 hours my target was to try to up the pace a bit and sleep a bit less and complete the BB200 in a similar time.

PP, Keith and I had planned to ride together - they both had black badges already and kind of fancied a slightly more chillaxed event (having slept/collapsed in a public toilet on the previous event).

So we started out, and the first bit of the route was predominantly on road, Keith and I pulled out a bit of a gap and it started to rain. I stopped to put my jacket on, signalling to Keith my intention - to which he replied "I'm going to keep going - you'll catch me up" - this was the last I saw of Keith until Sunday morning!!

The main obstacle on day one was the 537m of Carnau I knew this bit was going to be tough both physically and navigationally but what I hadn't accounted for was having an off! On the descent off Carnau there is a ford you have to cross - seemed straight forward enough - I approached it as any other - speed is your friend, however I hadn't accounted for how slippy the rocks leading up to it would be. Before I could even consider bailing I was over and in. This in itself wasn't ideal, but then it could have been worse I reasoned as I pushed my funny sounding bike out of the ford. it was only when I went to ride off that I noticed I had in fact bent the rear mech completely into the rear wheel - fail!! The only thing I could do was bend it out and carry on, on closer inspection it turned out I had bent both the mech and the sliding aluminium dropout.

The original plan was to stop at Moel Prysgau bothy, the half way point of the route, so essentially I just plugged on to this meeting point. The terrain was hard going but far from impossible (and far easier than the Highland Trail Race) - I eventually arrived at the Bothy at 6.15pm. It was at this point that I recalled a conversation I had had in the week leading up to the event with PP. He had mentioned that you can access the Bothy from a fireroad above it - meaning you can avoid the very wet marshy bit to get to the Bothy.

So, as discussed, I cycled up and around behind the Bothy, expecting to find a bit of a bank which I could descend to the Bothy - unfortunately what I was confronted with was what can only be described as a bloody steep rocky bank - it was at this point I cursed PP!! It was only upon turning around that I spotted a footpath which led me to the Bothy.

Upon arriving I was greeted by four walkers who had the fire going and were making their evening meal. With it still being light outside it really didn't make sense to stay - but it was very appealing none the less.

With a heavy heart I bode the walkers farewell and continued on, with the aim of getting to Pontrhydfendigaid - there was a pub there.

I got the Black Lion Hotel at about 7.30, having ridden up the 7 splashes out of Moel and with it now raining and dark it was a welcome sight.

I quickly bought a pint and some nuts and sat with 3 other competitors. While sitting at the table one of the waitresses came to clear the plates and I found myself asking her to leave them so I could finish off the chips someone had left - I thought "Stu would be proud of me"!!

The pub was only 10km from the best bothy ever - Claerddu. Leaving the pub was not made any easier by the landlord who came over and offered B&B for £30. But again, I politely declined and went out into the now very blustery and wet night.

The climb out of Pontrhydfendigaid is predominantly on road, and albeit a bit of a slog (not made easier by the headwind and driving rain) it really wasn't too bad. The road turned into more of a track and it was at this point that I was overtaken by a VW transporter - which I thought nothing more of.

Arriving at the left turn for the Bothy I also came across the, now parked VW. On riding to the bothy I overtook 5 walkers - who it turned out had driven up in their car!! I got there, pretty wet and tired, only to be pampered by the walkers who not only got the fire going but also made me a cuppa and gave me a mince pie - now this is what I call roughing it!!!

I decided to get up at 5.30 and be back on the bike for 6, which all worked out ok - especially knowing that the trail around the reservoir was easy to follow.

I made pretty good progress and before I knew it I was skirting Penygarreg Reservoir - at which point I came across Keith - having a brew and some breakfast. It was at this point that we decided to ride the last bit together - which was nice.

We knew from reports of recces etc that the last 15km were not ideal - with some pretty conceptual pushes - which is why, when at 192km in, I got worried because i had so little energy left. My "rational" fix for this was to eat my last ham and coleslaw roll, half a malt loaf, an entire chocolate covered kendal mint cake, half a pack of raw jelly and two lumps of Yorkie - I had now gone from feeling low on energy to feeling sick!!!

