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Old 02-06-12, 08:26 PM   #1
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My New Bike Fixation!

My newest bike is a fixed gear Wabi. The frame is polished steel. I picked the bike up last week and have been putting it through it's paces, mostly on the flats of the Los Angeles Basin, of course, as well as up and down some hills.

I have a few bikes, and different kinds of bikes. When I ride fixed, I feel like I'm 25 years old again.















Richard Snook putting together one of his Wabi bikes.
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Old 02-06-12, 08:30 PM   #2
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Looks GREAT!!!!!
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Old 02-06-12, 08:30 PM   #3
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very nice! Are you riding it fixed or with a FW?
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Very clean and good looking. And nicely photographed. When does the RD get delivered?
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Old 02-06-12, 08:34 PM   #5
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very nice! Are you riding it fixed or with a FW?
Double fixed, 46x16/18.
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That polished steel is, as my daughter might say, the bomb! What a great lookin' ride.
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Love it, very classy.

Have a question: I recently saw a chromed steel Italian classic, I was stunned by its beauty. What is the difference between brushed and chromed steel? I guess brushing is a treatment on the steel tube without any bath as chrome involves. But is the treatment done at the time the tubes are produced or post production? Can a regular frame, stripped from all paint, be brushed to attain your bike shiny look?
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Gpelpel, I can't answer your question, as I'm not an expert. In the case of the Wabi bike, I'm not sure "brushed" is the correct term; it's advertised as a polished frame. Brushing leaves a more matt-like appearance.

I doubt, though, that the tubes come polished by some method from the manufacturing process itself. I'm guessing you could strip down your own bike and come up with a polished version.

In fact, you can ask the man who ordered up the manufacture of my polished bike, Richard Snook: contact@wabicycles.com. I know he'd be glad to answer your question, if someone here doesn't answer it first.

Or there's this, from a web page about polished metals:

"#8 SUPER MIRROR (also called non-directional mirror)

A highly specialized finish produced by circular oscillating buffing, initially with abrasive compounds, followed by a rouge like compound. The surface is completely free of grit lines."
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It looks clean. but I doubt it might get rusty in raining day?
The polished steel on the Wabi bike is clear-coated, so rust is unlikely. Admittedly I don't plan to leave it out in the rain.
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Wow! That's a beaut.
I want a gold chain now.
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Nice! Clean look.
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Absolutely beautiful bicycle. The finish, welds and attention to detail are first rate. If I was riding a Fixed Gear Bicycle that Wabi would definitely be my choice. Enjoy the new bike smell!

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That is just a gorgeous bike! The accents of the gold chain and the black chain rings really make it look great. I have seen this done with aluminum bikes where the parts were polished, and they look sharp. A guy on another forum that I subscribe to does this as a hobby and sells some of the bikes. Here is a link to the forum thread. It's a fairly large thread (for this forum) and has lots and lots of photos of the different bikes he has polished.
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The bike looks perfect! I like the idea of a fixed 16/18 which gives a 69" or 77.6" gear choice.
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Looks very nice, and the photos were very well done.
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Found the flaw. 2nd photo. Dried water spots on frame. For shame!
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THAT, Sir, is a phenomenal bike. Very, very nice!
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