It’s only taken four months and two paint jobs, but I finally got my commuter bike going yesterday.
I picked up a mystery ‘Italian’ frame for a hundy off Tradme a while back. It’s still a mystery frame, but a nice one. All the lugs are Cinelli and it looks to be a mixture of Columbus SL and Genius tubing. ‘R.BOYD’ is stamped on the BB shell, but no one knows who that is.
I had Arcro Powdercoaters on the North Shore do an experimental paint job for me. It turned out nothing like what I asked for, but looks cool anyway. It’s a layer of candy blue clearcoat with silver sprayed on top at the powder stage and the two colours baked together. It’s as sparkly as a disco ball, weirdly textured and slightly translucent — you can see the brazing in places through the paint. Constructivist as.
I wound up getting that fork for it (get it), but I might chuck the original fork back on because it’s a bit steep and twitchy. The stem is a Kelly Bikes cromo one that I had painted to match the frame. The wheels are Chris King and Mavic OP. Alister Worrall sold me his old Sram Rival Wi-Fli climber kit for a bargain, so it’s got heaps of easy gears on the back (11-32! MEGA RANGE). The crankset is a LAF Italian set up from FRM. It’s all scandium and titanium — weight weeeeenies!
The bars are those comfy Humpbert jobs and the brake levers are some Dia Compe numbers with the built in finger grips that Tim gave me.
Completing it all is an old Controltech post (I’ve run on almost every bike I’ve owned in the last 6 years) and a nice new/old flite saddle.
Mods to come: original fork back in, Carradice Camper-C saddle bag, Soma front rack, Skulls Modz steering stabliser, suspension seatpost …
Thanks to Tim White, Teva (for the brakes) and Josca.
Cyclocross bike next.