The final push didn't disappoint - but to be honest it was kind of nice to be out of the saddle for a bit using different muscle groups.

We eventually rolled back in to Stu's place a little over the 29 hour mark - happy days!

So all in all, 2 of three targets for the new frame have been achieved - now its all about getting more miles on over the winter to try to hit the 1000 mile mark for the Bespoked show in April.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

More of the mk2 jig........

Here we have my new headtube support tooling, this will eventually slide and rotate on a long plate giving me loads of adjustability for just about any frame. 

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I have finished machining the other plates to size next up is to machine the relevant slots in them and the jig will be compete. 

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The Trans Cambrian Way - At Last!!!!!

Its been a while since the last post - two months in fact - but a lot has been going on in the world of DMO Frameworks - more on that over the next couple of weeks.

But for now I just had to write a bit on the blog about my recent attempt at a sub 30 hour, solo, Trans Cambrian Way ITT.

Epic rides like the Trans Cambrian Way were right at the essence of my first build - I wanted a bike that would be comfortable for long hours in the saddle but at the same time responsive enough to really attack the often too rare bits of singletrack on these types of rides.

Well, with the first frame having ticked over the 500 mile mark a couple of weeks ago and an opportunity in the build schedule arising for me to take some time out and have a go at the TCW.....and here's my brief story.....

I got to Knighton at 9.45am and eventually got under way at 10.30, having taken the obligatory photo at the station...


Having mowed down a corned beef slice it was time to head off, the plan was to get to Rhayader and then assess how realistic or otherwise it was going to be to make it to Claerddu bothy.

I had in the back of my mind that the track around Claerwen Reservoir was a bit harsh and that was from riding it on my full susser last year - riding it on a fully rigid 29er was going to be a completely different experience - hopefully no worse, but none the less I definitely wanted to save something in the tank for that section.

With this in mind I just tried to keep a steady 10kph pace and not get too carried away - the target was to get to Rhayader by 4pm - but as it happened I got there shortly before 3 - which was nice!

At Rhayader I treated myself to a can of coke, a hot chocolate, a coleslaw and ham sandwich and some welsh cakes. I have found that ham and coleslaw sandwiches appear to be my "endurance comfort food" - there is only so much raw jelly, gels and malt loaf I can handle!!

Having arrived at Rhayader early I knew Claerddu bothy was well doable - so I set off at 3.15 with the aim of getting to the dam at Claerwen by 5pm. 

What I hadn't accounted for was the roughness of the final track that leads you to the dam - this was easily the toughest bit on a rigid bike of the route for me.

It took me 45 minutes to get around Claerwen and then another 30 mins to get to the bothy - I think by this point I was certainly starting to flag - I seem to remember singing out loud "we're on our way to Claerddu" over and over again.......anyway all of this joviality was treated with the following view:


What a sight for sore eyes!!

Once here I settled in, and the weather joined me - at one point I couldn't see the retaining wall around the bothy from the front door!!

As it turned out I stayed at Claerddu for 14 hours!! 9 of which was spent sleeping the rest just cooking, eating, reading and checking over the bike. My original plan was to get up early doors and head out while it was still dark - but I had somehow miss-place my light.

One thing which did freak me out was, when going to the toilet in the night, I was stood there outside the bothy and you literally couldn't see 5ft in front of you - the mist was that bad - I kept imagining something flying out of the mist towards me - needless to say I didn't waste much time in getting back to bed!!!

I eventually left the bothy at 8.15 Sunday morning reside to the fact that I probably wasn't going to make the sub 30 hour initial target, as such I just set off at a steady 10kph pace and surprisingly quickly got back into the swing of things.

It was at this point that I had the most harrowing moment of the ride - while riding on the road towards Ysbyty Ystwyth I came across a cattle grid with 5 sheep next to it, so, as standard, I slowed right down and all the sheep seemed fine until I got onto the cattle grid. It was at this point that one of them legged it - so they all legged it. Two made it over the cattle grid, one ran in the other direction and two got caught in the cattle grid - one of which managed to make its way under my bike!!

