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 Post subject: Copper anyone?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:46 pm 
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Peeped on a recent visit to London’s 14BikeCo… a completely copper-plated bike, their Truman model, made bespoke for a client.

Harking back to the very earliest days of bike building, the copper coating is to be left natural, at the buyer’s request, so that it changes colour and tarnishes in a completely unique way.

Absolutely stunning frame-building and attention to detail - even the spokes and nipples are copper plated! The company has also been experimenting with brass…

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 15, 2010 10:50 pm 
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i'd rather see it stay looking copper as opposed to eventually seeing it go greeny blue.

i like the idea though. kid of reminds me of OCC's liberty bike.

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I remember a lad in school in the 50's had a brass plated lugless Claud Butler that was probably pre-war. Beautiful! It was lacquered over though, not left 'au naturelle' like this one. I've wondered for years what happened to it.

I wonder if the owner of this copper one will clean it when the green verdigris gets to thick!

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:46 am 
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The chap who builds most of the 14 bike co stuff lives local to me. Next time I pop over will try to remember to ask if this is his work...

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That's stunning. My bet is it will look great aged as well.

 Post subject: copper bikes
PostPosted: Fri Jun 18, 2010 10:19 pm 
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was very popular in the 70's

and remember the Navigar pro team in italy a few years ago had copper plated Williers

the proplem is that the laquer has to be applied very quickly after the copper process

no nore paint chips for sure

remember a cross rider had a pair made by Harry Quinn for the season and they looked like new at the end of the season.

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