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    After a 30 year hiatus, glad to be back to ss/fixed.

    My first single-speed was my 70's Schwinn Sting-Ray. Fast forward 30+ years and I just picked up a '97 Kona A'ha, 18t/16t ss/fixed flip-flopper. What a blast it is to rid myself of the 21 choices on my old bike(s)! I'm loving it, simplicity is beautiful.

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    And you can impress all the college hipster girls with sweet skidzzz if you ride it fixed.

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    You should find another Schwinn Stingray. Shifter knob, front spring fork, banana seat and all.
    // yummygooey

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    Quote Originally Posted by yummygooey View Post
    You should find another Schwinn Stingray. Shifter knob, front spring fork, banana seat and all.
    Saw this on craigslist today...how funny. I kind of want it


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    This is the ultimate:

    // yummygooey

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    This is what mine looked like.

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    I may be out of line as a newb here, but I think it safe to say that it's poor form to post about a new bike without attaching a picture of said bike.

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    There it is, before the repaint/powder coat. When I'm done with it, the only thing that will be original is the frame.

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    You painted over Old Glory?
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    I'd rather ride a greasy bowling ball than one of those things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    You painted over Old Glory?
    Haven't painted it yet, but that's too gaudy for my tastes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gururyan View Post
    Haven't painted it yet, but that's too gaudy for my tastes.
    Looks brand new, I wouldn't do it. Resell it to someone that will appreciate it.
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    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    As I rode it yesterday, someone called me Captain America. I've had the bike about 2 weeks and already getting called out on the paint job. It's getting blasted.

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    do you really care that much what other people say? People are a$$holes, ignore them.
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    No, I don't care, just found it funny. Do you guys really like this paint job or are you just giving me a hard time.

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    I was just kidding
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    I for one love the paintjob, but also completely understand why someone would want to get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gururyan View Post
    No, I don't care, just found it funny. Do you guys really like this paint job or are you just giving me a hard time.
    I just think it would be a shame to get rid of such a paint job in the condition it is in. I personally am not a particular fan of it, but I'm sure there are people out there.
    Quote Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
    there is a difference though because that extra weight will directly correlate with how many chicks huff your dongus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vw addict View Post
    I just think it would be a shame to get rid of such a paint job in the condition it is in. I personally am not a particular fan of it, but I'm sure there are people out there.
    agreed. from a utilitarian standpoint, i would say that more people would benefit from the original paintjob than from your new powdercoated creation.

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    A'ha hahahahaha, so nobody likes it but think I shouldn't paint over it. Yeah, this is my fun bike and will likely become my main ride now that I have decided to be a less aggressive rider. I'll admit that the paint job is unique and well done, but that doesn't make me find it any more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. If there was a local painter that could give me a two-tone paint job and let me mask it between coats, I would be all over it and make something even more strikingly beautiful. But, alas, there is nobody in town or anybody I can afford to go that route...so I am stuck with getting it powder coated. Trust me, I am dragging my feet with the powder coating. I have emailed so many local painters and they are either too busy with motorcycle paint jobs or they had to close their paint/body shops. We had three exceptionally good restoration/paint shops close when the recession began a few years ago. But as I've said, this is my fun bike. My max budget for repaint is $300, and although I would love to go a traditional route and do the masking/pinstriping myself (graphic designer by day), it's hard to beat $75 for a blast & coat out the door. I was thinking pumpkin on the frame, mustard on the forks & bar...and then tossing some Fat Franks on, either creme or brown.

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    Junior Member gururyan's Avatar
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    Ok, the bikes mentioned as of 30 minutes ago:


    Early 90's Trek 830 Antelope


    Early 80's Takara Highlander


    1997 Kona A'ha

    ...ordered brown Fat Franks for the Kona, should be here tomorrow. I'm going to paint it black and go for a board track/rat rod vibe.

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    kinda love the red/white/blue. Don't spray it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by j3ffr3y View Post
    kinda love the red/white/blue. Don't spray it!
    Oh it's gone for sure, too gaudy for me.

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    personally that Kona looks sick to me. I understand though. The frame is nice.

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    America never cuts, runs or recoats.

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