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February 11, 2009

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Every time I weld, I am enjoying it, and at the same time, I am suffering it so that I can weld faster and better (like Stef). Every time I weld, I am thinking about my welding style and changing it little by little so that I can weld much faster and better. I will never be satisfied with my style because if I am, my welding skill will not improve. I have always checked and sometimes watched other welder’s styles. This kind of job needs to keep thinking, trying and being patient. It has been just one year since I started welding frames and thinking such a thing.

Rob,
I still have my original 1996 Merlin with your name on the chainstay. This bike is still my main bicycle and it goes offroad on a regular basis. I don't know if you welded my bike, but "your" welds are strong and beautiful. When people recognize my bike for what it is (I now live in Latin America) I show off the welds at the TT/ST junction and at the BB. Cool stuff! After 13+ years, I still sometimes just stare at it. Thanks for the great piece of art that happens to be a mountain bike! It is still the favorite object which I own.
MM

MM: Thanks for posting. I'm gratified to hear that you are still riding your Merlin! And it's great to hear that your Merlin is still your favorite. Thanks for reading.

Rob,

There's a saying that sometimes, you got to learn to say no. For a custom business, balancing 'satisfying customer demands' with firm 'no's' must be an art. I worked at a company where they learnt to nod their heads at every customer requirement. You should see the amount of engineering workload we have, as a result. :)

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