Just got back from a great night of cyclocross racing. When you live in the city and there is an event less than half a mile from your house it would almost be a sin not to go. We managed to bring the whole family and had a great time. Both Mia and Miles were excited to see some real racers and boy they did not disappoint. These men and women were moving crazy fast. The whole spectacle was exciting, from the people in the hotdog costumes to the cow bells, the kids were enthralled.
On a different note, I started painting my new road/tourer today. Originally I was going to make it a "bianchi" green, however I decided to go with a softer blue instead. I must say that seeing the frame go from bare metal with little bits and bobs brazed on to a seemingly solid object is pretty cool. Also painting it myself has been a great learning experience. Now I just need to find a good place to clear coat it and I will be happy!
On Jason's bike I have the front fork 95% finished. Just a little more clean up and I need to add a little brace to the disc tab. That fork is going to be pretty interesting. A lugged disc fork is just not something you see hardly ever, and for a good reason. The fork blades (the legs) were never designed to handle the loads that a disc brake puts on the them. So to compinsate for those additional loads I used blades with a thicker wall at the end to help compensate.
In addition to the thicker blades I used a special disc tab that has longer blade to help transfer the loads all along the length of the fork leg instead of at just one spot. All this is just to insure that the fork does not de-rake itself. Now that the fork is done I have also started to silver braze the main triangle. Tomorrow I should be well on my way to getting the rear triangle finished as well.