Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Colnago Conversion part 3

Part 1
Part 2

Well the conversion is changing into more of a restoration. This Colnago frame technically has all the aspect of a cyclocross bike now (rear width for a cross tire, and cantilever brake mounts), now its just piecing it together and restoring this forgotten and abused frame into something wonderful.

Today, I removed more powdercoat from the fork crown and dropouts. Because this fork was once all chrome, the dropouts are still chromed, so I will leave those chromed areas as well as the fork crown unpainted. Basically, my plan is to clean up the areas of the frame and fork that I dont want the powdercoater to powdercoat.

These areas will then get masked off and the rest of the bike will be PC'ed white. The pantographs on the frame are begging to be accented, so I am in the process of choosing an accent color. Thus far, I'm thinking blue or red. Below is a rough photoshop mockup of what I'm thinking the fork will look like when complete with the red accent.

The chrome on the dropouts is in better condition than that on the crown, which kinda sucks, but guess thats life. The dropouts are stamped Brevetto Colnago. It'll be nice to not have the dropouts on the front or the rear powdercoated as this way the skewer wont tear up the paint in those areas.

stay tuned for part 4...


Zoo said...

Wow, this is awesome, I would love to learn how to do all this one day, it is truly a gift to be able to pull something like this off. Can't wait to see more!!

Jeremy Burlingame said...

Hey, thanks man. Yeah I wouldnt say its all that hard, but you kinda do have to not which end is up and have some sort of vision for the project. I think the key to making something like this work is just a lot of fore-thought to what you see the end result being and then doing whatever you can do in order to make that happen.

Justin said...

very cool. cant wait to see the finish product!