This is the 4th and probably last installment for the paint part of the triplet project. You can find Part 1 HERE, Part 2 HERE and Part 3 HERE. We’ll most likely take some photos when we take possession, but it will be assembled in short order and those photos will be part of the “assembly” update.
Anyway, as these latest photos of the triplet trickled out from Hall at AirGlow spectacular comes to mind, and I’m sure the photos don’t do it justice. Just looking at the size of this frame I can see why Hall said, “I’m pretty sure the frame grew as I was painting it.” That’s a lot of surface area to strip, prep, prime, paint, wet sand, wipe-down, paint, wet sand, wipe down, stencil, wet sand, wipe down and then clear-coat… especially when you realize that even just the six main tubes a triplet has in common with a single bike are all massively oversized compared to your average single frame. This frame has at least an additional 14 linear feet of tubing, all of which is oversized. What a job and what a result!
I kinda wish we weren’t tied up for the next week, as I’m dying to go and put my eyes on the real thing. Of course, I’m guessing that the frame will benefit from as much curing time as possible since it was too large to fit into the drying oven that Hall (and just about every other frame painter) uses. A friend of ours with a triplet who had some paint work done by Mary Pfieffer up in Clemson, South Carolina a few years back when Mary was still building & painting. She shared that she got lucky with his frame since only the front end and rear triangle needed paint, as she was able to stick each end into the partially closed oven one end at a time! The point being, handing off a tandem and especially something like an extra-long triplet — never mind a quad or a quint — to a bicycle frame painter isn’t anything but a no-brainer.
We remain in awe of Hall’s talent and artistic style… everything just looks amazing, right down to the typeface and placement of the “P” on each seattube and the headtube: note in the very last photo of this series how the headtube and first two seattubes have black cherry P’s, whereas the last seat tube has a black on black cherry P’. Now that’s attention to detail!! No decals here….