Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Woodgraining Bicycle Frames

While browsing one of my favorite sites, cycleexif.com I came upon a beautiful faux wood grain frame. This is the creation of Rob Pollock. The frame is made by Alien Bicycles and Rob masterfully gives this steel frame a classic wood grain effect using paint, and special brushes/tools.

The finished product is beautiful. I want try this wood graining effect myself. MY build would include lugs, leather, and chrome in the right places. Maybe even a wooden basket stained to match the bike?

Check out the video at the end of this post. Rob Pollock talks about life as a panel beater, priming and painting hundreds of cars. Early in his career, he painted a car and the interior didn't match the outside. One of his fellow co-workers decided to woodgrain the dash and interior. Later in life his son Aaron convinced Rob to woodgrain a bike.

Process: Woodgrain Bike Frames from Etsy on Vimeo.

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