It turns out there is no capacity for a sheep working out how to get off a cattle grid - they just panic and scramble around - I was pretty worried they would injure themselves in doing so but having checked on the two which eventually freed themselves all was well.

The next section of note was the Hafren Forest - on approaching the forest all I could hear were motorbikes - it turns out that as luck would have it I had chosen the weekend of the Hafren Forest Rally to do the TCW. Fortunately a friendly Marshall kindly offered to chaperone me against the flow of the race - he even pointed me in the right direction and warned me of the slippery ford - which I duly ignored only to find out exactly how slippery it really was for myself!!!

One common theme that ran consistently throughout the ride was that the 4th weekend in September must be the weekend for farmers to trim all their field hedges - the amount of bits of hedge which punctured my tires was silly - its just as well I was running tubeless!

Without wanting to give too much away about the final 20km of the route (for fear of spoiling it for those yet to give it a go) - it was a bit of a roller coaster.

In the early stages of the ride I got a bit annoyed every time I came to a road section - from my perspective the more off road the better. However as the ride went on I found myself looking forward to a road section for a break! I found myself asking "is this the last road section to Dovey" a lot. However after each bit of road came another bit of off road - it was at this point that I really realised just how many ace bits of the remote welshland I had ridden - see below:



All that remained now was to roll into Dovey - as it turned out I had 8 minutes to spare before the train  - happy days!

Job Done!!


So all in all I can thoroughly recommend the TCW, in the end it took me just under 29.5 hours to make it from Knighton to the Dovey Junction - not too shabby. The Element performed really well and ticked over its 650th mile with relative ease - the aim now is to hit the 1000 mile mark before the year is out.

The next major ride will be the Barebones 200 followed fairly shortly by the Real Ale Wobble.


Sunday, 14 July 2013

The DMO bike frame jig Mk2.......

Well its been nice and sunny all weekend, but I figured before it got too warm outside I would try to finish off the main aspects of the new frame jig so that I can order the material next week.

I tried to finish it off last night but it was about 30 degrees and I'd had a couple of beers so it probably wasn't the best time to make design decisions!!

Anywho, I digress, please see below for some screen shots of the new frame jig. I'll get all of the main secitons rough cut to size so that all I have to do is mill in the slots and we're laughing!!

The DMO Element Frame on the new frame jig
Plan view of the jig - hopefully there is enough adjustability to suit most frames

Everything rotates around the bottom bracket as the datum

Friday, 12 July 2013

I forgot....here's a bit of a teaser for you regarding frames 2 and 3.....

I completely forgot to tag onto the end of my last up-date a little teaser I have for you guys.

It just so happens that two people who have seen (and like) my frames have (rather fortunately for me) asked me to make them something rather different from the bikes you normally see out on the trails.

Here is a little teaser for you guys, over the coming weeks more of the details of the frames will be posted here on the blog with production due to start just as soon as I have finished manufacturing the new frame jig (hopefully by the end of August).

Anyway there is a prize in it if anyone can guess the format of frames number 2 and 3 from the following spy shot below taken deep in the DMO R&D workshop ;)


Dennis, Michael & Oliver!!!

Well I'd like to start this blog post with an apology - sorry to everyone who has emailed wanting to know what is going on with DMO Frameworks! To say its been a bit of a whirl wind since both the Bespoked Bristol show and the Spin London show is somewhat of an understatement.

I was completely overwhelmed with the feedback I have had from the shows, and from the blog directly - I've now had nearly 6000 hits which is quite amazing!

Anywho, one of my motivations while building frame number one was to get a picture of the three of us with the finished article - well here it is.....


I think I'm going to have to get this one framed and hung up in the workshop.

The beedy eyed amoung you will have noticed that the bike is now geared, this is because I took part in the inagrual highland trail 430 race on it at the end of May - more to follow on this shortly.

I am currently in the process of designing my frame jig MK2, hopefully I'll be in a position to put some screen shots of this on the website by the end of the weekend.

Anywho, I'd better get back to it!

Cheers.

Olly

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Bespoked Bristol 2013 - The Launch of DMO Frameworks.....

