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Couple of questions about chrome bikes/frames

Old 06-18-10, 04:59 PM
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Couple of questions about chrome bikes/frames

This may be kinda silly, but after seeing the chrome pista and people who strip their madison's down to the chrome it got me thinking. I think the most major question is when the sun is out do the beams have a tendency to shine in your eyes? Other than its pretty resistant to scratches right?
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Old 06-18-10, 05:02 PM
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Chrome is shiny, yes. Shiny things do reflect light. Quality chrome plating is pretty damn durable.
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Old 06-18-10, 05:48 PM
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That's what I figured. I'm scared the sun beams are gonna glare right into my eyeballs.
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I wouldn't worry about it that much.
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Old 06-18-10, 07:14 PM
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Nah, you good.
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I was wondering that myself, when i just got this 1967 Schwinn Paramount P14 Track bike-



It looks chrome in pictures, but its actually "Silver Mist" w/ chrome lugs, chainstays, & fork ends-
I've heard few P14's were chrome, possibly due to the "glare" it would cause (Both from the frame & the competitors when you blinded them!)-
Mine also has the Nervex lugs chromed, which is rare on the P14 due to the conception that the racers ordering them thought added chrome would add too much weight!
Anybody know if chrome bikes are NJS appoved???
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Old 06-18-10, 08:58 PM
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Lug Steel, you can stop posting pictures of your P-14. Its making me mucho jealous. :/

anyways i rode a full chrome bike for a year or so,


and dont worry, it never gets to the point where it blinds you.
and yes, its very durable, i rode my bike everyone, in rain, in muddy trails, in snow, and the frame gets dirty, but with one wipe,its super clean again.
pretty much scratch proof also, but remember to keep it clean... it gets dirty quick.
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@Lug Steel

All chrome was a big status thing for road bikes in the 1960s and 1970s, and a lot of Paramount P10, P13 and P15 were all chrome, but few track P14s were done that way. The extra weight business is pretty ridiculous as these frames were already quite heavy, especially the forks due to the use of thick tubing to make the frames stiffer and stronger. Anyways, what you have there is a beautiful original period piece that should not be messed with, unless you really hate kittens. The saddle looks like the original Unicanitor but the TTT stem and bars are probably not, as the original would have been Cinelli steel units.

This is my 1976 P14, which was also originally silver mist, but unfortunately was repainted. I raced it for nearly 30 years, before retiring it for a more modern Bianchi Pista Concept.
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Anybody know if chrome bikes are NJS appoved???
I don't know, but why does it matter?
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Since it's on topic do you guys think i could strip my frame and just clear coat it?
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You"ll put your eye out!

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@squeegeesunny - sounds awesome, but it does reflect right? Never had any complaints from other cyclists? Would you go all chrome again?
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Originally Posted by youngandcurious View Post
Since it's on topic do you guys think i could strip my frame and just clear coat it?
no, chrome plating is entirely different from bare cromoly steel.
You absolutely cannot leave steel with just a coating of clear as it is inadequate at keeping the bare steel underneath from rusting.


you can't clear coat chrome either, since it will come out very cloudy.

bare steel needs a protective coating like an oil or paint or plating.
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