Single speed build project: The frame part 1

Things have been a bit quiet, too quiet, on my front with the build. That's largely down to me doing an about-turn on the paint job.
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Momsen STR 29 fresh out the box

My frame of choice was, and still is, a Momsen STR 29. The idea was to strip it down and do spray it a mint/celeste colour and match that with silver kit, brown saddle and brown grips to complete the 'classic look'. I bought a Nukeproof stem, handlebar and seatpost from the kind folks at Dial'd Bikes along with some finishing kit from Cycle Factory to complete the look.

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The original idea/inspiration

I managed to track down the spray painter who does all Vespa's work and was about to go ahead when I realised that I've been wanting to go with racing colours for a while and that this was the best opportunity to do just that. After several nights spent on Google Images I narrowed it down to Martini Racing or Gulf Oil paint schemes. I've always been a fan of racing cars in their colours and quite like the bright look.

In my search I stumbled upon a Martini Racing Specialized Shiz and got a lot of inspiration from the effort and attention to detail that went into it. The guy had custom decals made and went through a lot effort to get the exact look he was looking for. Full details can be viewed here.

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Slick custom Martini paint job on a Specialized Shiz

Unfortunately with the narrower round tubing of steel I had less profile to work with. During this time I was looking around The Hub to try and find a spray painter who is a resident Hubber that I could ask to help with the project rather than just a random company or guy. It was at this stage that Wayne posted a thread to auction one of his bikes for a worthy cause. I amazed to see the detailing on the frame and the quality of the work. Imagine my surprise when I made contact only to discover Anton (BogusOne) works and stays around the corner from me. One phone call later and the ball was rolling

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Picture of the custom spray job Anton did for Wayne and was being auctioned here.

I emailed him pictures of my two ideas and after a conversation or two we decided it would be best to go with the Gulf colours. I was just happy I found someone who was almost just as excited as me to work on this project. Anton collected the frame from me one Friday afternoon after work and by the Monday he emailed me the first updates. Inspiration for the look comes from a track frame that was resprayed in the Gulf colours.

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Gulf racing inspiration

At this stage the frame is in his hands and updates on the progress of it has been coming through thick and fast. In terms of the other custom jobs, the saddle and grips will still be covered by Velo Brien, but now I need to replace what I had in mind for the build kit with matte black items. I have bought a Surly Karate Monkey fork from Grant Usher, but I'm thinking of replacing that with a carbon fork as I'm not going with a classic look anymore.

The frame is in the middle of undergoing the transformation, and has made some considerable progress.

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Paint stripper applied, no going back now.

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Close up of the work of the stripper

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Frame stripped down to bare metal

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Epoxy primer applied. Looking clean and ready for some colour.

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From left: The first colour laid down for pin-striping; the frame sprayed white agin to cover the excess blue, the masking visible in the photo is for the logos to come; base layer for the orange. It will receive a much brighter orange over the base layer. The reason for that is the orange is a bit transparent and does not cover too well if sprayed on its own. If you look closely you will notice the vinyl stencil laid down for the pinstripe.

Check out the other instalments: The Idea, The build kit part 1, The frame part 2.






43 Comments

Tractor, Apr 17 2014 10:38

The Vespa colour you were originally after - it's called Baccarat.

A pic of my 2003 ET4

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rouxtjie, Apr 17 2014 10:54

Awesome fred

Out of interest...what steel tubing is the momsen made from?

I am a sucker for a good retro singlespeed.

Iwan Kemp, Apr 17 2014 11:44

Awesome fred

Out of interest...what steel tubing is the momsen made from?

I am a sucker for a good retro singlespeed.

From Reynolds' site
http://reynoldstechn...terials_525.php

COLD-WORKED CHROME-MOLY STEEL

With similar properties to our original 531 brand alloy. For cycling, these are mandrel butted for accurate profiles, and available in a wide range of shapes. Weight savings from butting provide competitively priced, light framesets. The Reynolds "520" range uses the same alloy, made under license for us in Taiwan and subject to the same quality standards.

Reynolds 525 range can be used for sports car chassis, suspension units, motorcycle race frames etc. in welded and fillet-brazed structures.

