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10/07/2007

"How To Make Aluminum Cycle Fenders on the English Wheel"

OH MY!

"How To Make Aluminum Cycle Fenders on the English Wheel"

http://www.techshop.ws/take_classes.html

Custom 650B fenders anyone?

I just signed up for that class next Sunday! ;)

They have classes on TIG welding, plasma cutting, using a lathe, industrial sewing machines & embroidery equipment, vinyl sign making etc. It costs $30/day to use any of their equipment, and they're open from 9am to MIDNIGHT seven days a week (they're looking into 24/7 access as well). Techshop calls itself a "Kinko's for geeks". I am SO THERE.

Techshop, where have you been my whole life?!?!?

More info and lots of photos of Techshop's equipment at Guy Kawasaki's blog!

3 Comments:

Blogger rinjin said...

WOW. techshop looks incredible. parts bins, powder coating, 3D printing? i need a techshop in my life. tell them minneapolis is hungry like the wolf, please. have fun making fenders.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

I took the class this Sunday, and it was great. Expect to spend a lot more than the allocated time slot (more like 3-4 hours), but it's a lot of fun. The instructor ("Dr. John") is great, and he'll give you all kinds of good ideas for other projects, and point you in the right direction when it comes to resources (books, etc.) and buying your own tools. I'm thinking about making my own 650b extra-long fenders and a custom chainguard to go with my next frame (which will be built at Techshop as soon as I move up there from SD - keep an eye out for it early next year or so).

If you have your own, bring work gloves (to keep from cutting yourself on any sharp edges) and hearing protection - it gets awfully loud when you're beating on metal. If not, don't worry - TechShop will provide them.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Jim G said...

@Katie...so by "Cycle Fenders" do they really mean "bicycle fenders"?!?

Thanks for the tips on the class, I was thinking of bringing some earplugs...

2:41 PM  

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