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Tubular or Clincher? | Affinity Cycles

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Affinity Cycles dropped a few new shirts yesterday. Tubular or Clincher? Pick your poison.

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Rattle Canned Panther Pink Affinity Lo Pro

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I finally finished (almost, still waiting on a head-badge decal and Pinhead Locks) my Panther Pink Affinity Lo-Pro. What I thought would take me only a week or two at the most turned into a month. This isn’t the first bike I’ve painted, but it was one of the most challenging paint jobs I’ve done.

This is a rattle can paint job. Over the years I have mastered using spray paint to achieve a very close looking professional paint job. I usually go with automotive primers, paint, and clear. But, with the cost of MOPAR Panther Pink paint being around thirty bucks a can, I was forced to go a different route.

When doing a rattle can job, it’s very important to use the same brand from beginning to end. I went with a Montana Black and Gold paints. They have a matching panther pink paint and were fairly inexpensive. About seven to ten dollars a can. They are also used a lot by graffiti artists, so they don’t fade, hold up to elements, and spray matte colored (This speeds up drying time and you will less likely have runs).

A good rattle can paint job, takes patience. You have to make sure your surface is prepped properly. That means strip the paint and clean the surface. On a steel frame you will want to strip and prime in the same day. The few aluminum frames I’ve painted you can wait over night to start painting, When I start to paint, I do two to three light coats, let dry for a few hours, repeat until I am happy with the result. Then I let it sit 24 to 48 hours, wet sand, put a few more coats on, and repeat. I do this process from primer to gloss. It can take up to a week, if you do it correctly and don’t have any hiccups.

After finishing your paint job, always let the paint sit for a three to four days, before reassembling. I let this bike sit for over a week, before rebuilding. I also had a few setbacks, like kicking my fork over and having to repair a few spots, and finding an area on the frame, where the paint stripper didn’t get completely washed away. But, in the end, these setbacks, made the paint job, that much better.

This is just a brief over-view of my process. You can easily search forums or You Tube for how tos, that go way more into depth.

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Senior Photos, Pasti-Dip, & Broken Dreams

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No dreams were broken during the making of the weekend.

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Ash Duban at US Track Nationals

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Check out these awesome photos of Ash Duban at US Track Nationals over at Affinity.

Photo By: Kyle Kelley

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ASH Wednesday’s | Affinity Cycles

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If you haven’t check out Affinity Cycles, you must. If you don’t know about Ash Duban’s dominance at Red Hook Crit. You’re missing out. She took 4th at Brooklyn No. 8 this year, 1st at Milano No. 5 and 3rd at Brooklyn No.7 in 2014. At this rate, there is no doubt in my mind she will win or take a podium spot at London this weekend. I’m also pullin’ for her to take the overall win or podium this year. With that said. Good luck to Ash Duban and Team Affinity this weekend.  And if you haven’t follow Ash Wednesdays, Tu Tuesdays, and much more over at Affinity Cycle Blog.

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Affinity Lo Pro | Film Grain

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The Affinity Lo Pro Film Grain is now available. This bike is fast, aggressive, responsive and all around the best track frame I have ever ridden. Get one NOW!!

“Bred in the streets and tested to death by the fastest messengers of NYC, the Affinity Lo Pro is the industry standard pursuit style track frameset. The Lo Pro is an original take on pursuit style geometry, by creating a steep lo pro frame which is fast and aero yet comfortable to ride. A sick race, or street track bike, the Lo Pro has its distinctive sloping top tube and our classic Affinity 1 inch fork.”

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Ash Duban’s McQeen Green Affinity Kissena

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Ash Duban is an absolute terror on her McQueen Green Affinity Kissena. She had a slow leak throughout Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 8 after running over safety pin and still managed to place fourth. She was a top contender in last years RHC, placing in two out of the three races. This year, the Red Hook Crit goes too London. Adding another stop on the series. I can’t wait, and I know team Affinity can’t either. Head over to Affinity’s blog to check out more from RHC, 6 Days of Kissena, and a whole bunch of awesome stuff.

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