Custom Bicycles
News: Batches? August 11th, 2010

I won’t get on a soap box but anyone who has talked to me about building knows I don’t believe in batching frames…well at least most of the time. The notable exceptions are when I do a bunch of frames that are nearly identical or if they are promo or test frames.  So I haven’t posted a lot lately for a couple reasons. First is that I’ve been building the 10 “Carl’s Personal Blend” frames…as a batch. Because they are all based on the same basic concept I thought I try to find some efficiencies doing them in a couple batches. For the record, I don’t think it was any faster than building them one at a time, at least not the way I do it.

The second batch is carbon frames. I have a really good reason or doing the carbon frames in batches and that ‘s cure time. There are four cure processes each frame undergoes. So while I am waiting for one to cure I can work on another. I can concurrently build four carbon frames and that way I’m in the carbon frame of mind, using carbon specific tools and fixtures and using my dust filter. Below are a couple pictures of some of the batches.