Not your Mama’s Long Haul Trucker

Awhile ago, I posted that Laura was painting her Surly Long Haul Trucker. Maybe a bit overdue (hey, it’s busy being an Eco-Friendly Bicycling Photographer!), but I finally got around to taking some snaps. She used a special sign paint that was to be pretty weather proof (it’s for signs after all).

The design is a very Japanese-esque vine with in simple black and white. She started with painters tape to do a rough outline of the lines and went in with a small brush to round out the vines and add the leaves.

I think it came out pretty killer!

She has a few more tricks up her sleeves for this bike, so stay tuned!


  1. Ghost Rider June 21, 2008 7:31 pm 

    That looks really nice…it’s subtle and flows nicely around the tubes.

    Is Laura taking commissions? I ask because I’ve got a bunch of bikes that need “prettying up”!

  2. Mike Myers June 22, 2008 12:16 pm 

    I agree with Jack. The vine is a nice, subtle addition to the frame.

    Your pics make everyone else’s here look like they’re taken with cell phones, Russ. It’s not fair. :-)

  3. db June 23, 2008 7:00 am 

    That is a REALLY pretty frame.

  4. Jami June 23, 2008 7:37 am 

    I would love to find out what kind of paint she used. Any way to find out?

    NOT that I want to copy her design, I prefer sea-themes.

    But that frame is kick-azz-spectacular!

  5. Lance June 23, 2008 8:34 am 

    It’s called 1-Shot(her previous post). I believe its usually used for sign painting. Its really durable stuff.

    LOVE the frame!

  6. Ghost Rider June 23, 2008 8:49 am 

    Yep, 1 Shot:

    It’s the industry standard for signpainters…expensive but easy to work with and super-durable.

  7. Laura June 23, 2008 9:29 am 

    That’s the stuff. I picked it up off the pearl paint website:

    I’d read a bunch of reviews about working with it and needing to thin it down, but I found that it worked great right out of the can. A little thick, but it helped me keep within my lines and not have my shapes running all over the place.

  8. Lance June 23, 2008 11:46 am 

    Laura, thanks for the link. Painting the wife’s bike a bit and at least I know I’ll be using the right paint.

    MORE importantly(to me at least :) ): Do you know when you’ll be producing headbadges for sale? I absolutely loved the owl you had on your blog and I’m sure there would be a large demand for them. Cyclists love their bike candy!

  9. Laura June 23, 2008 12:10 pm 

    Hey Lance, you beat me to the punch! Finishing up one for Russ and for myself this week… so stay tuned. (But, if you have an idea, I’m all ears.) :)

  10. Lance June 23, 2008 1:23 pm 

    OOH boy! I already have a design in mind, but I’ll wait for the details before I hound you. This is great news!

  11. Kristen July 18, 2008 11:15 am 

    Laura- how do you like the long haul trucker? I think I am about to purchase one… it is on the boat right now!

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