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Can ya paint your disc breaks? Like on a sports car?

Old 09-08-15, 02:24 PM
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Can ya paint your disc breaks? Like on a sports car?

Hey, All.

So I'm just sitting here, fantasizing about my next bike instead of working, and wondering if you can customize the brakes and rotors like the tuner folks do with their car's brakes. The German cars all have those nice painted calipers, and the kids with the Japanese cars have painted theirs with Krylon. Some more successful than others.

Geeky as it is, I was thinking it'd look pretty cool to paint the part between the rotor and hub (you know, the part that looks like a sporty snowflake) some matching accent color to the bike frame.

This stuff probably already exists, but I haven't seen it. Have any of you done this? Do you have cool looking, sporty calipers/rotors on your sweet bike?
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Old 09-08-15, 02:26 PM
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You can paint any part that the pad does not contact. Or alternately, buy rotors with separate disc and spider. I've seen them come in a variety of anodized colors.

Why is this in road cycling? It will certainly end badly.
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Why is this in road cycling? It will certainly end badly.
Well they can't post it in SSFG because they don't use brakes over there.
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You can do it. You can also put a big aluminum wing and a fart pipe muffler on it.
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(Lesser) Life Goals:

--to see a fixie or single speed with disc brakes
--to see any bike of any kind with a wing on it

...and I'm not kidding. I've seen a bike where the damaged top tube appeared to have been "repaired" using duct tape and part of a broom handle. I'm up for anything. The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
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The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
You mean a "dixie"?
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
That is simply an abomination.

Fixed gear bikes are the ultimate in simplicity. Discs are not.

While you need a brake to safely ride on the road. A single front caliper is adequate and maintains the aesthetic of the bike.
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Put some neon lights and two bottles of NOS on it as well.
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You mean a "dixie"?
Can we make it Gates Belt Drive to just take it to a previously-thought unachievable next level?

The Belt Drive Dixie*

*sleeve tattoos and lumberjack beard not included
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Why is this in road cycling? It will certainly end badly.
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What the road subforum has done to me: That bike is making me giggle like an idiot, while at the same time wishing the saddle matched the rims. You can't just throw 5 shades of green at it and call it a day!
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
(Lesser) Life Goals:

--to see a fixie or single speed with disc brakes
--to see any bike of any kind with a wing on it

...and I'm not kidding. I've seen a bike where the damaged top tube appeared to have been "repaired" using duct tape and part of a broom handle. I'm up for anything. The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
single speed cyclocross racing is all the rage now. Plenty of single speed disc bikes out there
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That CX singlespeed saddens me to the same degree that the black/lime fixie pleases me. I'm so conflicted right now.
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OK, OK. Maybe I stirred up the hornets. But I can't be the only guy who want's an attractive bike. C'mon, guys. I know you're out there.

I suppose changing the color of my handle bar tape would be less prone to criticism? Is that something that road bike people do? Or maybe I should ask questions about $200 Brooks saddles that come in 8 different leather colors?

But fair enough, if it's a break specific question I could ask it in, like, General Cycling? Or the Alt Bike Somethingorother forum? I only thought to ask here since it's a road bike that I'm thinking about getting next.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
(Lesser) Life Goals:

--to see a fixie or single speed with disc brakes
--to see any bike of any kind with a wing on it

...and I'm not kidding. I've seen a bike where the damaged top tube appeared to have been "repaired" using duct tape and part of a broom handle. I'm up for anything. The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
You mean a "dixie"?






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Slimdisc is a 3 speed (internal) but an oddity nonetheless.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Slimdisc is a 3 speed (internal) but an oddity nonetheless.
You can hub it however you want. Yasujiro sells frame kits.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
(Lesser) Life Goals:

--to see a fixie or single speed with disc brakes
--to see any bike of any kind with a wing on it

...and I'm not kidding. I've seen a bike where the damaged top tube appeared to have been "repaired" using duct tape and part of a broom handle. I'm up for anything. The mere thought of a disc fixie fills me with glee.
You can check the box now. Enjoy...

https://www.google.com/search?q=fixe...lzm4v7dhY3M%3A


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Originally Posted by Corbin Gross View Post
But fair enough, if it's a break specific question I could ask it in, like, General Cycling?
Give me a brake.
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Originally Posted by Corbin Gross View Post
OK, OK. Maybe I stirred up the hornets. But I can't be the only guy who want's an attractive bike. C'mon, guys. I know you're out there.

I suppose changing the color of my handle bar tape would be less prone to criticism? Is that something that road bike people do? Or maybe I should ask questions about $200 Brooks saddles that come in 8 different leather colors?

But fair enough, if it's a break specific question I could ask it in, like, General Cycling? Or the Alt Bike Somethingorother forum? I only thought to ask here since it's a road bike that I'm thinking about getting next.
Forgetting the aesthetic thing for a moment, painting a brake rotor on a bike would significantly reduce stopping power while the paint is on the rotor, and it'd end up wearing off fairly quickly due to friction anyway so it would look strange at best with color on the spider arms and bare metal where the pads grab it.

Maybe the "ricer" crowd paints their brake rotors in the car tuning world, but it's certainly not something anyone that wants real stopping power would do... Calipers sure, but that's not what we are talking about.

Also, if I may.. "brakes" rather than "breaks", "wants" rather than"want's".
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