Tuesday, April 7, 2009
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Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Night painting.. ahhhh yea.
Early on in this business, before it became a business, I knew very little about how to paint, what to paint with, and how to mechanically put together a reliable bike that can also look good.
Well, whenever I was taking Chelsi's bike home from Dallas to College Station, I looked at it and I realized this wasn't my best work. To put it simply, it was my second bike ever and I had no idea what I was doing. Time to redeem.
So the new project is re-doing her bike- really almost everything- ideally a new crank set and bottom bracket but more than anything the paint- the finish coat I put on it doesn't deflect mud but attracts it. I should have taken pictures, but I was so anxious to get this started and out the door I forgot. Hence, for Chelsi's bike- a totally new sweet paint job.
Today I completely disassembled her bike down to the frame, sanded it, and night painted it (primer white). Her bike is completely white right now; a blank canvas... :)
And so started the night painting...
Friday, February 27, 2009
So my fixy is almost done- I'm just waiting on a set of handlebars to come in, then I'm off the longboard and done driving and back on the bike.
A couple days ago I put on the crank set and bottom bracket, figured out the chain line, and today I put the fork on because the headset arrived. All that's left is Sherman's dishing and truing the wheels, the tubes, tires, handlebars and grips; then done!
This is what I have (what God's given me) so far.
So, about a week ago I started to put into action an idea I had for my fixy- new paint, lighter and better rims, small changes here and there but a comparatively huge beginning/ending difference. It all started with the blue spoke nipples and white deep v rims...
I knew I wanted to build my own wheels up. It's cheaper, fun and more personal. The only other wheel that I've built before was on Kelly's bike- her 650c rear wheel. I had to convert the freewheel into a flip/flop hub with strong spokes. On hers I built a three cross spoke design- same as these new ones...
Building them is a blast. All you need is a rim, a hub, 32 (these numbers vary) spoke nipples and 32 spokes of the correct length, screw driver, spoke wrench, spoke nipple cream- and for me, a book. Oh, and after they're built, you've got to true and dish the wheels. Sometimes that can take no time at all, or A LOT of time- so mine are being done by Sherman right now :) ..thanks brother.
So about a week ago this happened..