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Originally Posted by gttim
I am having trouble locating a pair of black long reach brake calipers for my IRO Jamie Roy. I have been all over Ebay, Amazon and every bike shop I could find a link to. I know Tektro makes them, but I can't find any. Anybody got any ideas?
I had a similar problem for my Steamroller project. I bought a complete bike only after I realised I couldn't get just the frameset here in Australia. I've stripped everything off it including the long reach dp calipers and intending it back up as black as possible.
I was unable to find any local aussie resellers or distributors for Tektro, despite them listing what I wanted on their website. Someone suggested pulling apart the brakes I had from the complete bike and having the three main parts of the caliper armatures anodized. This I did, and taking along plain KALLOY seatpost, headstem, spacers etc I got all done for $AUD 40 and I'm quite happy with the plain black and now brandless brakes.
Ask at one of your LBS - especially one that might specialize in building up custom BMXs if they can recommend any anodizing services in your neck of the woods.
If you go this route and purchase some silver calipers first - I would recommend taking a few before digital photos before disassembly so you can easily use them for reference for reassembly. You will need to strip everything from the main armature parts that isn't aluminium. including all steel screws, bolts and any tinsy plastic bushings.