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"Irish Pride" Bike Build w/Pictures

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Old 08-04-08, 09:47 PM
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"Irish Pride" Bike Build w/Pictures

OK, so this is a bike conversion that I wanted to get creative with. In honor of my heritage I decided to build a single speed bike with an Irish theme. I will post my progress along the way.


Starting Point.

I inherited an old Schwinn Caliente bike frame from a friend which looked like it had the heart of a single speed in it. It was a pretty neglected old bike that was in need of a make over. I run a metal fabrication shop so I have access to welders, plasma cutters and powder coating.



The first step was to strip the bike down and have it bead blasted. My brother Mark and I send our stuff to a local blaster who does good work at a reasonable price. The bike was stripped and sent back to me. I wanted to add a few things to the bike so I fired up my plasma cutter and cut an oval to the exact shape of a graphic that would be applied later. I cut the plate and welded it to the frame.



Above you see the stripped bike just after the plate has been welded to the frame.

Since this was going to be an Irish bike I wanted to powder coat it in the colors of the Irish flag (Green/White/Orange), this would require me to coat the bike twice. I wanted the rear stays and lugs GREEN, the main tubes WHITE, and the headtube & fork ORANGE. To do this I needed to mask off the main tubes and paint the Green and Orange parts first. This is done with special high temperature tape and aluminum foil.


Lugs are masked.


bottom bracket is masked.

I then needed to mask off the white areas with aluminum foil to keep the parts clean for the white coating to be done later.


The white areas are covered with foil to keep them clean.

The parts are then clean and hung to be powder coated.


Parts ready to be coated.

I then coat the parts...sorry can't take a picture and coat at the same time. The frame and fork are then run into the oven to be baked for 15 minutes.

After baking the parts are run out of the oven.





The parts come out very nice. They have a good high gloss finish to them. After cooling I pull off the masking.



I now have to reverse mask the parts and cover the orange/green areas and coat the white tubes.

Part of project involves a very cool headbadge given to me by my brother. It is a "St. Christopher" badge. It looks good, but would look better if painted so I am sending it to an artist friend to have him hand paint some of the details. Will post a picture of it when it is done.




I will be painting the WHITE tomorrow, will up date the thread accordingly.
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I can't wait to see the end result!
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another conversion with fancy paint.
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it looks like it'll be nice. all the haters can suck your balls
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Originally Posted by Wardrive View Post
I run a metal fabrication shop so I have access to welders, plasma cutters and powder coating.


"Lucky!"

Just a little envy. The new colors look sick so far.
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HA! funny.

Ya, the plasma cutter is the real danger. It will cut about any graphic or design you can some up with. I have been playing around with custom head badges, forming them is the hard part.

I just have no skills.
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what color, exactly, is the reddish/orange on the irish flag?
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Access to a machine shop and no custom fork ends???
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Access to a machine shop and no custom fork ends???
Why bother?
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IS that a number plate up by the head tube?
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Yes, I have the "IRL" graphic to go on the plate.

Custom fork ends.....interesting, any pictures out there of some?
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Why bother?
Because he can.
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Yes, I have the "IRL" graphic to go on the plate.
Can't wait to see that.
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I will be painting the WHITE tomorrow, will up date the thread accordingly.
Wardrive...how does the already powdercoated section react to a second session in the oven?
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That is the tricky part. I baked the first round at about 2/3 the time normally required. The second time through the oven will cure it out the final way. I chose to do the white last as it will sometimes discolor (get a yellowish) tinge if heated for to long. I have never really tried to do a three tone powder job so this is a trial and error thing. What I am most concerned about will be how the already coated parts will cure out with some of the high heat tape applied to them.

Will know the answer shortly. I am masking the parts and coating them Thursday.

I am doing a google search on those fork ends....sounds interesting.
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would it have been better to paint the white on instead of coating it as well?


I have never seen multi colors done like this in powder coating before
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why does it not have pedals? some red speedplays would be tits on that.
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Come on the Irish!

Looks like a nice design you have going there.. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread!
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Looks like a fun project. How about fabbing up a custom adjustable stem? The kind where the bar clamp slides along the stem?
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British be damned!

I did have an idea of cutting out a thin "snake" on the plasma cutter and wrapping it up one of the front forks. I recall an Irish legend where some guy did something to rid the island of snakes....need to look into that.

I could cut the snake, paint it a CHROME color and then JB weld it to the fork in a spiral pattern.

Maybe overkill...

BUT, you guys did give me an idea about the fork ends. Pictures to follow......
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I did have an idea of cutting out a thin "snake" on the plasma cutter and wrapping it up one of the front forks. I recall an Irish legend where some guy did something to rid the island of snakes....need to look into that.
You're irish and don't know about St. Patrick?
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_P...rick_in_legend



You should try to cut that out and use it as a headtube badge.


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Just saw you had one picked out already, doh... downtube? haha
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