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Bicycle jigs and tools

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In  the course of building a few of my own bicycles I’ve built quite a bit of my own tooling to hold, fixture, etc… Based on pictures of some of the nicer Anvil and Sputnik tooling, I decided to draw up and machine my own.

The first necessity was being able to hold tubes in the vice. Made a set for a couple different tube sizes.

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The chainstay tooling is most similar to the Anvil.

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Seat stay tool is like the Sputnik.

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I used mostly aluminum for everything and machined on a bridgeport style mill.

Frame jig is of the 80/20 variety with custom made bits to interface with the bike. Mounting of the dropouts has changed a few times. The first iteration wasn’t perfect!

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Need your own set of tools designed or built? Let me know at christopherswaim@gmail.com.

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Author: christopherswaim

Habitual learner, tinkerer, welder, maker, doer, and an amateur machinist. Unnatural interest in statistics, mechanisms, bicycles, and Jeeps.

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