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custom paint?...and, report on purchase from chucksbikes.comJS Haiku Shop
Aug 22, 2002 5:47 AM
became aware of these schweet frames from through a post on the mtbr ss forum:

wonderdog and i just bought the same frames from chuck ( for 45 clams apiece plus shipping (70 clams, total). tha dog's is a 60 cm, mine is a 57 cm. tha dog is opting for gears and a classic paint job, whereas i'm going the ss route, with tensioner, and bullhorn bars.

the review: e-mailed chuck with a few questions, then sent him my contact/shipping info, called him on the phazzone and charged it. bike arrived less than 5 business days later via UPS (i think it was UPS). there are a few scratches on the frame, the decal on the seattube appears to have been scratched at (on purpose) but not totally removed, and there is a light film of rust inside the head and seat tubes. overall, a good deal for $70. with a little elbow grease and frame saver, it'll be good to go. chain hanger, pump peg, and pseudo-Ti look. ;) i'd do bidness with chuck again.

here's my question: i'd like to get a kickin' full-frame flame-job and a headshot of Yoda (honor him i must) where the badge would go. what are my paint options, and how much am i looking at spending? any recommended painters? is airbrushing an alternative? if so, what about a protective coating over the airbrush job?

i'm in southwest tennessee if that makes a difference. i'm also thinking there might be a harley customizing shop 'round here that can hook me up with a custom painter. just a shot in the dark, tho.


Aug 22, 2002 6:01 AM
re: custom paint?tarwheel
Aug 22, 2002 6:02 AM
I looked into custom paint shops earlier this year, and Air Glow outside Atlanta had some of the best prices for quality work. Check their website ( for photos of their work. I was impressed. Another option is, if you want powder coated paint.
Why bother to pay $200 to paint a $45 frame? nmelviento
Aug 22, 2002 6:19 AM
what difference does it make?wonderdog
Aug 22, 2002 6:41 AM

As long as you like what you're riding, does it matter how much it cost? What's J gonna a $2000 litespeed frame and put a flame paint job on it? Seems to me like a blank $45 frame is the perfect opportunity for custom paint. my .$02.

The Dog

I suppose people are free to spend their money the way they likeelviento
Aug 22, 2002 9:28 AM
but if I were the guy, I wouldn't do it. A $45 frame with a $200 paintjob is not a $245 frame. Same reason why a Huffy with Record 10 won't be a top shelf bike.
thanks for your input. nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 22, 2002 9:37 AM
Aug 22, 2002 6:38 AM

Just wanted to get the word out that chuck at is a good person to do business with. my experience was the same as J's. Now, I have this nice frame sitting in my apt staring at me. It's a blank canvas!

I don't know about flames....Gregory Taylor
Aug 22, 2002 9:53 AM
...but you could do some neat things yourself cheaply with rattle-can aerosol paints and some masking tape. I saw a very neat, very simple tri-color design patterned after the Belgian flag (black, yellow, red) recently.

I looked into flames when I bought my first Dean -- Dean wanted about $150 (I think) for the flames.
re: custom paint?...and, report on purchase from chucksbikes.comBike Fool
Aug 22, 2002 10:19 AM
Hey, JS, check out Simonetti in CA.
no pics. seems they're under construction. nmJS Haiku Shop
Aug 22, 2002 10:34 AM
re: custom paint?...and, report on purchase from chucksbikes.comLC
Aug 22, 2002 12:27 PM
That's a sweet deal. What does top tube on the 57cm frame measure(c-c)? tube...JS Haiku Shop
Aug 23, 2002 4:39 AM
I think it's just under 57 cm, but i'll check at lunch and reply back this afternoon. tube...LC
Aug 23, 2002 8:47 PM
Thanks for checking, but I need about 55 cm so the search continues.