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hello, my name is al. i make music by myself and with a band called the fictive kinship. i work in an office in london on railway related stuff and cycle to work every day. i love cooking, swimming and riding my bike all over london. i try to eat well, write good songs and not drink too much. i don't always succeed.

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i'm turning my genesis flyer fixed wheel road bike into a "plantation owner" style retro beauty. here's the state of play as of this morning:

frame stripped of all parts, sanded down to remove decals that were under a clear coat, rubbed down all over, cleaned, dried and masked. this process alone has taken several weeks in several stages. here's a tip for you, don't strip a white bike of it's clear coat, rub it down and THEN remove the very very dirty chain. it took me hours to get the thousands of ingrained oil stains off the porous white base-coat. anyway, having got all that sorted i resprayed it white. did three coats last night with the frame hanging from a branch of a bush outside the front door. another rub down to remove any stray drips or build up then i reckon another couple of light coats tonight, a clear coat or two and the frame will be done. if it's dry enough for spraying tonight i hope to be back on the road by tomorrow evening.

some of the bits i've accumulated over the last six months:

- brooks swift brown leather saddle that looks like a shiny new conker

- some chrome retro track style handlebars and handily short (and cheap) chrome riser stem.

- brooks brown leather bar tape (complete with cork bar-plugs).

- some nice puncture proof tyres that i've had had on standby for months.

I've cleaned and set aside all the existing parts that are going back on too.

that lot should get it riding really well and looking largely the part.

oh and to complete the whole modern/retro hybrid look i'm after some of those lightweight clip-on mudguards for winter.

can't wait to get this done and back on the road.

9th Sep 2008, 09:23   | tags:,,,

Geodyne says:

Ooh, such promise.

And is that a Brooks Brothers saddle? Are you planning to ride the rivets?

9th Sep 2008, 10:09

living in hilly pembrokeshire, I completely fail to undertand the point of things without gears, and no, I don't want an explanation, I'll live with my assumption that you are completely gaga. I do however understand the desire for a nice unique custom build. Good on you sir! There is no easy way to clean a chain, get a good degreaser and a stiff brush! I love those bars very much, and look forward to the finished result. I myself will be embarking on a custom project over the next year, all will be revealed as it happens! You haven't mentioned wheels - not going for the retro look there?

9th Sep 2008, 20:09

dookerdoo says:

yo para. fair enough. there's not many hills in london so fixed seems to work really well here. i've learned the hard way to avoid highgate west hill and muswell hill. the clue's in the name with those two. everything else is no problem. you just dig in and sweat it out.

i've not thought about replacing the wheels just yet. money's pretty tight on this project and most of my budget has gone on the brooks to be honest. besides the stock ones are pretty good and still true and ding-free. i'll be looking out for something chrome and shiny towards the end of the year probs. any recomendations?

9th Sep 2008, 22:14

not my end of the market really, retro stuff, but if you find the appropriate rims/hubs I'd be happy to do you a custom hand-build!

10th Sep 2008, 07:27

by the way, those clip-on mudguards are pretty useless, according to the reports I've heard - I was looking to get some for the road bike bike, but everyone counselled against it.

10th Sep 2008, 07:29

dookerdoo says:

very kind of you dude. progress report coming tonight. all cleaned up and with new bontranger hard cases on the stock wheels look pretty good tho as it happens. cheers. a.

10th Sep 2008, 19:47

i have bonty hardcases on my mtb, they're ace tyres.

10th Sep 2008, 20:26

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