Picture your childhood summers. Now picture better, imaginary childhood summers like the ones you see in movies and on television. Were the kids in your imagined vision riding bikes on suburban streets? Did the bikes look modern or did they have that wide handlebar, red and white 1950s look? Did they look like this:
If you had a crummy bike with a chain that kept popping off when you were a kid you probably feel a little peeved when you see those movies where the kid is riding one of those beautiful retro bikes and then drops it onto the sidewalk like a heap of scrap. You probably thought you’d treat that bike better, you’d give it the respect it deserves, but you knew you’d never have one because they probably stopped making them. Lucky for you, they did not. And what’s better, we can make them look even cooler.
Vehicle Wraps for Vintage Bikes
Recently, iQ Credit Union, based in Vancouver Wash., got in touch with us. They bought 19 replica 1952 Columbia Cruiser bikes for a promotional event and they wanted to add a bit of their brand to the bikes with a few vinyl vehicle wraps. Before we go further let’s be clear; these are THE bikes. The ones you think of if you combine the words “childhood” and “vintage.” They even come with a headlight. The kind that’s shaped like a bullet. Who wouldn’t want that?
The unabashed awesomeness of this project meant we didn’t hesitate to get involved.
The bikes arrived in boxes. We scrambled to get them open. They were partially unassembled. No big deal for the Mighty Sign Makers, we figured we’d have them together in a few minutes. Then we found out bikes in 1952 had a LOT of parts. We began the assembly and felt for all the dads back in the 1950s who had to quietly put a bike together on Christmas Eve.
The next step was removing the gas tank, chain guard and both fenders. Taking apart a bike is much easier than putting one together. Once we them all off, we wrapped these pieces in the familiar red and black plaid of iQ Credit Union, digitally printed on premium cast wrap vinyl. When we were finished with the wraps, we reassembled the bikes. They looked awesome.
Not Done Yet
Just before they picked up the bikes, the client got in touch. They asked if we could fill the tires. The thought of taking 19 bikes to a gas station air pump had crossed their mind, so they wanted to see if we could do it. 38 tires on 19 bikes. No air compressor or air pump. Of course, we said yes. The Mighty Sign Makers love a challenge. Just as we got ready to inflate them by mouth, someone arrived with a borrowed air compressor and we got all 38 tires full of air.
The client arrived to pick up the bikes. He congratulated us on a job well done, said the bikes looked “swell” and took one for a test drive.