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Bridgestone RB-T in Steampunk Motif

Old 12-13-11, 02:47 PM
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Bridgestone RB-T in Steampunk Motif

1991 Bridgestone RB-T powdercoated and built up.

Did I over do the reflectors?

Thanks to all of your great build suggestions and the fact that I had almost all of the parts on hand, this project came together nicely and it was fun to work off of the Steampunk theme. Thanks to Jared for the Sakae Randonneuring Bars.

I am going to set up a spare set of wheels with cyclocross tires.

Now I need suggestions for more Steampunk stuff I can hang on the bike. What I'd like to find is a small metal propellor I could mount behind the seat tube.

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Old 12-13-11, 02:55 PM
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Nice looking bike.

But, why a clear reflector on the back?
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Nice looking bike.

But, why a clear reflector on the back?
Just a matter of style keeping with the silver theme.
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Holy airship!
Looks great. So glad you went that direction.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Nice looking bike.

But, why a clear reflector on the back?
So he can confuse his enemies and facilitate escape. They will think he is actually coming TOWARDS them!
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Don't take this wrong, but imo it looks more retro rather then steam punk.. I do like it though very clean and simple.
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Nice looking bike. No real suggestions, other than to mess it all up with paint the way they do Nerf guns. https://www.google.com/search?q=steam...w=1424&bih=757


I think that it is pretty clean looking to really hang a bunch of stuff on. And non areo hoods look better as a steampunk effect.
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Imo the reflectors make the bike look cheap. Not to mention they are fairly useless for safety. The bike has potential but imo as is it looks like an old motobecane or something, not really getting steam punk.
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Originally Posted by Puget Pounder View Post
So he can confuse his enemies and facilitate escape. They will think he is actually coming TOWARDS them!
Yeah, that's it. I like it.
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
Don't take this wrong, but imo it looks more retro rather then steam punk.. I do like it though very clean and simple.
Point well taken. The Steampunk is only a light gloss. But I still need a propellor.
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What, exactly, is Steampunk about it again?
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I never got the whole steam punk thing either. I feel old.
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Originally Posted by RFC View Post
Point well taken. The Steampunk is only a light gloss. But I still need a propellor.
I was expecting more like: brass plate wraps, and fake rivets etc.. and probably more brown leather.
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Originally Posted by RaleighSport View Post
I was expecting more like: brass plate wraps, and fake rivets etc.. and probably more brown leather.
Anybody have a bronze dork disk?
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The steam punk thing is cool visually...it's basically re-imagining science fiction in Victorian England. Pocket watches with lots of dials, propellors...gears.

I think the bike looks cool, but I'm not getting the steam punk aspect.
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Anybody have a bronze dork disk?
I like that thought, and I'm sure there's old reflectors with a brass or bronze housing as well.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
The steam punk thing is cool visually...it's basically re-imagining science fiction in Victorian England. Pocket watches with lots of dials, propellors...gears.

I think the bike looks cool, but I'm not getting the steam punk aspect.
OK, so I have to hang more stuff on it.
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
Imo the reflectors make the bike look cheap. Not to mention they are fairly useless for safety. The bike has potential but imo as is it looks like an old motobecane or something, not really getting steam punk.
As much as I dislike the look of reflectors I have to disagree wholeheartedly.

Since I've been riding a lot the last couple years I've been paying more attention to these things when I drive at night a bike with relectors is actually very visible.

Lights may be better overall but reflectors don't have to be switched on and don't depend on batteries to work.

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OK, so I have to hang more stuff on it.
Bingo.
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Needs moar scrolling, maybe some paisley.
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The steampunk look is about aged leather, wood, copper, steel and brass. Add some wood elements and copper plate some of the aluminum parts.

Check out this Nerf gun steampunk style:

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The steampunk look is about aged leather, wood, copper, steel and brass. Add some wood elements and copper plate some of the aluminum parts.

Check out this Nerf gun steampunk style:

That's the Johnny Thunders of Steam Punk.
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Aw, c'mon guys, it's a parts bin build. I think for a parts bin build he got the vibe pretty well. In a perfect world he may have had albatross bars and a brown saddle with copper rivets, but who has that stuff lying around all the time? He left off the decals, let the frame serve as the copper, and went with silver instead of black components. I get it. Maybe he could have an octopus headbadge made : )
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Yah got to get an ooga horn. Brass. And a lightweight thing to do is paint a sign that goes in the frame on foamcore, I did one that read "DR. McGillyCuddys Amazing Tranpirational Diaphoresis Device" with a bunch of scrollwork and cheribum ect. I mounted it with a couple peices of alluminium flashing.

I have tried a couple steampunk builds, and the best reaction I have gotten is when I rode my Faux Rando bike at a Con. just alloy fenders, and bottle generator, and some racks with Swiss army surplus canvas bags. Of course the orange and yellow colors made it appeal more to the Anime crowd, and I have some pictures of girls in Japanamation Cosplay outfits sitting on it somewhere.(yes that was pretty cool)

The problem I ran into was they were no fun to ride with to much junk on them, even at a con(I go as a vendor, a tophat is about as far as I go for the clothing thing)

There are sometimes some really cool bikes at events, but the owners are not really riders. So all the crap they drape on them is not a bother to the owners.

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Originally Posted by shipwreck View Post
Yah got to get an ooga horn. Brass.

I have tried a couple steampunk builds, and the best reaction I have gotten is when I rode my Faux Rando bike at a Con. just alloy fenders, and bottle generator, and some racks with Swiss army surplus canvas bags. Of course the orange and yellow colors made it appeal more to the Anime crowd, and I have some pictures of girls in Japanamation Cosplay outfits sitting on it somewhere.(yes that was pretty cool)

The problem I ran into was they were no fun to ride with to much junk on them, even at a con(I go as a vendor, a tophat is about as far as I go for the clothing thing)

There are sometimes some really cool bikes at events, but the owners are not really riders. So all the crap they drape on them is not a bother to the owners.
How about dual brass pulse jets?
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