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Old 01-23-18, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by StirFry View Post
Nice. What drops are those.
My money says Soma Highway One.
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Sorry.. not sorry. I love this bike. Been riding around a lil more casually around town lately.
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Old 01-27-18, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by SirSoyrizo View Post
Sorry.. not sorry. I love this bike. Been riding around a lil more casually around town lately.
What is there to be sorry, not sorry about? That thing is quite a nice townie and probably a blast to ride. It looks like it was built up right!
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I'm not sorry about your nice bike. I am sorry about your blue photos.
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I'm not sorry about your nice bike. I am sorry about your blue photos.


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Old 01-28-18, 09:22 AM
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What we started with about 2 weeks ago...and what we have today... (1977 Takara Hi-Ten)




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Old 01-28-18, 01:48 PM
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@EchoBravo: Photofail.
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@EchoBravo: Photofail.
Better?
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Old 01-28-18, 05:08 PM
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Better?
Better in the sense that I can see the pics now? Yep.
Sadly, you reduced the bike's overall quickness and top-end by at least 10% when you got rid of the red.
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Originally Posted by J.Oxley View Post
Better in the sense that I can see the pics now? Yep.
Sadly, you reduced the bike's overall quickness and top-end by at least 10% when you got rid of the red.
The red was *very* scratched up. I don't really like red anyhow. And, the "Gulf Racing" livery was about as racy as I could conjure up. Pic attached as example of my inspiration.

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Red is faster. Looks like she's built more for comfort than speed anyway though. Nice job with the paint.
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo View Post
The red was *very* scratched up. I don't really like red anyhow.
My Takara still has its original paint, the same color yours started with. It's kind of scratched up, but not too bad.

And I can tell you that red is definitely not a fast color for these bikes. It's a comfortable color. A durable and practical color. But a heavy, lazy color that's more inclined to utility than sportiness.

Your new paint scheme looks like an improvement, if you're trying to get any performance out of the bike.
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Originally Posted by StirFry View Post
Nice. What drops are those.
Thanks!

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My money says Soma Highway One.
Give this man his money.
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That Soma is pretty.
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo View Post
The red was *very* scratched up. I don't really like red anyhow. And, the "Gulf Racing" livery was about as racy as I could conjure up. Pic attached as example of my inspiration.
Did you paint it yourself?
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Did you paint it yourself?
Yes. Frame was stripped, primed, wetsanded, re-primed, re-wetsanded, and then color was applied. The blue was wetsanded, as was the orange. The white, applied last, was not. The frame has not been clear-coated yet.

I used Rustoleum 2x paint over Rustoleum self-etching primer. The clear (already on fork--not shown) is "regular" Rustoleum "crystal clear". Blue is called "Spa Blue" and the orange is "Real Orange".
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Yes. Frame was stripped, primed, wetsanded, re-primed, re-wetsanded, and then color was applied. The blue was wetsanded, as was the orange. The white, applied last, was not. The frame has not been clear-coated yet.

I used Rustoleum 2x paint over Rustoleum self-etching primer. The clear (already on fork--not shown) is "regular" Rustoleum "crystal clear". Blue is called "Spa Blue" and the orange is "Real Orange".
Nice. Masking where the seat stays join the seat tube must have been a challenge.

Why didn't you pop out the head set cups? Just curious?
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Nice. Masking where the seat stays join the seat tube must have been a challenge.

Why didn't you pop out the head set cups? Just curious?
Surprisingly, masking the stays was not difficult at all. I don't have a tool for the cups--and they were not hard to mask either. This is my first attempt at doing anything more than changing a tire. I had my LBS take out the BB, and then I bought the tool...
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo View Post
This is my first attempt at doing anything more than changing a tire.
Nothing like jumping right into the DEEP end.

Post pics when you finish it. Got a completion target date?
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Nothing like jumping right into the DEEP end.

Post pics when you finish it. Got a completion target date?
A lot of time elapses on waiting on paint. I'm hoping it's done in 2 weeks...

I have some striping to do on the lugs, decals and then clear. Once the frame is "dry", putting it back together is quick.
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Originally Posted by EchoBravo View Post
Nice job! Consider a thin black stripe where the white meets the blue on the seat tube and the blue meets the orange on the stays. I think it would look racier, I didn't get the Gulf vibe right away.
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Originally Posted by SCRcat6 View Post
Nice job! Consider a thin black stripe where the white meets the blue on the seat tube and the blue meets the orange on the stays. I think it would look racier, I didn't get the Gulf vibe right away.

Like this?




I did a pinstripe on the headtube lugs and on the chainstays where the blue/orange meet is about 1/2" That was the plan all along...

Thank you!
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I think a Gulf decal on the headtube would complete it.
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