Dreesens Bicycles

Steel bicycles by Peter Dreesens

Snowmobile Purple

Another laid back road bike (58×58 with a 71.5° seat angle) powdercoated  ‘Snowmobile Purple’ . Considering the sunny spring picture it doesn’t seem right.  Now for this rain to just go away…


Loud and Clear

BIG graphics was  the idea suggested by the owner and we probably would have gone bigger if not for some tricky curved surfaces.

White is Light.

From the glamour of the concrete block studio the 17.8 lb. 60cm framed bike. The laid back seat is evident in profile, just the thing to ‘Roll’ the big gear.

Paint update to white. As they say in fashion, “White is the new Black.” Reflective red and white decals complete the look on this lightweight (7-4-7 Reynolds 725 tubing) and laid back  bike (70° seat angle).

Apprenticed by Dreesens: Pete Ruckelshaus Beauty

From Peter – “A bike built at the shop by Pete Ruckelshaus. It was Framebuilding 101 for an experienced craftsman with a wood shop background. He created an amazing bike that I am jealous about, I wish it were my bike.”

Interested in learning how to build a bike?  Contact Dreesens

Peter’s Pics

Intermission of the Steel Frame Repair series for an introduction.  There’s a new Page here on Dreesens Bicycles. >>>>>>>>>>

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How to: Steel Frame Repair Part 8

The frame in the jig and fully silver-soldered with the Brown Hi-temp flux (an anti oxidation ‘paste’) on the areas heated.

Close up of the joint and the dried flux.

The flux removed (it is water soluble) showing the discoloration in the areas not covered with the flux.

The same area ‘Cleaned Up’ – polished and finished ready for paint.

The entire frame ‘Stripped’ of paint and ready to be dropped of at Spectrum for repainting.



How to: Steel Frame Repair Part 7

The mitered tube is fitted in the frame without the lug. The Bottom Bracket end will be scribed and trimmed.

The excess to be scribed, then removed.

Test fitting the miter to confirm the angle of the cut. The miter is much closer than the .005 of and inch maximum tolerance for the gap. For silver solder to have maximum strength the gap should be in that .001 to .005 of an inch range.