Whilst waiting for the fork blades for Adventurebike-a-go-go to arrive, I've moved onto working on the next frame, a 61.5cm rando bike. 700x30c, lugs, lights, fenders, custom rack, handmade baggage from Japan, the full business.
The first in the order of operations on a lugged bike is making sure everything fits. Lugs sometimes (seems like all of the time) need to get modified in order to satisfy the angles needed to make the joints work. Here I had to cut apart the down tube lug and weld and braze it back together before brazing the frame up. This works well to ensure that I get the exact angle that I need for the frame with smaller gaps between the lug and tube. Hence a stronger, better made bicycle.