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  1. #1
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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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    ride fast...take chances
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    powdercoat.

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    Frankly, Mr. Shankly absntr's Avatar
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    Awesome.

    Now head over to chifg.com where everyone else is at these days.

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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!
    Last edited by Dersu Burrows; 09-05-06 at 11:31 AM.

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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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    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,
    Dersu

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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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    some better pics (thanks Naz, I had a nice time last night)




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    jack of one or two trades Aeroplane's Avatar
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    A classy-looking fuji track... what is the world coming to?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Irwin Goldstein
    Men should never ride bicycles. Riding should be banned and outlawed. It is
    the most irrational form of exercise I could ever bring to discussion.

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