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    So I painted my trispoke and made it look all mad phat dope shitzzle, and made a little guide in a bunch of images/how to guide.



    Your materials are as follows:

    One can of Spray primer
    One can of preferred paint (I ended up using Duplicolor Metal Specks, after the can of Metal Effects shown completely fucked up and was sputtering)
    Clear coat (Not shown, use an Acrylic)
    Multi pack sandpaper (for sanding stuff down)
    Cleaning wipe that clears all the shit off
    A good x-acto knife for cutting the tape/stickers (also not shown)
    Newspapers for spraying
    A sponge for wiping
    A pail for wet sanding
    Stickers
    A weekend worth of time.



    So yeah, my HED trispoke was about 10 years old and in rough shape, I highly recommend if you want it to look really pretty, to reprime/fill any knicks in the surface, as they're quite common on the older wheels. Give it a good cloth wipe to prepare the surface for roughing up.

    Note: I did this with the tire on, but it's better to take the tubular off, I just didn't feel like dismounting and remounting a tubular.



    This is how the wheel should look after roughing it up with some 400 grit wet sand paper. THERE IS NO CLEAR COAT on HED/Specialized trispoke wheels. It's the actual epoxy so DO NOT GO TOO FAR OR USE BELOW 400 GRIT!! You will eat the carbon!

    Wipe it down with a slightly damp sponge, then wipe off the water/dust with an old clean t-shirt.



    Mask off everything and then start to hate yourself if you want to use the braking surface as it's a very unfun job coming up...



    Taking your knife, follow the brake surface all around the wheel and carefully not fuck up like this. This will make your wheel look like shit. Put more tape on and then recut.



    This is a (blurry) shot of how it SHOULD look.

    After you do all that, rewipe the wheel down with the prep cloth, and we can start spraying primer.



    Go with a few light coats of primer until it looks solid enough. What blows is you now will know exactly how bad the surface of your wheel is pitted (if used). You can use some filler but I didn't bother. L A Z Y. The primer dries quickly (within an hour).



    Wet sand the primer with 400 grit sandpaper. Get it nice and smooooth. Dry it off again and paint some more.



    Now I fucked up on this part and there's no pictures after my spray can decided to fuck up on me and made me resurface and redo everything. That green tape helps out so much as its very waterproof. Just spray maybe two or three coats of your base color, let that dry properly, wipe it down again with the clean t-shirt, and then spray two or three coats of clear on it. It won't take very long for everything to cure/dry if you're light enough with your coats.



    Applying vinyl graphics. You will learn how much of a pain in the ass lattice work like this is.



    Some windex, luck, a credit card, and patience lets you apply the graphics well. Cutting around the braking surface again.



    Awrite! All done! Simple enough, but most people can't/aren't willing to put in the effort. It's all about prep time/effort....

    Feel free to add any suggestions I either fucked up on or any questions.But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
    • CommentAuthorDana
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    looks sweet dude. im confused by the vinyl graphic itself. i see that there are 2 layers. so do you cut the top one with a razor into the layer that sticks to the wheel? or is the design precut? sorry for the confusing question. i dig the diy stuffRecluse Designs (constantly under construction)
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    The top layer is there so the vinyl holds together before you slap it on the wheel. You gently pull that off after the windex dries and presto changeo you have stickers. It helps if you know what you're doing with vinyl application on something so detailed.But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
    • CommentAuthorDana
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    oh sick. i thought there was more to it than that. thanks for the infoRecluse Designs (constantly under construction)
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    i think you're turning into a color-coated hipster
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    ^"turning"? past tense? he's just getting more artsy-craftsy with it these days.
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    kilgore_trout:i think you're turning into a color-coated hipster


    I can't help it man, I just like making pretty things, and like when fast things also look even prettier... I went to school for GD, remember? :(But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
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    hey man, nothing wrong with black wheels.
    lauren, tristan used to ride a fucking van dessel...'kermit the frog on blue hoops' that's not hipster-ish in anyone's book.
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    "used to..."

    I still do!But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
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    octalink magic:"used to..."

    I still do!


    i know! and you've put cross tires on it instead of gatorskins or all-white tires, which is very unhipsterish of you.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    hipsters exist in ways other than just bike appearance. and if i remember correctly, it's still brakeless. and with blue deep v's. right, tristan?
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009 edited
     
    Using a knife at the braking surface is a great way to begin to delaminate the carbon.e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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    Naw, there's only one deep v on it now, because after I got hit, the stock front wheel was trashed (which I was running).... Still running/rocking the stock rear wheel though. My rear goes on my Track Pro when it's either on the trainer or on a rare rare road test (eg: blackhawk road for test sprints).

    Still no brakes, because I am an idiot.But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
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    there's a million things worse than being a hipster, and if being a hipster means rocking the holy fucking slut shit out of a trispoke, then god damned right, Tristan.

    that thing came out looking fucking rad. when race season starts up, we'll compare fuji track pros. mine should have pin up girls on either side of the downtube by then.


    also, i'm gonna cross post this for the nyc kids. fucking stellar, dude.flip mode. flip mode is the greatest.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    ^peloton?!
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    nooooo, the peloton is no longer gonna get raced. its gettin' full Suntour Superbe Pro (i just need a fucking headset), and the fuji is getting the zipp dura ace.


    also, just kidding! fuck racing bikes. my bikes are strictly for hollerin' at pretty girls.




