As I mentioned in my previous blog, the Get Creative series will highlight the boldest and most beautiful custom painted 3T creations using our Ready-To-Paint Strada and Exploro framesets. The first one was done by Toby Stanton of Hottubes, whom I’ve known for almost two decades.
But that’s all in the previous blog, I’ll let Toby tell the story of this custom project:
When Gerard approached me about doing an American flag themed bike he had very few rigid guidelines other than he didn’t want it to be just another waving flag bike. Gerard mentioned that he was thinking a “deconstructed” flag. Have the colors of the flag for sure but maybe in different proportions. I liked that idea. We agreed that blue was a good main color. I knew the blue I wanted. It’s lighter than American flag blue but would work well.
Gerard e-mailed me this professional sketch for a basic starting point and left it to me to run with from there.
In our previous blog, we showed you how Toby from Hottubes came out with this amazing paint job (from a mysterious sketch…) After getting the frame from the U.S. (in a hurry) we caught up with Larry to present him with the frame while he was in the Netherlands in anticipation of the AmstelGold race.
It was cold and misty in the morning near our hotel, but the sun rapidly cleared the fog and rose to welcome us, offering a nice temperature for riding and shooting, and perfect gravel and single tracks to test the Exploro FM (a first for Larry!)
Our XPDTN3 Explorer Kim Van Dijk joined the ride with Larry, and she gave him a few pointers on gravel riding and 650B wheels. Kim rode on her Lauf equipped Exploro that has taken her around some cool gravel trips around the world.
Larry was having fun on his new “weekend & off-season” rig, and his smile after his first ride on the Exploro was enough to make all the team effort worthwhile!
Here’s the final result with the complete bike, we think it looks pretty cool, what do you think?:
FRAME: New Exploro FM
WHEELSET: 3T DiscusPlus C30W, 650B
DROPBAR: 3T Superghiaia 42cm
STEM: 3T Apto
SADDLE: Selle San Marco Aspide
GROUPSET: SRAM Force 1
BOTTLE CAGE: Elite
TIRES: WTB Byway (Larry uses Pirelli on his road bike, but they do not offer 650B gravel tires yet)
Check the VIDEO and the full PHOTO GALLERY below: (just click for full-size)