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.
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.
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!
“The glowhawk is as bright as smooth. Don’t know who likes this bike more, my son or I.”
This will be the first post of a series that will be featuring our Nighthawk custom cargo bike builds. Unlike most other manufacturers, we produce our own frames and don’t outsource this work to the Far East. Doing so, allows us to modify each bike to needs and liking of the customer. So too was the story with this bike.
Request from the customer
A pass door to be added for a dog or a child into the left-hand sidepanel. Sidepanels should be black without logos. Custom color – RAL 4009 – pastel violet.
We suggested that the door should open forwards. So just in case, the rider forgets to lock it, it will slam closed when riding rather than get stuck somewhere. Custom color for panels and frame is not a problem.
We started by 3D modeling the door opening. Once that was done, we knew the sidepanel would need some reinforcement not to bend around the door. We figured the easiest would be to add another layer of sturdy DiBond material around the door and try it. If that fails, we would weld a small metal frame for the door. Next, we acquired several types of hinges and latches from a local hardware store to test.
The pass door worked like a charm right from the start. We managed to find a latch that has a spring stopper inside so there is always some tension for the latch not to open accidentally. The double layer of DiBond around the door worked well and panel is rigid. Client choose Pastel Violet for the frame, which turned out to be a real looker! Another great custom cargo bike on the road!
“It looks sick man. […] I’ve already sent the photo to a few mates and everyone’s commenting on that door. Amazing job, turned out a lot better than I expected. […] I went for a one hour bike tour outside the city under pouring rain – it was a fantastic ride!”