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the Fixed Gear Look

Old 09-19-07, 07:44 AM
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the Fixed Gear Look

One of the things that I love about track bikes is how clean and simple they are and look. I just got some new wheels for my fixed gear, and after I put them on I just realized how complicated and cluttered my bike looks. Heres a pic:

Any ideas to help me get back that clean and simple look without breaking the bank? Thanks.
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Old 09-19-07, 07:47 AM
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take another picture with a dark background
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Old 09-19-07, 07:51 AM
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Ride wheel-less.
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ride it so fast that the friction between the air and the paint burns all the paint of the bike and then spray paint it "last unicorn pink"
trust me this works, i'm an engineer
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honestly, the busiest thing on the bike is the paint/decal job.

electric blue + decals all over the place ftl.

also, electric blue +black components + red accents also ftl.
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Old 09-19-07, 07:56 AM
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on a more constructive note, try removing the decals from the wheels, should tidy things up a bit.
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The logos and decals are the culprit.
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Hey everyone thanks for the replies. I'll def remove those wheel decals, and maybe when I get some free time I'll paint the frame and fork black.

I agree
elec. blue + black wheels + red accents is horrible,

but maybe black frame + black wheels + red accents is somewhat decent.
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Originally Posted by NeilMonday View Post
One of the things that I love about track bikes is how clean and simple they are and look. I just got some new wheels for my fixed gear, and after I put them on I just realized how complicated and cluttered my bike looks. Heres a pic:

Any ideas to help me get back that clean and simple look without breaking the bank? Thanks.
Remove the decals and half the spokes.
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Old 09-19-07, 08:18 AM
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remove the brake
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Originally Posted by jodypolk View Post
also, electric blue +black components + red accents also ftl.
I think this could work if executed properly. It just isn't here.
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Spend more time riding it and less time looking at it.
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I was going for some sort of "AMERICA F*KC YEAH!!!" theme
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PS - did you add bottle cage bolts, or did your frame come with them? Mine doesn't have any, and I'm kicking myself for buying a bike without them.
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bottle cage bolts came with bike. I really wish they weren't there but I might decide to use them some day.
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PS - did you add bottle cage bolts, or did your frame come with them? Mine doesn't have any, and I'm kicking myself for buying a bike without them.
Easy enough to drill and tap some threads in for a bottle cage. Home Depot can hook you up. Probably can get away with using self-tapping screws and just drill some holes. Get some lock washers for the screws.
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Originally Posted by mathletics View Post
PS - did you add bottle cage bolts, or did your frame come with them? Mine doesn't have any, and I'm kicking myself for buying a bike without them.
https://www.twofish.biz/bike.html

I have one of these. Works quite well, thought I have to keep it on the seat tube instead of the downtube as it likes to rotate when I'm riding over some of the piss poor roads around here. I had the handlebar mounted cage for a while, but the bottle kept flying out when I'd hit a large bump.

Most bike shops carry something similar.
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I have the same wheelset. The decals came off before the wheels even went on the bike.

You may also want to try blackwall tires?
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I have the same wheelset. The decals came off before the wheels even went on the bike.

You may also want to try blackwall tires?
Any pics of your bike with that wheelset on? Was there a ton of goo under the decals?
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Take an old tire tube and cut in half lenghtwise and wrap it around the downtube and top tube. It will cover up all of the Fuji logos. I don't think they can be removed because they are under the clear coat. Before you do the downtube, remove the bottle cage bolts and cover holes with electrical tape before you wrap the downtube with the tube. This will help keep any h2o out of your frame. I did this with mine and it helps to give a cleaner look. I also don't use water bottles so removing the bolts was not a big deal. I have found using the tube around the frame also helps protect it from lock rash.
Get a solid black saddle, all black tires, black or blue bar tape. I just think you got too many colors and logos going on with it.
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Old 09-19-07, 08:44 AM
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You need some super-awesome rad spoke cards man! THEN your bike will be totally sweet.
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How about wrapping some tape over the silver painted logo areas on the frame. Try some different colors, maybe the color of the sidewalls?

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I don't think the white/silver was pulled through enough of the bike. May look better with stainless spokes
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If the movie "2 Fast 2 Furious" had bikes, mine would definitely be in it and thats something I don't want. Thanks for the ideas everyone I'll work on it over the weekend and I'll post back.
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Not much goop under the decals, they come off easy.

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