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Old 12-07-11, 12:28 PM   #51
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I've just been looking at some more pictures of the orange NAHBS bike:

http://www.bikerumor.com/2011/03/16/...nd-trick-bits/

Very, very nice. I have a Herman Braun that needs a repaint, and this would be a great way to go.
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Old 12-07-11, 12:32 PM   #52
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BTW, when looking for the NAHBS bike, I also came across Davemk1's contribution on the Lotus forum:

http://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/l...cycles-103374/

Now you know where the orange color came from! And you've also learned the phrase "****** fixie".
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I must stop looking at that orange bike. But if anyone is handy with photoshop, I wonder what it would look like with like a dark graphite / gunmetal blue panel and white decals? ...(edit) my first attempt didn't turn out all that great, but it was close enough to say, eh, maybe not.



And thanks for the link to the lotustalk site. I ran into that website several times while researching green colors when I was leaning to the white/green combo. You'll notice that the car in the white/green idea image is a Lotus Elise. The Lotus Green still is one of my favorite dark green hues. After reading all of what Dave had to say over there, and riding my "old" steel frames, makes me all the more excited to try the "new" steel. I doubt I'll turn my back forever on my Gazelle or Serotta, but look forward to having a bike that takes the best elements of my carbon Fuji and the steel bikes and puts them together. Anyone want to buy a 56cm Fuji Team Issue WCS with Campy Centaur in about 6 months?

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I must stop looking at that orange bike.
Sorry! Gotta have something to do with my background ...

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Just to make your choice that much harder:

If it were up to me (and be glad it isn't ), of the options you have listed, my top choice would be the orange, but with white or maybe cream panels instead of the light blue. My second choice would be the blue with white or maybe cream panels.

But all the options you have posted look pretty darn nice to my jaundiced eye.

And yes, Kirks belong here in C&V They may not be "vintage" - yet - but they are undisputably "classic."
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I love the frame and all the color combinations, but can't warm up to the new boxed logo. It just looks too modern to me, and I don't think will stand to test of time (hence, not a classic). Is it possible to get it with the old logos?
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MetinUz, yes, I believe the old style logos are still an option as Joe Bell does have a stock of the old style still. Like the decision about the color, I'm also torn about the decals. The new style is growing on me, and I kind of like some of the effects that the new decals can create. But enough yammerin, y'all want to see pictures, am I right or am I right?





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No advice on decal choices, just admiration for Dave's work.

I am a fan and am thrilled you are sharing these great updates.
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Yeah, they're amazing.
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I am seriously considering having all of these photos printed make a gallery on the bike cave wall.


There is something oddly organic about the frame when it is covered in flux.
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So now I'm left wondering how the seat tube is trimmed.
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So now I'm left wondering how the seat tube is trimmed.
Rough it in with couple of angled hacksaw cuts, then finish it off with a 1/2 round file. Working/shaping thin steel tubing is surprisingly easy and low-tech. It is a very satisfying feeling to wield a file, turn ordinary looking tubing into magic.

I too really like Kirks bikes, borrowed a few of his common design elements when I built my first frame this past summer. (scalloped, rounded seatstay caps, breezer dropouts).
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Mine will have the wavy stays, not straight. It is an option for his frames, they do not come automatically on all of his frames. I had a hard time deciding between the Terraplane and the straight stays with the wrap over stays. I wanted the road carving, stuck to the road feel that the Terraplane stays are supposed to supply (and from reports, delivers), and anyways I already have 3 road bikes with straight stays, two with wrap over stays, one with nicely scalloped stays. Dave's straight stays combine the two, and maybe one day I'll order a Kirk (or maybe an Anderson stainless) sport touring bike with the straight stays. I know the Terraplane isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I like the look and if it works as designed, should make for an incredible ride.
My modern bike, Pinarello, has wavy stays (and fork blades) too...
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There is something oddly organic about the frame when it is covered in flux.
I think you left out an "s", but I agree.
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Think I've left ya'll hanging long enough. Here's the full frame. Obviously more clean up to do on the rear end, and the fork will be built next week before it gets boxed and shipped to Joe Bell. Guess I should get about the business of deciding on a color scheme.

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Think I've left ya'll hanging long enough. Here's the full frame. Obviously more clean up to do on the rear end, and the fork will be built next week before it gets boxed and shipped to Joe Bell. Guess I should get about the business of deciding on a color scheme.

note the recurring orange.theme ...in this case the lotus behind your beautiful fram
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Think I've left ya'll hanging long enough. Here's the full frame. Obviously more clean up to do on the rear end, and the fork will be built next week before it gets boxed and shipped to Joe Bell. Guess I should get about the business of deciding on a color scheme.


You make me have bad thoughts about purchases.
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Orange bike are great!

Oh yea, I think your seatstays are bent!
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Orange is one of my favorite colors, but on a bike I prefer gold. I have two. What ever you choose will be the perfect choice, of course. Among your choices though, I vote for the metallic blue, which never goes out of style.
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Maybe I missed it, but are those stainless steel tubes?
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Guess I should get about the business of deciding on a color scheme.
Jon, if you do go for the light metallic blue, it'd be a crime not to have a pair of "Barracuda Mk. II" decals put under the clear. After all, from custom build (Mk.I) to custom bike - the name would be most fitting, don't you think?

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Tom, I believe that the top tube is stainless. The downtube is 853 Pro, seat tube is TruTemper S3. Chainstays are custom drawn for Dave by Reynolds. Normally the down tube on the JKS series is also stainless, but Dave recommended that we go with the slightly thicker 853 tube to keep the frame stiff for out of the saddle accelerations and climbing.

I think I've settled on the blue, I started looking at the white/green combo again yesterday, and came to the same conclusions that led me to look for other ideas the first time. It is too similar to my white/blue AB-Frame, to get a dark enough green to look right; it will likely look nearly black in the shade, and I wanted a color on the lugs that really showcased Dave's work. Going to work with the mockup I have and get a few more variations made on that theme and see where that goes.

Kurt, if/when the Barracuda name gets reused on a bike of mine, it will be on a bike that I had a direct hand in making. I know that repainting that old Cenurion didn't really count as "making", but I figure sooner or later I'll see about getting some time in a shop that would lead to me building my own frame. And the Barracuda Mk.II will then be created. Dave's work deserves to have Dave's name on it.
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This is all the photos till Tuesday evening when Dave builds the matching fork. Then it's off to Joe Bell for paint.





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Wow.

Any idea of how many hours are put into the frame and fork(from start to when it's ready to go to paint)?

EDIT: not including design time
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