Friday, October 20, 2006

Chuck's custom bike

I’m sure Chuck Schmidt will not mind if I share pictures of his pristine custom ‘dave moulton’ bike.

Built in 1983, Chuck is the original owner, and this is the original paint and chrome. A true hand built specimen, the concave seat stay caps for example, simply cut at an angle with a hacksaw, then filed with a large round file and an off cut of tubing fitted and brazed in place. Not measured but simply filed until they looked identical.

The rear brake bridge has a barrel shaped center boss that were custom made in a machine shop in England and I brought a supply of these with me when I moved to the US in 1979. The center boss was brazed to a piece of ½ inch diameter chrome-molly tubing, drilled to accept the brake bolt, then hand filed until it fit perfectly at the correct height and central between the seat stays.

Finally, the brake bridge re-enforcers were cut from a piece of steel tube. Shaped with a hand held belt sander; again not measured but shaped until they matched as a pair. Working in this fashion gave me great satisfaction, and means that this frame is unique.


Tim Jackson said...

My God Dave, that is one of the most beautiful examples I've seen in a long time. Amazingly gorgeous. WOW!

David R Ball said...

That is one beautiful bike.

In my humble opinion the Red Racer is the prettiest DM bicycle.

I remember asking DM why he didn't build a special bike for himself ?
He said he had to fill orders first.

If dave did build a special bike for himself, what would it look like ?