Kind of. I’ve been taking a much needed break from the blog, but I haven’t stopped riding, shooting, or exploring. There will be more to come in the future. Stay Tuned…
Photos from HERE.
I posted towards the end of the 2015 that the blog will be taking on a new direction in 2016. The transition will be slow (maybe a late winter to late spring launch), but the base is already there. I want to ensure everything I want(ed) this blog to be will/can happen. This is the first post towards that “New Direction.” I have been spending more and more time behind the lens lately. Mostly exploring my city at night, and interestingly enough, following the same paths/place I ride throughout the seasons. I do want to point out, that I WILL NOT be leaving the cycling life behind. If it wasn’t for cycling, the “new direction” would never have happened. I view it more as an evolution or creative growth.
Over the next coming months expect to see more of this “new direction” (It will be more explained as I figure out how to put it all into words) and a continued love for cycling.
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I finally finished (almost, still waiting on a head-badge decal and Pinhead Locks) my Panther Pink Affinity Lo-Pro. What I thought would take me only a week or two at the most turned into a month. This isn’t the first bike I’ve painted, but it was one of the most challenging paint jobs I’ve done.
This is a rattle can paint job. Over the years I have mastered using spray paint to achieve a very close looking professional paint job. I usually go with automotive primers, paint, and clear. But, with the cost of MOPAR Panther Pink paint being around thirty bucks a can, I was forced to go a different route.
When doing a rattle can job, it’s very important to use the same brand from beginning to end. I went with a Montana Black and Gold paints. They have a matching panther pink paint and were fairly inexpensive. About seven to ten dollars a can. They are also used a lot by graffiti artists, so they don’t fade, hold up to elements, and spray matte colored (This speeds up drying time and you will less likely have runs).
A good rattle can paint job, takes patience. You have to make sure your surface is prepped properly. That means strip the paint and clean the surface. On a steel frame you will want to strip and prime in the same day. The few aluminum frames I’ve painted you can wait over night to start painting, When I start to paint, I do two to three light coats, let dry for a few hours, repeat until I am happy with the result. Then I let it sit 24 to 48 hours, wet sand, put a few more coats on, and repeat. I do this process from primer to gloss. It can take up to a week, if you do it correctly and don’t have any hiccups.
After finishing your paint job, always let the paint sit for a three to four days, before reassembling. I let this bike sit for over a week, before rebuilding. I also had a few setbacks, like kicking my fork over and having to repair a few spots, and finding an area on the frame, where the paint stripper didn’t get completely washed away. But, in the end, these setbacks, made the paint job, that much better.
This is just a brief over-view of my process. You can easily search forums or You Tube for how tos, that go way more into depth.
Over the last year or so, I started to love photography more and more. As an artist, I always appreciated it and used it, but never really took the time to learn it. I picked up the basics when I was in college. Learned to shoot my own art, and things I found interesting for reference. Starting this blog has really pushed my photography more and more. I’ve learned quiet a bit, bought a new camera, started adding a section in my studio to shoot, and I actually enjoy photo editing… sometimes.
I shoot my bikes more than others. (Check my Instagram for proof) How else am I suppose to learn!? A few people have given me the opportunity to shoot their rides, which I am so grateful for. I still take the typical bike shots, the side, a few angles, etc. I love a good picture of a nice bike, and still enjoy taking those shots. Lately, however, I’ve started looking at the space surrounding the bike, it’s environment, etc. I started exploring parking garages at night. A lot of them around KC have a nice bright white lighting, instead of that horrible orange yellow. There’s something about the space, the lighting, and the atmosphere, that makes it one of my favorite spots to shoot.
Above and below are a few shots from last weekend. Check out this blog post from last week. There are a few shots from atop a parking garage I found in midtown, that I really enjoyed.
Also, THANK YOU to everyone who has been viewing the blog. I’m still learning so much and having a blast doing it.
With the impending “Artic Blast” heading towards Kansas City, on Sunday I went for a nice cruise to see if I could find any sweet spots to shoot bikes. I stopped at my usual spot first, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, and took a few shots of my Super Pista, then proceeded more into midtown, where I found a parking garage. The top level was completely empty, so I set up shop and shot a few more photos of my bike. The light was getting low, so I didn’t get as many shots of the bike as I was hoping. Hopefully it warms back up a bit, so I can spend a few hours at the garage.
I’ve been riding the Atir Cycles Glow Bike for almost three months now. I started off by doing weekly reviews of the bike. I quickly ran out of stuff to say, so I scrapped that idea and decided to give myself a little longer to get to know the bike better. Overall, I have been pleased with the bike. I used it as my main bike for month, rode it to work, the bar, friends houses, and anywhere else I decided to venture in the city.
I was pretty in-depth with the first weekly review, the second weekly review was a video showing the bike at various speeds, the handling, and a little skid, and the third weekly review basically covered my weekend and riding in the rain. After riding the bike for almost three months, I only have a few more things to ad to the overall review.
First off, if you want an inexpensive to ride around town, to work and/or school, or even just a bike to go for weekend leisure rides, this is a perfect bike. Atir Cycles bikes, start at $325 for the high tensile steel models. These models are little bit heavier (23-25lbs). They also offer a 4130 Chromoly Steel version, which is slightly lighter, starting at $450. I rode the high tensile Glow Model, which starts at $385.
After riding it on the fixed gear side for about two months, I did switch it over to single speed, so a friend who was visiting town, could ride it for a weekend. I told him, I wanted his opinion at the end of the weekend. He told me he took it out on some trails and it was just as fun off road and it was on. And then, he tried to buy it from me. When I did switch it over to single speed, I did throw a brake on the back. The Atir bikes come with a front brake only. I just added a rear one, because that’s how I like my single speeds set up.
In the end, I will continue to enjoy this bike. I have a riding rotation set up for all my bikes, so they get equal rinding time, and I have gladly added this bike to that rotation. Check out Atir Cycles for more information on their brand, and to buy a bike that makes you happy!