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New Bike and a Question

Old 07-16-18, 05:38 PM
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New Bike and a Question

What do you do when your buddy who owns a bike shop offers to sell you a nice bike below cost? This is not a trick question and there's only one correct answer: you buy a new bike.



I picked up this Public D8i today brand new and dirt cheap. I'd wanted to mess around with an 8-speed internal geared hub and now I can. In the little riding I've done I really like it.

My friend also gave me a rack for the bike which, unfortunately, is painted light blue. Does anyone have any thoughts about stripping the paint off of an aluminum rack so it matches the frame? I'd love to hear your suggestions.



Thanks!

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Old 07-16-18, 07:41 PM
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That is a beautiful bike. I wouldn't be able resist either if the price was that good.

Honestly, it will be easier/cheaper to buy a more appropriate rack. But, if you just want to tinker:

If the rack is painted, you can use a paint stripper to take off the paint. If its anodized, you can use a lye based product like oven cleaner to take off the anodize.

If aluminum, you can hand sand the rack to a mirror polish. Or a much more expensive route would be to have it bright-dipped then anodized. If steel, you would need to chrome it to get that nice shiny look. You could hand sand steel down to look shiny as well but it won't last long.
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Old 07-16-18, 08:28 PM
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The rack could be powdercoated for dirt cheap. A whole bike can be done for less than $100. The coater will strip the paint. Look for a coater who does custom auto and motorcycle work, not a job lot shop doing 300 washing machine lids. There are thousands of colors, textures and finishes to choose from.

https://www.prismaticpowders.com/sho...coating-colors

I'm in the market for a townie and am interested in this bike. It's almost exactly what I'm looking for. Congratulations.


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Old 07-16-18, 09:09 PM
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That's a pretty bike, and congrats on the purchase. I think your 3 options are outlined above: strip the paint yourself, have a professional do it, or buy a new rack.

I'm very much a DIYer and have stripped paint from bike frames/wheels before and I will tell you it is pretty time and labor intensive to make it look good. I would personally find a new rack if I was in your situation. If you haven't pulled the tags off of it, you can sell it to fund the next rack. Or even find a bike shop or co-op that's nice enough to let you exchange for another.
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Old 07-17-18, 01:54 AM
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What a lovely bike!
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Old 07-17-18, 02:30 AM
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It is a nice bike.
Why not just use rattle cans (aerosols) and go over the rack. A quick wipe down with a degreaser and a quick test on a patch somewhere and off you go. You can get all sorts of chrome or alloy finishes as well as regular paints like black or whatever or why not try a contrasting colour to match the saddle and grips.
Me, I usually remove racks not add them. lol
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Originally Posted by helijohn View Post
It is a nice bike.
Why not just use rattle cans (aerosols) and go over the rack. A quick wipe down with a degreaser and a quick test on a patch somewhere and off you go. You can get all sorts of chrome or alloy finishes as well as regular paints like black or whatever or why not try a contrasting colour to match the saddle and grips.
Me, I usually remove racks not add them. lol
My friend who owns the bike shop suggested painting it myself, too, and that's a possibility. I was concerned that spray can finishes aren't super durable. I guess I don't have much to lose by trying my own paint finish--I can always strip that finish, too, or take it to someone to have media blasted to reveal the bare aluminum.

The reason that I want to use this rack is, well, he gave me a free rack and I feel sort of obligated to use it.

For those of you interested in this bike, or this type of bike, I took it for a longer (8 or so miles) ride last night and it rides very well. It's got plenty of range for the riding I do, most importantly some nice low gearing for the hills I encounter. It reminds me in a lot of ways of my old Raleigh 3-speeds, but with more gears and better brakes. A definite keeper, especially considering the smoking price I got.
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Old 07-17-18, 08:32 AM
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The reason that I want to use this rack is, well, he gave me a free rack and I feel sort of obligated to use it.
That's understandable. If you would prefer painting (instead of stripping to bare alum), that would be much easier. All you would need to do is degrease and scuff up the surface so the new paint can adhere to. An enamel based spray paint will be fine as long as you let it dry completely, which can take a couple of days to a week depending on the humidity in your area.
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Old 07-17-18, 12:15 PM
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I'd say, the light blue would go better with the polished frame than most colors i can think of There are some excellent faux-metal finishes out there but I am not sure they would look that good against the real metal of the frame. Try if you like .... cost for everything would be under ten dollars.

I'd also call around and see if you could get it bead-blasted clean and clear-coated ....

Also, I have used Citra-Strip, a (supposedly) safe, green stripper and it is magic for getting paint off (skin, too. Wear gloves) Then you could polish it with sandpaper and steel wool and spray it with clear-coat.

I suppose basic black wouldn't be Horrible, but I really cannot see anything except polished metal doing justice to the rest of that lovely bike.
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Old 07-18-18, 05:52 AM
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I found a local company that will media blast the rack to remove the finish for $35. Not a great savings over a new rack, but, hey, he gave it to me

I'll post a picture of the bike after I get the rack back and installed.
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It would cost $25 to have that thing stripped and powdercoated.
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I like the R24. It's too bad they don't post actual geometry charts.

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