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Old 11-01-08, 05:21 PM   #1
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Wife's Commuter Build Part 3

Hello everyone,

I finished the build! If you want to see part 1 go here. If you want to see part 2 go here.

First, here are some pictures of the final product :







The total cost to refurbish was $280, and it rides like a brand new bike.

Itemized Cost :

Cabling----------------$23.28
Wheelset--------------$50.00
V-brakes--------------$27.36
Grips------------------$10.00
Shifters/Brake Levers--$26.00
Paint/sandpaper/tape--$48.00
Chain-----------------$15.00
Cassette--------------$25.31
Protectors-------------$8.00
Seat------------------$20.00

Here is the bike with the rack and lights. Notice I used an old light mount to mount the rack to the seatpost :











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Old 11-01-08, 05:34 PM   #2
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The bike looks great! I bet your wife loves her new bike.
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Nice job. I think I remember your saying you were in the Southwest, so no fenders needed. but a rack and some blinkies would look good on there. It looks like there are eyelets for a rear rack. Maybe a Velo Orange coffee holder too. You have a lucky wife.
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Old 11-01-08, 06:18 PM   #4
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Looks sharp! Get your brand name stenciled on there now!
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Nice job. I think I remember your saying you were in the Southwest, so no fenders needed. but a rack and some blinkies would look good on there. It looks like there are eyelets for a rear rack. Maybe a Velo Orange coffee holder too. You have a lucky wife.
The blinkies from her MTB bike are going on it. She currently commutes on the MTB, so all of the stuff on there will be moved to the commuter (if she wants to use it).
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Wow! Great job on that.
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Very nice work. I'm curious though, could you go into more detail on what type of paint you used? Where did you get it and how was it applied... even though I'm sure it was sprayed on. How did you decide on the different coats? I'm considering painting a frame myself, anything I should be cautious of?
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Very nice work. I'm curious though, could you go into more detail on what type of paint you used? Where did you get it and how was it applied... even though I'm sure it was sprayed on. How did you decide on the different coats? I'm considering painting a frame myself, anything I should be cautious of?
I used duplicolor high heat engine enamel spray paint. You can get this at the auto parts store. I have found it to be fairly durable. I applied many coats, with a primer first. I used masking tape and plastic to apply the different colors.

I would be careful of dust and dirt in the paint. First, as in the Part 1 thread, you must clean the frame very well. There should not be any dirt, oil, or sticker residue on the frame. Then, when painting, be careful about dust etc. contaminating the paint.
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Nice looking rattle can job.
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Nice looking rattle can job.
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I used duplicolor high heat engine enamel spray paint. You can get this at the auto parts store. I have found it to be fairly durable. I applied many coats, with a primer first. I used masking tape and plastic to apply the different colors.

I would be careful of dust and dirt in the paint. First, as in the Part 1 thread, you must clean the frame very well. There should not be any dirt, oil, or sticker residue on the frame. Then, when painting, be careful about dust etc. contaminating the paint.
So I talked to a couple people about painting a frame, they all told me to get it professionally done. Guess there's a guy in Oakland that will paint a frame ANY color for $90. Sounds like a solid deal. If I did a rattle job it would look cool at first, but after a month it would look like hell. I'll post before and after pics of the bike when I get it done, I'm looking within the month. If you guys were to paint a bike one solid color, what would it be? I'm pretty set on a nice classy silver to match the components, but I'm open for suggestions.
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So I talked to a couple people about painting a frame, they all told me to get it professionally done. Guess there's a guy in Oakland that will paint a frame ANY color for $90. Sounds like a solid deal. If I did a rattle job it would look cool at first, but after a month it would look like hell. I'll post before and after pics of the bike when I get it done, I'm looking within the month. If you guys were to paint a bike one solid color, what would it be? I'm pretty set on a nice classy silver to match the components, but I'm open for suggestions.
For $90 get it powder coated, same price and much more durable. I thought the rattle can job would be cheaper than it was, I ended up spending $48 in paint and materials, which I think is too much. A three-color powder coat would be a lot more though. The next bike I build is getting a powder coat instead of paint.

I rattle canned the below for $12 (single color, no masking tape, no primer, just two cans of flat black) too and have ridden it for over 1000 miles for 5 months and it has been fine so far. A few dings on fork, but my wife's factory powder coated MTB looked just as bad after the same amount of time. I do live in a nearly rainless area though.


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Very nice. That frame is screaming "I'm a GT!"
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Very nice. That frame is screaming "I'm a GT!"
The only thing left from the early nineties GT Tequesta is the frame and fork and the seatpost and collar. Everything else has been replaced with mostly high end MTB components that I had laying around from years ago.

But next time I am definitely getting a single color powder coat, it really is worth the cost compared to a full DIY paint job as I found out with the wife's commuter project.
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Where's the kickstand on your wife's bike?
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Kickstand!? She doesn't need an effing kickstand!
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Great looking bike. You squared that away in no time. Are you going to put a rack on that? Your GT looks awesome by the way. Two thumbs up!
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Great looking bike. You squared that away in no time. Are you going to put a rack on that? Your GT looks awesome by the way. Two thumbs up!
She has a disc specific rack on the MTB that she used for commuting before I finished this current build. I think it will work, I just have to attach the upper part somehow (probably p-clips to the upper chain stays). If not, I will buy a Topeak quick release rack that will work (she already has an MTX quick release bag).

It is great, now her MTB can be setup up for actually riding trails exclusively!
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Looks Great
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Check the top post, there are pictures of the bike with the rack installed now.
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