I like the rat look too!
Yes, when all is done, i will powdercoat it.
The clamp thing was not really good at first. Dahon have better system now.
This one was not effective. Tight enough and i was not able to open it. Loose enough to open it and it was noisy and flexy. With this bolt setup, it is stiff and silent.
Only question is: since the head tube is really short and headset is 1 inch, will i got problem in the long run?
I will use good quality cartridge headset but is it a problem?
It is a fun project. If i was giving me 20$/hour to do the job, it would be better to buy a Bikefriday!