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Old 03-05-11, 10:19 AM
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By nachomanh at 2010-11-09

Some very loud handlebar tape.
What was your experience working with Bill Holland? Did you think of using Joe Bell to add some color to your frame?
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Have you added a splash of color to perk up/accent the [dreary] grey that is Ti? Maybe a powder-coated fork, or even painting the frame...not necessarily the whole frame? There's only so much that changing handlebar tape can do.

Looking for suggestions for a possible Salsa Fargo Ti build.
Thanks!
On my 96 Litespeed Classic, I am into changing the bartape, seat, tires to my colors. Maybe stickers and seatpost to different colors too. But the frame will stay the same..

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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I've gone with green accents on my titanium bicycle. I have a green Brooks saddle, and a green Carradice Pendle, and when the bicycle is complete, it will have a green fork and green handlebar tape. We've got the paint and tape already, it's just a matter of me switching to another bicycle to ride so the work can be done.
Do you have a pic? I am starting the process of a custom Ti frame from Seven and want a bit of color with bare metal.
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Originally Posted by Ride for Pizza View Post
Do you have a pic? I am starting the process of a custom Ti frame from Seven and want a bit of color with bare metal.

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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Look at the date of the thread before you post. The thread died 10 years ago and doesn’t need to be raised from the dead. Start a new thread.
I saw the date, it's an old post, but obviously not dear and buried. I don't want to start a new thread asking for that specific picture.
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Originally Posted by Ride for Pizza View Post
Do you have a pic? I am starting the process of a custom Ti frame from Seven and want a bit of color with bare metal.
Are you aware that you have a ti builder right in your backyard? The Cerakote was applied in Sellinsgrove, which is that all that far from Harrisburg. Anodized finish is also an option.


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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Are you aware that you have a ti builder right in your backyard? The Cerakote was applied in Sellinsgrove, which is that all that far from Harrisburg. Anodized finish is also an option.


I am, and I reached out. Last update I got was that I was on the waitlist (probably a few months) to get into the queue which would be an additional 12-24 months. I love the work I have seen by Engin but the bike I was riding got totaled, so the prospect of waiting 2+ years is tough.
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Old 11-23-21, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Have you added a splash of color to perk up/accent the [dreary] grey that is Ti? Maybe a powder-coated fork, or even painting the frame...not necessarily the whole frame? There's only so much that changing handlebar tape can do.

Looking for suggestions for a possible Salsa Fargo Ti build.
Thanks!
Since the dominant color on my unpainted Litespeed is yellow (the large downtube decals), I went with yellow as the color theme - yellow/black Rubino Pro tires, yellow/black "splash" bar tape, yellow Jagwire cable set. At one point, I had a nice yellow/black Selle Italia MaxFlite saddle, but it wore out and NOS replacements on eBay were crazy money, so a plain black Max Flite will do. No pics handy, alas.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
The Cerakote was applied in Sellinsgrove, which is that all that far from Harrisburg.
Do you know the name of the business that did the coating?
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Old 11-23-21, 11:53 AM
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Do you know the name of the business that did the coating?
www.paintbytodd.com
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Originally Posted by Ride for Pizza View Post
I am, and I reached out. Last update I got was that I was on the waitlist (probably a few months) to get into the queue which would be an additional 12-24 months. I love the work I have seen by Engin but the bike I was riding got totaled, so the prospect of waiting 2+ years is tough.
Shame. I suspect it's a parts issue. If you saw his display at the Philly Bike Expo you probably saw the bike he's been building for my ex. We saw the frame at the shop over the summer after it had been partially welded. Problem is that he cannot get the high end SRAM group she wants. Mine is 2016 vintage. Present to myself for paying off the mortgage in only 11 years. No parts shortages back then. His shop is amazing. It's in his parents' former carpet cleaning business. He has a different machine for each part of the bike. One of his lathes is from the Department of the Navy. And he makes his own dropouts now with the CNC mill he acquired around the time he was building my frame.
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Old 11-23-21, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Litespud View Post
Since the dominant color on my unpainted Litespeed is yellow (the large downtube decals), I went with yellow as the color theme - yellow/black Rubino Pro tires, yellow/black "splash" bar tape, yellow Jagwire cable set. At one point, I had a nice yellow/black Selle Italia MaxFlite saddle, but it wore out and NOS replacements on eBay were crazy money, so a plain black Max Flite will do. No pics handy, alas.
Good lord this is old. I was skinnier, had more hair, and fewer dogs back then. I never did the Salsa Ti build. I got a steel Salsa. Still have it. It's a tank that fits me wonderfully. However, I have essentially gone recumbent. My uprights sit getting dusty. C'est la vie.
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Old 11-23-21, 12:50 PM
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Since the OP is back, I thought I'd share my story. I've got two custom ti's from the same builder 2008 and 2011. First one I had painted red. Red forks and frame back to just behind the brake bridge and chainstay support. A black panel on the DT with red builders name. Simply because I always wanted a red bike. Second ti has a red painted fork. The rest is the builder's brushed ti.

