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The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>(15 posts)

The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:24 AM
Thought I would show anyone who is interested(and I am guessing more than a few won't be as it's a touring/expedition bike)of my baby as she goes from seed to sapling. It started with a phonecall to the UK and a very long conversation. Then a fitting session. Then another longer phonecall back to the UK discussing materials, welds and wall thicknesses.

5 weeks later the first 2 pics arrive...
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:25 AM
Pic #2
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:27 AM
A couple more weeks and she comes back from paint...

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re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:27 AM
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re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:28 AM
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re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:30 AM
And as of yesterday the build begins with freshly painted frame completed...
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:34 AM
The crew that's building her taking a moment for a photo with another customer and his bike(the tall guy in the middle is customer). The others are the owner of the shop and namesake of the frame-Robin Thorn(2nd from left)with his frame builder(furthest on the right)and mechanics.
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 11:35 AM
More pics to come in the next few weeks before she ships out across the pond and over to the States and me.
Dude, look what they are doing to your frame!jtlmd
Dec 20, 2003 1:22 PM
There is no rag to keep it from getting scratched and they have clamped the thin-walled high quality steel tubing. they ought to have put a seatpost in it and clamped the seat post!
Dude, look what they are doing to your frame!Smiker
Dec 20, 2003 10:03 PM
Good point about frame damage. But that's a pretty trick looking stand! I'd imagine the clamp size is adjustable, and the tubing should be fairly sturdy on a frame of that purpose. Although I too would have probably clmaped a post and slid the stand higher to achieve a good working height, I reckon the mechanic knows what he's doing. And clamping the frame usually does make the bike more stable, especially for H/S and BB fitting.

And sometimes things that feel wrong also feel so right...

Smiker
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>wily in pacifica
Dec 20, 2003 6:37 PM
Can you explain all the braze-ons up front. I can guess at most but what is the one odd one on the right leg of the fork.

Willy in Pacifica
re: The Evolution Of A Completely Custom Made Frame-->>ZenJones
Dec 20, 2003 6:53 PM
Brakes, low rider(front rack)mounts, axle, fender mounts

and the one that you are asking about is for the dynamo.
Generator maybe?wooglin
Dec 20, 2003 6:59 PM
Looks like the complete bike in the last pic has one, too.

That's a cool looking frame. Where do you put the kitchen sink? ;)
Very nice!!toomanybikes
Dec 20, 2003 11:59 AM
Lucky you, Thorn makes absolutely lovely bikes - you will enjoy it tremendously!
Excellent!dave_w
Dec 20, 2003 12:42 PM
Looks like a frame you can do ANYTHING with! Pics show wonderful attention to detail by the builders. I'll remember the Thorn name, will be interested to hear you thoughts after some rides on it.