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Old 08-20-2016, 11:13 AM
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Every now and again I get to narrow my focus on what I think of as "Japanese inspired" lugwork. This is essentially my interpretation of what I imagine when I think of Japanese lug cuts from the mid to late 70's-mid 80's. To my eye these strike a wonderful balance between a relative conservation and specific visual detail. They are beautiful in part due to their design cleanliness; rather than the fancy filigree of some of the earlier "fancy cuts", they focused on specific gesture.

When I do my "Winter" take on this style, I enjoy the limitations of curve and point and try to really bring these "simple" elements into their own.

I like to start with a fairly basic lugset.



Working in on it. On these lugs I try to refine things and give it a bit more gesture without radically changing their shape.



Two-piece binder to M6 conversion with new contours. I'm about half and half with these. In this case I'm doing shot in fast backs, so I like the extra material in this now structural area. I also added the countersink for a small visual break, and contoured the shelf to lip detail.



Before fit up I do the main reshaping- I change the curve of the points, the radius of the relief and tighten up the edges. I also change the diameter of the hole on these lugs for more consistency, and the radius of the outer bill edge.





Making points pointy:





These are all roughly shaped. Once the tubes are cut I'll do any adjustment I need to the socket angles then tighten up the final shapes and edges before brazing.

I've built in this style for road, touring, rando and track builds. This is another track bike, and I'd love to do more in various platforms.
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Old 08-20-2016, 11:18 AM
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I opted to braze the lugs posted above with bronze. In most cases filler choice is decided by the application. Here, either silver or bronze would have been appropriate, so I went with the later for nostalgia and tradition. I use a fair bit of bronze for fillets, forks, etc. There is something satisfying about sweating lugs.

Fill-it brazing:








Tidying up the details:






Just the stem to finish up, then off to paint:
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:20 PM
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Just the stem to finish up, then off to paint:


In my best southern old lady drawl, I'd say that is just gawgeous!

My favorite fork design, don't know what you call it, but it is so clean.

Looking forward to seeing the finished project.
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Old 09-29-2016, 11:47 AM
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Spent the early part of the week working up this fun MAX frame set. Lots of big tubes and fun shapes to work the fillets on.













Should be headed to paint shortly!
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Old 10-10-2016, 11:58 AM
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I have been experiencing some inconsistent email delays for a bit. If you have sent me an email that has gone unanswered, please resend to: eric AT winterbicycles dot com. I'm doing my best to work through a cache of missed connections now, but again, please hit me again (or call) if you are waiting to hear from me. Thank you, and my apologies for any delays.
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Old 10-30-2016, 11:56 AM
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Getting ready for the Philly Bike Expo next weekend. I hope to see some of you there!

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Old 11-18-2016, 11:31 AM
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I'm starting to get my ducks in a row for Bespoked. If you are in the UK or Europe and will be attending the show and are interested in a project, please contact me.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:35 PM
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A fun Q&A with Anna Schwwin at this years PBE: my chat with Anna Schwwin at the PBE.

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Old 11-30-2016, 12:38 PM
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BEAUTIFUL BIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Eric, are you back in Eugene, or have you just not changed your "location"?
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Old 11-30-2016, 01:29 PM
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Still in PA. I'll see if I can edit that...
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:55 PM
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I posted up a little Holiday Special- time for this bike to get some road time!

Full DA equipped fillet road bike with shaped tubes. Details and photo linked above.

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Old 03-07-2017, 03:08 PM
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Forks!

That five-piece fork is hella tight!

And how about that Winter logo topping that black stem!

*Very* elegant!

Great stems and forks! Both add *much* to any hand-built frame, for sure.

Keep it up!
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Old 04-22-2017, 11:03 AM
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Just an update- the white bike is now spoken for.
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