olly if your going to do it get on with it and stop talking about it
Very true Perry - but I only started thinking about it yesterday
But - the plan is growing.
I contacted ceeway after kaiser suggested it, but unfortunatly they only have luggs for braised frames - but they can supply the tubing.
I think that I might have a go at making my own lugs out of carbon and then bonding tubes inbetween to get a complete carbon frame. This means that the really sticky stuff is kept to a minimum. As you say I'll need some sort of gig, but the kind gig that Brano Meres made here is pretty straight forward:
All of the "important" parts such as the rear dropouts, head tube, seat tube and bottom bracket housing can be bought from somwhere like ceeway, and then the gig can be make aroung them with foam tubing for the bits inbetween. I low gsm weave is then use to make the luggs around the bottom bracket, using several layers to build up the required thickness. Once the luggs are cured the foam tubes can be removed and the carbon tubes bonded into place using an epoxy glue... sorted one carbon frame.
But I still think that my initial idea of using an old frame to make luggs from is a go.
I'm not saying that carbon is better than steel / aluminium ect. But I do think that composites are very cool, it just that a carbon framed bike is a little out of my financial reach and I think that this sort of project could be good fun.
Kaiser - I couldn't find 'samu's kitchen' in the weight weenies forum, could you post a link?
I'll keep you posted...but don't hold you breath, this is gonna take some time.