I’ve got to disagree! I will admit to being a bike fanatic, owning 4
now, and working on a 5th. I’ve thought of a chrome or gold plated
bike frame, and may do one of these options in the near future. Yes,
a century ( 100 mi.) or multi-century ride may not be what you want
to do with a gold plated and clear powder-coated bike frame, because
of the extra weight added to the frame, as well as the potential to
damage your plating job. A long ride like that is for your touring
bike, with the gel seat, stronger rims, tougher tires and slightly
more upright handlebar geometry.
That sweet custom bike with the gold plated frame is for cruising
around the park on a sunny day, like my girlfriend and I did this
past Friday afternoon.
I can’t think of a better way for a goldsmith to show what you do
for a living, get some great exercise, and breathe a lot of fresh air
on a sunny day, than to take a bike ride. This work we do at the
workbench is tough on the body, and we need a way to get limbered-up
and stretch out those muscles.
Any of you who are bicyclists and planning to be in sunny San Diego,
please get in contact with me and I’ll take you on a gorgeous ride
here! I might even have a bike that will fit you!
Now I’m thinking I may have to start looking for a light 59 cm
Italian steel frame I can have polished for a cool plating job!!
(Anybody out there have a candidate for sale?)