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    zungguzungguguzungguzeng Catnap's Avatar
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    Finished my first custom paint & build - PICS





    Last night I did the final assembly on my custom single-speed conversion. Over the weekend I stripped the frame and re-painted it, including detailing the lugs by hand. I kept the original fork, stem, pedals, and brake calipers.

    Everything else I replaced, with:
    -- Sugino 75 track cranks, chainring, and bottom bracket
    -- SRAM single-speed chain
    -- 18 tooth rear cog with a Wheels Mfg. single-speed spacer kit
    -- 700c Mavic MA-2 rims, Shimano freehub
    -- Ritchey Tom Slick city / touring tires
    -- Race Face MTB flat bar w/ Specialized grips
    -- BMX 2-finger brake levers
    -- CCM Pro retro vintage seat

    I rode it to work today and it was soooo smooth! Rides like a dream now. The steel frame handles NYC streets so well, better than my aluminum Trek.

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    the man approves:

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    Love the yellow and red! I just refinished a geared Cannondale Crit Series with the same colors.

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    Looks great man, nice choice on the gumwalls

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheistyMike View Post
    the man approves:
    sauced.

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    zungguzungguguzungguzeng Catnap's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by SheistyMike View Post
    the man approves:
    hahahaha that's exactly what i thought to myself after I finished painting the lugs. it's a loud-ish color scheme, but that's a good thing in NYC traffic. the yellow is almost exactly the same shade as the taxis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catnap View Post
    the yellow is almost exactly the same shade as the taxis.
    Wouldn't that act as a sort of camouflage then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabba Degrassi View Post
    Wouldn't that act as a sort of camouflage then?
    yeah, pedestrians keep trying jump in the back at intersections, but i have to tell them i'm off duty.

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    maroon woulda been sexier. i like it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SheistyMike View Post
    maroon woulda been sexier. i like it though.
    I agree. They look like they could use a second coat anyway...

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    Garsp!

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    i don't like yellow and red, but i am thoroughly impressed by your paint detail.

    1) did you clearcoat it?
    2) if you don't already have a career/something to take up your time, you should consider getting a site and doing this as side work. you can probably make a ton of customers doing this for cheap for a few months, then for expensive once you build a rep. people love conversions, and would adore an inexpensive way to make them not look jank.
    3) why no red on the bottom bracket?
    Quote Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
    Road [racing] is one of the only sports where adult men can compete in a non-scholastic setting, so inevitably 8/10 racers are fiercely-competitive nobodies. It's fun as hell, but it's also the foremost refuge of defeated and aging jocks, turned middle-management types.

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    Your chain is a bit loose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lymbzero View Post
    Your chain is a bit loose.
    Sweet looking ride!
    If your in Philly you can build one of your own
    http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/bik/798650538.html
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    love the two tone! sick paint!
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    your drinking club has a biking problem
    fifty two eighty

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    badap ba ba baaa i'm not liking it....!

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    zungguzungguguzungguzeng Catnap's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    i don't like yellow and red, but i am thoroughly impressed by your paint detail.

    1) did you clearcoat it?
    2) if you don't already have a career/something to take up your time, you should consider getting a site and doing this as side work. you can probably make a ton of customers doing this for cheap for a few months, then for expensive once you build a rep. people love conversions, and would adore an inexpensive way to make them not look jank.
    3) why no red on the bottom bracket?

    wow man, thank you! i respect your posts on here a lot, so the compliments are an honor!

    1. yes, i put a whole can of clear coat on it (dupli-color). still, i have to admit i've learned my lesson that powder-coating is more durable. luckily i have a powder-coat hookup for the future.

    2. i do actually have two jobs already, in the music biz, so i don't think i'll be doing this beyond a hobby. also, I'd need my own bike garage to do this properly. i've been at Times Up!'s co-op twice weekly for 2 months now, and my tiny apt. is full of bikes and parts. and i have a new girlfriend to lavish attention on, instead of a bike project. ....that said, i am already looking for another used frame to start my next build.

    3. i didn't paint the BB because I figured it would get scratched up too fast. the lug paint is less durable than i hoped so i decided to keep it to more protected areas of the bike.

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    i found a video of your bike:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q16KpquGsIc

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