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Within the bike-friendly city of San Francisco, having to run errands by-foot or by-car is very unfortunate. I realized this after a short while at Smart Design, and I took it upon myself to build a communal office bike. Since it's completion, this bike is used on daily-basis to pick-up everything from sandwiches to sand-paper.
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Within the bike-friendly city of San Francisco, having to run errands by-foot or by-car is very unfortunate. I realized this after a short while at Smart Design, and I took it upon myself to build a communal office bike. Since it's completion, this bike is used on daily-basis to pick-up everything from sandwiches to sand-paper.
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Within the bike-friendly city of San Francisco, having to run errands by-foot or by-car is very unfortunate. I realized this after a short while at Smart Design, and I took it upon myself to build a communal office bike. Since it's completion, this bike is used on daily-basis to pick-up everything from sandwiches to sand-paper.
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After stripping the frame of old components and paint, I took it to a local powder-coater and picked out a good orange. Below is the freshly-coated frame with installed fork, headset, and bottom bracket.
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A custom bike is not complete without a custom headbadge. I cut the shape out of of sheet aluminum using a drill press and a band-saw(very sketchy). I finished the details with a file and formed the head-tube curve with a simple jig.
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This is the finished bike, complete with new drivetrain, wheelset, tires, brakeset, levers, grips, chain, headset, seat post, saddle, rack, baskets, and lock.
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With a color scheme that conveniently matches both Smart Design and the SF Giants, it is a welcome sight on the streets and in the office. The sugino chainring with gold chain make it courier-approved, while the functional rear-baskets add a utilitarian touch. The custom headbadge and ergo-handlebar grips make this a true smart-bike, because nothing says Smart Design like a pair OXO good-grips.

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