Part & Parcel

So when I started thinking about developing a new headtube badge for Bonavia. I Started thinking about myself as a builder, my ideals and history, I also thought about the importance of the intent that you bring to a project. I thought about the elements of Precision, care and design that Clive had taught me. The final design has elements of my personal history,  Clives original Bonavia design of the late 1970’s and an overall aesthetic that complements not just the lugged construction that Bonavia is known for, but also the fillet and bi-laminate construction methods that I employ when the customer desires or the design dictates.

The process started over a year ago, the conceptual design process is something that I enjoy up until a point, I know what I am good at and know what I should be farming out. I am happy on the computer working in a cad file designing new tools or working with fir numbers to get a bike dialed for the rider for me these thing are very tangible and my knowledge and experience allows me to achieve the needed results with relevant ease. However researching didone fonts and the history of text styles is not something I am good at or want to be. So harvesting the ideas and images from my head was one thing. Incorporating the elements of history that Bonavia has and mixing them together to create something unique was where i knew help was needed. So in stepped Tim Lukian of Tuna Heart design and we went to work.

DSC_0016_1 The back and forth that we went through was extensive and at times frustrating. I did however learn a lot about the graphic design process and am very satisfied with the results of the en-devour.

I managed to source a local Company to me in Vancouver, who’s process and experience made the execution of the design elements smooth and hassle free, Fred  and Astrid also made sure that I got to see the first samples that came out of the die and the process that each sample goes through to become a headtube badge.

Headbadge file (51)The die itself is made from 4140 tool steel.

Headbadge file (49)The first samples to go through the die and a 6 tonne drop hammer. One sample is brass the other is nickel silver both in 14 gauge.

Headbadge file (48)Drilling the 2.5mm mounting holes.

Headbadge file (34)All hand work here, the accuracy that Whei uses this jewelers saw with is amazing considering how fast he was cutting the material. Very impressive to watch.

Headbadge file (38)   A sample cut and ready for annealing

Headbadge file (25)The annealing process, this is done in order to form the head tube badges to the desired diameter of head tube.

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   In this step the badges are pickled to remove oxides that have developed from the annealing.

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A quick wash in some hydrochloric acid and then quickly rinsed off with water.

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Cleaned badges ready to be pressed and formed into shape.

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Checking for fit-up

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Badges are then put into a blasting cabinet to create a surface etch and key for the desired cosmetic steps to come.

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the badges then go into another bath to create a layer of oxidization that will add to the surface finish.

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After the bath but before the polish.

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And after few moments on the buffing wheel….

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The above finish is a nickle oxide. this will be standard on all Bonavia frames.

The below finish is a brass oxide and will only be for special projects and single speed mountain bikes.

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So there you have it, the makings of a fancy headtube badge. I am really happy with outcome of the project and am looking forward to seeing these on frames for years to come.

I don’t make the badges and I am ok with that, because the badge does not make the bike.