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Custom Glow-in-the-Dark Cargo Bike

Custom Glow-in-the-dark Cargo Bike

Not all customizations mean that we have to go above and beyond our regular tubing, geometry and so on. Yet they can still be totally out of this World and memorable. Like this custom glow-in-the-dark Nighthawk Cargo Bike.

Request from the customer

A glow-in-the-dark paint to make the cargo bike stand out during dark winters.

Make Your Night Bike Glow in the Dark with Phosphorescent Paint

Process of the Custom Glow-in-the-Dark Cargo Bike

For phosphorescent paint, our standard powder coating process cannot be used. The glow-in-the-dark effect is achieved by adding phosphors into the paint. Powdercoating is a process where the paint is is attached to the frame with an electric current in a powder form. This powder is transformed into flowing paint in an oven at roughly 200 degrees centigrade. Phosphorus has a melting point at 44,15 degrees and thus it would just melt into the paint and have its glowing effect. As a result, this means the paint had to be applied in a wet form in a way cars are painted with a paint gun.

Luckily we found a car-painter who was willing to take on the job.

Result

The result was a real looker. As it is hard to get the full effect with photos, but when you see one during the dark hours of winter, riding through Copenhagen, then you know it’s a Nighthawk!

Client response

“The glowhawk is as bright as smooth. Don’t know who likes this bike more, my son or I.”

Until next builds!

Much love,
KP

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Custom XXL Cargo Bike

It has been another unique build we finished. As always, one can get a bit anxious with design changes and their effect on the rideability, but this time things turned out even better than anticipated. So this is a story of the custom XXL Cargo Bike.

Request from the customer

The customer wanted a stealth matte black looking cargo bike with a large cargo bed. The customer wanted the cargo area to be 100 x 50 cm large.

Process of the custom XXL Cargo Bike

3D modelling once again is central in this kind of customisation. For example, it was easy to change the dimensions of the cargo bed, but we also wanted to be extra sure that the frame would still be stiff enough. For it, we added removable reinforcement bars to the sides of the cargo area marked in yellow below.

Custom XXL Cargo Bike

Result

Since we had not built a bike in this size before, we were confident, but at the same time, a bit anxious about how exactly the bike will handle. Taking it for the first spin, our anxiousness disappeared. The bike handled really well, and you could hardly notice the larger than normal size. The bars on the sides of the cargo area really worked their charm, and the frame was stiff.

KP Cyclery Nighthawk Hagen Bikes Cargo Racer Bike

Until next builds!

Much love,
KP

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Custom Step-Through Cargo Bike

Step-Through Cargo Bike

The mission of our cargo bikes, similar to all cargo bikes, is to have more cycling, healthier people, coherent societies and fewer cars and less pollution in the World. When this vision gets through to political parties, we know there will be an impact on what we do. This vision has come alive thanks to Estonia’s Reform Party. The party has been the political leader for the majority of Estonia’s short history and is lead by Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.

Request from the customer

Electric bikes with step-through frame for local elections so female politicians can use the bike with a skirt on. Bikes have to be painted in party yellow and custom graphics are needed for the cargo box.

Nighthawk Step-Through Cargo Bike

Process of the Custom Step-Through Cargo Bike

As always, modern 3D modelling comes in handy when making custom geometries. We dropped the top tube of the frame much lower and moved the battery from the head tube to the bottom of the top tube. Templates of the box and windscreen were sent to the graphical designer at the Reform Party who added their slogans and design.

Step-Through Cargo Bikes

Result of the Custom Step-Through Cargo Bike

The result turned out stunning. We ended up liking the design so much that we are now considering making the step-through cargo bike a standard option for the frames. We think it looks still agressive and sporty enough to carry forward the essence of our bikes, but at the same time practical and unisex. In addition, we ended up making the whole box from a reflective material that adds to the looks and safety of the bike.

Client response

“Thanks so much for working furiously against a tight deadline with the last day all-nighter. The bikes look amazing!”

Until next builds!

Much love,
KP