There has been a lot going on at the shop lately. First I have actually moved to a NEW shop. This one is located on the first floor instead of the fourth (no more 20 foot flights to lug the bikes up!) and it also has running water! This is a big improvement over the previous location as before I had to bring whatever I had brazed that day home to soak of the flux (if you leave the flux on for too long it can start to eat at the metal). Now I can just stick it in the sink whenever it has cooled off and I can soak it right off! The best part I was even able to procure a small 6 gallon water heater so I even have HOT water, FANCY!!! Please keep in mind this picture was taken while the shop was still under construction so it was a little on the messy side.
I just finished another frame. This is a cross touring/road bike with a little more classical styling than any of my previous frames. This is going to become my daily commuter. My previous road bike I had built with pretty aggressive geometry and with this one I wanted to try something a little more relaxed, yet something I could still take out on a regular road ride. So with this one I am planning on transfering all of my road gear from my main road bike to this one. Also with this one I am going to try my hand at painting the bike. So far, with a lot of help from a friend who works in the shop next to mine I have been able to practice a decent amount on some test tubing and after some trial and error have finally come up with something that looks pretty decent. Now hopefully I can carry that luck over to my frame when I paint it. So far I have applied two coats of etching primer and now one coat of filling primer. Hopefully I can get this frame painted and off to the clearcoater before too long.
More good news is that I now have my first frame from someone outside of the family. Jason, a friend from college has asked me to build him a an all around tourer/road/cyclocross bike with discs. This great because it allows me build a disc fork, which I have never had the option to do. Also I get to build with lugs! This is going to be a great build for both of us.
On a non-bike related note, I have a new kid! Eleanor Gerhardt was born August 15th. She is the youngest of three and we are extremely excited to have her around. Best news is that she is sleeping GREAT!