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Vincent Long’s, A Passionate Man

A couple of summers ago I had a chance meeting with a guy named Vincent Long at the local pool. We got to talking bikes since we had both pedaled to the pool. It turned out that Vincent is a photographer / filmmaker  http://www.vincentlong.com  and expressed an interest in doing a piece on me and my work. Over a number of weekends he visited me in the workshop. We chatted,he filmed and came up with this. Vincent has since moved to live in Mexico but has kindly persisted with this project. I hope you like it

 

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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A stuck seatpost and a fillet braze repair

I know its been a while.Thankfully that home reno is nearly finished and I have been spending time with a paint roller in my hand rather than posting online

Old friend Steve White from recently opened Whites Bikes in North Fitzroy (go check it out) rang me with a job. He had a customer with a stuck seatpost. When he had started work on the bike Steve had noticed a crack starting to propagate around the fillet at the seatpoast / top tube junction. Could I fix it ? Sure I said. Given that I was going to be applying some heat to the seat tube to fix the crack the stuck post had to come first. When it refused to move after a couple of days worth of penetrene I cut it off. When I poked a tape measure down inside the post I discovered there was 200mm of post inside the tube. Who does that? I set it up on the mill and drilled most of it out diameter wise. I then made an extension for my adjustable reamer and reamed it out to the 27.2 diameter that it needed. After that I filled back the fillet and set about rebuilding it to repair the frame

Fillet Brazed repair

Fillet Brazed repair

Reamer Extension

Reamer Extension

Drilling out a seatpost

Drilling out a seatpost

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2015 in Uncategorized