Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anodizing Problems Solved!

    Below is a bracket that a customer asked to me for help on. As you can see there is a mis-colored part that cleaned up in stripping and then would reappear. This problem can be from a few things but his problem was from water hanging after the rinse in this location. 
    Water hang can oxodize the aluminum surface and change the anodize. I've had this problem in the past and solved by wiping the water and using compressed air to quick dry prior to racking. The aluminum will enter the tank dry. 
     Other problems could be contamination or casting impurities but not in this case. ***This dye is Deep Orange***

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Cutom Anodizing Color: Peach

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A2z DM-UNI Rear Disc Brake Adapters

The DM-UNI from A2z Components is an adapter that allows conversion of a disc brake to non disc brake frames. Here at Toronto Cycles we have these in anodized colors. The anodizing is done in house since the company only makes in black. Since so many requests have come in for colors we decided to start anodizing. We also have a titanium bolt upgrade kit to shave off a few extra grams.

This is suitable for an average 8mm thick, flat style dropout. It needs to be flat on both sides. The DM-UNI then sandwiches over your frame and creates an IS Mount. - No drilling into your frame. Still uses a standard QR Skewer. Must have a vertical dropout. Not for Hope BigUn or some Specialized unless the dropout is totally vertical.
A2z also makes many other types of disc brake conversion kits, Titanium Skewers and Hubs. We have the entire collection in stock on the 
Toronto Cycles Adapters Page

Here are the specs from the A2z Website:
- Retrofits ?tab-less? bikes with current disc brake systems
- No need to buy a new bike!
- No need to have special disc hub - fits most brands on the market
- Very easy to install - in just a few seconds
- Easy to put on/off your rear wheel as usual. No extra adjustments needed
- 100% CNC machined

Friday, December 23, 2016

Titanium Security Bolts - Anti Theft Hardware

    As we all know bike parts can be valuable and in a city like Toronto there is a fair chance your parts will get robbed. Toronto is often considered the bike stealing capitol of North America. I have had several customers that have had seats and posts stolen, wheels and one lost his stem and bars. One customer went in a shop for coffee and took 5 minutes to loose his post which was about a $400.00 loss. So I have started making ti anti theft bolts and will be expanding into 2016. These are impossible to remove without the tool.
    These use an allen key or a small screwdriver will work in the side hole. No special tools are needed. We will not sell just the tool unless you have purchased before and have lost. The is to keep possible thieves from obtaining.
These will hold more torque than a standard bolt but due to the nature of this item I cannot warranty against breakage. Please tighten by hand. The tool is hardened steel. The bolts are grade 5 titanium.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Anodizing Aluminum - Writing a Book!

    I have been writing a book on Aluminum Anodizing. Since we have been selling supply the questions have been pouring in. Release should be in Mid-December.
    This will contain lots of information into the process and is designed to not be over technical. Will relate to constant voltage and aesthetic anodizing.

Saturday, August 6, 2016