My frame of choice was, and still is, a Momsen STR 29. The idea was to strip it down and do spray it a mint/celeste colour and match that with silver kit, brown saddle and brown grips to complete the 'classic look'. I bought a Nukeproof stem, handlebar and seatpost from the kind folks at Dial'd Bikes along with some finishing kit from Cycle Factory to complete the look.
I managed to track down the spray painter who does all Vespa's work and was about to go ahead when I realised that I've been wanting to go with racing colours for a while and that this was the best opportunity to do just that. After several nights spent on Google Images I narrowed it down to Martini Racing or Gulf Oil paint schemes. I've always been a fan of racing cars in their colours and quite like the bright look.
In my search I stumbled upon a Martini Racing Specialized Shiz and got a lot of inspiration from the effort and attention to detail that went into it. The guy had custom decals made and went through a lot effort to get the exact look he was looking for. Full details can be viewed here.
Unfortunately with the narrower round tubing of steel I had less profile to work with. During this time I was looking around The Hub to try and find a spray painter who is a resident Hubber that I could ask to help with the project rather than just a random company or guy. It was at this stage that Wayne posted a thread to auction one of his bikes for a worthy cause. I amazed to see the detailing on the frame and the quality of the work. Imagine my surprise when I made contact only to discover Anton (BogusOne) works and stays around the corner from me. One phone call later and the ball was rolling
I emailed him pictures of my two ideas and after a conversation or two we decided it would be best to go with the Gulf colours. I was just happy I found someone who was almost just as excited as me to work on this project. Anton collected the frame from me one Friday afternoon after work and by the Monday he emailed me the first updates. Inspiration for the look comes from a track frame that was resprayed in the Gulf colours.
At this stage the frame is in his hands and updates on the progress of it has been coming through thick and fast. In terms of the other custom jobs, the saddle and grips will still be covered by Velo Brien, but now I need to replace what I had in mind for the build kit with matte black items. I have bought a Surly Karate Monkey fork from Grant Usher, but I'm thinking of replacing that with a carbon fork as I'm not going with a classic look anymore.
The frame is in the middle of undergoing the transformation, and has made some considerable progress.
Check out the other instalments: The Idea, The build kit part 1, The frame part 2.
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