It has been a whirlwind of activity here trying to master the art of powder coating as well as building frames and taking orders.Â Â The problem with contracting out the powder coating is that most of the existing businesses have only basic powder coating abilities.Â I wanted to be able to recreate finishes as well as Stefan has done for me in the past but with extra toughness.Â After many many hours of experimentation I feel that we are at that high level of quality and toughness.
This in the first customer bike powder coated here.Â It is single speed version of the geared mtb I built for Paul at the end of the summer. Â Â There is a previous post with a picture of that bike.Â This bike has a gloss black base powder, charcoal flames, and clear powder top coat.Â Pretty and very tough.
Pete’s touring frame has been built for a while and waiting for powder.Â This is the same powder the US military uses on their equipment.Â Â It is extremely tough.Â We tried chemically stripping a sample with no luck.Â This bike is being assembled with a Rohloff and mainly silver components.
Jay came and picked up his club bike last Friday.Â We packed up the bike for its flight home to Jordan.Â One of the concerns he had was the amount of sand blowing around in the wind.Â He will have to experiment with some different chain lubes.
I have also been working on Paul’s ti TT/road bike.Â The frame has the ti version of the S+S couplers.Â The lock nut is stainless and the couplers are made of titanium. Â
Â Paul’s frame is now ready for some finishing and cable guides.Â Most of the parts are here so it should be assembled shortly.