Mr. Lorenz has been racing his matte army green 2011 Speedvagen road machine with his Cable Huston team for the last couple of years. It's been a great bike for him in fact he liked it so much that he wanted to give it a little makeover for the 2013 season. He had always remembered the first time he saw the 2011 Surprise Me! paint scheme; the color panels stacked on one another, the clean and orderly way it all fit together. So he picked his team colors, orange and blue, and had Coat work up a custom version of that 2011 Surprise Me! scheme. "I was ready for a change and I wanted something that was both unique and timeless. This is more than just a bike. It is my bike. My reaction when I saw it was that it looked not only refreshed but it looked like a brand new bike. In fact, I am glad you are doing the blog post because I think my wife still suspects that I bought a new bike."
This wasn't going to be just a repaint for Coat though, it would be an opportunity to challenge themselves in a way that they don't often get to. Each component of the Campagnolo Super Record gruppo, the saddle and bar plugs would be painted to match the orange panels on the bike. One of the signatures of Coat is their component colorwork but they don't often get projects with such small detail.
After a few paint tests the team got to work. There are 5 stages of detail and a base coat to this paint scheme. We use stencils, not decals, so that's a lot of cutting stencils, painting, sanding, repeating... Of course, it's worth it when you see the finished product as a whole bike and everything connects.
It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. Check out the finished product below. There are more photos of this bike and all the little details on Coat's Flickr page too. Time for a refresh? Drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org