The Pimping of my Fixie

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JoTheBuilder
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Postby JoTheBuilder » 19 Nov 2012, 18:46

A lot of you would know my purple fixie that has now been through 2 fixie centuries as well as numerous Waterfall rides and the commute to work. The fixie was assembled last year and incorporates the advice and parts from a number of DHBC members including:
1. A 1996 Hillbrick frame (found by Stuart)
2. Velocity Rims (recommended by Simon Llewellyn)
3. Second hand handlebars (provided by Lizanne)
4. Assembled by Deus Ex Machina (completed by Aimee)
5. Sram Red Brakes (installed by Christian) to take on Macquarie Pass



As I can't ride a frame that Christian has made (due to insurance reasons), and I'm renovating this year so can't buy a new bike, I've decided to pimp up the fixie instead. The paint on the frame was looking pretty rough, so, with Christian's new air brush kit, we (he) thought we would improve it's look by stripping the original paint and spraying a new colour scheme. Here are the results.

Attacked by an oxy torch to remove the road braze ons as I intend for this bike to remain a fixie. There was a lot more paint that originally thought so the stripping of the paint took longer than anticipated:




Bare frame. Once stripped, a dent in the top tube was uncovered that would have occurred during manufacture given it had been filled and painted over. You can't quite make it out in the photo:


Silver basecoat. This is a high metal metallic basecoat that will shine through the 'candy red' top coat to 'sparkle' in the sun:


Badass flames:


Candy red:


You can just make out the flames here and the metallic silver can just be seen coming through the head tube. This has also had 2 coats of clear top coat sprayed to give it it's 'shininess'...


The red is curing. Watch this space for the final bike in all its glory...

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Postby marc2131 » 20 Nov 2012, 08:28

Woah. Nice job.
Are you planning to replace the 'Hillbrick' decals or do u have something else in mind?

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Postby christian » 20 Nov 2012, 12:46

Not putting any decals on the frame, they would have needed to go under the clear coat and I don't feel like putting any more paint on it....

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Postby Lizanne » 20 Nov 2012, 15:58

Slacker, but it looks really good. I didn't think you could pimp that fixie more than it already was

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Postby rhys » 20 Nov 2012, 20:11

I love threads like this - looks ace!

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Postby timyone » 21 Nov 2012, 08:00

Lol yeah I thought it looked pretty good to start with! Nice flames!

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Postby Lizanne » 21 Nov 2012, 08:10

next time you pimp it, you gotta get Christian to put track drop outs on.

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Postby christian » 21 Nov 2012, 08:17

I did think about this as well as respacing the rear triangle for a 120mm wheel but ended up leaving it as is. I think its a 127mm spaced frame, don't want to bend it now as I may crack the paint.

Changing to track drop outs may not have ended up looking all that good as I doubt they would have been the same stay angle so the seat stay may not have exited at the correct angle.

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Postby wallman » 21 Nov 2012, 10:21

Zero-setback seatpost please.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 21 Nov 2012, 10:37

The photo of the fixie at the start was actually taken the day I picked it up from Deus. Rest assured the seat was one of the first things to move before I rode it. :oops:

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Postby shrubb face » 21 Nov 2012, 11:55

Can i request different bars? Those ones are a little ugly...

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 21 Nov 2012, 13:04

Colour or style? Either way, I have new Easton bars and new bar tape. The current bars are too uncomfortable to sit in the drops.
http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=47041

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Postby shrubb face » 21 Nov 2012, 13:13

Style. But given you already have a replacement set, I retract my original comment :)

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Postby jbcow » 21 Nov 2012, 20:55

This is an excellent project. Keen to see finished product.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 22 Nov 2012, 12:10

Should be up this weekend!

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Postby Peter T » 22 Nov 2012, 14:15

Gold wheels, Red Candy with a FLAME JOB!!!

Bring on the weekend.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 02 Dec 2012, 19:09

The finished product... Will have quite an impact in the sun. The photo doesn't really do it justice. Keep an eye out for me at Saturday Slowies this weekend!


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Postby Stuart » 02 Dec 2012, 19:17

lovely but would have liked to have seen the Hillbrick name on it still ....

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Postby Rainbow » 02 Dec 2012, 19:37

Yay!!! So pretty :)
What's her name?

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Postby Bill K CX » 02 Dec 2012, 19:40

We might all need Solar Filters for our eyes 8-) like in the recent solar eclipse

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