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Offline tinknocker

Frame building
« on: July 02, 2014, 09:32:36 pm »
I build my own frames ( fillet brazed steel) and am going to build my first touring frame, i'm looking for ideas for tube sets that other builders like to use, this is a small frame ( i'm 5'6" 125 lbs) thanks

Offline misterflask

Re: Frame building
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2014, 10:04:23 am »
I'm going to guess that you're way ahead of me on this, but I think my approach would be to look at the Henry James tubesets and select a set for one or two weight ranges above your weight.  That will work for your weight, but I'm not sure what I'd do at 210#.   Do you have a tube source other than Nova and Henry James?
My current frame project about to come off the jig is a club-ride road frame.  I admire your confidence in building your own touring frame.  I'm a couple frames away from that point.
Best of Luck with the project.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Frame building
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 11:32:08 am »
I build my own frames ( fillet brazed steel) and am going to build my first touring frame, i'm looking for ideas for tube sets that other builders like to use, this is a small frame ( i'm 5'6" 125 lbs) thanks

My experience with frame building is limited to one a long time ago, so don't put too much faith in my comments.  Consider them as food for thought.

Given how light you are and the fact that it will be a small frame, I would be inclined to build pretty light unless you pack especially heavy.  If you carry a reasonable load of 30 pounds or less you will still be loaded lighter than most riders with no gear at all.  Even if you packed 50 pounds of gear you would still be more lightly loaded than a lot of unladen riders.

Personally, I'd build light and pack light.  If you want to use longer chain stays and more relaxed angles then go for it, but at your weight I'd tour on something closer to a road race bike than a touring bike, but that is just my preference.  Actually I do that even though I am 70 pounds heavier than you.

Offline tinknocker

Re: Frame building
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 05:09:47 pm »
Thanks for the help, I have built around a dozen frames but all were light road frames, i have used tubes from Nova and Henry James, I hadn't thought about the total weight being less than some riders, gives me some things to think about, i just wasn't sure about the different stress of weight loaded front and rear.