Hey Niel, How you doing mate?
well, I do like silver,and would leave it near original colour,
I though with gun metal, decals replicated as is, and predominately black components it could be a stealth bohemoth,
is it a crime to powder coat if intending to really use it?
some of the modern paint refurbs are a lot less mark resistant the the original
I'm good thanks.
As far as I'm concerned, it's your bike, so you can build it the way you choose, I know I always do.
Powder coat: I always feel that a hand made or high quality frame deserves good paint, although, there are some matsers of the art of powder coating, so I guess a lot depends on who does the work.
Here's my example of silver and black; a mix of new running gear and age related parts. It rides like a dream.
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