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Old December 28th, 2010, 7:21 AM   #1
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Default Fillet Brazed Fats

Can anyone tell me about fillet brazed FCs? My buddy had one waay back in the day and I could swear it was serial #3 or some such thing. It was about a mile long and weighed a ton but I wish I bought it from him when he dumped it for next to nothing. It was around '88 or so when he had it.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 11:14 AM   #2
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I believe Chris hand-brazed the first few Fat Chances when he started Fat City Cycles. I don't know exactly when he teamed up with Gary Helfrich who convinced him that the steel frames should be welded.

I don't know how many fillet brazed Fats were produced or what the production dates were though. I came along after Gary founded Merlin (nee Kestrel) Metalworks and moved across the courtyard in Olive Square.

Hopefully some other Fat historians may have some more information or photos.

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Old December 28th, 2010, 1:13 PM   #3
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I'm going to pick Rob Vandermark's brain as soon as I can about the early days. I think he told me he did some fillet brazing way back then.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 5:06 PM   #4
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The fillet brazing Rob did was for Hall's Wheels, the wheelchair builder. He said he only welded unicrown forks for FC in what must have been '85.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 6:29 PM   #5
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I have an 82 Fat that is brazed. I know of one person with a couple and have seen pics of a few others.
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