Re: [CR]Re:was 1983?? Guess I'm looking for a new preshakedown ride frame prep

Example: Framebuilding:Paint

Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2003 11:39:52 -0700 (PDT)
From: David Feldman <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Re:was 1983?? Guess I'm looking for a new preshakedown ride frame prep
To: Joe Bell <>, "Steven L. Sheffield" <>, Classic Rendezvous <>
In-Reply-To: <002001c32ac0$7ac4a160$>

When I work on a bike with exceptionally nice paint like one customer's Erickson hanging in my shop right now, there's foam rubber pipe insulation on the main tubes--cheap, fits almost everything, easily obtained. I consider it the equivalent of the drapes some car mechanics lay over the front fenders of an auto they have the hood open on.
David Feldman
Vancouver, WA

--- Joe Bell wrote:

> Steven,

\r?\n> I understand your view about this, but nicks,

\r?\n> scratches and other "badges of

\r?\n> honor" are meant to be earned out on the road, not

\r?\n> the result of a mechanic

\r?\n> fumbling with a greasy wrench.

\r?\n> It's aggravating for me to have a customer due to

\r?\n> pick up his high zoot

\r?\n> Candy pearl / fade tiger- striped flame painted

\r?\n> wonder bike in the morning

\r?\n> and the mechanic comes back to my hovel at 4 pm the

\r?\n> day before with a nice

\r?\n> big chip on the top tube and ask "Can you make this

\r?\n> look like it never

\r?\n> happened?"

\r?\n> It's unacceptable in our shop for this to happen,

\r?\n> so our "constructeur"

\r?\n> uses low tack blue painter's masking tape (available

\r?\n> at Home Depot) and runs

\r?\n> a length of this tape on top of the down tube, top

\r?\n> tube, seat stays and

\r?\n> chainstays ( you can also put some on the fork

\r?\n> blades if you wanna be real

\r?\n> safe).

\r?\n> We buy it in 1" and 2" widths for different size

\r?\n> tubes. I've seen him drop

\r?\n> wrenches on the frame from time to time and they

\r?\n> bounce off the tape with no

\r?\n> harm done to the finish underneath. Many headaches

\r?\n> are avoided this way.

\r?\n> When all work is done, simply pull the tape off and

\r?\n> clean any residue with

\r?\n> some Pledge or other mild cleaner. If the paint

\r?\n> comes off with the tape,

\r?\n> THAT is a whole 'nother problem altogether.

\r?\n> Many times people will pick up their bike and remark

\r?\n> that "It's too nice to

\r?\n> ride". I tell them that the bikes are made to be

\r?\n> ridden no matter how

\r?\n> beautiful and to not worry about scratches, because

\r?\n> we won't live long

\r?\n> enough to see these bikes attract insane monetary

\r?\n> value, so enjoy them.

\r?\n> One last note, if your bike does get scratched, put

\r?\n> some kind of paint over

\r?\n> the gumby to seal it from the air. If you don't,

\r?\n> this is where rust will

\r?\n> start to creep in and gradually deteriorate the

\r?\n> area.

\r?\n> I don't care what kind of paint it is, Testors,

\r?\n> fingernail polish or

\r?\n> whatever, just cover any bare metal or primer. Ride

\r?\n> your bike and accept

\r?\n> the nicks and scratches; they all have a story to

\r?\n> tell.


\r?\n> Joe Bell

\r?\n> San Diego

\r?\n> ----- Original Message -----

\r?\n> From: "Steven L. Sheffield" <>

\r?\n> To: "Joe Bell" <>; "Classic

\r?\n> Rendezvous"

\r?\n> <>

\r?\n> Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2003 5:24 AM

\r?\n> Subject: Re: [CR]Re:was 1983?? Guess I'm looking for

\r?\n> a new

\r?\n> preshakedown ride frame prep



\r?\n> > on 06/03/2003 11:29 PM, Joe Bell at

\r?\n> wrote:

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > > Steven wrote:

\r?\n> > > e-RICHIE's gonna hate what I do to JB's paint

\r?\n> job before

\r?\n> > > the frame he builds me ever rolls on pavement.

\r?\n> > >

\r?\n> > > Steven,

\r?\n> > > What ARE you gonna do to the paint job?

\r?\n> > > I wanna know.

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > If I run true to form for every bike I've ever

\r?\n> built up for myself, I'll

\r?\n> > have wrench slip and put a small chip in the paint

\r?\n> ... as I did with both

\r?\n> of

\r?\n> > my Rivendells (1 top tube, 1 seat stay), my

\r?\n> Waterford track bike (chain

\r?\n> > stay), and my Cooper (down tube).

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > While never on purpose, it helps me get over NBS

\r?\n> (new bike syndrome)

\r?\n> really

\r?\n> > quick.

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > NBS defined: "I can't ride that bike, it's new

\r?\n> and will get dirty!!!"

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > If a bike is not pristine, then there's no

\r?\n> disincentive to ride it!

\r?\n> <grin>

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > --

\r?\n> >

\r?\n> > Steven L. Sheffield

\r?\n> > stevens at veloworks dot com

\r?\n> > veloworks at worldnet dot ay tea tee dot net

\r?\n> > bellum pax est libertas servitus est ignoratio vis

\r?\n> est

\r?\n> > ess ay ell tea ell ay kay ee sea aye tee why you

\r?\n> ti ay aitch

\r?\n> > aitch tee tea pea colon [for word] slash [four

\r?\n> ward] slash double-you

\r?\n> > double-yew double-ewe dot veloworks dot com [four

\r?\n> word] slash