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Richard Sachs  Put in a nickel get an opinion atmo.

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The Carving Station
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To shape something, to create a series of radii, and half-rounds, and edges, and tapers, and dimensions that transition from six zip-codes through four time zones and at least as many arrondissements, you need a sense.
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It’s about knowing what came before. It’s about studying, and then borrowing. It’s about adding yourself to a mix that’s already full. More than anything it’s about repetition, routine, and relentlessness. And some Grobet 6″ 00 barrette files according to my opinion. The newer the better.
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The lines for what I consider elegant move in all directions. But never backwards. It's simple. Things have to be designed and made well and without compromise. More than that, they have to look good, mouthwateringly good. Not just now. But until forever. Because elegance lasts.
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Because there can be only one Burning Man.
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This one leaves here soon. Another red-y ish RS bicycle this time with Record 11 parts and Cinelli components. It came out very nice. I wish though that Campagnolo had the elan it once did, say maybe - many years ago. The brand has caved over time and a lot of the pieces seem cheesy. That said, it’s still all I use on my road builds.
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Oh okay I’ll just come out and say it. These wheels need a makeover. Do they have a graphic design department in Vicenza? I mean, WTF on those logos huh. The same can be said for nearly all the things our industry stuffs down our throats. Bicycles were once so elegant. Now it’s all you can do to keep them from looking like they came from Manny’s Discount Appliance City out on the old Route 22. Who opened the window and let compromise blow in? That’s a rhetorical question by the way.
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Stardate February 14.5, 2018. Somehow in the midst of all the goings-on and the routine crap that comprises an average day here at the RS Worldwide Headquarters, I managed to get the unit I started yesterday afternoon at noon near but not to the end but within maybe four hours of the finish line. I got this 61cm bad boy almost ready to be logged into the RS Census Bureau. I mentioned (yesterday) that some frames just build themselves. Here's one. Mr.G told me in late November that this might be a period of my life where I make that leap to the next level. I couldn't think that up by myself. But when he said it, I was ready to hear it. But never imagined it to be a literal thing. I'll leave it here for now: It's not terribly cool to be so cool with your own self when others are looking through the shop window. But I'm in a good place right now. And these people who've waited for their names to float to the top - they're getting some of the good stuff. In three centuries some might wonder about the varnish. I'm here to tell ya' that it's feel. I feel it. I'm feeling it.
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I started the next commission before the ink on that last one was dry. It's been a long while since I've worked so much and been as productive. Feels good. This one is a 61cm road frame. Nothing out of the ordinary. Except in contrast to the last five, it's for someone whose taller than 6'. Frames of a certain size range seem to go together easier and also build themselves. I've felt that way since 1973. Before that, I didn't have a clue since I was still looking for any crumbs left from the wisdom of others. Those first several years were about watching American Bandstand and wondering what parts I gotta shake to look that cool when the music played. I gotta tell ya' - the rhythm thing is an acquired taste. Maybe it's a feel. But when it finally comes, you hear the sound more crisply and react in ways that should be banned. Making things is like that. You wanna make, but you don't know. So you watch and watch and try to find that inner switch that works the osmosis machinery. I thought I found mine early. But was only fooling myself. And others. In the recent weeks it's come back in spades. The switch is flicked on.
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Finished this 'lil one yesterday before sunset. The shadow is telling. My studio space gives good shadow atmo. This gem is 48cm by 50cm with a 12cm setback. The head tube is 1cm taller at the top because I didn't feel like wrestling with the parts and turning the area into a salt shaker. Wait. I already used that line two days ago. Eagle eyes will notice the PegoRichie Ne Plus Ultra™©® chain stays, made specifically for each frame on demand when and where needed (?). This allows, for example, the RS Piccoli Gioielli 64 degree dropouts to play nicely in a space that's actually 66 degrees. Always thinking. Always thinking.