Why it works:
UTS: 700-900 MPa, density 7.78gm/cc

The same 0.30% carbon steel chemistry as our 725 range but without the heat-treatment process. The strength and ductility can be varied by cold-working and normalizing if required.

Beattbox, Apr 17 2014 11:51

Very nice! Anton has just done my road bike frame and did a fantastic job. Your frame is in good hands.

rouxtjie, Apr 17 2014 11:51

From Reynolds' site
http://reynoldstechn...terials_525.php

COLD-WORKED CHROME-MOLY STEEL

With similar properties to our original 531 brand alloy. For cycling, these are mandrel butted for accurate profiles, and available in a wide range of shapes. Weight savings from butting provide competitively priced, light framesets. The Reynolds "520" range uses the same alloy, made under license for us in Taiwan and subject to the same quality standards.

Reynolds 525 range can be used for sports car chassis, suspension units, motorcycle race frames etc. in welded and fillet-brazed structures.

Why it works:
UTS: 700-900 MPa, density 7.78gm/cc

The same 0.30% carbon steel chemistry as our 725 range but without the heat-treatment process. The strength and ductility can be varied by cold-working and normalizing if required.

Schweeeet. Very cool.

Reynold or OX Platinum....really the best.

Hairy, Apr 17 2014 11:52

Nice work guys, looking forwards to the journey to a finishes product!

Brogue, Apr 17 2014 12:37

The Vespa colour you were originally after - it's called Baccarat.

A pic of my 2003 ET4


Very similar to Bianchi's classic CK colour.

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rock, Apr 17 2014 01:30

cool, whats happening with the fork and the lack of front brake......?

Deep Section, Apr 21 2014 10:04

Schweeeet. Very cool.

Reynold or OX Platinum....really the best.

really? why?

Iwan Kemp, Apr 22 2014 09:18

cool, whats happening with the fork and the lack of front brake......?


Fork should be here today or tomorrow. Then it will go off to BogusOne for a lick of paint.

rock, Apr 22 2014 09:26

can you elaborate on what fork you've chosen?

RodTi, Apr 23 2014 01:43

This is awesome.

rock, Apr 24 2014 01:51

this is starting to go slower than my build........where the pics at??

Iwan Kemp, May 06 2014 11:42

can you elaborate on what fork you've chosen?

this is starting to go slower than my build........where the pics at??


I've bought a Rapide Pitchfork. Very happy. It's with BogusOne at the moment for a lick of paint. Then...we cab FINALLY start building.

Iwan Kemp, May 24 2014 01:48

Right. Sheesh. Seems the fewer the gears, the longer the build! Frame and fork has been delivered, working on the next installment and should have it all build up and ready to ride in a week(-ish).

BogusOne has done a killer job on the paint job. Couldn't be happier with his creative input as well as how nice it's come out.

DJR, May 24 2014 02:55

How on earth have I missed this until now? Dof! Keep it coming Iwan.

Iwan Kemp, May 24 2014 03:03

:D

There's more here:

https://www.bikehub....-the-idea-r1202

and here

https://www.bikehub....it-part-1-r1249

with the best yet to come

Hairy, May 24 2014 03:38

.........can't wait a week for this build....come on man.....

Iwan Kemp, May 24 2014 04:31

.........can't wait a week for this build....come on man.....


Just finished crawling around a warehouse floor to take some pics...we're getting there

Iwan Kemp, May 24 2014 04:43

Here's a sneak peak

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DJR, May 24 2014 05:40

Here's a sneak peak


Comedian! :D

rock, May 26 2014 10:10

at this rate my bike will be finished before yours...and the paint is still factory.

c'mon.....bring it.

Hairy, May 26 2014 10:13

Here's a sneak peak

Posted Image

what you smoking Crow ...... :eek:

rock, May 26 2014 11:20

pics are in tweeta :whistling:

but.......the light is atrocious and it has nothing bolted to it!

Hairy, May 26 2014 12:26

pics are in tweeta :whistling:

but.......the light is atrocious and it has nothing bolted to it!

tweety bird username or link please?