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Old 11-26-18, 11:03 PM
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Recommended Bike Painters in SF Bay Area?

Debating whether to remove some rust and spot paint or go deep and repaint at a good shop. Not thinking of powder coating as I have some chrome stays that look good and are worth keeping.
Iím not Into re-mortgaging the house to do this but hoping to find a reasonable shop.
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Old 11-26-18, 11:28 PM
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How patient are you? Ed Litton comes to mind, but he's notoriously slow...errr, meticulous.
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Ed Litton at Litton Cycles in Richmond as the dean of Bay Area painters. He also does frame repairs and frame building. His work is not cheap but it is first rate. He has a reputation for long turn-around times. Google Litton Cycles.
Allan Neymark, near Santa Cruz, is quite good and, last I knew, less expensive. He doesn't have a big internet presence but you can get his contact information from Rock Lobster Cycles for whom he does a lot of work.
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Silva Cycles in san jose/campbell https://www.silvacycles.com/ does new frames and a lot of complete restores/revision Not sure who they use, but worth talking top
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Old 11-27-18, 02:50 AM
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Ed Litton has painted 3 frames for me. His work is excellent but delivery can take some time. In defense of Ed, I've seen frames that people have dropped off or sent him that he's had questions about and it's taken months for them to get pack to him. Also hidden damage that wasn't part of the original agreement.

Some East Bay folks like D & D Cycles in San Lorenzo. The place is HARD to find or at least it was the few I times I tried. No signs or anything. Supposed to be fast and reasonable but I don't know because no one was ever there. That was a few years ago so things may have changed.

D & D Cycles
2574 Grant Ave
San Lorenzo, CA 94580
(510) 278-2976

I realize that refinishing bikes is an enjoyable pastime for some folks, like refinishing furniture. I enjoy going over the mechanical aspects of a bike but paint isn't one of them.

I've lived by my own set of rules when it comes to repainting a bike:

1. Never buy a frame or bike that needs frame repairs or repainting.
2. Never buy a bike or frame with more than a few minor rust spots that can't be touched up.
3. Never repaint a bike without putting a lot of miles on it first.

# 3 is a good one to consider. I've seen a lot of bikes that new and not so new C&V folks purchased, spent a lot of time and money on and then discovered when finished, they didn't like it. That's one reason why you'ill find a lot of "recently overhauled, new paint" bikes on eBay. Very few sellers will ever recoup their investment.

I can't think of any bike that I own that I'd want to spend money on getting repainted. I tend to pay top dollar for bikes and frames in nice condition. (also I've found some great deals on low mileage bikes)

While I have an all original 1971 Hetchins and a few other collectors, I've generally avoided hyper fancy bikes because they become wall hangers that I don't ride because I don't want to get them scratched or dirty. That's why I don't mind a little patina.. After you get the shiny components on, the scratches seem to disappear.

Back in February I bought my first rust bucket - mainly the top tube. I got this 1971 lilac Raleigh Competition because I liked the color. Bought it for gravel grinding, especially for the dirt sections of Eroica CA. It was supposed to have been "totally overhauled". After I fixed all of the "overhauled" problems and realigned the frame, it became a great riding bike.



I considered having it repainted because it's a great ride but... I'd spend $300-$500 on a $300 Raleigh so why bother.

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Back in February I bought my first rust bucket - mainly the top tube. I got this 1971 lilac Raleigh Competition because I liked the color. Bought it for gravel grinding, especially for the dirt sections of Eroica CA.
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What, someone else I missed meeting up with at Eroica Cali? Are you planning on attending the 2019 version?
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What, someone else I missed meeting up with at Eroica Cali? Are you planning on attending the 2019 version?
Didn't make it... Was under the weather.

Maybe 2019?

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Didn't make it... Was under the weather.

Maybe 2019?

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Would be great to meet you if you can. Stories to be swapped under the influence of beer...
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Beer and bikes - one of the immortal pairings! One, without the other, is a life unfulfilled. There is a 6 gallon batch of Munich Dunkel fermenting right now in our house and it should be ready for the upcoming holidays. I digress . . .

Thanks to all for the recommendations on painters in the Bay area and even Chas' advice on whether or not to repaint a new resto project. Ideally, with everything stripped from the frame, now would be the perfect time to get it done but I'll hold off and just work on de-rusting and touch-ups. Polishing the blingy parts and laying on decals will probably be enough. My goal is to have wheels down in January for building up to the Eroica in Cambria in April.

Do BF Eroica types typically band together and ride as one fearless peloton or do they usually blend into the Eroica masses?
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