That's right, clear powdercoat. Over my bare steel frame.
After battling some rust issues surfacing from the nice dent that UPS put in my frame about a year and 7000miles ago, I decided it was about time to give new life to my tried and true ol' steed - the Soma Smoothie.
I went in on a very large industrial powdercoat order with a friend, and owner of an engineering supply distributor. So, I got a great deal on this bad boy.
Somewhere along the line, I contacted Frank at FTW Industries regarding bluing the joints once I stripped the frame, but the coaters ended up media blasting my frame anyway. What can I complain about, though? It cost me $15, so I'm content. And a 16.4 pound race weight, I don't think I'll ever need another bike.
No, it doesn't have bar tape. Yes, that saddle nose is tilted down. Yes, the latter problem has been fixed. The former will be fixed once my wallet allows such an action!