Oct 242011
 

I got the frame and fork back from the powder coaters just in time for the weekend so I spent Saturday reassembling the bike. I love the way the finish come out. Even though I know it is stronger than paint I was still afraid of scratching and chipping. After several slips with wrenches I was convinced the finish was on there for good and would provide plenty of protection from the road and weather.

Assembly went off without a hitch. Had to replace one damaged brake cable but other than that a good cleaning is all that was needed for the parts that were to be reused. I think the wheels need to be trued, never tried it so maybe I’ll just let the shop handle that job. There is not much else to say besides how happy I am with how the bike looks and I just wish Powder Coating was a little less expensive.

Cost Breakdown:

  • Bike – Free, thanks to my uncle
  • Powder Coating – $206
  • Tool Kit – $45 but reusable
  • Seat – $29
  • Bottom Bracket – $13
  • Grip Tape – $5
  • Brake Cable – $3

Such a nice clean looking and uncluttered bike if I do say so myself. Next bike will have to be a fixed gear bike, but I think I’m supposed to build a poker table first. Maybe I’ll post that project here too even though it has nothing to do with transportation.

 Posted by at 3:56 pm