I continued to plod along, building a frame here and there, but having very limited resources made tooling difficult. To this day I do everything with a drill press, some files, and a torch. Oh yeah, and a hammer. The ones I did manage to sell were done at about my cost to get the experience. But it never turned into the business that I had imagined. Between other builders doing better work and the ever cheaper and lighter aluminum and titanium frames becoming more readily available, it just never seemed to have a chance. And I have never been one of those 'wing and a prayer' kind of guys. So now I only build infrequently, although I still do some painting of bike frames. In the end it doesn't matter much. I am proud of what I have accomplished and still relish the look on other rider's faces when they ask me "What's an Equus?"

One of my first paying jobs. Steve Schwoyer worked around the corner from me. He was then riding an Eddy Merckx that was a horrible fit. He had a Nitto Technomic at max height just to get it close. I managed to contort a set of Henry James lugs to get a two degree upslope in the top tube in order to raise the bars to a more reasonable reach. (For those who have only been in the sport a little while, there was no 'upright' quality stems available at this time.) Again a low bottom bracket and longer chainstays made the frame a little less racy and a lot more comfy. This one was painted by Bilenky and was hung with Dura-Ace seven speed.

My first fillet brazed off road frame. I rode this for a lot of years before it was recycled into my tandem (the front end). I built the stem too. And how about that paint job! Remember when neon was big? It looked great in person. My fillet brazing was learned partially through John Yates, then currently the framebuilder at the Ross Signature shop. He built all the bikes for the Indian team which at that time was one of the hottest off road racing groups out there. And I also have to give a lot of credit to Tom (insert forgotten last name here) who painted for Ross. He taught me a lot about spraying bikes.

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