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The last thing I do before a frame is entered into the RS census book - that step is decorating the seat lug area. By the time I arrive here, every other assembly procedure, task, quality assurance check, and related correspondence with the client has been put to bed. I'm now twenty minutes from done-dom. There are several pins to knock off and burnish down. The entry port for the seat post has to look good. And sharp. And all RS-y and shit. And the last part of the final section of the last and final thing I do is to whale on the seat stay plugs so that they look better than they did for the previous two plus days. There's the shape and the radii and the curve and the symmetry, and all of it has to look swell from above and from the rear. The side views matter less because it's not easy to sight one and then quickly sight the other to see if they look alike. Data point: They. Never. Do. I stopped trying, or caring about this when Bush One was in office. Oh heck maybe a lot further back than that. Probably when Marshall Crenshaw was still hot. Thing is, when I get to this area, these details, my head is miles (that's American for kilometers) away from the work I'm finishing and already two hours or more into whatever I'm planning next. But I do have to eke out some beauty some elegance so that JB has a target to hit when he loads the paint. But to say I sweat matching the rights and lefts would be a lie. I try. Muscle memory drives this bus. I try. But not that hard.
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Just once that’s enough.
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Manager’s Special
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RSCX 2017 Team caps
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$28 includes S+H
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CONUS zip codes only
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PayPal to therichardsachs@gmail.com
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Floor Covering For Your Head
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I call this one “Large Red One With Silca Allen Key In The Garden Next To The Stone Wall In The Afternoon While Dangling Participles” according to my opinion.
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Because “small detail” is an oxymoron.
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Next up a mini-version of what I do at the bench. It'll be a lot smaller than the picture suggests. A 49cm frame for someone needing a 66cm saddle height dimension. All the measurements will be scaled down to make this work. The top tube 52cm. A reach from a 28cm length saddle nose the 'bars in the 50cm range. So far we're up to 196cm and I haven't even thought about the fork. But I will. The head tube on this one is 1.5cm taller than it would be with a horizontal top tube. I lifted it because I didn't want it to get confused with a salt shaker. Anyway - I'm gonna make this look absolutely puss and the client will be über happy (that's German for immeasurably satisfied). If you've read this far and wondered about the frame in the last 2-3 posts, it's on a FedEx truck on its way to JB's. I've already forgotten about it. All that matters now is the wee one on my bench. I'll get it into the science oven by late Thursday.
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I finished this one Tuesday but got bored with the Nikon so will only post these few. And a bonus image. (Cardinal Egan: “Which doesn’t belong and why?”) The rest, if I get motivated, will go up tomorrow. The thing about making things is that, if you make them long enough they begin to run into each other. To overlap. The last three start reminding you of the last nine. But your head is always on the next two. Or that gem you're getting ready to throw into the science oven in March when you're head's cleared and you're 200% centered. But and everyone has a big but - you still have the daily suffer. The one on your bench that's 9/10ths done and you really need to nail it shut because you know the client is following your every 1s and 0s move. So you do - you do finish it. You box it up. Call @bikeflights. Let JB know what color it's gonna be. Give him the serial number. And start thinking about the next client and what's needed for his three days of your life's work.​​
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I'm almost finished too with my list. I expect to nail that one shut by early 2019. If I stay hungry. And motivated. And then, after all these years, I can fully dissemble the machinery, deconstruct the operating system, take four days off, maybe a full week, spend some time at the electric beach, get some color and work on the tan lines, and get ready to hit the reset button. That. Will. Be. So. Swell.
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Here's a random shot culling from Monday. For the frame I started Sunday. See yesterday’s post. Every day I learn something new. Today it's that taking 400 images and selecting only ten is harder than making a bicycle. I also learned that capturing the work I do at the bench stores energy I wasn't aware existed. My research tells me that for every six pictures taken, my Nikon will live the equivalent of one week longer in the future than had I left it on the table unattended, So my research tells me that the work I did (the aforementioned 400 images) will drive my camera's shelf life roughly sixty six days into the future. It's like planing, but for photography. I'm in sync with my D7200. Quel dommage. That's French for "what cheese". Kinda’.
