Rapha Presents ‘Bicycle Art & Design’ by Artist Garrett Chow

Bicycle Art and Design by artist Garrett Chow presented by Rapha with bikes from SpecializedThis weekend at the Rapha Cycle Club in San Francisco artist Garrett Chow will show off bike inspired artwork.

Chow’s work includes custom painted frames for champs like Zdenek Stybar and Alberto Contador in the past. The work at the left is a Specialized Venge painted to match that bike’s FEA stress analysis under pedal forces (click to enlarge).

Expect to see mostly Specialized bikes – Chow is their lead graphic designer. The event’s called Bicycle Art & Design and is held at 2198 Filbert St, San Francisco, CA. (Map here).

The event starts at 7pm this Friday, November 2nd and doubles as the finish for the MASH SF Cutty Cross Cat alley cat race starting at 5pm. Hit the event link above for details on both.


Keoni - 10/31/12 - 2:48pm

Garrett is an AMAZING designer and I’m so stoked for him…Congrats!!!

Al Boneta - 10/31/12 - 2:50pm

Congratulations Garrett

Quickie - 10/31/12 - 3:24pm

The meaning of the Venge in the picture might be misconstrued in a San Francisco art show. Just an observation, not bigotry.

Danny A. - 10/31/12 - 4:34pm

Way to go Garrett!

Watchtower - 10/31/12 - 5:04pm

“The work at the left is a Specialized Venge painted to match that bike’s FEA stress analysis under pedal forces”

That’s pretty cool.

harnessgnarness - 10/31/12 - 9:45pm

@quickie ……who cares,

Grandmama - 11/01/12 - 2:21am

@quickie …. read the instructions.

Tom - 11/01/12 - 7:54am

So does this mean these big fat tapered head tubes are overkill?

Quickie - 11/01/12 - 9:03am

Sorry if my post came out negatively. The bike looks cool and I understand it was done to match the stress analysis. Obviously a talented artist and I don’t want my observation of a coincidence to detract. My bad.

ChrisC - 11/01/12 - 10:14am

@Tom – I think the colors represent stress analysis (i.e. flexing forces). And I could be wrong, but I think most frame makers are claiming that the big head tubes are more for aerodynamics.

cdudley - 11/01/12 - 6:08pm

@Tom – Depends on what kind of stress plot, boundary conditions, and applied forces. That might just be pedaling forces (ie: no wrenching on the bars).

highfructosecorn - 11/01/12 - 6:53pm

@ChrisC Big head tubes are generally anti aero (according to manufacturers anyway) and not featured on most tt frames. Oversized steerers are for more responsive handling.

Like cdudley and article said, only pedaling forces from computation. I bet measurements from Cav pulling on the bars in a sprint would be very different.

Todd - 11/02/12 - 6:50am

Also tube size may be larger for stiffness. rather than strength

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