Anyway, started this quite awhile ago, then procrastinated for a long time. Back into action now though so I though I'd start a thread to post some pics along the way. Check out this old thread for a brief history. Since then I've sold the frame I was planning to use (pictured as my truing stand) and a some of the parts previously equipped on the Ricardo Elite frame. Thank YOU eBay "fixie" frenzy! Freed up some coin to spend on the Elite!
Frame went off to A-Class Powdercoaters in Moorabin this morning. I'll report back once I get the finished product in a couple of weeks (they're flat out!) but a few guys on fixed.org.au had good things to say about their work. Decided to colour match as best I could so the powdercoat colour I chose is "Precious Silver Perl". Very similar to the current paint colour.
Decided to powedercoat and not paint. Would have liked to do a more "creative" livery utilising someone like Damhooligan but in the end chose function over form. This bike will be my all weather run around and powders hardiness to take a few knocks won out in the end.
New alloy wheelset is on its way from the US. Postage costs are killer (A$80!!) but patience won me a some new Wienman DP18's (Cheaper Velocity deep V knockoffs) for just $90. That is hundreds less than I could source a similar product from LBS or local ebay. Love that strong aussie dollar!
(generic google images - both my wheels are machined so I can run a fixed/free setup with rear brake)
Still also hoping to get some "Ricardo" & "elite" decals from cyclomondo - and will run with a red/black/silver scheme.
Thats all for now I guess - Pretty keen to start putting it all together. Have some Golden Arrow cranks, going to keep the orignal bottom bracker (still runs smooth!) and have a cool SR (Sakae) Royal seat post. Got a new headset a while back and have some chop & flop bull horns good to go.
Still to source some looooong reach brake callipers & leavers, chain, locking ring & rear cog. Will need tyres & tubes obviously, and thats about it i think. I'll update again in a couple of weeks when I have the frame back and wheels!
Update 25/11: Wheels & Decals
Received the wheels from the US they look awesome, but unfortunatly suffered some minor cosmetic damage to the front rim in transit. The eBay seller has offered to refund $10 which is a nice gesture. I got some red enamel paint from the hobby shop to touch it up but it's not a very good colour match so I'll have to get some white/yellow and try mix the right colour.
Otherwise still waiting to hear back from the powder coater, in the meantime I've re-created (and re-imagined) some decals. Just trying to find someone to produces them (cheaply) is the mission now:
Update 30/11: Waiting & polishing
Still waiting on my frame, it was due last friday so can't be too long. In the intrum I decided to polish up some of the parts I've recycled in the manor documented on this forum. Must say I'm very happy with the result, wonder how long they'll stay this shiny?
Also, introducing my costom Simano "Crimson Arrow" crank set
Also put in an order on wiggle.co.uk for some bits and peices. It is *AMAZING* how much cheaper it is to ship some of these things over from the UK, check out this list:
- 2 of Velox Rim Tape (Narrow (Road))
- 2 of Vittoria Road Inner Tube (700x1923)
- 2 of Vittoria Rubino Road Tyres (700x23)
- 1 of Pro Lite Riscone Cork Bar Tape (Black Carbon)
- 1 of KMC Kool BMX Chain (1/8")
- 1 of Charge Poacher Saddle (Black)
Grand total /w free delivery = AU$100.06 (spend over AU$90 for free delivery)
Haven't found anyone to produce the decals for a reasonable price yet, so that hunt continues.
Update 4/12: Frame's back baby.
Frame is back, and I'm very happy with the job A-Class in Moorabin have done. The colour is not as bright and vibrant as I was hoping, it's a bit flat and plastic-y but thats the difference between a quality spay paint job and powder I suppose. Overall, the still happy.
Since I had some enamel paint left over from the rim touch up I decided to try my hand at some lug line work. The result is not bad for a first effort, not sure I'm 100% in love with the job it may or may not stay (some turps will make short work of it if I decide to wipe it off).
Also confirmed my fears, I do in fact need to find brake calipers with a 70mm reach.
Also had to file back the front-fork dropouts just a touch to get the front axels to fit in. I think I'll also sand the powdercoat off the rear dropouts so I don't have the messy scuffs from adjusting the wheel back and forth. Love the track nuts on these hubs though - they make life much easier!
Update 14/3: Update
Been on the road for a while now, but just today I added a 700c front fork. New fork means I can use a much better brake and it looks heaps petter with the 700c wheels.