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