BMW Launchpad

BMW Launchpad

The aged patina that steel achieves is a rich effect that definitely adds character to a frame and will only enhance and emphasize every other component, but for the ultimate in a weathered look there’s only one way to fly: copper plating. This owner of this Brooklyn Machine Works Launchpad is Palmer Kelly, owner of PHX Bike, Arizona’s only fixed gear-specific store. It’s also a Brooklyn Machine Works dealer, so it’s no wonder Palmer owns several BMW frames. This is his daily rider, which has been copper plated and apparently the colors keep changing every day, as the oxidization process takes effect. Palmer’s Launchpad has been set up with blue 36 hole Profile hubs laced to Velocity Psycho rims and, while solid enough to bear the brunt of serious urban riding, also provide a stark contrast to the warm copper tones.

Big thanks to Palmer for the photography. Next time you’re in Arizona, swing by PHX Bike in Phoenix.

BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad
BMW Launchpad

  • what bars?

  • rusty

    im sorry, nasty geometry, nasty wheels, nasty seat, nasty bars……. paint is cool, but come on, its nasty. please someone correct me as to how this is a beautiful piece of art and engineering??

    • It’s a beautiful piece of art in the simplicity of the fixed gear and the fine craftsmanship of a company based in NYC. The copper plating is unique and eye-catching. And, even more so, it’s stirred you up enough that you decided to leave a comment on this blog. Clearly it’s doing something right.

  • rusty

    Sprinkley, agreed, you are correct, it stirred me…….. but still its nasty. dont get me wrong its no reflection on the craftmanship or the quality of the other bikes produced by BMW because they are absoloutely AWESOME!!!! however im just not that keen on it, i still think its nasty, listen to beans by nirvana, its a nasty song by a GREAT!!! band, but its still a nasty song.

  • Thanks Charles!Hey ,Admin,i sent you anemail,ever got that one?

  • rusty

    god bless freedom of speach

  • Looks fun to ride, strong and dead simple function over form. The distressed look just seems like a bit of fun.

  • wingtip

    love the left hand drive