I am hard on finishes. Somewhat clumsy and bikes will always be tools for me. I've dabbed pant into several paint chips on the red bike. Not perfect but the chips no longer scream at me. The builder has refurbished the ti on the second bike at least once; putting on new decals. Overall the work to keep them good looking is near a toss. The first bike stands out in a crowd. The second bike is considerably harder to find.

I look at ti as just another metal like steel or aluminum except - you do not have to paint it. There are places for the color "cloud flat grey". Between winters in Ann Arbor and years in the PNW, I've gotten to know that grey really well. But I only need so much of it in my garage.
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i like the look of the early nineties —-

battleship grey brushed Ti with anodized accessories.

recently refurbished my old Ti bike - it was originally painted but i stripped it to reveal the dull gray underneath (the chai stays are still polished, but I did not bother to touch them)
It was honestly the plan to source the anodized bits n pieces to color coordinate it, but it seemed like stuff like that was a lot easier to fuss with when i was younger

The folks making quality anodized stuff (Ringle’ Control Tech, Cook Bros, Pauls etc) have gone out of business so you’re stuck looking for good condition old parts or getting creative
i’d rather be riding- but those art projects are fun to look at
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
i like the look of the early nineties —-

battleship grey brushed Ti with anodized accessories.

recently refurbished my old Ti bike - it was originally painted but i stripped it to reveal the dull gray underneath (the chai stays are still polished, but I did not bother to touch them)
It was honestly the plan to source the anodized bits n pieces to color coordinate it, but it seemed like stuff like that was a lot easier to fuss with when i was younger

The folks making quality anodized stuff (Ringle’ Control Tech, Cook Bros, Pauls etc) have gone out of business so you’re stuck looking for good condition old parts or getting creative
i’d rather be riding- but those art projects are fun to look at
there are tons of anodized bits available today, from a ton of different brands. I think more today than in the ‘90s.

Also, Paul Component are still around; I’ve got their Boxcar stem and Tall & Handsome seatpost adding flair to my Ti rig:



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A company near me does mirror polishing on Ti bikes. I would love to have my Litespeed polished up but think it might be a nightmare trying to keep it looking good.

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A company near me does mirror polishing on Ti bikes. I would love to have my Litespeed polished up but think it might be a nightmare trying to keep it looking good.

Uh Oh ! I didnt need to see that-- they are close enough for me to pay a visit while in the area doing some MTB'ing --- That would certainly add some pop to this thing. I hate to admit to laziness though, but this darn thing works so well right now i almost wouldnt want to disassemble it



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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
there are tons of anodized bits available today, from a ton of different brands. I think more today than in the ‘90s.

Also, Paul Component are still around; I’ve got their Boxcar stem and Tall & Handsome seatpost adding flair to my Ti rig:

I guess i didnt look hard enough -- You sir , are costing me money ! LOL

Ooooops - everything sold out at Pauls. But i still havent seen much outside of Alibaba and Amazon type stuff . Your bike looks great BTW !

