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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-05-06, 10:53 AM   #1
Dersu Burrows
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Hello from Chi-town!

Hello everyone. I have been lurking on this site for almost a year and this is my first post I'll try to make it a good one.

I would like to thank everyone here for their contributions to this site. Reading BFSSFG is very informative and entertaining. Especially queerpunks 'I hate everybody' thread.

A little bit about myself: I was married in 2004. Around this time, my bike got stolen (Raleigh M40 MTB) and then my car got stolen. That was the best thing that ever happened to me. I had an epiphany that I did not want to drive a car, and I would prefer to just ride a bike. My wife and I got trek 520's and went fully loaded touring from Seattle to Vancouver for our honeymoon. I got the bug bigtime

Anyway I decided I wanted to learn how to fix my bike and I took the park tool school program with Chrisopher Wallace (now the director of Blackstone Bicycle Works in Chicago) and got a bunch of tools and set up a shop. Christopher told me about Sheldon Brown, which made me fascinated with fixed-gear bicycles. I purchased my first track frame in January at Yojimbos (which I heard about on BFSSFG) and built it up myself. I also built the wheels myself, my first set!

Here she is:



Fuji Track frame with stock fork, headset, bottom bracket and seatpost
Sugino 75 cranks, 49 tooth ring
Cinelli stem, Nitto B123 bars ( I WILL wrap them soon!)
Brooks pro saddle
36 hole Deep Vee's laced 3X to Surly track hubs
Surly 18T cog for the streets
Dura-Ace 15T cog for the track

Now on to my question (sort of):
The paint job is, IMO, quite undesireable. This is why the electrical tape. My friend just hand-painted his wife's bike flat black and it looked rad to me in low light, but she says you can see brush strokes.
The question: Should I hand-paint it black with a clearcoat?
Or get it powdercoated? Or leave it alone? Or what?
Please advise me, you aesthetic geniuses you
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Old 09-05-06, 11:07 AM   #2
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powdercoat.
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Old 09-05-06, 11:09 AM   #3
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Awesome.

Now head over to chifg.com where everyone else is at these days.
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Old 09-05-06, 11:18 AM   #4
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thanks! I have seen chifg. And I definitely met chimblysweep at the track a couple of months ago. Where does one get a powdercoat in this town?
edit: nevermind, I see a thread about it right now on CHIFG!

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Old 09-05-06, 01:16 PM   #5
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Yeah, go for the powdercoat, but fwiw I think that it should stay red. A burgundy would look killer, I think.
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Old 09-05-06, 07:45 PM   #6
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I was thinking either hooker red, sky blue or flat black. Thoughts?
BTW how do you post a picture in the message instead of linking to it?
Thanks again,
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Old 09-06-06, 02:10 PM   #7
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Howdy

Dersu-
Just a quick hello from joel. Your bike looks a lot better in person.

Blackstone Bike Works is starting to feel like a real shop. I stopped by yesterday.

Regards,

joel
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Old 09-07-06, 08:15 AM   #8
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some better pics (thanks Naz, I had a nice time last night)



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Old 09-07-06, 10:24 AM   #9
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A classy-looking fuji track... what is the world coming to?
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