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I'm on a bit of a tear. This is my third frame since last Monday. PegoRichie. Richie-Issimo. Piccoli Gioielli. House Rules. Special sauce. Two pickles. Side of coleslaw. Typical RS recipe. Better yet, I learned how to load multiple images on IG. This is DR57. It's going to be a nice 56cm road bicycle with level top tube, normal design elements from end to end, and probably - based on recent history - some kinda' red paint. These are some early process shots.
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In other news, I started the rest of my life last week. That's the kind of story normally buried beneath the fold. But what's private these days? I've had a tumultuous autumn, preceded by some eight tumultuous years of their own. So I made a pact with myself in January that on the 28th, I'd walk across the threshold. It's no small coincidence that it would have been Bobbe's 89th birthday. Or it was the day we drove home from Rich's memorial in Wilmington. Thing is, I was ready to move ahead and take my love for all of it, for all of them, and for TLD and our little Buddy, and for my work, and for our new routine in Deep River - I was ready to, well - I was just ready. So here I am.
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I dunno where my parts will end up, much less the types of holes people might try to stick them in, so I include some advice with each sale.
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See link in profile.
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Winston And Me
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Lately, I’ve been so busy, and so distracted, and my attention span has been all over the place – I’ve been so all of this – that I’m not sure where the center is. Is disorder is the new center, and is arranging disorder the ideal?
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I accept where I am, but wrestle with whether it’s where I should be. As one who believes fate always drops me in the right spot, sometimes I think the spot moved as I was being lowered. There’s no toll-free number I can call to ask if a mistake has been made. Trust isn’t always enough. But it’s all I have.
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As autumn arrives on Hastings Pond, with lower temperatures and shorter days, and as leaves and bicycles change colors, I’m taking stock. There’s no list of things I want to accomplish, and I don’t work from a plan. I just have this pile in front of me. At the end of each day, particularly on a Sunday when I look back on the week, I can’t tell if I’ve made a dent. Commitments seem to grow in multiples rather than by addition. Each time I think I’m near the center, it moves to another spot.
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It’s a bit frustrating. I’m at times obsessed with disorder as well as detached from it. We each have a pile. Does how we handle it tell us who we are, or does it define who we are to others? Sometimes I wonder how much I even care as long as something – anything – gets done during the day. Order? What order?!
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TLD knows all too well about my swings. And for many years, one of her stories has been a nice pillow for the times when my head can’t decide where to put itself. As Deb tells it, Winston Churchill was asked about his sleep patterns, and if – with all the responsibilities that came with being a world leader during the war years – if he had any trouble leaving it behind in the evening. His reply (and this is TLD relating the story to me) was this:
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"At the end of the day, I get into the bed, and say to myself, 'Everybody can just go to Hell.' And then I fall asleep."
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Even if the story is just a story, it comforts me. Lately, I find myself crawling into bed a bit earlier with each passing day, as well as getting in touch with my inner Prime Minister more frequently.

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What This Is All About
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I juggle for a living. If I throw four balls into the air, seven may come back down. Hey, I didn’t say I was good at it. But somehow I’ve managed to eke out a career and keep myself clothed and fed.
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My daily routine includes finding motivation, working efficiently, managing inventory, and making nice with clients. Oh, and also building bicycles. The juggling doesn’t get any easier simply because I’ve been doing this for so long; either my balls are bigger now, or I have more of them.
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Framebuilding a l’Atmo requires design, experience, machine work, motor skills, and craft. Even on the best days, the bicycle I’m working on can fit perfectly yet have wonky file work. Or the hand-made flourishes could make the harshest art critic orgasmic but the alignment has drifted into the Oh Fuck column. It’s all about compromise.
