Friday, March 27, 2009

Two things I suck at..

Welding and updating this blog.
The ear infection is still lingering...nothing like hearing your pulse throb inside your head!
I've had three operations on them, hopefully this doesn't cause a need for another.
Thinking I'll get back behind the hood this week end and really hit the practice hard next week. Then damn it, I'll just start building after that.
What the well, we have good health insurance...

Friday, March 20, 2009


Nothing like an ear infection to follow up the flu...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The flu sucks !!!

It's ravaged our household for the last few days.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

What I've learned

Well last night was more practice time, but I think now I've "seen the light" and figured out how to fix a few problems I was having.
First, I was using way too much shielding gas. Generally you want about17 CU.Ft./hour. I was running about 17 liters per hour. Big difference. I was wondering why I was going through so much argon....
Second, my filler rod was too big. Going to a smaller rod is allowing me to control the heat a bit better (less holes) and give me a more uniform and consistent puddle.
It's all coming together now.
Tomorrow I'll try to get some pics for those of you who get bored reading.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Where have I been?

That's a good question. And the answer is, well, no where. Just been here all winter.
Haven't really posted much because I haven't had much to say.
On the frame building front things have progressed slower than I hoped. Trying to get the consistency of TIGing down has been harder than I thought because I haven't been able to practice consistently. I hope this week will be fully dedicated to practice and building can start next week. It's hard to get motivated going into a cold garage at 8 at night.
I pretty much have my jig up and running, requires a bit of tweaking at build time, but it will be more than OK for my needs. I'll post pics when it's used. Fist bike will be a modified version of my UBI bike. Then a few bikes for some friends and a cross bike for myself.
On the riding front, it's the same as the building. Nothing. I was hoping to start racing this April, but at this rate, I don't see that happening. Plus money's getting a bit tight, so maybe I'll just do select races this year anyways (yeah, that's what I'll keep telling myself).
Well I promise to go back to more consistent updates from here on out.
Toddre, out.