    (i'll race again if my bones ever fully heal)flip mode. flip mode is the greatest.
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      CommentAuthorratattack
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    ahh. see, i use my well-stocked cache of bike tools to aid in hollerin' at cute boys. less conspicuous than sparkly paint and usually takes a flat or some other emergency to wield it, but yeah. girl on a bike who always carries a chain breaker and has spare tubes galore. who doesn't want that?
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      CommentAuthorBuckley!
    • CommentTimeJan 21st 2009
     
    I don't care what Gary says. That's cool, and it looks like you did a good job on it.The kid's gotta learn that the game never lets up.
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      CommentAuthorMungoRocks
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009 edited
     
    ratattack:ahh. see, i use my well-stocked cache of bike tools to aid in hollerin' at cute boys. less conspicuous than sparkly paint and usually takes a flat or some other emergency to wield it, but yeah. girl on a bike who always carries a chain breaker and has spare tubes galore. who doesn't want that?

    dongpincher 1000
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      CommentAuthormur
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    third column. second (full) paragraph. the use of "skid marks" to describe the grease on the thigh near the miniskirt's hem line.

    referring to anything that close to the groin as "skid marks" really is off-putting. unless you're into that sort of thing.






    PUPPIES AND KITTENS DOING IT!~(..,)~ (oYo) make whoopee not war (oYo) ~(..,)~
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      CommentAuthordrags
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    octalink magic:"used to..."

    I still do!


    was that you at cambridge and prospect around noon yesterday? I was inside all-star pissing off my co-workers with misanthropycdrebbel: STOP TYPING 'BREAKS' YOU FUCKTARDS. YOU HAVE NO CREDIBILITY.
    • CommentAuthorboundgear
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    The wheel looks good. Now fix that hideous paint job on the bike!

    And a bit of snarkyness here, but why do you need to cheat the wind with aerobars and agro frame design when you're rolling on a heavier wheel than anyone ever needs to have? Just get lighter wheels, you'll be faster.
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    Aero wheels are about maintaining speed and keeping it going. The wheel is about as heavy as a deep V/phil clincher with a gatorskin on it. If you don't understand the benefits of an aerodynamic setup like a Hed 3 + Disc, then please have fun and explain it to all the time trialists out there. :)

    And yeah, I was around prospect/cambridge around noon, going to Autozone to pick up some paint/my way home.But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
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    drags:
    octalink magic:"used to..."

    I still do!


    was that you at cambridge and prospect around noon yesterday? I was inside all-star pissing off my co-workers with misanthropy

    my roommate works at all-star.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthorLumpyGnome
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
     
    i just made an account just to say that is the dopest shit ever. im buying a specialized same condition yours was in and want to do the same. how/ where did you get he stickers?
    do they go on both sides of the wheel?
    • CommentAuthormindchalk
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
     
    out of true.
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      CommentAuthorJefforLOCK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2009
     
    that article was a bit "moving"
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    wow that looks wicked deck! must have taken forever!

    it looks like you laticed 5 concentric rings/arcs, with the outermost ring having the largest diameter. but on one, located on the rim to the right of your spoke, you have 4 rings, two small and then two large. did you do this on purpose?

    did you apply a clear coat ontop of the graffics?

    also, i didn't think hipsters owned fuji track pros... :)
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2009
     
    *currently making some custom stickers for my trispoke*

    updates tba.
    • CommentAuthorChromeLugs
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2009
     
    You lost me at "cool looking." I thought we were talking about trispokes.I prefer 49x16
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2009 edited
     
    Photobucket
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    hahahahaha! that is awesome, i hope i see that out sometime.DFL and DTF :D:D:D:D
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    OMFG that is sick.

    Related: Does anyone know where I might find a trispoke for under 250 dollars? the HED's i see on ebay are always at like 700 when the bidding ends...Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2009
     
    ^i got mine for what i thought was cheap: $400. it included a tire, too. little did i know that the tire would have a slow leak and i would need to fix the hub. my replacement tubular tire's sidewall got ripped within 2 weeks on the street. also didn't realize it was a rear wheel conversion to front (but i guess it's cool i could run it as either a front or rear). haha, this thing has been a money pit.

    but alas, good thing it's still relatively true and i got my then girlfriend to buy it as a present!
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    tristan, look what you fucking did.You're purposefully attempting to sabotage my degree project. Thanks.
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    conor!:tristan, look what you fucking did.


    I am so sorry. :(

    And I have another one. :(But the fact of the matter is: Bones heal. Chicks dig scars. And the United States of America has the best doctor-to-daredevil ratio in the world!
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    i wish my roommate still had the aerospoke he spraypainted gold and then took a bedazzler to. motherfucker doesn't even have pictures.

    and yes, hipsters have fuji track pros. hi.flip mode. flip mode is the greatest.
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