A fillet-brazed porteur
I finished up this really nice fillet-brazed porteur a few weeks ago, which is now at Spectrum Powder Works waiting on paint. I can't wait to get it back and see the final product. Spectrum is renowned for what they can do with powder, unlike a lot of others who use powder and shun intricate lug masking, polished stainless, pin striping, etc., Spectrum is very capable in these areas and the best part is that their paint jobs are durable. Since the bikes I make get ridden, a durable paint job is at the top of my priority list, along with a paint job that does not conceal all the details and hard work that went into the building of the frame.
These photos don't show the bike totally done. Finished, it is set up for cantilever brakes and has the various cable stops and brake bosses needed, as well as a set of water bottle bosses. The rear cable stop is one of my favorite details. If you look at most production frames these days and even a lot of custom frames, you'll notice the lack of a brazed-on rear cable stop. I hate this when I see it, but it is obvious to me why most manufactures leave them off. If you are going to run v-brakes then a cable stop is not needed since the cable housing terminates at the brake noodle, and if you are going to use cantilever brakes then there are cable stops that you can add that hang from the seat tube binder bolt. So, really the absence of a hanger adds flexibility in the end, which for a production frame I guess is a good thing. Just one more way a custom builder can distinguish their product from the mass-produced product.
The cable stop I made for this frame is basically modeled after this one:
I like it a lot.
Some other nice details:
Nice even fillets
The bike is going to be built up with a great mix of old and new componentry. Brooks Swift saddle, Phil hubs and BB, Mafac repro cantilevers, King headset, and this old TA crank:
Pictures of the build should be coming in a few weeks.