Phil Harwood is a bicycle painter at Alchemy Bicycles in Denver, Colorado. We talked to Phil about how his experiences as a bike messenger in Boston and as a painter's assistant and mechanic in the Independent Fabrications shop in NH have prepared him for the current challenge of painting high-end titanium and carbon frames with Alchemy Bicycles. Phil offers insights about the multiple processes that each frame undergoes during the painting process and the level of care that is paid to each frame to assure a durable and sharp-looking finish.
Additionally, we hear about Phil's experience building his own carbon bike from the ground up, starting with rolls of carbon fiber and making the tubes that make up the frame. Make sure you check out the Alchemy Arktos full-suspension carbon mountain bikes that are changing people's expectations of how good a full suspension bike can look.