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Aug
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It’s Orange

Bike Number 2 = Orange. Paint by Taylor’s Paint Shop and Taxidermy.

It’s funny how when you paint a bike orange it immediately becomes “Merckx Orange.” I’ve had more than one person who has seen the bike out on the road say that.

“Cool Merckx Orange, bro!”

Well, it’s not.

Even though I am a big fan of Eddy (having actually met him once), the bike is NOT “Merckx Orange.” No, no, no. It is “Taylor Orange.” As in “That Taylor fellow sprayed his bike with a can of Rustoleum Orange, did a lot of work to get it all shiny, and here it is, dammit.”

And for the bike equipment anoraks who may have wandered onto this website: the bar tape is a roll of vintage Hunt – Wilde cello tape that I scored for $10 a while back. This stuff is one or two notches below Benotto tape in terms of quality, but it is a nice touch if I say so myself.  Hunt – Wilde used to come stock on Schwinn bikes back in the ’70s. It is, of course, total crap, but it is vintage crap and that one fact forgives all sins and makes it worth using.  Plus it works well with the theme of the bike.

Pretty snazzy, eh?

The image on the headbadge started life as an antique vinegar label.  I fiddled with it.  That's a picture of George Washington's Mount Vernon...which is just a couple of miles up the road.  George would have dug this bike.

Miss Adventure

This is perhaps the orangest bike ever.

The obligatory "art" shot.

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5 Responses to “It’s Orange”


  1. 1 Nick
    August 11, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Nice work. You have a contact number for “Miss Adventure”?

  2. 3 Nick
    August 16, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    LOL-Honestly Greg I envy your artistry. I’m tasked with managing a “Bike Giveaway” program for Foster Children. I’m currently working on a bike for a ten-year old boy and just doing the touch-up on rusted spots is taking me forever–it was left outdoors before we got it.
    How do I wrangle an invitation to your “paint shop”? Just kidding around.
    Have a good one.

  3. 4 Roger Curtis
    August 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Greg, it’s a beauty. Has anyone suggested that it might be a Molteni orange? And as for meeting Eddy himself, I trust you’ve yet to wash that hand!

    Snow Goose

    • August 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

      Goose! Long time no hear!

      Thanks, it did turn out rather nice. Molteni Orange works. Actually, you could call Indy 500 Orange because I’ve read that Andy Granetelli used Rustoleum Orange to touch up the paint on his race cars between practice sessions.

      Greg


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