Well, after so much prep and anticipation, the Bespoked Bristol show 2013 has come and gone - so now its time for a quick review and a look at some more pics...

I set up the stand on Thursday, which on reflection was very much ahead of the game - with some people still yet to arrive at 2pm on Friday afternoon!!

The press and industry insiders were released upon the show at 3pm - this included the judges who would look at all of the bikes on show and choose the winners of the much coveted awards.

It was very encouraging to see some legendary frame builders in attendance, and I was very pleased to receive the following feedback on the bike from none other than Dave Yates "it's very nice, an impressive first build". Well, what more could I have wanted from the show than recognition of that calibre!!

So far the frame has been featured on the following websites and forums:

Singletrack - http://singletrackworld.com/2013/04/missed-bespoked-bristol-heres-the-report/

Road CC - http://road.cc/content/news/80868-bespoked-bristol-2013-sneak-peek-video-donhou-feather-paulus-quiros-rourke

Headset Press - http://www.headsetpress.co.uk/bespoked-bristol-2013-photos-part-2/

Wildcat Bags - http://wildcatgear.co.uk/2013/04/02/bespoked-bristol-2013/

I would have posted a review sooner, but to be perfectly honest its all been a bit of a whirlwind since the show. I have been very flattered indeed to have quite a bit of interest in the frames - which has come as quite a surprise.

As such I'm currently quoting on a few frames, one of which will hopefully be something a bit special for next years show!!

Anyway, please see below for some of the 'studio' shots of the DMO Element at Bespoked 2013 - I hope you like them!!

Cheers,

Olly

DMO Element - Full Bivvy Spec
DMO Element - Conventional Ride Spec


DMO Element - Dropout Detail
DMO Element - Headbadge Detail
DMO Element - Front View




Saturday, 6 April 2013

Some pictures to whet those custom bike frame appetites......

 Just to whet your guys appetites before the Bristol Bespoked show next weekend - here are some more pictures of the finished frame - hope you like them!












Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Just couldn't resist some snowy bivvying!

For fear of missing the chance of taking some snowy photos of my bike in full bivvy spec I made a rushed outing yesterday.

With the help of Paul Pomfret I managed to get some ace pics - please see below for a couple of these.




Sunday, 24 March 2013

Weclome to the DMO Element.............

It has been a while in the making but today I finished the build of the DMO Element frame number 0001.

DMO Element 0001
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the following people for their help and support while building my first frame:

Andy at Pipecraft - for help with forming the top tube (http://www.pipecraft.co.uk/).

Jeff at JACS - for his help with shaping the seatstay bridge and curved handlebars (http://www.jacsuk.com/).

Simon and the team at Blade Engineering - for their help with waterjet cutting my headbadge (http://www.blade-engineering.co.uk/blade-engineering.co.uk/HOME.html).

Reynolds Tubing - for all their technical support in helping me choose the right tubes for my frame and answering my seemingly endless barrage of questions! (http://reynoldstechnology.biz/).

Jason Rourke at Brian Rourke Cycles - for general frame building technical support and for painting the first frame (http://www.brianrourke.co.uk/).

Beth and Ian at Wildcat Bags for supplying a set of custom bags for the Element (http://wildcatgear.co.uk/).

And finally to my friends, family and fiancee Kate for putting up with me constantly talking, dreaming and, er well, living bikes!!

Well, here's to seeing everyone at the Bristol Bespoked Bike show in a few weeks time (12th - 14th April, http://www.bespokedbristol.co.uk/) to check out some lush bikes and hopefully sample some splendid real ale!!

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

DMO Developments.....

So while the frame has been off with Brian Rourke Cycles for painting there have been various other developments with other aspects of the frame and custom bags.

First up I finally managed to build some tooling to accurately form the headbadges around. You'll notice that the letters dmo have been cut into the stainless steel sheet - this was done for me by Simon at Blade Engineering in Chippenham (http://www.blade-engineering.co.uk/blade-engineering.co.uk/HOME.html).

Couldn't resist getting the "Made In England" in the shot too - from the side of my great grandads vice no less!!
 
