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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 04-03-05, 10:33 PM   #1
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color question

so my good friend is building me a custom track frame. in fact, it's almost done and now comes the tough decision. what color(s) do i get it painted? it's old school standard tubing, henry james lugs, campy dropouts. the parts will be dura ace (7600) cranks w/black chain ring, headset, high flange hubs, open pro cd rims, 123 drops. any and all suggestions appreciated.
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Old 04-03-05, 10:42 PM   #2
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Black with white and silver accents.

or

White with black and silver accents.

I prefer the latter.
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Old 04-03-05, 10:43 PM   #3
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I should add this:

My next bike will be pink. So, take a look at pink. I heart pink bikes.
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Old 04-03-05, 10:45 PM   #4
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get it clearcoated raw for extra attitude
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My next paint job will be british racing green with cream lugs.
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Old 04-03-05, 11:57 PM   #6
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richard sachs clearcoated one of his frames, kinda cool

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/bobbes...srs/my_photos/
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Red bike, black lugs, cream headtube
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order of preference:

1. richard sachs red w/ creme lugs
2. white w/ chromed lugs
3. orange w/ light pastel (green?) lugs

or copy this.. it wouldn't be original... but it would be ****ing gorgeous:

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Old 04-04-05, 02:37 AM   #9
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Did you just say orange with pastel green lugs? You know, I thought there was something fundamentally wrong with Texas, and this just proves it.

My vote? Black with red lugs with red ice pearl in the clearcoat.....or BRG with cream head tube and seat tube......or just plain old fashioned pearl white.

To send you round the bend, have a look in the bikelugs.com gallery, semcustompaint.com, or spectrumpowderworks.com.
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Old 04-04-05, 04:19 AM   #10
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my mom told me, "if you dont have anything nice to say, don't say it at all."

after which she added that she has seen your bikes, and that theyre not likely to appear in any of those galleries anytime soon
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Old 04-04-05, 07:36 AM   #11
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white or metallic white
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i'm a fan af safety orange
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I suggest Black
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orange

not everyone looks good in red
not everyone looks good in yellow
but ya put them together and you get
orange
everyone looks good in orangeundefined
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If you are taking the time to get a custom frame that will last a lifetime, give it a coating that will last a lifetime, look into powdercoating! It will last forever, never chip off, and prevent rust better than paint will. Good coaters like http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com can even do multi-tone, metallics, fades, clearcoats, etc.

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P.S. I vote for polished and clearcoated.
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Old 04-04-05, 09:54 AM   #16
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Cream/vanilla/pearl white/off white/white tinged with grey or brown

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Pearl white is beautiful. . . at least I like to think so. If you can, pearlescent white is perfect and the tiny flakes reflect the sun like reflective tape in headlights.
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whoa, maybe i shouldn't have started this thread. now i'm overloading on ideas

keep 'em comin', guys.
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cream white with chrome stays and charcoal black lines on the lugs.
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For color ideas, also check out David Kirk's frames here .

on edit:

the more I look at David's work, the more I want one:

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Forest Green with chrome lugs, or green horizontal tubes (chainstays, top, and down tube) and black verticals (seat stays, seat, and head tube)...
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Crea/vanilla/pearl white/off white/white tinged with grey or brown
naz has the correct answer. these are the colors to be used.
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the bike im making this summer is gonna be either silver or pearl with orange accents.
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Here's a nice colour palette for reference - calibrate your monitor here:

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pink!
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