Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Winter Commuter Project Bike: Day 10

Yesterday I picked my bike up from the powder coating place, and whoo baby! does it look nice. White and shiny! I had the guy who runs R&R make a few touch-ups (mostly taking off the coat where I thought that it might cause trouble, like the fork tube and headset seat ring), but otherwise he did a really good job. The powder coating seems tough and has hidden pretty much all of the gashes and scratches that were in the frame previously. Now I just need to rust-proof the inside of the frame, then I can start strapping on parts.

All the parts, 'after' picture to compare to the one below.

Lugs, painted and pretty
(With some apples and carrots in the background)

I am going to start researching parts more thoroughly this week, and I'm sure I will have questions/ideas posted on here soon. I am sad to see that Sturmey-Archer has not posted any updates on the freewheel version of the kickback hub, which was supposed to be released late October. You can follow their blog yourself here.


  1. Wow, that is pretty! I can't wait to see it all put together.

    I've got my eye on that 2 speed hub, too. Looks like a great tool for Omaha's midtown hills.

  2. Now everyone’s going to see you when you ride down the road with your bike! The finish looks absolutely brilliant! I like the smooth, clean finish they were able to give the frame. I always love using white coating on metals because it’s so easy to spot the dirt and cleaning it off right away. Smart choice, Ben! Enjoy biking!

    [Lonnie Summerall]