Every Monday night Team AWOL has a standing offer: CAMP OUT WITH YOUR LAMP OUT. Same day, same time, same place every Monday. A flier at the
Specialized head quarters and a map was all it took last Monday to lure 6
riders into the deep woods of Henry Coe State Park, a two hour climb
from Morgan Hill. The Climb is over 3000 ft / 1000 m and gnarly at times but knowing you carry a burrito and a beer as a reward makes it easier. The mind is set on that magical moment around the camp fire. Also waking up with the sun and descend for 40 minutes straight on empty roads, make the climb easier for sure. We roll into work at 7.30, energized and high on life. Overnighters are so fun and so easy! GO AWOL.
Colin Belisle shot some great pictures!
My colleague Barry Gibb had previously used the Rustique rusy paint to create a fantastic surface on a carbon bike ( the #Rustvenge ) and I wanted to try it to, on steel this time. We ordered some paint and decided that this nickel plated AWOL would be the victim for this experiment. The month of June is usually pretty mellow at work (read: not as completely fucking crazy as July and August) and I spent some afternoons in the workshop and paint booth to finish off this creative experiment in an effort to bring real organic life back to a surface that’s dead.
21. A nice and smooth layer of iron oxide is covering the frame and parts. 22. Mix the rust activator and shake well. 23. Breakfast. 24. Spray the water based rust activator/agent on the frame. The agent will bead up on the surface. 25. Rub the agent into the basecoat using a Scotch pad. 26. From diamonds to rust #inrustwetrust, this shit really works. 27. Let the agent work for 12-24 hrs. and evaluate the first layer. 28. Getting back to work after the weekend is easier with this waiting. A pretty healthy layer of rust formed since Friday. I put the frame outside over the weekend, a decision I might regret, it could have been a better, darker result if I stayed inside and that bird shit on the down tube would have been undone. 29. Just sprayed / splattered on some Muriatic Acid (diluted to 10%) as an experiment. Hopefully it won’t erode the current layer of rust. 30. Now coffee