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Old 09-10-09, 06:14 AM
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Chroming weight

Hey, for anyone who knows what things weigh. I decided to have my forks and stays chromed on my new steed . I seen a picture of an old Raleigh with this done and it looked great. The chrome will be exposed about 1/3rd of the way (more or less) up/down on the forks, seat and chain stays. I had to go with a tandem fork on the front which probably isn't a bad thing since I'll be running a disk brake off the front and the rear stays which are stainless had to be beefed up. I'm no weight weenie and of course am doing it for the aesthetics but was just curios if anyone knew about how much weight I just added to the frame. Thanks guys.
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I don't know, but I would be surprised if it's not negligible.
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Old 09-10-09, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by rogwilco View Post
I don't know, but I would be surprised if it's not negligible.
Yea, I'm thinking the same. In the end, I'm just getting antsy. Minor modification. Hell, I just want to get my butt in the saddle. My current fixed is good with it. I'm talking to her about and all. You know how it is.
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where are you getting it done?

i'd looked to have a frame partially chromed...very few folks were willing to do it, and those who were wanted an arm & a leg.
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Just leave (home) whatever change (or keys) you usually carry on a bike ride and you'll even out.
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decorative chrome will weigh next to nothing.
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From what I know about chroming, a bike frame would gain a pound after being chromed, about. It requires what's called a show finish. You're curious, I am too ; how would anyone know about doing the stays & fork ? That said, the bigger question is have you found a shop willing to do it ?
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Chrome on forks will not add that much, you usually you add less then .001 of an inch. I'm, thinking closer to 3 to 5 tenths, so if you really wanted to do the math you could figure that amount over the entire surface to be chromed. If you are that concerned about the weight I would just say cut 1 inch off each shoe lace :-) to make the difference. I am about to restore a 64 scwinn traveler and will weigh a few pieces, perhaps the forks and reposrt back. Don't expect this update untill later this winter.
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probably more surface area on the wheel than a bike, and this is super-fancy 4-layer finish... now imaging just the ends of the forks and stays... it is pretty much negligible.
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like I mentioned, change in your pocket.
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Originally Posted by RiverCityCyclis View Post
I'm, thinking closer to 3 to 5 tenths
5/10, as in half an inch? i'm thinking you were thinking thousandths...
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Originally Posted by dookie View Post
5/10, as in half an inch? i'm thinking you were thinking thousandths...
yes, I said less then .001 more like 3 to 5 tenths refering to that same .001 which would mean .0003-.0005. so less then half a thousandth
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