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Old 02-10-2021, 06:00 PM
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A bunch of details photos of Joe Bell's precision pin striping. It makes my jaw drop each and every time I open a box from JB.

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Old 02-10-2021, 06:16 PM
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Is Mr Bell ever worried that he does too good a job? I'd be afraid to ride that, it looks so good.
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Old 02-10-2021, 07:05 PM
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That third pic looks like my JK Special!!

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A bunch of details photos of Joe Bell's precision pin striping. It makes my jaw drop each and every time I open a box from JB.

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Old 02-10-2021, 08:04 PM
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Is Mr Bell ever worried that he does too good a job? I'd be afraid to ride that, it looks so good.

I've heard that a number of times over the years.....that a given bike is "too nice to ride" and I must say that's hard for me to understand. It implies that if the bike was of a lower quality that it would be more likely to be ridden. It's hard to make sense of that.

If the price was massively high (making it precious in that way) that would make more sense to me but you can easily spend as much on a carbon Trek that is looked at as disposable by many....certainly not "precious".

I love when our bikes are out being used hard. They are not vases meant to be admired but not used - they are machines designed to be used and enjoyed. If after years of riding it it doesn't look as fresh as the owner would like it can be repainted and made to look new all over again.

Hang art on the wall and ride our bikes long and hard.

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Old 02-10-2021, 08:05 PM
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That third pic looks like my JK Special!!
I think it might be!

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Old 02-10-2021, 09:03 PM
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A bunch of details photos of Joe Bell's precision pin striping. It makes my jaw drop each and every time I open a box from JB.

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And to have such finely-shaped lugs as his canvas -- those are jaw-dropping in and of themselves. Talk about 1+1=4 (yeah, those numbers don't early connote the exquisite nature of each element and the the synergy between them but you get the idea....
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Old 02-11-2021, 01:34 AM
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Hang art on the wall and ride our bikes long and hard.

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This is the way.....
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Old 02-11-2021, 11:37 AM
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When I got my Nagasawa fixed road trainer back from its repaint at Circle A, my wife said, it's too gorgeous to ride. I told her it's a bike, it gets ridden. I told that to Chris, and he said, I shoulda told you, for another $50 we'll put the first scratch in the paint for you.

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I've heard that a number of times over the years.....that a given bike is "too nice to ride" and I must say that's hard for me to understand. It implies that if the bike was of a lower quality that it would be more likely to be ridden. It's hard to make sense of that.

If the price was massively high (making it precious in that way) that would make more sense to me but you can easily spend as much on a carbon Trek that is looked at as disposable by many....certainly not "precious".

I love when our bikes are out being used hard. They are not vases meant to be admired but not used - they are machines designed to be used and enjoyed. If after years of riding it it doesn't look as fresh as the owner would like it can be repainted and made to look new all over again.

Hang art on the wall and ride our bikes long and hard.

Thanks for listening.

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Old 02-18-2021, 08:05 PM
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For those that are following along....if you go back a few pages you'll find a post about a one-off set of custom cut lugs -

https://forums.thepaceline.net/showp...postcount=1662

Now here below you'll see that I put some tubes into those very same lugs and cooked them and then cleaned them up. One never knows how a given lug shape is really going to look until you put tubes in the things. It brings the shape to life and I was pleased to see that the shape matches the image I had in my mind's eye.

Next up the rear end gets added to this front triangle and it will start looking like a bike.

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Old 02-18-2021, 08:14 PM
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To be honest, I wasn't sure what I thought of them standalone, but put together I think they look really really good - especially the upper head lug and the seat lug.. Exceptional work as always!
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:11 PM
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I was taken with the dynamic and flow of the offset slots when I first saw the post. I agree that it looks really, really good. I'm keenly anticipating the next steps...
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Old 02-20-2021, 08:45 PM
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So is this a customer build, or something you are putting together then offering? If the latter, what size?
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:10 PM
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So is this a customer build, or something you are putting together then offering? If the latter, what size?
Customer build - a repeat client stepped up and claimed the lug set.

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Old 02-21-2021, 08:53 AM
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Customer build - a repeat client stepped up and claimed the lug set.

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Doggone thats nice.......
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Old 02-21-2021, 01:13 PM
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I can't wait to see what JB does with the paint on here - that window in the upper head lug is just perfection..
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