Saturday, December 16, 2006

Project Caonnondale TT.....Phase three complete!

Had a nice ride at camp with G-Ted that started around 8:00am today. Nice pace. Just quick enough to keep warm but not too fast that we couldn't breathe enough to talk. Took a few pics. G-Ted is such a 29er nut. Also, I was granted a chance to ride the Salsa Dos Niner. Wow, is all I can say. The bike is extremly light feeling on the trail. Very snappy. It's offers an unusual feeling. Unusual at first anyways. Once you start riding through the singletrack, and settle into a groove, I started to notice that the frame feels (and starts to even look) as though it is threading you around the twists & turns. Steering was effortless. The one inch of rear travel feels like two or three inches but without the wasted effort. The word "flow" comes to mind. I was impressed. Thanks G-Ted & Salsa for the test ride. Then, I had to get back on my Fort but the fun was not over. Gotta love the camp.

After the ride I headed to the spray booth to complete phase three of the tt project. Laid on the candy smoke, decals and clear coat. All went very well. I did run out of clear coat which left the seat tube (facing the tire) a little dull but the base coat is there to protect the metal. You will notice in one of the pics that the decals appear to silver. They are actually reflecting the light from my camera flash. They are reflective decals. Overall I think it is my best attempt at painting a frame all myself. Getting better everytime. I am starting to run out of quality frames to paint though.....

Captain



4 comments:

bluecolnago said...

whoaaa! startled me there for a sec..... your nose looks, well, different....

that frame looks good!!! (even if it isn't pink)

peace out, yo!

MTBidwell said...

Looks professional to me. Can't wait to see the build!

Bike Tech Racing said...

Good job Rob. I have plenty of good frames that could use your expertise.
JOhn

Captain Bob said...

I don't have enough clear coat John.

I will post phase four pics tomorrow night.