The primary purpose for the re-spray, was to design a bike, which promotes my blog. So, that when I'm out on a sportive, people will know it's me. Most importantly, I wanted a paint scheme that was personal to me.
The sprayer - Chris at Performance Race Art in South Wales - has done a fantastic job. The work quality is fantastic. He's a perfectionist no doubt. We've spent many an hour talking on the phone about little bits that he's thought of. Some of the best features, we've done on the fly as Chris has been working on the bike. The culmination of it all, is a one-off paint job.
So, here's some pictures.
|Stealth Matt Black Paint|
|Powder Blue on Inside Front Fork|
|Blue inside rear chainstays with Unicorn2 logo|
|Blue stripe on downtube with logo|
|Headtube with Double Stripe Accent|
|Double Stripe runs down fork exterior|
|Nice bikepure spacer added by Mike the Spanner|
|Seat Tube Logo|
|View from the Front|
|View from the Rear|
|View from Underneath|
|From the Offside|
The bit of the design which was an outcome of an initial idea from Chris, which I'm really chuffed with is the top tube. It has the names of 126 cyclists on it. Every TDF jersey winner from 1903-2010, Yellow, Polka-Dot and Green. In addition, other cyclists who have meaning to me - for example, Wouter Weyland, Tom Simpson, Graeme Obree.
I thought it would be fantastic to be out on your bike, looking down at some of the legends of the sport. So, in that moment of suffering, you could just dig deeper, as you know they would. I'll do another blogpost on the names in bold, they are the people that have motivated me in my short time in cycling. You can see below, how that looks: -
|126 of the greatest cyclists on the toptube|
|The Finished Article|
A few people have asked me what does Unicorn2 mean? This bike was always tagged "The Unicorn" by the guys in the cycling club, as they said "it was hardly ever spotted out". It was Andy Whyte that started it. The label stuck and it felt right to carry on the legend with the re-birth and to make it official. My own little joke to myself.
Chris at PRA did an awesome job. He's a small business getting off the ground in South Wales with aspirations to paint all the pro-teams bikes. Please give him your support as a guy trying to get going in cycling. He does frames, TT helmets, you name it. Cracking guy and cracking job.