Archive for the ‘awesome!’ Category
After a few weeks of planing of what I want my bike frame to look like, I’ve left it to Dan to come up with something awesome, and boy it is AWESOME. A work of art, when I first saw, I didn’t know it was mine I had to double look at it. The details on the paint is so good and the fade is nicely balanced. The brain freeze sparkle is the right amount for the frame, especially for a thin tubing. If you let the artist do what they want, the out come will be mind blowing a project is always a fun thing. I was so excited to see what he was going to do. It’s something that i’m not use too, instead of seeing the same stuff over and over again on bikes.
About Daniel, he has been doing this for 10 years and use to restore and repair cars in North London, painting old classic, retro VW’s and also high end modern cars too. Changing colours on them and crash repairs was in his daily routing. Then one winter evening and a few beers with the lads at Seabass Cycles an idea came up for a in house painter, then three months later they’ve found a premises and set to work to build a workshop. It was Seabass Cycle second business venture off the bat of their successful flag ship store in Camberwell, South London. With their great reputation and rad ethos it was a good move!
He had painted a few bikes for friends at his previous workshop along side with his day to day work but primarily automotive based. Painting is painting no matter the canvas but painting bikes is so much more creative and now with his vinyl cutter he can get to work creating real colourful and technical schemes as well as the old school retros.
Process of every bike they do.
Frame gets sent to the acid dippers to take it back bare metal
Each frame is then sand blasted to get into all the tight spots and remove any acid that is left on the frame and also blast out any remaining paint and rust.
Frames are then repaired if needed and prepped for etch primer
2-3 coats of primer are then applied and then baked
Frames are then prepped and ready for the fun bit. Painting!
Painting bikes is a lot of fun. So much choice and the possibility are really endless!
He likes working with customers that gives him their ideas and have good input but at the same time it’s also great to play around and create something new and out of the box.
Dan has done an amazing job to my frame and fork i’m so happy with the result, I would recommend him to anybody that wants their frame done or to anything that he put his spray to, as a person him and his crew are RAD!!!!
Please check his work:
Colecoatings@gmail.com for all enquires.
Here’s what the paint work looks like on a compete temporary set up. Photos by Monwar Hussain.
Today had to be the best day to be on your bike!
Met the guys (Indra and Kamal) at Cycle PS in Battersea, chilled for abit. And went for a ride with our mate Ian, road was busy in this awesome weather. People on their bikes, went around looking for a place to get my new frame painted. Bumped into Levi as we got to high street Ken, beging of the ride. Yeah, it was a fun day around London.
Chas of MASH fame, visited us in London a few weeks ago… Well here is one of the reasons why, watch and enjoy.
Easter Sunday, the weather was awesome compared to last years event. Told Ian Patterson I wanted to go to this place in Cuttys ark that makes ramen burger. I showed Ian a route that I wanted to take but he had another route in mind, he said it will be along side the river and less (RAD)road.
So we all met up outside Nike town as always, at 11am. When everyone was there we took off heading towards south bank, crossing the bridge to get there. This was Easter sunday and it was packed with people with families and there you 15 people on bikes, but no one took notice at us and went on with their business enjoying the sun. We hit up the side streets and even there was packed some part wasn’t of the ride wasn’t even smooth, a lot of cobblestone route but the building around it was beautiful. We was weaving around people and again they didn’t give a damn what was happening, going pass tower bridge on the side street smelling the food at borough market.
Photo by Marek Ufnal
Along side the people, there was tricky obstacles that we came up to. Some of us got off the bike, some of us tried and some of us failed. But all in all we had a good laugh at it, Marek was there to captured the action before we even got to the place. Ian and Marek had everything planed on the route, it almost felt like we were on a roller coaster getting our photo taken on the intense parts.
The weather was great the view was awesome, the people was RAD!
You should see the guys at the bottom doing a pee…
At this point I needed some food and you could just see Cuttys ark, I knew it wasn’t long till I had that ramen burger in my hands.
Pimp my ramen, is run by pinoy guys at Greenwhich market they are there on the weekends. Burgers cost £5 and you can choose from a normal burger, Filipino pulled pork, chicken teriyaki and Veg burger. Just think of a normal bun burger but take it away and put a ramen noodles as the bun, it also comes with fried egg, cheese and secret sauce with lettuce.
After we got our food we took somewhere we can chill out and enjoy our food, not all of us got the burgers because there was a lot of other stalls that had awesome food. If you haven’t been you should go and check it out, I haven’t been there for a long while and a lot has changed since I was there.
Thanks you to the people that came to the ride and thanks Marek for the photos. Ian for the RAD route!
A few days ago it really felt like spring was here, but now I kinda wish i didn’t say anything as its been rubbish weather and a bit cold. The good thing is, its staying light as the time gets later. On my early morning rides you can hear lots of birds singing and seeing lots of flowers blooming. It’s a good feeling but this rain and some chilly days sucks! bring on the shorts and t- shirt weather!
Chas just landed in London fresh today, what he did next was to build up his bike and hit the streets of London. We did some catching up with him and seeing what his been up to, talking about race mainly bike stuff. It’s a quick visit so give him a high five or a holla if you see him n the streets!
It’s good to see you, Chas!
I saw this gloves early last year coming out in the States side, wanted to get my hands on it but wasn’t successful. But when I looked again it was finally came out for us over here so I ordered it and now let me test these gloves out. It’s easy for me to copy and paste what it says on the web but i’m not gonna do that, let me give a few words on theses Ambient city gloves.
The gloves is full real leather (soft), the fitting is pretty much true to size and real comfy. Thermal fleece lining works well so far, riding out here on a 3 degree temperature but what works so well is I can use my iPhone without taking my gloves off, I can take photos, calls, text and liking pictures on Instagram. Its a wind and water resistant gloves the only thing is while having it on, the wrist closure is short and can lead draught on the forearm and a cold wrist. It has a nice soft microfibre panel on the thumb area good for wiping your sweats or runny nose.
The gloves on the handle bar is comfortable and doesn’t feel bunched up, I use these gloves off the bike and it looks good. I didn’t feel silly wearing it as its a slim fitted and not bulky. On top that it doesn’t look like a typical bike gloves. All in all I love the the gloves and I would say if you got the money buy it, don’t forget it’s real leather and you can use it on and off your bike!
Get it HERE!!!