While earning, or enduring, her Ph.D in Environmental Life Sciences, Courtney Currier began spending more time on the bike as a way to further connect to the places she was studying, and as a way to just spend time outside during the very inside days of the pandemic. In a very real sense, her time on the bike was inspiring and she began making art again. Building up and custom painting a unicorn fixed gear commuter brought everything full circle! Below, as she plans for what comes next in life post-Ph.D, Courtney reflects on bikes and joy, along with Tobias Feltus’ overview of the build process.
Alpha Bicycle: Start Em Young
McGovern, Meriwether, and even Spray.Bike had a helping hand in this custom bike for Alpha Bicycle’s Adam Rachubinski:
This project started almost as one of necessity. Bicycle shortages and delays are a matter of fact that don’t care if your daddy owns a bike shop. With the shop’s allocation of kids bikes from our manufacturers barely able to cover a quarter of the demand, I knew I was going to have to get creative. Combine that with the fact that my now 6-year-old twins are still pretty small for their age. They just can’t fit the majority of 20” wheeled bikes that are on the market. At the same time, their small stature and current single speed bikes didn’t stop them from regularly riding 4 or 5 miles a day, often while having to dismount and push up the bigger hills.
Check out this full project at Alpha Bicycle’s blog!
GCN Looks at Sammi Runnels’ UCI Squid ‘Cross Bike
Fans of Squid Bikes‘ Sammi Runnels will rejoice at the latest GCN video showcasing her professional ‘cross bike. This is one of the most unique bikes in the pro circuit, since it’s US-made and features a Spray.bike paint job. Like what you see? Follow Sammi on Instagram!
Paul Component Engineering Visits Squid Bikes
While our Shop Visit to Squid Bikes was very thorough, it’s hard to beat video walkthroughs, and sofa talks, especially when Travis and Paul from Paul Component Engineering have the camera!
Spray.Bike’s New Frame Builder’s Metal Plating Colors!
Spray.Bike is the one-shot spraypaint perfect for painting a bicycle frame. It’s grown in popularity over the years and now, they’ve expanded their color and finish options to include a Frame Builder’s Metal Plating line. Included in the lineup is gold, copper, silver and bronze. These 400ml spray bottles make painting a bike frame easy and are in stock now at Spray.Bike.