Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I picked up the frame, forks & handlebars just yesterday from being detailed and all I can say is WOW!!!. They all look amazing and I cant wait for the clear coat to be done so it can all be assembled. The next posts should be a real treat.

Friday, November 13, 2009

I rode this saddle for a while on my SIX13 and I love how it looks mounted on the Thomson seat pillar so I need to get it redone in white leather. I suppose this makes it the before shot then???

Some goodies have arived in the post which I feel represent the modern side of classic> Thomson masterpiece lay back seat post and matching 2 bolt stem. These are glamorous items that funcion beyond their aprearance. not pictured is the matching Thomson top cap (of coarse).

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Whist I'm waiting for the frame to return from being detailed I thought you should see the bike which caused my desire to build my bike this way.
Thank you to my dear friend Wolf at 'Pista Bikes' together with John who are doing some great things with street fixies, rejuvinated hard collection bikes and single speeds; just a new shop on Toorak rd, Melbourne 03 8866 1877. Call them or stop past to get sorted.

The wheels look fantastic I just love the simplicity.

The rims are Velocity 'Fusion" (aerohead) rims which I purchased as "Clean Extrusion" which meant there were no braking surfaces or colouring. These were taken to Electromould to be Nickle plated but after a brief discusion with the boys I followed their advice to polish them and then clear anodize them.....WOW.... the finish matches perfectly with the rest of the project. Very underrated and NOBODY knows what they are - it's great.

Dura - Ace high flange hubs laced 3X with Sapim C-Xray spokes. (note 14mm alloy nipples)

Frame filled and smoothed by the brilliant Mark at Paconi Racing Frames (there is nothing these guys cant do and do well).

I wanted to get a modern classic look that captured the esence of a true vintage track bike but with components that are respected to create a timeless & classy bike.

I hope it works out as I plan.......

Handlebars??? Waht a problem.. the only bars I liked only came in BLACK.. oh well, off to the polisher with them too.

The frame is had good clean lines which I felt the factory paint did it no justice. The process I undertook to re-flavour it was as follows: glass media blast > full frame polish > brake hole & head badge hole filling > mask & paint > hand detailing then finally a good clear coat.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Well its started


Just so that every one who reads this is on the same page I am planning to catalogue the building progress of my Trek track bike (fixie). I will attach as many references to suppliers, helpers and detailers as I can to help anybody planning to do something similar for themselves.

The canvas of which i am begining my journey with is a late model Trek track frameset (60cm) handbuilt in USA from their ZR9000 aluminium coupled with the factory supplied carbon fork. When working at Melboure Bicycle Centre in Clifton Hill backc in 2007 I was lucky enough to obtain one of these frames as a staff purchase so I chose not to provide costings of the parts but I will cover every cost relating to the preparation and detail that is envolved in creating something special.

I already have many of the parts and the list is as follows:

Frame: Trek track ZR9000 Handbuilt aluminium 2007
Fork: Trek Carbon with aluminium steerer
Headset: Cane creek intergated headset (black)
Cranks: Dura-Ace Track
Bottom Bracket: Dura-Ace
Hubs: Dura-Ace high flange track 32h
Rims: Velocity Aerohead Fusion 32h (clean extrusion)
Spokes: Sapim C-xray with alloy nipples