Wet paint!

This blog post is long overdue. I had finished Mark’s road bike back in late March and have been wanting to write about it for some time now. He came to Circle A looking for a custom road frameset that could handle the hills of Vermont. What we put together was a Columbus Spirit for Lugs tubeset, the Llewellyn 6° sloping lugset, the Columbus Minimal carbon fork, and all Shimano Ultegra components. He wanted it to say “Wet Paint” on the top tube and if you didn’t already know, black paint always look wet with the glossy clear coat.

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And if you’re in the Bennington area, check out the exhibit of his paintings at the Vermont Arts Exchange. Including this one of his Circle A!

I’ve also been doing a bunch of paint work as of late. This 4130 come through the shop a couple of months ago. Lots of stainless bits and painted on logos.


This Vista was the customer’s childhood bike. We can always appreciate when someone wants to keep the bike they’ve had all their life on the road. He stripped the bike of paint and accidentally stripped the paint off of the head badge as well. I ended up making the olive brach stencil and painting the badge for him. The gold lug lining was done to match the gold Araya rims it had on there.


And finally, Polly the Fetchmaster has been spending quite a bit of time at the shop these days. She’s still tiny and fits in a cat carrier that goes into my BOB trailer. Thanks to Jay for taking the shot of my back side.