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My first decade at the bench was spent assuming that, by year eleven, it would soon all make sense. It wasn’t too long ago that I realized nailing it from end to end was just concept. It’s 2018, and I believe that more than ever. It’s all about acceptance too.
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I’ve become über confident regarding my torch and fabrication skills. And I’m borderline arrogant about my design and fit capabilities. My metal work has slipped some, probably because I get eager to start the next unit while fast losing interest in making the one I’m working on even more beautiful. That’s when I tell myself these are just bicycles, not future heirlooms for the Antiques Roadshow set. Yeah – it’s also all about making your my own rules and changing them as needed.
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There’s this scene in Pee Wee’s Great Adventures when he crashes his bicycle, gets up and laughs it off, and utters those precious words, “I meant to do that.” That’s how I feel when a delivery is late, or a tube length is off by 1.5mm, or when the color is a shade too bright, or a bicycle arrives half a world away and I forgot to rustproof it. With so many balls in the air, I often let some hit the ground – on purpose, of course.
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It's three weeks to the day that I left Reno and another since I last rode a bicycle. These have been packed away ever since. On Thursday I opened the Sci-Con bag, the large corrugated box, and the third one that had some extra wheels. It was time to bury the season for the last time. Maybe I should have walked away after HPCX. Perhaps I should have dug deeper in Nevada. None of it matters. After some time away from the noise and colors and camaraderie of autumn, my thoughts are now on Louisville, a place I've never been. Bring it.
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To Soothe The Waters
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I do all this work and the lot of it begins as a pile of metal. Some tools are on the side. Some abrasives. A couple of benches. Maybe if I'm guessing right, some three odd tons of fixtures. And my experience. And the client. And his deposit check. And patience. From him AND from me. So every 4-5 days when the cycle begins again, my job is to look at the pile and in it find the bicycle frame that 1) I wanna make and, 2) fits and works superbly for that guy I mentioned. At every step along the way, I look at the materials and wonder what I have to do to remove some of it and only leave the good stuff behind. That good stuff left behind becomes my revenue stream once it's a bicycle I can hand over to that guy. As much as I love removing everything and leaving the good stuff, I really, really love the revenue stream.
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And then there are the bracelets I make from brass or 56% silver alloy rod when some of the more mundane tasks at the bench mess with my attention span. Sometimes when I’m feeling pretty or more artsy and creative I add a few beads before the ends are joined. Their colors and scale transform these hoops from utilitarian and edgy into little charms, and they look (even more) precious.
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@crankbrothers has been the official pedal supplier of RSCX Team since 2003.
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crankbrothers is giving away two pairs of 11 series pedals as part of the run up to this weekend’s Cyclocross World Championships.
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See link in profile.
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Just Ask The Axis
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Because there's this recurring situation in which I explain what I do and can't articulate enough for the underexperienced or the lay person and find myself drifting into the abstract, knowing full well what I'm talking about while also knowing full well that the listener is now lost despite looking/ trying to look/ interested while his mind begins to wander. Talking about lapped joints and brazing and filler material and muscle memory is something only the experienced will get - because it's a language only spoken by us. Until you're fluent, a translation service is always needed.
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So again, think of that scene in which Hendrix, mid concert and on stage in front of thousands - when Jimmy drops to his knees, lays his guitar on the floor, and lights it on fire. At first the flame is small. Focused. Controlled. Then Jimmy wills the fire away from the source and, using that all-important will, lures all of it to the other end of the neck. Now that's theatre. Fully. I hope. Lest the music ends when all the smoke detectors drown it out. But that will. That command. The command. The way Hendrix's motions beg the flame to go where he alone thinks it should go next.
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That is how you do this. The brazing. The clean brazing. The brazing that doesn't get touched after the metal cools. The areas under the surface are filled. There are no spaces begging for molten rod. And there is certainly no evidence of it on the outside.
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Anyone can do this. It's simple but not easy. See it done.
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