does anyone else here bounce back and forth to that site? i used to...dude that place is a **** breeding ground..... bunch of shoe gazin coffe sippin kitten bloods(thanks geet, i think)......makes me puke in my mouth..
I've been there. I agree about the shoe gazin', coffee sippin, kitten bloods (although I do love a good double espresso - we call it a cup of coffee where I come from). The guy who runs/started that site has posted here before - had a Giuliari seat for sale, ring any bells? He metioned a possible cafe racer TV show on Tonup.com & got a good lambasting. I was amused.
I would describe that crowd as poseurs, but to be fair I haven't spent enough time on that site to really know any better. I just get a weird vibe.
dude....you called them Kitten Bloods....heheheheeeee . It is a term used for emo kids I got from a podcast...emo...****...not much different (they both end in o and like to talk about their feelings).
My Fiancee loves to call them Fashionistas which sounds equally effemiate to me.
any place that wants to know how you "live the motto" pretty much has a strike going against it to begin with. I have poked my head in a few times and there are some neat builds going on there, and a few complete hacks....hmmm, not unlike this place I suppose but with more pics.
I like the people here more. At least the ones I have met.
Dont get me wrong, i love these bikes, but the guys on there are just too enthusiastic to me... like in a gay way......like to ride around and hang out and look cool and take pictures of eachother.....postcard punks.....not my scene....
I would love to add some name calling but I'm just too tired. Wrapped up a week of welding 1/2" Alu. 8 hrs. a day with no watercooler! Fun.
Anyway, the difference to me seems to be that all them other sites focus on how the bike LOOKS and here it's about how well it WORKS.
It's the formula: increase efficiency, reduce friction, reduce weight, increase control. When you look at a real racebike/ caferacer you can appreciate the spartan result of that formula. Anything else parading under that guise looks retarded.
I've met a bunch of the folks here, seen their street and race bikes and it's cool to see what people have done, figuring out what works and what doesn't. What's even better is being able to pick their brains....
I've been to the other site (the dark side?) It seems to me to be a Toronto oriented (for the want of a better word) site. As I am so far away I don't relate to a lot of the topics. So I tend to go there have a look and leave. Some of the topics make it seem like cliquey social club. Nothing against the site, I just have trouble relating to it.
I am on the "other" site, and as far as I am aware the users are a good bunch of guys (and gals). I would say 70% of the members are in Canada, so it is only so fun for someone living in the good ol' U s of A.
I soot up heavy aluminum with a torch and then heat it till the soot burns off. Sometimes I get good nice looking welds and some days I make ugly welds. I'm not a "real" welder so it varies.
I just bought some aluminum brazing rod that is fluxless. It cost me over $100 for 2 pounds but I haven't tried it yet. The video that came with it is pretty impressive. It even works on die cast zinc alloys.
I'm using a 250 synchrowave @ 300, 310 would be perfect but she cuts out at 300 already. A watercooler would go a long way here. 300 with Helium would be the 'bees knees' for perfect penetration but I think it's too expensive right now. I figure I've done 192 linear ft. of weld this week. Ouch. Hence the eyes bleeding comment. This is the first time I've used 5000 Alu. pretty cool huge waterjetted then pressbrake'd peices. Find some 5000 series and get the appropriate (5056?) filler and try it out.
High frequency continuous
This is a furniture job so meatlurgy goes out the window a bit (or as much as materials allow). I had to weld chromed .065 steel legs to 1/4" stainless plate a while back.....
We have the same welder. I've never welded 5000 series alloy. And I typically use some generic 3000 series rod or straight 1100 rod. I don't weld aluminum that often so I don't keep the selection of rod I should have.
Chrome to SS...that had to be fun...I've done it with TIG brazing before...still screws up the chrome. Next time I have an aluminum job to do I'll get your opinion on process before I do it.
Let me know how that works...I've tried some of that type of stuff before, never had any luck with it. Dave Nelson offered me an old Spool Gun he has lying around...looking forward to see if I can adapt it to my MIG for aluminum. But then big aluminum jobs are few and far between for me.
Well ...I just took alook ,looks harmless enough to me.I didnt see any,fartbags,butterbeans,dickwadds,penisjockeys,stewlpushers,butthole bandits nor any brokeback mountain buckaroos...while i was there.But since the cafe nation is a small place ,we should respect the brotherhood, in that.Besides they have a lot of pictures.