Could be anywhere except in the sticks. Next pix are more bikey..
At the bike painter. This is a brand, somewhere.
There were lots of 2TT bikes at the paint shop, many fancy… this is another non-American brand.
At one assembly factory, this General Fatigue test.
Some of our wide crowns being made. First the designs are cast in brown wax—-one per crown. Then the wax molds are melted onto a common trunk, and when a bunch are on it, it’s called a TREE. This is a tree of wax fork crown molds that’s been dipped in ceramic batter—-three or four dippings, to build up a big crust, as you see. The part of it that’s on the bench is a SPRUE, a funnel for the molten steel, but hold on…
This is the oven that melts the wax out. The wax flows into an Unseen Bucket, leaving the ceramic molds ready for the molten steel. IF the process interests you and you haven’t seen our short live video on making lugs, it is here.
How Lugs Are Made
If that’s not a real link it’s because I don’t k now how, but if you want to see it, go to
HOME PAGE—Learn—videos—how lugs are made
This is a bucket of molybdenum, which is the Mo in CrMo (chromium-molybdenum). The lugs are made not of CrMo steel, but a springier variation that also uses Mo (and Si, and C, and other alloying elements). All steel (incl the lugs) is made from Rocks. The base rock is iron ore, which is refined into iron by crushing, then using magnets to lift the iron part out of the other stuff. It’s all simple and fascinating and fun to know that your steel bike is made of rocks. No wonder it’s so good.
Here’s a neat casting, of course made of rocks, but I bet zero dollars you can’t tell what it is. Keep it internal, I can’t grade papers or emails, but whatever it is or isn’t, it IS juicy. Is any part of any carbon fiber bike this preutiful?
Tomorrow or at least before the end of the week, Dave’ll post more stuff. One in particular will be a hoot. A gray and cream one!
AUTISM ALERT: In the March 9 issue of the New York Times (Sunday only) Magazine there’s a good story about Owen Suskind, the now 21-year old autistic son of his dad-the-author-of-the-story Ron. It’s called Animating Owen, might be available online. My wife read it first, I didn’t have time, so I asked her to sum it up for me, and she said, “No, I can’t, you just have to read it.” Same goes here, but with autism so common and so not-understood by so many who aren’t personally connected to somebody with it, this story may be your first and last best shot at a peek into that world and a chance for understanding something about it. I don’t know who Ron Suskind is, but man, can he write.
Some good things are happening here. Nothing huge or easy, no chestful of loot in the lap or anything even close to that; just some good projects we’re super excited about, things that are right up our alley and tend to make life here on the fun side of good. The Cheviot is one of them. Most of us here think it’s our best-ever bike (in qualified ways, but let me enjoy that statement without dragging it down with qualifications. In fact, even saying that took some fun out of it, so to end this on an upnote: In MOST ways, the Cheviot is our best bike. It’s more off-the-track than others, has more potential to do more good for more people, if they just get over the hurdle of, you know, the mixte thing.———— G