Bike Frames

A Frame is Re-born

Here you can follow the 're-birth' of a frame as it is renovated in our workshop. If you wish to see more detail simply click on any of the images to view an enlargement.
 

 

 

Click image to enlarge This 12 year old frame has had a hard life and returns to the workshop for a dose of TLC.

 

 

Click image to enlarge

The ravages of salt and time.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

The work required is noted on a renovation/repair order form.

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

A damaged pannier boss is replaced.

The old paint and corrosion is stripped off in the shot blaster.

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge This shows the effect of blasting. The left fork blade is completely stripped back to bare clean metal.

 

 

Click image to enlarge The shot blasting process certainly does a thorough job - you can even see the line of braze on the joint.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

The fully repaired and shot blasted frame in the spray booth awaiting a coat of acid etch primer.

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

The acid etch primer being applied.

Our frame (3rd from right) ready for its colour coats.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

The frame is lightly rubbed down before painting (left) and then dusted with the blow gun (right).

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

Several coats of paint are sprayed on to ensure a high quality finish.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

It's blue !!
Stove enamel requires 'cooking' in the oven for 20 minutes at 120 degrees centigrade.

Click image to enlarge

Click image to enlarge

         Transfers are applied.

      A coat of clear lacquer is applied, then another trip to the oven.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

Bottom bracket and all threaded holes are cleared out.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

The transfers establish the frames pedigree.

Click image to enlarge

 

 

Click image to enlarge

A job well done and good for another 12 years !!

And finally, we don't just renovate our own frames - we'll do anybody's for money !!

Click image to enlarge

 

If you haven't already seen 'A Frame is Born' check that out too. It shows you step by step exactly how a DAVE YATES custom frame is made.