Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Et Voila (again)



I figured this frame was worth the effort of a decent photoshoot, so set up a background inside when the light was good (one of these days I'm going to buy some decent studio lights). Anyway, here's some finished photos of Keith's frame and forks.

Please do click on the pictures - each one brings up a huge version where you can study the detail.

Firstly an overall shot of the right side, showing the general decal layout and that gorgeous pearl blue paint.



An overall shot of the front, showing the headtube logo. The logo features our hero being chased by a bigger fish. Little fish have to swim fast, lest they be eaten by the big fish.



The head tube and fork crown, with stainless polished head lugs. The stainless is quite annoying to photograph well, as it catches all manner of reflections.



Another photo of the head lugs and crown, showing the cutout in the lower one, as well as the ergo adjusters. I'm very happy with the way the lug masking worked out.



More detail of that gorgeous lower headlug. I confess this is my favourite picture. I could look at it all day.



Moving now to the seatlug, showing the view from the back including the brake bridge.



A side shot of the seat lug, showing the seat stay attachment and a name decal for Keith. It's a bit thicker than I'd have liked ideally. Next time I think I'll organise a spray mask and paint it on with my airbrush.

I just love the way the stays worked out. Thanks to Anderson custom bikes for the inspiration.



The ultra sexy Sachs front derailleur hanger and bottom bracket.



And more detail of the rear of the bottom bracket, showing the scalloped chainstay bridge. The paint is just so blue.



Finally a shot of the rear dropouts, in nice sensible stainless, so the skewers don't bite into paint.

This frame has surpassed all my expectations. It came together really well. Keith is over the moon. I was concerned that all the stainless would look over the top, so I deliberately kept the cutouts and carving to a minimum. Note also that some of my more tongue in cheek decals (the "handmade in straya" and "keepum fingers" ones) didn't make it. Again, I was conscious of adding too much detail. I think in other colours it could look terrible, but the blue just sets off the stainless perfectly.

Each of my frames has been a little better than the last, but I really don't know how I'm going to better this one, to be frank.

9 comments:

Oldbikerider said...

I'm speechless Suzy. That's just beautiful.....

The seat stay attachment looks just right.

raoul said...

Very very nice.

limom said...

Hot!

Susan Tomlinson said...

Gorgeous.

Grunt said...

Amazing and beautiful. I love the blue with the polished lugs.

PowderHound said...

Beautiful frame and paint. Very nice work.

GC said...

Hi Suzy, i have kept an eye on your frame building from time to time,that blue build for your friend Keith is truely stunning,your work has inspired me to build myself a frame.

Mike Dearing said...

Positively a work of art.. I have a few classic Brit and Italian bikes in the shed and your frame set took my breath away...

Rgds Mike Dearing Greenwich London UK

Mike Dearing said...

Positively a work of art.. I have a few classic Brit and Italian bikes in the shed and your frame set took my breath away...

Rgds Mike Dearing Greenwich London UK