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Progress with my 1st fixie:(7 posts)

Progress with my 1st fixie:TUT2222
Jan 14, 2004 7:26 PM
Got my frame painted finally, by a friend. Made the decals myself, except for the Made in Italy sticker, and the whole frame is clearcoated. Having the BB and headset installed next week. My biggest expense, which I have yet to get, are the wheels. I'm hoping for Promax/OP, but it depends on what my LBS comes up with for a price. So far everything is Campy on it, Chorus headset, Super Record BB, cranks, brake levers, and front brake.
re: Progress with my 1st fixie:TUT2222
Jan 14, 2004 7:39 PM
I removed all the braze-ons, and prepped it to be painted myself. The pic is my "vanity plate". Since I am a type one diabetic, I couldn'r resist it, :).
Type 1, Cool Bikemghwk
Jan 14, 2004 8:38 PM
That really looks nice. Good luck with the rest of the build, its going to be great, I think. I'm a Type1 guy also, cycling is a key part of the long term strategy. Do you wear a pump? I can't see a Medtronic logo on my top tube, though.

Lower A1Cs with my new Pista!!!

Mark
please 'splain making decals...TNSquared
Jan 15, 2004 7:41 PM
How do you go about making your own decals? I've got an old frame to build and have been thinking about some "custom" decals for it.

However, I have no idea how to go about it. I was planning to check with some of the local sign shops to see if they would make some vinyl transfer decals for me. If there is an easy DIY option, I'd love to hear about it.
Me too!hothand
Jan 15, 2004 10:32 PM
TN beat me to it but I was wondering too. Do tell!
The decals..TUT2222
Jan 16, 2004 4:18 AM
were not that big of a deal, other than the fact that I had to more or less compare them to some pics of Bianchi bikes I found, mainly on Ebay. If you are just doing lettering, MS Word works great, that was what I used for the onespeed. Just pick your font, color, and size, and go for it. I got clear decal paper off ebay(about 15 bucks for 10 sheets, comes with directions). I printed them out with the printer set on photo quality, with the ink set to a heavier setting, and when dried, put about 3 coats of Krylon clear gloss acrylic on them to cover the ink so it would not run. Then it is just a matter of cutting them out and applying them, like you are working on a big model, :). They don't slide as well as I thought, so you have to be real close to where they should go, and work fast. It also would be wise to clear the frame soon after they are put on to avoid any edges from peeling. Also, you can sand the edges with #600 wet paper to smooth the edges, and clear again, for a finish that you can't feel the decals at all.
If you want to outsourcecrosstrail
Jan 16, 2004 12:11 PM
For the less computer savvy (like me), I just took my frame into a printshop, selected the lettering, font, size, color, solid/outline, etc. Price was based on the size and number of letters. For $10 (the minimum order), I got 2 sets of 2 downtube decals for a cheap conversion project.