Sunday, July 31, 2011

Silk Hope

This is a Silk Hope frameset built up with Campagnolo components.  This bike was customized as a special project for the 2011 Classic Rendezvous Weekend in Greensboro, North Carolina.  It is on display at Bisbee Bicycle Brothel in Bisbee Arizona.  Special thanks go out to Ken Toda of Huemax Company for these excellent photographs.

The chainrings have been drilled with a repeating pattern of one large hole followed by two vertical small holes.  Red stained wood has been inlaid into the five arms of the spider, and the hub in the Campagnolo logo on the crank arm has been inlaid with mother of pearl.

On the front derailleur two cutouts were made in the seat tube clamp that match its shape.  The back of the clamp (not visible) has been drilled with a series of holes.

On the rear derailleur the front of the parallelogram was filed smooth and polished before etching the Silk Hope logo onto it.  The jockey roller cage was drilled.

The lettering was removed and the surface buffed before drilling a set of three holes in each shift lever.

The Silk Hope dragon logo was etched into the front of the stem.

The sides of the stem were etched with the text logo and painted with baked red enamel.