I’ll Paint It Later

Okay, so it has been a while.

As a peace offering to my usual audience, the spam bots and random folks who land on this page as a result of a really misdirected Google search, I offer pictures of my latest project.

Behold, Bike Number 5.  A lugged steel fixed gear frameset.

number5-12The Details:

Columbus Chromor tube set, oversize (Schwinn used to use this on some of its touring bikes).

Short point “bikini” lugs

Paragon Machine Works rear track drop outs

Steel, straight legged fork, aero cross section

Hidden rear brake cable (in the top tube)

Geometry – 55cm top and seat tubes, 74 degree head and seat tube, 39 degree offset fork.

More Details:


“Ass Harpoon” seat stay caps.


IRD “Defiant Crank Set – 144mm bolt circle, 1/8 inch pitch, 46 tooth ring

Paint: unpainted for now, but I already have the paint sitting in my garage.  Roth Metalflake “Custard Pie”.

So, how does it ride?

I put about 100 miles on it last week, riding back and forth to work.

One word: smooth.

Another word: fast.

This is a good one.




6 Responses to “I’ll Paint It Later”

  1. 1 Touch0Gray
    September 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    fixed or SS ?

    • September 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Fixed. I still run a back brake because (1) I might go single speed at some point, and (2) I am chicken. I had a “brown pants moment” a while back when I was running just a front brake on one of my fixies. I had a blow out up front in a ticklish situation. Made stopping interesting.

  2. 3 Alfredo Voysest
    September 2, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Love it!!!, don’t paint, just a clear coat and done.

    • September 2, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      I know what you mean. I’ve tried clear coating bare steel with regular clear, and it just doesn’t work worth a damn. I got a couple of months out of it before it developed more surface rust under the clear. It all had to come off. Actually, the best was just simply wiping the bike down with WD-40 every couple of days. It looked really cool, but I’m lazy and wiping it down all the time got old after a while. There is a product by Eastwood that is used to preserve “Patina” on old hot rods that might work. Maybe my next bike. Plus, I’ve already got the paint sitting in my garage….

  3. 5 Roger Curtis
    September 2, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    So when will you start taking orders, Gregg?


    • September 3, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Goose! How the hell are ya?

      Orders? Man… Maybe when I retire. I’d need to get some insurance so I wouldn’t lose my ass if someone biffed on one of my bikes and was looking for a payday. We’re funny that way down here in the Lower 48.

      Plus I work too damn slow.


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