Posts Tagged ‘bike decoration’

at marks point

at marks point

Unfortunately I have no photographs or precise memories of how this bike originally looked. That’s not a bad thing as it allows me some free rein, and I’m not averse to modernising components to make it a better ride, unlike my blue Speedwell that I want to keep fairly original. I might mention that  ( in near faithful ‘Grandfather’s axe’ fashion ) only the steel frame itself – without the paintwork – is really original.

e-thirteen lg1+ pedals

e-thirteen lg1+ pedals

These flat pedals have good grip thanks to the many threaded studs, though I think I prefer the feel of Speedplay Drilliums. To me, the white finish suits this bike though some may see them as garish. It seems they run on bushes rather than ball bearings and have spin adjustability  for your personal pedalling preference.

some basic stencils

some basic stencils

I cut these stencils with a craft knife based on the blue bike’s stencilled lettering. It was hard to get a clean finish – if the foil is too thin it won’t stay put when you curve it around the tubes. If too thick, it is hard to cut cleanly. Nevertheless a little later repainting of the  area around it should solve the overspray and run problems. I stuck the fiddly bits down with tiny spots of blu-tack before spraying.

I took a lot of liberty with the seat tube decoration, making it a ‘modernised’  and simplified version, using the same letter “S” and some gold lines and trim with red and indian red.

after some tidying up

after some tidying up

The head tube was infilled with Indian Red enamel by hand ( without being too particular ), and I left some black around the home-made head badge to add visual depth. This head tube colour infill makes a big visual improvement over the previous all black finish.

infill headset

infill headset & rework lining

I accentuated the gold hand lining as well. I find that it’s best to use a slightly thinned gold enamel with a good quality pointed artist’s brush and to try for a continuous and confident brush stroke. A turps-y rag will wipe off mistakes.

getting close now

getting close now

It’s the best I think I can do without repainting all one colour, though I am still open to more  lightbulb moments regarding the decoration …

imperial narrow, with cut-out

imperial narrow, with cut-out & laces

From my humble collection of Brooks saddles I decided to use the B17 Imperial narrow – so far, so good. The B17 narrow is becoming a favourite saddle of mine on bikes with drop bars. I’m not yet certain if the cut-away is of benefit over the standard B17 narrow, but it’s comfortable anyway.

kt leather bar tape

kt leather bar tape & soma flares

The Soma Road Flares are a rather bling-y kind of safety feature. Just don’t drop the bike or lean it on a wall, and make sure they can’t hit the top tube on full lock … any bars with rear facing ends should be fine – albatross, gull-wing, drop, porteur etc. I guess they would also work as bar end caps using lock-on grips on upright bars, as well as with the bar tape used here.

soma road flare

soma road flare – what bling !

constant or flicker on AAA batteries

constant or flicker on AAA batteries

The switches underneath are hard to locate ( hence unobtrusive ). AAA batteries are a good idea. The flares fit firmly yet are easy to remove. The little top windows are a nice touch.

another view

another view

I didn’t really want reproduction decals on this, so why not D.I.Y. ? It’s fun, if a little time consuming, and a pleasant task in the winter sun. Decorating it was enjoyable, but best of all is taking it for a cruise-y ride on a sunny-cool winter morning off  …

at blacksmiths

mangroves at blacksmiths

Remember though, once any bike is re-painted you will have to wait a long time for that nice patina to re-develop.

Happy Re-cycling !



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Hmm, what to do when your recycled old commuter doesn’t have fittings for a bidon cage?

Well, I found this Tioga brand handlebar mounted one in a local bike shop (LBS) – but in black… anyway, I bought it .

I was hoping for plain alloy to match the road king’s other shiny fittings and brown tones…also, on its first use the bottle bounced out on a big bump and nearly smashed due to the loose fit and springiness in this cage.

My solution was to twine it, not that it was a neat or easy job, but here goes :

as it was – black and springy

taped, twined and starting to shellac

ta daa! — rough’n’ready damping

at last – a bottle in front of me that stays put

The job was done with two single pieces of twine, and the hardest part was to finish the winding so that the twine ends don’t unravel off the double sided tape when first wet with shellac, and also to negotiate the many changes in radius of the curved shape without leaving gaps…

I cheated somewhat by clamping the ends with a bulldog clip after shellacking, then recoating gently when dry, and finally putting a spot of clear epoxy on it, just in case!

I feel that if I did another of these I could improve on this one, but am generally happy with the result. It matches the twined kickstand fairly well.

Perhaps it’s otherwise easier to twine the bottle?

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refitting cranks

So far, this has been one of the easiest restorations I’ve done, thanks to the bike  having been kept in relatively good condition. In only a few hours today, I had the majority of work finished. It still needs some parts, like a new chain – as the old one is too worn. The saddle will go too, as it is immediately uncomfortable. Also new grips, new tyres, and some mudguards will need to be sourced. Despite the colour being about as subtle as a coke can, I still like it.

Here is the general idea of how it will look, disregarding the seat and grips as they will be changed :

the general idea ... with removable basket

Here also are some ideas for decorative details that don’t cost much, yet can smarten up any old bike like this one :

i infilled the gear lever indents with matching colour

infilled front derailleur logo and chainwheel bolts with colour

same with rear derailleur

lug lining

replaced clunky old steel stand with a light alloy twined one

I should go into production with these stands – lol …

The gear levers can’t really be separated so I’ve decided to leave it a 10 speed, with a “normal” ring and a “downhill” ring – i.e. the opposite of a “granny” ring!

another view with an animated shadow ...

So, it’s a sort of “10 speed fixie” then, if you get my oxymoron.

More details to follow…

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The mainly alloy stand, as purchased.

Here is a budget adjustable kick stand that I have decorated for a friend’s older bike that didn’t have one. The stand is the same type that I used on the restored Malvern Star bike featured earlier – it’s basic, but reasonable, for the $13 that it cost at a department store, provided that it is used on a firm surface and the bike is of moderate weight. I prefer these stands to the ones where you have to cut the one piece alloy leg to length, as you can’t make a mistake with this one !

Twined and partially shellacked, primer on top plate and bolt.

The reason I decorated it this way is simply because I thought it looked too plain and shiny for an older bike. The method is to tape the leg section with double sided sticky tape, wrap it tightly with white twine and give it several coats of amber shellac until satisfied with the colour. The steel top plate and bolt were painted to blend in with the red bike that will be wearing it.

The finished stand.

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