My name’s Ben. Im an industrial designer and bike enthusiast. This is my latest build, about a year in the making.
1960’s Old school Track frame I picked up a while back
Weinmann DP Rims Laced to Polished Hubs
Reclaimed Bars, stripped and poly coated
Reclaimed SR Black Stem
Reclaimed SR Seatpost
Paul Components Royal Flush 170mm Crankset
Original 1960’s KKT pedals
Sugino Track Cog
Custom ‘Viper’ Texture, Bronze & Graphite coating.
WTF you might ask… I work for a specialist metal coating company called Axolotl. We take real metals and coat them in liquid form onto pretty much any solid surface, its a luxury product used for kitchens, doors, feature walls, sculptures and now my bike.
This design is created using a template, coating the whole bike in liquid bronze, lifting the template, coating again in graphite, then cutting back the scales to reveal the bronze underneath. The result is a kind of ripped snakeskin called viper. I’m pretty sure this is the first bike in the world to have this kind of paint-job. Hope you like it.
Working on better pics, forgot my flikr account details. And yeah, this would typically be around 1K. @JLN not ZLTN @AtotheJ
Its got a reverse gear I know, Im on the lookout for some MKS clips + straps if you have some lying about. @BrakeFree
try www.axolotl.com.au or firstname.lastname@example.org
so you had to first apply the snake skin template? it’s pretty sweet, add much weight? i like it, but why do (we) industrial designers always feel the need to tell everyone what we do? for the record i hate those flat bars, but whatever, its a nice machine regardless