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titanium tandem - to paint or not to paint? ADVICE wanted

Old 05-15-15, 10:51 AM
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titanium tandem - to paint or not to paint? ADVICE wanted

hi folks
We are down to the wire on our new coupled titanium tandem. Need some advice on whether to paint or leave as bare metal. Any and all advice appreciated and considered.

thanks in advance
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Old 05-15-15, 11:09 AM
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Paint ti? Really? Seldom seen. I guess because plain ti is beautiful, lighter, doesn't chip, and says what it is. Wouldn't want it to be mistaken for steel, after all.
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Old 05-15-15, 11:32 AM
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We absolutely love the beautiful and carefree bare finish on our titanium (a Kent Eriksen).
The finish will not dull, weather, or rust. Any scratches can be buffed out with steel wool.
You cannot do that with paint or any other materials.
Why go titanium then hide it with paint?
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Paint ti? Really?... Wouldn't want it to be mistaken for steel, after all.
They painted chrome plated frames too. And Ti isn't as pretty.
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My .02 cents it to not paint. The fact that you can't chip the paint is a big plus to me if I were going with a ti bike.
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No paint and go with nice flashy decals. :-)

Which bike are you getting? And please post pictures !
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Old 05-15-15, 02:40 PM
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Chojn1you need to put a picture of your tandem on the Customer Gallery at the Eriksen website. I'd love to see your bike. Tons of carbon Calfees being built in this group which are awesome to see but not many titanium. The Stoker and I are hoping to build a titanium tandem in the next couple of years as we head toward retirement and I love drooling over beautiful bikes.
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No paint...
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You want to add 200-300g?
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No Paint, especially given the OP stated it is a coupled tandem.
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I agree, once the paint starts chipping, it will detract from the overall beauty of the bike.

You can anodize Titanium which might be a possibility.

There are people that have played around with different contrasting natural finishes for example polishing a logo, and then brushing or sand-blasting the rest of the frame.

Perhaps you can take some pointers from this re-badged Litespeed.


https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...new-huffy.html
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Old 05-16-15, 05:19 AM
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thanks for all the responses. I'm convinced that bare metal is the answer. The bike being built by True North Cycles, a little Canadian firm that builds awesome bikes. I'll post some pictures in a few weeks.
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More fun . . . go bare!
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Being able to run bare metal is one of the attractions of Titanium so I don't see why you would want to paint it. Any logos or names can be bead blasted.
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Old 05-16-15, 09:28 PM
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Do what you want. It's your bike. I had my first ti bike painted. Don't regret it for a second. Yes, like steel, it gets chipped and scratched. Unlike steel, it doesn't matter! My 2nd ti bike is bare. Pluses? It's not too hard to make it look new. A change we made that required welding after the fact didn't ruin a paint job. Drawback? It's just another ti bike.''

I have taken both to Cycle Oregon. The painted bike stands out. The ti bike doesn't and is a lot harder to find.

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I have seen some beautiful titanium bikes that are partially painted and partially bare, but I would recommend not painting it. We have an unpainted Ti Cycles coupled tandem, and it is nice not having to worry about chipping and scratching when packing it or traveling.
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I buddy of mine has one of the original Litespeeds which were painted. It's kind of interesting as the yellow paint on a Litespeed is rather rare. However there's no way that I'd paint a modern TI bike except maybe a clear coat to protect decals. Probably not even then. Bare TI just looks so good.
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Here is a picture of our tandem from last year.
No paint!
Our names and Eriksen's logo were sand blasted on.
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The rain finally stopped long enough here to let me grab a short ride during lunch. Along the way I thought I would grab a picture of my single bike for the forum as it is appropriate for this topic.

Anyway, this is a 15 year old bike. Other than a few scratches on the paint of the Litespeed banner, the finish is pristine. I am considering completely removing the banner and make it totally bare.
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If you want the aesthetics of paint, ok...but the beauty of ti is not having to worry about paint chips. There's no logical reason for paint and I like the more workman like aesthetic.
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When we bought our coupled tandem (Co-motion Mocha Copilot) our first ride was on the Kent County Spring Fling. Another owner of a coupled tandem after admiring the three colour fade paint work, gave us the advice to take some photo's of it in it's pristine condition because once it's been packed in the travel cases it doesn't matter how well you think you've padded the bike you will get scratches.
Our bike now has a lot of scratches after many trips and is due for a respray.
My wife and I both have Seven Titanium bikes as our singles with no paint on them. When the transfers get damaged and the frame looks a bit sad I just clean the frame with scotchbrite (nylon type abrasive pad) and put some new transfers on and the bike looks like new again.
The shop I work in as a mechanic in Sydney sells a lot of Seven's and all the ones that have been painted have chips
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chojn1, thank you for sharing the picture of your tandem. I don't think I had seen it yet. Love the sand blasted Eriksen's logo, that seems like a great way to have the bike labeled but pretty bullet proof for a coupled bike. I see that is an option on the Seven now too.
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It's a matter of personal preference. I know that I like the unpainted, but decaled look, of my titanium recumbent.
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Hi Folks

Here's a photo of our new un-painted tandem. We went with 650b gran bois rims on white industry hubs, gran bois hetre tires, brooks saddles, 180 mm disks, and couplers. Weight came in around 36 pounds fully outfitted to ride. This is our sixth tandem, and after a couple rides, I'm pretty sure it will be our favourite. This bike goes over gravel roads like nothing I've ever ridden. Working with our local builder, True North Cycles, was absolutely fantastic. Anyone looking for a great bike from Canada should check out True North. Bike's in its cases now, on the way to Bordeaux in a couple of hours.

Thanks for all the advice to my original question.

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