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PostPosted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:45 pm 
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Im fairly new to retrobike, and recently (kind of) completed my 1st retrobike project, a tatty 03 firemountain i purchased from ebay, built on a tight budget on parts from here, ebay etc.
One of my purchases was a job lot barn find from gumtree for 25 quid, it included a very tatty, Hahanna frame and forks, so i decided to give in to the retrobike bug and started "project two" :wink: :facepalm:

Again it's been a tight budget, and after damaging the paint further (trying to remove the seized seatpost, and it was seized!) and after polishing the aluminium framed firemountain i decided to go raw steel on this one.

Took for her 1st run yesterday, not too far as I had images of me stuck in the middle of the sticks with a pile of metal and handlebars in my hands, I was pleasantly surprised!, no nasty noises or creaks, reminded me of riding my rigid saracen as a kid.

Only problem I have is that I have clown feet and find my toes fouling the front wheel occasionally, other than that really happy :)

Anyway here are some pics, feel free to have a dig, and i know the saddle needs adjusting!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:18 pm 
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Somebody posted a link before on rust inhibitor but can't find it, been using battery terminal protector and its kept it at bay but supplies are getting low, any ideas?


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:31 pm 
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Like that :)

Nice to see something different ... I had thought of lacquer over a bare steel frame but someone said it would just craze ??

Must be something you could use ...


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:32 pm 
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That's a really cool looking build you've got there 8).

Not sure about protecting the bare steel though. Every time I've researched it I've concluded that it's a never ending hopeless cause. I've seen people talk about powder coating for £30, which might be a better option in the long run?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:48 am 
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I really like the look of the raw steel, it looks great. I have had success in just spraying clear over it, it did not "craze" it looks great. Its just clear enamel.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 22, 2013 1:45 am 
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that looks great,
looks like titanium.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:11 pm 
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Cheers for the comments!, I've thought about clearcoating it but wanted to see how I got on without it first, I don't want to paint it as I like the raw look on this bike but if it keeps going rat look ill attempt a rattle can clearcoat. I think the inhibitor was ls1 ? That I was advised on here but can't remember who posted it, they had a link to a cheap supplier!

The bike does ride beautifully, and was surprised by how well it shifted as I'm using a sram attack shifter with a short cage 105 shimano rear mech, it works beautifully and haven't dropped the chain once although I'm still looking to add a chain guide.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:34 pm 
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I too am planning on going raw steel on a bike of mine, I will probably clear it because I just dont want to worry about it rusting. I think sandblast, then hit it with some gritty sandpaper to give it that rough look, then clear over that.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:00 pm 
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Sounds like a plan! I used a combo of a wire wheel, sandpaper and wire wool, wasn't that bad. I clearcoated the forks originally but didnt like the look as much a treated raw steel, may have to settle for that though


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:09 am 
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Someone on here had a kona stripped then had it done with a clear coat with meta flake ?? It looked the biz... Sure it was an Explosif .. 8)


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