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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 08-12-08, 02:12 PM   #1
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Colorful parts

So I ride fixed gear and like colorful parts.

Colorful wheels and tape are easy to find but does anyone have a favorite place for them?

Also does anyone know a place or make of lime green pedals or clips?

Also any other obscure parts like cranks or such.
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Old 08-12-08, 02:31 PM   #2
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benscycle has alot of the anodized sugino. And the anodized nitto stuff.

As for pedals i remember on some japanese bike website seeing these replacement plates for MKS pedals that were anodized in a ton of different colors.

here are some green cages from benscycle, although alloy cages suck balls

here are some green mks sylvans from ebay. sylvans are a good value.
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Old 08-12-08, 02:33 PM   #3
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Wow thanks,

What is the issue with those clips?
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Old 08-12-08, 02:39 PM   #4
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alloy cages are softer, and they will break easier, and/or wont last as long. standard steel vs aluminum.

btw, dont bother looking for anodized steel cages, they dont make them.
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Old 08-12-08, 02:40 PM   #5
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i've embarked on a few color based bike projects. my advice:

1) find a reputable carbon fiber painter (calfee design is great on prices and does amazing work)
2) find a good local powder coater (don't go for bike specific places, they beat you over the head on price; instead find a place that does machines and engine parts, and meet them in person to explain the masking of threads, etc.)
3) find an auto body shop who'll blast & prime & paint & clearcoat whatever for cheap, and then an auto body paint seller (usually on the www).

these three things will allow you to go color crazy without having to compromise; the worst thing is a colorful bike with jank components that happen to match.
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Old 08-12-08, 02:44 PM   #6
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That is very good advice, how much would u say a "cheap" powder coating is.. I ask because i don't plan on using carbon.
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Old 08-12-08, 03:02 PM   #7
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Favorite place for parts? LBS
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Old 08-12-08, 03:05 PM   #8
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could I have a link?

Just did some online research and the cheapest with frame and fork was 90$. Does that sound liek a good price to you guys?
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it really depends on where you live; the more industry there is near you, the cheaper the price. under $100 for a frame, assuming they have the color you're looking for in stock. less for smaller parts.

though i will say, if you're going for variety, paint is the way to go. the variety of paints you can get for cheap is waaay larger than the colors you're likely to find in stock at a powdercoater; the price of powder is pricey, so you get a built in bonus for their buying "typical" colors in bulk. however, there are interesting colors that are relatively common (robin egg blue, bubblegum pink, etc), so depending on what you're looking for it might work out really well. and powdercoat beats the hell out of paint in the durability game...

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Paid $150 for frame and bars to be coated by a local craigslist dood. Total rip off, homeboy ruined my integrated headset bottom "cup" (didnt mask the inside and banged it up... it works but is not sellable). Powder quality is fine though.
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Old 08-12-08, 03:28 PM   #11
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yeah, that's the thing to watch. you have to be really detailed about what you want done if they're not into bikes, as they have no idea (understandably) how a bike part works. for this reason, i would not recommend doing bike parts by shipping-- the person you speak to on the phone may not be the one who's doing the masking, so things could get lost in the telephone game.
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Old 08-12-08, 04:03 PM   #12
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When you say paint do you mean spray paint??

If not then what?!
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quarts of auto body paint. when you take a frame (for instance) to an auto body painter, they'll:
- sand blast all the old paint off
- prep it
- give it a primer coat
- paint it using the paint you hand them (check with them to see what brands they use first) in the industrial sprayer they use
- clear coat it
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do want.
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Old 08-12-08, 05:36 PM   #15
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my trek y-foil is being re-done in house of kolor's "shimrin galaxy grey" (or gray, whatever) by calfee.

kinda like this, which will look SEEEEEEX with my ultegra SE group:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/19/16...a93075.jpg?v=0
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http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m...02200899-1.jpg

so stoked...

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My turn to be the obligatory A-hole.


Maybe its just me, but I used to come here to get advice on technical aspects of converting a fixed gear; advice on how to do it in an economical fashion, bike recommendations, and the occasional comedic post involving gumbas, ******bags trackstanding and beer .

I think it is pretty indicative of the the whole "fixed gear thing" that in the last four years, the average question has gone from "can i convert a bike with veritical dropouts" to "where can I find lime green pedals" and "can i make a black and white chain."


Ok--i will stop being an arrogant curmudgeon now and go back from whence I came.
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I think it is pretty indicative of the the whole "fixed gear thing" that in the last four years, the average question has gone from "can i convert a bike with veritical dropouts" to "where can I find lime green pedals" and "can i make a black and white chain."
The only thing this necessarily "indicates" is that the body of knowledge available online is complete enough that basic questions are becoming less common, so the more esoteric questions have the whole of the limelight.
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Lime green pedals are in the lime light?
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