Thursday, December 18, 2008

Who says I don't do drugs? I mean, uh, lugs?


Steve Garro-inspired seat lugs seem quite popular already - I think they're cool because they make the seat tube area really indestructible (and require practically zero reaming by me), and folks seem to like the look, too. Side benefit - I can select the exact butt lengths on both ends of the seat tube, so there's material exactly where I want it.

Here's the first one back from powdercoat (well, excluding my old-man CX bike, anyway). Yes, the color is extremely metro, but that's what this particular bike is for anyway - cruising to work in Albuquerque NM. I was worried that my lug brazing skills weren't up to the challenge and that there'd be a little air pocket or some burned flux messing things up, but she came out super nice!

For the weightweenies out there: yes, the lug adds about 30 grams. I think it's worth it, but if you want a standard non-lugged seat tube, I will of course do it that way.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who says I don't do lugs?
Uhhh.... your FAQ basically says you don't. (I grasp that this wasn't an all lugged frame, but still.)

Walt said...

Wow, someone read the FAQ!

Well, it's more of a sleeve than a lug, since it's really just slipped over and tig welded on, then I throw the silver into the bottom just to make it look nice. I still don't do fully lugged bikes. Clear enough?

steve garro said...

thanks for the props! but.....i got it from my old salsa {i think sean @ soulcraft still does them the same way} as well as ritchey, wojcik, old teasdale made fishers....you get the idea.....still, thanks! you'll never have an issue there. looks sweet, too! steve.

Anonymous said...

Like the color. Looks like blue-stardust metallic. I was hoping no one else would discover it.

Chris
(with a blue-stardust metallic W.W.)

Eszter said...

Hey Walt, remember way back when when you said lugs were stupid, as were disc brakes? :)

Walt said...

Estzer - Do I know you? For the record: I deny categorically deny everything you've said.

Chris - um, did I say it was "metro"? Cause I meant, um, "masculine". Yeah...