Aside from being a prolific artist and designer, Geoff McFetridge is a passionate cyclist. His enthusiasm for bikes has been evident throughout his portfolio, and he’s already completed a successful collaboration with Portland’s Fairwheel Bikes which featured a Ruegammer Blackwerks frame and weighed in at less than 4kg. This project has recommissioned a Parlee TT frame into a rolling work of art, and deservedly won Interbike 2010’s ‘Best Paint Job’ award.
Utilizing a masking technique, the characters were initially drawn onto the frame with a masking fluid, then painted white. The mask was then removed, revealing the characters formed by the raw carbon weave beneath. It was a laborious process but has produced a striking effect. Fairwheel Bikes then built up the frame in a configuration as individual as it’s skin. Incorporating a fixed Sturmey Archer 3-speed and a barcon shifter, McFetridge’s Parlee is now a street sprinting weapon. ENVE carbon fiber tubbys, Tune front hub, stem, saddle and Fast Foot cranks complete the ensemble.