I currently have 4 bicycles with chromed seat and chain stays and fork
tips, include a Fuji S10 S. One, the Louison Bobet, actually has a fully
chromed fork. I heard this became popular because it saved the process of
chroming and painting different size forks for each model. It is a classic
and attractive look, but I don't think it would be all that appropriate on
a Rivendell. First of all, the tubing on Rivs is larger than the standard
tubing of yore, and that makes a difference to my eye. Secondly, the Riv
aesthetic is more about the lovely contrasting head tube paint and small
seat tube panels along with fabulous head badges. In my opinion, these are
much more suited to the non-racing, do anything function of Rivendell
The one exception I *might *allow for (ask me nicely!) would be a grilver
Roadeo or a Legolas. I have a beautiful no name silver bicycle (which I
just took out for a tune up ride yesterday--70 degrees in the Hudson
Valley) that features chromed stays and fork tips. It's very subtle due to
the light silver paint. It's rainy here today but I will try for a photo or
two and post it later. Because I like posting photos of bicycles whenever I
On Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 4:19:58 AM UTC-5, Garth wrote:
> I've had frames in the past that had chrome plated dropouts and right
> chainstay and it not only looks great but also practical as there is no
> paint to chip ever I believe the first I had was a used Fuji bike in the
> 70's I bought as a teen. It was my first 10 speed, back when that's what we
> called 'em ! Or maybe it was the Gitane 531C bike I bought later, it also
> has a chrome fork which is really nice ! Frankly since it used to be so
> common all subsequent frames without any chrome plating always looked like
> something was missing. Much like cars these days with plastic mirror covers
> and plastic/foam "bumpers" instead of a real functional and good looking
> chrome one, they look rather generic.
> If, and that's a big if I were to chrome a bike it would just be dropouts
> and right chainstay. May-be the fork. It's best to do a brand new frame as
> a used one must be absolutely rust free.
> It's very expensive to do a whole bike, the last I checked about $1100 for
> a whole bike from Franklin Frames in Ohio.
> Fork $225
> Dropout faces $140
> Head lugs/Fork crown $255
> Chainstay each $65
> Dave Moulton wrote about the process done by the chrome plater he used
> when he made frames. It's very labor intensive as just like a good paint
> job the quality of the finish is only as good as the prep work.
> On Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:41:07 PM UTC-5, Lum Gim Fong wrote:
>> Anyone chromed their 'dell upon need for a repaint?
>> Any downsides to chroming? Is it expensive?
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