Great, I went back to my notes and seems it was 2018 last I was looking for Canadian supply of rod. The place I found that had GasFlux rod was in Edmonton but would only sell in 10lb minimum. At the time my googling didn’t turn up and simple shops with online ordering so I just added more rod to a tubing order from BFS. Will grab some of the “Blue Demon” there from Canada Welding.
I currently get most of my stuff from the states, but use a shipping forwarder who only charges ~$20 per package to get it over the border. They add a couple days to shipping, but I’ll take it verse the $120+ in customs fedex likes to charge.
Barry hamel (the store not a person) carrys most of the Harris products and an alright selection of bronze rods too. They’re out in Coquitlam bc and have a few other locations in the lower mainland as well as a store in Victoria bc
Danielle! Omg I was going to email you this week because I listened to your podcast episode with Joe while picking up a bike in Cornwall over the holidays! It’s been such a long time, and so glad things are going well for you!!! Will reach out to say hello!
I’m overdue to order a case of paste both type b & type u flux from mag tool. If I recall a case is 12 or 16 jars. I usually only buy 1 case a year but if there is enough interest I can order an extra case of each and am happy to sell it at cost to those in the country. The only additional charge would be shipping to you which maybe is the price dealbreaker as we all know how the canada post prices are currently. I will need to order in the next couple weeks so I can get a price per unit + shipping if there is enough interest. It would probably (hopefully) round out to be less than buying from the states and paying shipping/exchange/duty.
Hello ladies and gents, this is my first post at this great new to me forum. I have never built a bike frame. I have ordered a bunch of tubing from Nova (very happy with their service) and need to do another order from bike fab supply. Question #1 do any of you Canadians order tubing from Aircraft Spruce? I have been seeing lots of builders south of us do, but I am not sure if its cheaper for us? Question #2 where can we source 4130 plate/flatbar/sheets? I live in Calgary and work in the steel industry but the only place I see it is Aircraft Spruce.
1 - I order a lot of stuff from them, shipping from Ontario to BC isn’t great (~$100 for 6ft lengths) but still better then customs.
2 - ACS has some flat bar and sheets. Metal supermarket has some sometimes too. If you want flat bar for chainstay yoke or similar, I’d recommend drawing it up and getting it laser cut by send cut send. The ACS 1/4” ‘flat bar’ is never flat.
Hey thanks for the reply Wzrd. I had a look at the shipping from ACS and it was about $55 for 2’ long pieces. Seems cheaper for me now to just order chain/seat stays from the states. Maybe in the future I will want to bend my own tubes. Looks like I am going to buy a small chunk of 4130 plate and a bargain bag from ACS for now. It will hurt paying $150 for such a small load of steel.
Not Candian, but I have heard tales of the legendary Pirate Joes
To facilitate his business model, Hallatt made weekly trips to Trader Joe’s stores in nearby Washington (particularly Bellingham) with an unmarked van to purchase products, spending $4000 to $5000 on each trip. He then brought the products back to Vancouver, and sold them at Pirate Joe’s on a grey market basis with markups between $2–3 per product.
@Neuhaus_Metalworks has a sketchy unmarked van. Should we fill it with Paragon headtubes and bottom brackets?