Next up I got the sliding dropouts back from hard anodising, I really like the look of these (which I think will look good on the graphite grey frame) plus hopefully they will not gall up over time where the quick release nuts locate.
 

Finally, and quite possibly most excitingly, Beth from wildcat bags sent me the picture below of my finished frame bag - I think this is going to look ace on the frame at the show - check out Wildcat at - http://wildcatgear.co.uk/.

You'll notice I sent some badges to Beth to be sewn onto the bag - one is the Mountain Bothy Association (http://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/) and the other is my original cycle proficiency badge (I think from when I was 10 years old!!!!).


I am hoping to receive the painted frame back by the 22nd of Feb, in the meantime I am knocking up some prototype swept back handlebars.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The final injury (hopefully) - and the frame is done!!

So this weekend I added the finishing touches to the frame - but not before managing to set the workshop on fire!!!

There I was happilly brazing away when I thought I heard something drop on the floor behind me - I turned around - and nothing. So I continued to braze away.

Then I felt something drip on my back, and seeing as it was raining and the workshop roof isnt the most leakproof of roofs I thought nothing more of it - braze away I did.

Then finally stuff started to drip on my head, so I looked up and to my amazement an old tarpaulin was a blaze in the roof space and the dripping was molten plastic dripping on me!! Now the injury - unfortunately when I looked up to see where all the drips were coming from I got one right on the nose!!!

It turns out that I must have waved the acetylene torch a bit too close to the sheeting and set it alight!

Anywho - enough of all that - onto the exciting bit - I shipped the frame to Brian Rourke cycles this afternoon - result!!


Hopefully, in a little over three weeks time I will receive the painted frame back and be able to build the bike up.

In the meantime I have some prep to do for my stand at the Bespoked show and the headbadge to finish off.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

The highs and lows of building the DMO element..........

So the week just gone has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows yet of my frame building experience...

Last Saturday I was happily brazing away, adding the final finishing touches to the frame when I rather unfortunately managed to stick a red hot brazing rod to my lower lip - to date this is the single most painful injury I have sustained whilst building the Element frame.

Having finished the brazing it was time for a final fettle of each of the joints, 7 hours later I had a frame which was looking pretty much done. Next up it was time to think of how to fix the misshapen headtube - a job which if I'm perfectly honest I had been putting off!

So to try to re-shape the headtube I decided to make a stainless steel bung which was .25mm undersize - which I could then press into the headtube from each end.

So I made the bung at work and then plucked up the courage to take it out to the shed and try to re-shape the headtube.

To start with I caked everything in copper slip and then found out that the headtube wouldn't fit in my vice! So, essentially in desperation, I dragged the lump hammer out of my toolbox and went to work. To my amazement the bung went in really easily and square. Next up was to get the bung out - and again, to my surprise it came out pretty easily - why had I put off doing this for so long - it was easy!!

Next up I had to re-shape the lower end of the headtube. Same again the bung started going in easily, but then I heard a weird ringing noise. Another hit, another resonance of this weird noise - then my heart sunk. I've broken one of the internal cable routing's off in the top tube %$^&***&&^!"£$!!! - I thought.

By this point I had gone so far so my only option was to continue. The bung again came out easily, but while I was knocking it out something metallic hit the floor - by this point I was starting to think I must have done something bad to someone in a previous life!! 

I thought I had knocked off one of the braze ons - but a quick inspection showed them to all be still in place. Then I looked at the frame and noticed one of the bottle cage cap screws had fallen out - and then it dawned upon me - the resonating noise must have been the capscrew loose in its boss - happy days - the internal cable routing's had not broken!!

As it turned out the press tool worked a treat and I now have a headtube round enough to press the headset into - result.

All that needs doing now is a final fettle and polish and shot blast ready to send to Brian Rourke cycles for painting.


Wildcat Framebag Spyshot......

As some of you guys will already know, for the Bespoked show in April DMO Frameworks has teamed up with the bespoke bike frame bag manufacturers Wildcat Gear to get a set of custom frame bags made for the Element 29er frame.

