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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 12-18-03, 08:57 PM   #1
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Paint work complete! You grumpy bastards can eat my shorts!

Well, I was very fortunate to find a powder coat shop that painted my frame for the cost of two boxes of donuts and two cans of Christmas cookies. Basically, I got it done for free and I provided some appreciation. Anyway, after reading all of the thoughtfull comments and wholesome suggestions regarding my illogical plan to install some fake Italian frame decals I have since decided that was a bad idea. I did however, want something unique and different but certainly not FUJI. Before sending it to get painted I cut off all the excess cable guides, derailler tabs, shift lever boses and drilled the top tube for internal cable routing. So check it out! I wanted to keep with the theme of Japan.
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Old 12-18-03, 09:00 PM   #2
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Nice workshop!
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Old 12-18-03, 09:01 PM   #3
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That looks great. Lovin the FUKU...never drilled a tube before though. Is that such a great idea?
Nice work! Ah, the financial weight a donut carries will NEVER be fully realized...
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Old 12-18-03, 09:08 PM   #4
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you spelled it wrong
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Dorf, you have one unique ride there. Great job!!!!! Shoot us some more pix once you have it built up.
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Old 12-18-03, 09:43 PM   #6
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You are quite possibly the most organized human being ever. At least your workshop would indicate that you are. Nice bike, I think it's going to make one hell of a sexy fixie.
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Old 12-19-03, 01:07 AM   #7
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Oh man, that's nice. First thing I though when I read it was "F#$k U" which is also supergood. You know, for those times when you meet that arsehole driver, you just point to your frame and smile.
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it could be a little more organized...

there could be pictures of each tool draw whee each tool goes...which would remind me of bikes not bombs in boston..which would make me sad...

and now i am thinking of BNB...and am sad...



i miss boston.
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Old 12-19-03, 05:04 AM   #9
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My guess is that your toptube will crack at one of the points where you drilled it. Best keep a close eye out for same. Does look good, though.
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I've seen frames with drilled top tubes (on one of my bikes the downtube is drilled for a dynamo wire - lasted 20 odd years so far) and think that as long as there are no angles and the hole is completely round, it should stand up ok. No stress concentration.

it's not a Liberty ship after all!
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First thing I though when I read it was "F#$k U" which is also supergood.
DING, DING, DING: We have a winner!
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Dorf -

Nice Job. Your frame looks very similar to the Sagres I just finished building. If the graphics on your bike were anything like mine, they had "F." on the seat tube and the fork blade. This, of course has me trying to figure out how to have matching decals that read "U." made. Look for pictures soon.

One thing I think you've guaranteed I'll never post is a shot of my shop. Tools on the floor, mountains of paper towels covered in chain lube and syn grease, piles of part on the surfboard I use as a table - there's a reason my wife won't go in there. Your workbench has shamed me.
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FUKU.

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FUK'n beautiful
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that looks great! i'd like to see it after it's all built up.
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Old 12-19-03, 09:38 PM   #16
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Okay, Okay, time to come clean. Really.

Attached, truly is the completed project. The picture above was done simply to harass some of the list members who previously flamed me. The decals attached are vinyl decals that were custom cut. I actually wanted them a little bolder but they still look great in person. The color of the decals are a deep blue similar to the bar tape.
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Close up.
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Nice bikes, nice workshop and my vote for best thread title of 2003!!!
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so pretty

sooooooo pretty. makes me want to go sell my bikes and get fixed. of course, in pittsburgh thats not terribly useful. seriously though, that is one tight ride. -nrs
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Bravo!! Well done on both the thread and the bike.

Have a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!
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Old 12-20-03, 11:28 PM   #22
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sooooooo pretty. makes me want to go sell my bikes and get fixed. of course, in pittsburgh thats not terribly useful. seriously though, that is one tight ride. -nrs
Why do you say that? Is Pittsburgh full of steep hills? There's a possibility that I may move there in the next 2 years, and it would suck if i can't ride my bikes...
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Why do you say that? Is Pittsburgh full of steep hills? There's a possibility that I may move there in the next 2 years, and it would suck if i can't ride my bikes...

uhm.. yea. theres a hill called "cardiac" hill. ill say this - its a good things we have like a million hospitals nearby - but draw your own conclusions. pittsburgh is the type of place where, being a hipster fixie works for like a mile at a time. There are steep hills in all sorts of places. for example - Sq. Hill where i grew up.

Then, again - everyone at my lab commuted by bike this summer. It is not impossible. There is some nice singletrack in the parks (i have heard) and thers a nice trail and a velodrome nearby. The suburbs (this does NOT mean sq hill, shadyside, oakland, downtown, homewood, homestead, point breeze, lp, gf, or any other part of the city.) are hillier etc.

And the drivers... we have the 2nd largest population of old people in the country- next to FL. Plan accordingly. Expect quick moves and bad driving - and J WALKERS! -nrs
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Ouch. Thanks for the info. Portland is pretty hilly, but nothing too serious... I've yet to get off and push.
Anyway, thanks. Sorry about the offtopic tangent.
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Darn it, I liked the original decals more. They certainly got me to thinking about what I'd like to stick on my next bike. "Poguemahone" strikes me as apropriate, somehow.
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