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bad paint jobs(9 posts)

bad paint jobsblownpupil
Jun 13, 2002 4:17 PM
Man, My Lemond's paint is $hitty. I've had the bike a year, have never ridden in bad weather, have cleaned it regularly, never raced/crashed, and hang it in a dry place when not in use.

Nevertheless, on a daily basis, new chips come off the frame! I have a road bike I bought in 1980 which I beat the heck out of, which I only ride in bad weather, and which has been packed and stored, crashed and dropped, taken to beaches, locked up outside in Manhattan, and moved up and down the east coast so many times it's not even funny, yet it has fewer paint chips than my year old Lemond.

Hey Greg...pay less attention to Lance, and more to using decent paint.
TREK makes Lemond. NEVER buy TREK products!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!nmtronracer
Jun 13, 2002 8:20 PM
ironic ...tarwheel
Jun 14, 2002 4:10 AM
Some people claim that Italian bikes have lousy paint jobs, but my experience is totally contrary. I have a Bianchi that is about 18 years old and the paint job is still in very good condition with minimal care. My Gios is one year old with 5500 miles and it doesn't have a single nick and the paint is one of the prettiest single-color jobs I have seen on any bike shy of a custom.
I am glad thatgrandemamou
Jun 14, 2002 5:04 AM
Gios got the paint straightened out they make great frames. I had to have my 8 y/o Gios partialy repainted twice in the first 3 years I had it.

In the past Italian bikes did have a deserved reputation for quick release paint. The feeling was these were racing bikes that would get beat to hell any way, just respray it every couple of years. I think they figured out that people were not always racing them and wanted a more durable paint job.
I guess they must have worked it out ...tarwheel
Jun 14, 2002 11:35 AM
I've never had a bike (or car for that matter) last this long without a ding or chip somewhere. I swear, the paint looks like it's brand new. I do keep it cleaned and waxed, though. However, I have noticed that many of the older Gios frames for sale on eBay seem to show some wear and tear in the paint.
Speaking of Lemond paintjobs...Lone Gunman
Jun 14, 2002 7:40 AM
My '99 Zurich is losing it's paint in the BB area, kind of a crack and peel thing, a little moisture gets behind the paint and this little river of rust appears and it only gets worse until I have to do the major repair work of peeling, priming and touchup. Therefore, I am thinking of having a total repaint at the end of the season. Has anyone had this done? I like the white color of the bike and saw green accent/logos at some point this year which looked good. Curious if you got it done through Trek or someone else and cost?
Actually they will repaint for you for free...elviento
Jun 14, 2002 9:27 AM
What else do you want?
Actually they will repaint for you for free...blownpupil
Jun 14, 2002 10:43 AM
who will repaint for free?
check with lemond or your dealer ..tarwheel
Jun 14, 2002 11:32 AM
My brother has a Lemond carbon fiber (back from when they still sold them) and they totally repainted the frame for free while fixing another problem under warranty. It now looks like brand new, decals, clearcoat and everything.