Steel and Aluminum Tubes in Hand!

I took a trip to Rose Steel today to look at their stock.  The staff was very friendly and helpful, and their prices seemed very fair.  I bought:

For bike frames:

  • 24 feet of 16 gauge (1/16″) 1.5 inch square steel tubing
  • 24 feet of 1/8″ thick 1.5 inch 6063 aluminum tubing

For wheel dropouts and misc load-bearing small parts:

  • 4 feet of 2″ wide 1/8″ thick steel flat bar

They cut the tubes into 8 foot sections.  Because Houston Metro is such a large area, driving to the place was a little bit of a hike.  Within reason, I was trying to buy as much material as I’d need to tide me over for awhile.  I figure this is enough metal to make at least two complete bike frames out of each material, but time will tell!

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