5 day paint job

MONDAY After being stripped and sandblasted by Bikeworks, Chris and I collected the frame and parts of the Raleigh Caprice Jim from Bikeworks had found for my Dream Bike design and we cycled them back to Cyclodelic HQ. After fully restoring any imperfections in the frame Chris gave the frame, forks, chain guard and mudguard stays two base coats before spraying everything gold. Unfortunately the first gold we’d chosen just wasn’t quite gold enough in my mind and so a trip back to Halfords was in order to rectify the situation before I had a golden tantrum. Fortunately (for Chris) he chose well this time and after two more cans the bike gleamed a beautiful pale gold.

TUESDAY After a couple of nights deliberation over the best way to achieve the design whilst also making sure it was finished in time for this years Bike Week rather than Bike Week 2011 we decided to hand paint the Harlequin pattern rather than spray it. Next began the painstaking process of masking off the diamonds. This took Chris 3 hours.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Once the frame, fork and chain guard were masked off Chris began the laborious task of painting each individual diamond one of 4 colours, magenta, azure, lime and orange making sure that no two ever touched. This took Chris 2.5 days.

FRIDAY After 2-3 coats of each colour the paint was left to dry overnight and in the morning it was time to peel off the pinstriping tape. Although there were a few bleeds and imperfections (such as are to be had on a hand painted object) we all agreed that it looked bloody marvelous!! After the lacquer was applied we left it to dry in the sunshine, which had, through some divine act remained throughout the entire process. Well done to Chris for his fantastic effort with the paint next back to Bikeworks to piece it all together…

Get Your Dream Bike with Team Green Britain Bike Week

My Dream Bicycle is a 'Harlequin' ladies frame with 3 speed hub gears and cream accessories.

Cyclodelic’s Amy Fleuriot joins a host of cycling celebs that will bring to life their Dream Bikes to raise money for social enterprises through a charity auction at this years Bike Week (19th-27th June).

Founded by EDF Energy, Britain’s largest producer of low carbon electricity, Team Green Britain is a movement that enables people to live in a more sustainable way. This year Team Green Britain and Bike Week are working together to inspire Britons to reduce their carbon footprint and promote low carbon transport solutions to a wider audience than ever before.

Everyone will be invited to get their dream bike during the week – either by bidding for a celebrity designed bike from the likes of Dawn Porter, Amy Fleuriot, Orla Kiely, Lord Sugar, Wayne Hemingway, Victoria Pendleton and Giles Deacon – or by bringing along an old bike to one of the Team Green Britain Bike Week events offering a reconditioning service. The money raised from the auctioned celebrity bikes will support cycling social enterprises that provide jobs for the long term unemployed, people with disabilities and young people who are not in education.

The social enterprises helping to create the celebrity dream bikes are Bikeworks (London), Bike Station (Edinburgh) and Oxford Cycle Workshop.

Victoria Pendleton, World and Olympic champion cyclist supporting Team Green Britain Bike Week said: “I would encourage everyone to get involved with Team Green Britain Bike Week. By choosing to cycle to the shops, school or for leisure, you’ll find you get to your destination quicker, save money, get fit and reduce your carbon footprint all at the same time. If everyone were to swap one car journey a day for a bike trip, think of the collective benefit – to our planet, our pockets and our health!”

To find your nearest event, visit www.bikeweek.org.uk and enter your postcode.

For further information or if you’d like to organise your own, log on to www.bikeweek.org.uk or phone 0845 612 0661. Team Green Britain Bike Week is also on twitter.com/TGBBikeWeek For further information on Team Green Britain, visit www.teamgreenbritain.org.

The Daily Telegraph – Bike Fashion 10/06/09

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Telegraph Bike Fashion

In a quiet, leafy street near Earls Court, west London, a nondescript garage is abuzz with activity. The din is coming from a wing that houses the studio of Karta Healy, a thirty-something design entrepreneur and bike enthusiast. His studio is full of prototypes for his funky new cycling line, TWOnFRO, which promises to answer those nagging sartorial issues that go with biking, among them the question of how to look chic and stay safe. Continue reading