Apr 162010

Here it is, the bike I built during the January [2010] frame building class. Instead of painting it, I blued the frame with Birchwood Casey gun bluing, $7.95 a bottle at the local gun shop. After that I gave it several coats of paste wax. One ride on wet roads left it a little spotty with surface rust, so I coated it with Boeshield instead. It seems to be working. It isn’t a permanent finish, like paint, but I can easily touch it up and repair it. I’ll see how it goes…kind of an experiment. Ezra from Fastboy Cycles turned me on to it. Deep Vs, shellacked Nitto Dirt Drop bars, and a Brooks B-17 Special round out my “steampunk” special. It is one awesome ride. Every now and then I pedal along and catch myself thinking, I built this…I built all of it! It’s zippy and fast, but comfortable and rock-stable. Thanks to Ron, Gary, and Joseph Ahearne for their expertise, help, encouragement, and patience. I have nothing but great memories (and an awesome bike) from UBI! Also, got a line on a 20 year old Henry James jig today. Frame #2 is just around the corner…

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  One Response to “Jay McKillop’s Gun-blued Steampunk Road Bike”

  1. Looks great Jay. We need to find a way to ride together more often.