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Steves Fat Chance

Its been a little long
Steve White from Whites Bikes https://www.facebook.com/Whites-Bikes-848027718592598/timeline/ called me up. During the 1990’s Steve was the Australian distributor for that iconic American company, Fat Chance. He had tracked down his own personal bike from the time and was in the process of restoring it. It had gained a few dents over the years and he wanted me to fill them before he sent it for paint. Apart from the fact that Steve is a friend it was cool to get to work on a bike with such history and be part of the process of getting it back on the road

Fat Chance Buck Shaver

Fat Chance Buck Shaver

Steve's Fat Chance

Steve’s Fat Chance

Buck Shaver Down Tube

Buck Shaver Down Tube

Buck Shaver Seat Tube

Buck Shaver Seat Tube

Fat Chance Buck Shaver Stays

Fat Chance Buck Shaver Stays

Nick turned up with a frame he had bought on a trip to The States. Not just any trip, his Honeymoon. Its a bit of an unknown quantity. We are wondering if it is the product of a beginner at a frame building school. While Nick really likes the bike it had developed a crack at the top of the seat tube. It presents as a tig welded frame and I could see where the inexperience of the welder had led to some serous undercutting in the weld. This would have weakened the frame leading to the crack. It is a very tall frame. When I took the paint off I discovered that someone had attempted to fill said crack with brass. After a discussion with Nick I agreed to lay a brass fillet right around the top tube / seat tube joint and fit a gusset on the top tube to strengthen up the junction. Nick comes from a mtb background so gussets are normal for him and I think this will extend the life of his frame substantially. Now he just has to decide on what colour to paint it

Nick's tall frame

Nick’s tall frame

Original repair

Original repair

Fillet and gusset

Fillet and gusset

Another shot of the gusset

Another shot of the gusset

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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in Uncategorized