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Originally Posted by cyclezealot View Post
Brushed Ti... Sort of cries out... Lamborghini DeLorean of the bike world...
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Originally Posted by skijor View Post
Have you added a splash of color to perk up/accent the [dreary] grey that is Ti? Maybe a powder-coated fork, or even painting the frame...not necessarily the whole frame? There's only so much that changing handlebar tape can do.

Looking for suggestions for a possible Salsa Fargo Ti build.
Thanks!
The most beautiful frame I have ever seen was a Ti RANS Stratus that had translucent metal flake paint.
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
I guess i didnt look hard enough -- You sir , are costing me money ! LOL

Ooooops - everything sold out at Pauls. But i still havent seen much outside of Alibaba and Amazon type stuff . Your bike looks great BTW !
Thanks! I actually have other purple anodized bits on it now, including a seat collar from Engin and derailleur pulley wheels from JRC Components.

I don’t know what you’re looking for, but you can get ano’d stuff like stems and seatposts from well-known brands like KCNC, Tune, Woodman, and Hope Tech, who also do ano disc rotors. Anodized chainrings chainrings from Absolute Black and Gabaruk; chainring bolts, seat clamps, headset spacers from Wolftooth; ano hubs, headsets, bottom brackets and axles from Chris King; more hubs, headsets and seat clamps from Phil Wood and White Industries; bottle cages from Supacaz and Silca; cranks and brakes from LitePro; all the water bottle cage bolts and headset caps you can stand from Kustom Caps, and colorful pedal options from Xpedo.

I’ve got, on this and other bikes, ano bits like barrel adjusters, disc and cassette lockrings, handlebars, brake calipers, cranks, brake levers, GoPro and compiter mounts.

Really, there are so many options for anodized color bits, don’t blame me if your bike winds up looking like a Christmas tree!

Back in ‘93, I ordered a Fat Chance Yo Eddy! Team frameset and had to custom polish cranks, seatpost, stem, bar ends and rims to get the gold look I wanted to go with the metal flake purple frame. It came out fantastically— too good, even; it was targeted for theft within two months— but would be much easier to do similar today because of the growth of the bike industry.
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One thing to think about is the inherent flexibility of titanium and its effect on paint.

Many years ago, a customer at a shop I worked for brought in a painted titanium bike that was showing cracks at the driveside bottom bracket/chainstay weld. In order to determine if it was just the paint cracking as a result of frame flex or if it was actually a frame crack, he ended up having to strip the paint in that area. Fortunately, it turned out to be the paint, but stripping it ruined the look of the bike.

I've always assumed that this was the reason ti frames are usually unpainted.
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One thing to think about is the inherent flexibility of titanium and its effect on paint.

Many years ago, a customer at a shop I worked for brought in a painted titanium bike that was showing cracks at the driveside bottom bracket/chainstay weld. In order to determine if it was just the paint cracking as a result of frame flex or if it was actually a frame crack, he ended up having to strip the paint in that area. Fortunately, it turned out to be the paint, but stripping it ruined the look of the bike.

I've always assumed that this was the reason ti frames are usually unpainted.
Hmm. I wouldn’t think that’s the reason. Lots of stuff that flexes around a lot more than a Ti bike frame gets painted, like coil-over springs on car shocks.

The reason Ti often goes unpainted is purely for aesthetics, IMO, a way to distinguish and make special the material.
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Lots of stuff that flexes around a lot more than a Ti bike frame gets painted, like coil-over springs on car shocks.
True, although springs are often powder coated.

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The reason Ti often goes unpainted is purely for aesthetics, IMO, a way to distinguish and make special the material.
That's probably one reason, but paint can chip more readily on titanium; it requires some kind of etching primer to get paint to adhere well.
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How's the Cerokote holding up, Mr. Indyfabz? Any cracking?
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