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Is she worth investing in cosmetic surgery?(10 posts)

Is she worth investing in cosmetic surgery?bigrider
Oct 22, 2003 12:09 PM
This bike is a classic steel Picchio, with hand made lugs. I think Kristin has posted a picture of the seat lug on this site before. At any rate the pink, orange, and black paint job is wearing a little thin. Should I powder coat and what color scheme to show off the lugs. Or, should I just ride her and put her away wet, I mean she is a 70s vintage bike that is a fixed gear now.
I think what you meant to ask is, "is she worth keeping thebill
Oct 22, 2003 12:34 PM
same?" to which I would say, yes.
PAINT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mattvargus
Oct 22, 2003 1:05 PM
not sure if it's worth a nice powder coat finish, but do something with it. IT'S HURTING MY EYES!!!! sorry. i'm just not the biggest fan of bright pink. maybe some nice gray primer or spray paint. gotta love the sleeper look. but hey, what do i know. if you really love the bike and plan on riding it well into the future, then paint the damn thing. if she's been in your stable for awhile, and she's more like a friend than a bike, give her the nice paint job she's always wanted but never had. seriously though, either way, lose the pink.
it's retro, dude. it not only looks retro, it IS retro. nmbill
Oct 22, 2003 2:07 PM
I'd do it.Spoke Wrench
Oct 22, 2003 3:18 PM
It's a bike. It's only purpose is to please you. If you think that you'd be happier if it were some other color, do it.
Reminds me of the awful heart sticker bike in Bicycling mag! nmpitt83
Oct 22, 2003 3:37 PM
paint itdesmo
Oct 22, 2003 5:06 PM
it's a good excuse to grind off all those un-needed braze-ons.
re: Is she worth investing in cosmetic surgery?djg
Oct 23, 2003 6:39 AM
My friend Kevin used to ride a Picchio with a funky crimped downtube (which broke). If you like the bike, keep it. A really basic (but good quality) one-color paint job can be pretty inexpensive. Sky's the limit on meticulous restoration. And there's everything in the middle.
It has the crimped downtubebigrider
Oct 23, 2003 7:24 AM
It is the weirdest thing. It looks like the tube got crushed on the back side of the seat tube. I think the theory was it provided more cross sectional area and increased stiffness. I guess that idea got chucked in the can with biopace and drilled components.
It has the crimped downtubedjg
Oct 23, 2003 10:34 AM
Yeah, now that you mention it I think that it was the seat tube. I think it just didn't work--weakened the tube but didn't stiffen it. It was a nice looking bike though, and he liked it real well (up until it broke--then, not so much).