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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 4:42 am 
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Hello. I thought Id share some pics of my recent project. Retro bikes was one of the places I came across while researching singlespeed bike conversions, and I love some of the bikes on here. This is my old Giant Atx830 hardtail, this was my first 'proper' mountain bike I ever owned, and has been a faithful steed for over 10 years for me now (I got it new as a birthday present as a teenager). The idea was to simplify the bike and give it a cool retro vibe, but maintain its ride-ability. The look all along was inspired by WWII bombers, but as often happens with these projects ideas varied along the way! Oh yeh, it was built on a budget and it's my first bike build.

Before pics, pretty much a stock 830
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Stripped her down to a frame
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hmmmm, bits
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Started to stip the frame, already got the forks primered
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Every self respecting bomber needs some nose art eh?
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Bars and stem in paint.
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Got the frame primed and painted (all in my hi-tech paint booth :wink: )
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Here it is getting reassembled. I got some old cream tyres off a mate, and loved the look of them. Unfortuneately on closer inspection they were badly cracked and not useable.
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I bought a second hand Azonic shorty stem and Answer Pro Taper bars, after a bit of umming and arrrring, I decided to leave the stem black and colour match the bars. Slung on some Oury grips and the crank arms that were on it, and stole the black seat post and clamp off my Giant Yukon dually.

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Hey, where'd that cable go? Threading the cable though was nowhere as hard as I thought it was going to be. Love that side view of the stem too.
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Ahh, theres the cable
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Clean
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Ground off the teeth on the outer chainring for a smoother look, but thinking I might go to a single chainring. Clipless pedals are what I had on it before
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The original plan called for stencilled 'Giant' text on the frame, but I really like the subtle and clean look of the frame. So Ive decided to just run the pin up girl sticker on the frame as some nose art.

Left side
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Right side
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I also made up some lamintaed spoke cards for the bike as well. These are a tongue in cheek nod to fixie/urban singlespeed culture, and also a good way of having some fun with the military theme. I went down to the local office supplies place and $5 and 20 minutes later I got some spoke cards.

The 'remove before flight' tag and the RAAF roundel are of course nods to the whole bomber theme. The pin up gal is my girlfreind, and is a reference to the pic of the gal back home that many pilots might have had in their cockpits back in WWII. The poppy with the text 'lest we forget' is a tribute to those who sacrificed everything, and a sobreing reminder of the cold reality of war.
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The spoke cards are on the left side, to visually balance the bike, given that the drivetrain is one the right. A nice cooincidence is that it is preferable to wear your remberance day poppy on the left side of your chest so that its closest to your heart.
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Spoke cards are double sided, cause I fgured it'd look silly from the right side with 4 blank white cards I also like how the 4 cards look balanced overall on the wheel.
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Here it is finished

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Some pics from its first decent ride

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:12 am 
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Nicely done, love the color 8)

Little question, what cranks are those?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:47 am 
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Great job :) , that look's far better than it did originaly 8)

Never seen anyone drill a tube to feed a cable through before :shock: , dont think i'd have the bottle to do it, does look very clean though.

Cant help thinking it needs more for the Bomber theme though :? , maybe some stenciled serial numbers or some black camo stripes/patches ?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:06 am 
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That looks ace :D

Doing something similar with my sintesi bazooka, see here:

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=70092

Could do with some noseart too, where did you get it?

Chris.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 1:17 pm 
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Thanks for the props :D

rockshark wrote:
Little question, what cranks are those?


Shimano, year or two old, no idea what range though.

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maybe some stenciled serial numbers or some black camo stripes/patches ?


That was my original plan, but after the frame came out so clean I left it as is. I may add it down the track if I ever get bored with it and want to change the look/update it.

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Could do with some noseart too, where did you get it?


Nice looking project! I actually looked at some second hand bomber forks like yours and though they were perfect - the design of the brace matches the stem really well, and well the name is awesome! :lol: I bought my nose art girls from a vendor at a hot rod show, but you can get them on ebay. This seller (below) does both vinyl and water transfer decals, and will do custom sizes on request (which is great when you're trying to find a suitable decal for a tube on a bike). Check out their other sales for the different designs they have.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Garters-Stockings-Rockabilly-Pinup-Girl-Decals-255_W0QQitemZ250554498683QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar_Accessories?hash=item3a56363e7b


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 10:13 pm 
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I appreciate what you've done, but I would personally add a few more authentic decals to the frame and ditch the cards in the spokes.

Otherwise, hats off to you for daring to be different.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:20 am 
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cool bike, i dont like the cards. love the idea of stencils though. are those holes likely to cause cracks?

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