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    Alright, this is pretty intense. 3 posts in one night!!!! But I am on a roll, and this bike is oober cool, so I pretty much had to throw this up here.

    Last fall I bought a Surly Cross Check for my girlfriend Ashley, and since I paint bikes I thought I would spice this up for her a little bit. She picked out the sparkly purple, and when I asked her what the second color should be, she said silver. That was all she specified so I took it from there…

    It took me a while to come up with the final plan, so in the mean time I had the talented Erik Noren of Peacock Groove customize the frame for me a little bit. Mid-blade braze-ons went into the fork, and a solid brake cable housing stop was added to the rear of the bike so we could get rid of the dongle Surly supplies. At this point I had a solid idea of what I was going to do, and I had accumulated most of the parts necessary to build this little guy, so it was time to get started.

    This picture isn’t the best to really see what is going on, but it’s a start… Its a 2×9 set up with some sweet cruiser bars, plus purple grips!!


    Here you can get an actual idea of what I was trying to do. I wanted it just to be bubbles that went up and got smaller, but I ended up using some stars as well. Not a bad choice if I do say so myself.

     I put a few little accents on the fork as well!!

    Here is a better view of the “cockpit.” It is even has a speedometer and bell!

    Paul Thumbies and some shiny Shimano brake levers make this bike one sick ride!!

    So that is Ashley’s Cross Check! I was pretty pumped about this project the whole way through, and it is pretty awesome to see it cruising down the road!


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    I said I was going to post some pics of these bikes I painted for Dave Corey, but I never got around to it. So here they are!!

    There are 2 other bikes that I don’t really have pictures of yet, but I will work diligently to get those pictures, and post them post haste!


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    It’s happened! I am officially powdercoating stuff!!

    It took a bit to get the oven all finished, but it is now and it cooks like no other. I was going to take some pictures of it, but I promptly forgot about that. I did take a few pictures though of the first 2 bikes I have coated. 
    This white bike is the first bike/anything that I coated. It turned out pretty alright and the durability seems to be quite awesome. I’m putting more pics up in my picasa album and also on flickr, so if you wanna see more of this guy, check it out there!

    This green bike is actually mine. The finish is a 2 layer color where you put down a chrome or silver base, and then what they call a translucent or candy green. It’s hard to see in the picture, but this color really blows up in the sun. More pics of this will be on my online web albums as well.

    I know it’s been a while since my first real post, and a lot has been happening, it’s just that I’m not the best at updating this things. But I’m going to try to get better at that and keep you all (whoever that is) informed of what is going on in the world of AP.

    This past weekend I also painted a couple of Civias. I only took pictures of the one, but I am pretty happy with how this one turned out. The pin striping on the fenders took a bit, but all in all I think it will be a pretty classy looking bike when it is all assembled. It hasn’t been painted yet, but I am also painting a stem to match.

    And as always, more pictures of this beauty up on Picasa and Flickr!

    Well I think this is about all I have for now, check back though and maybe there will be more…