Having sent off a template and some badges I was very pleased to receive an email from Beth of Wildcat with a spy shot attached of my framebag mid construction - see pic below.


The reason this picture was sent to me was to get confirmation of the badge locations - you'll notice my bag has been taped to the dining room wall at the correct angle at which it will sit on the bike - attention to detail typical of the guys at Wildcat Gear.

Anywho - for more information please check out the full range of bags at http://wildcatgear.co.uk/.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The Element MK1 frame is finished................almost!!!!

So after a relatively intensive fettling and brazing session the frame is finished.......almost!

I say almost because there is one task remaining - to re-shape the headtube which distorted during brazing - but more on this later!

So the first task was to add the "braze ons" to the frame, this includes the bottle mount bosses and cable guides.

Clearly in order to add the bottle bosses I would need to drill holes in the tubes - I'm not sure how established frame builders do this - whether they do it before brazing the frame together or not I guess is the question. I decided that I didn't know to a sufficient degree of accuracy where I wanted the bottle bosses before brazing the front triangle together - as such I ended up having to drill the holes after brazing.

This wasn't too much of an issue but I did need to purchase a special 90 degree attachment for my cordless drill to enable me to get in to the tight spaces - see pic below:


As it happens this worked a treat with my trusty stepper drill, after centre punching and centre drilling pilot holes first.

In order to position the holes I just taped bottle cages onto the frame where I wanted them and marked the rough centre with a permanent pen - job done!

So with the holes in the frame (and in the correct positions) it was time to braze them in - I think this was possibly the easiest and most satisfying job I have done yet on the frame build - they essentially brazed themselves on - all it takes is a bit of heat and the rod just capillaries into the gap - job done.


Next up was to fettle and hand finish each brazed joint and fill any pitts with new braze and re-fettle etc etc.

The finished (except for one final final polish scheduled for this weekend coming) brazed joints can be seen below.





And finally for a full shot of the frame.....

 
As described earlier, next up is to straighten the head tube and then carryout one final joint fettle and polish and then she will be going off to Brian Rourke cycles to be painted.

Bespoked News.....

This is a quick up-date on the Bespoked bike show in Bristol on the 13th, 14th and 15th of April this year.

Early bird tickets at a discounted rate are available now at the following link -

http://www.bespokedbristol.co.uk/bespokedvenuetic.html

Also this week I was sent a link to another website mentioning the new builders at Bespoked this year....

"Last year Bespoked showed off new framebuilders just starting out. This year some of the future talents include DMO Frameworks, Era Cycles, Ironworks, Libertine Bicycles, Oyster Bikes, Renwick Bicycles, Straits Dispatch, Sven Cycles, Teague Bicycles and Woodelo."

The full article can be found at the following link...

http://road.cc/content/news/72393-bespoked-bristol-2013-lineup-revealed

More details on the frame progress to follow very shortly.

Olly

Sunday, 6 January 2013

DMO Frameworks is Official(ish).....

Hello there - I hope everyone had splendid Christmas and New Years celebrations - I know I did!

As a result of the festivities frame production slowed somewhat, however one cool thing to occur just before Christmas was the launch of the 2013 Bespoked Bristol website - on which DMO frameworks features!!!

Please check out the following link to find out more....

http://www.bespokedbristol.co.uk/bespoked-newbuil.html

This weekend I have been shaping the final two tubes - namely the seat and chainstay bridges.

I had thought this would be a relatively simple process however, as with so many aspects of making my first frame, this turned into a day of highs a lows.

The frame was all tacked up on the jig and then free air brazed using my bike work stand. Having made various steel monocoque chassis for cars (admittedly not out of tube so thin) I was aware of the capacity for structures to 'move' during joining however I had not expected the rear triangle to distort as much as it apparently had.

Looking back at the jig it turns out that the dropouts, although aligned well to one another, might not have been perfectly aligned to the front triangle. I think this error has crept in through me using wood for the main structure of the jig - which simply wasn't stiff enough to resist the loads applied to it during.

Anyway, enough of all that - please see the images below for today's progress - this week I will be adding the bottle bosses, the cable guides and doing any final fettling ready to send the frame off to paint next Monday.