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Bikes By Steve. 

For nearly 2 decades, Steve Gardner has painted cars primarily but made the bold decision last year to steer his skills in the direction of a life long passion - bicycles. 

In a short space of time, Steve has accumulated a number of steady clients including locals Bastion, Curve Cycling and Prova CyclesLuescher Teknik on top of a growing number of custom restorations and repair resprays.

Using the PPG paint system with an array of guns he can paint any colour under the sun and stars, as well paint to supplied Pantones for colour accuracy / matchy matchy.

Steel, aluminium, carbon and titanium are all available canvas materials waiting to be covered in lush paint.




The Curve Uprock+ Project

On the last Bikehack a rough plan was made to create a bicycle for 3 things.  82.5% Mountain Bike Trail riding (which is about as vague as it gets), 17.5% Bikepacking / hacking and 100% fun = 200%.  Sounds about right.

Steve Varga from Curve worked on designing a yoke to suit a 3.0 tyre on a 50mm rim, and a few other tweaks to the the already race proven Uprock Ti MTB.  I've been a massive convert of the 29+ platform since my first and subsequent dabbles on the Trek Stache, which has been released as the 1120 with bikehacking specific tweaks, significantly racks and mounts for carrying / porting cargo.  Coincidence.  Totally.

When paint came to mind I thought hard for about 13 seconds and was taken back to the early 90's where and when MTB had begun for me. Apollo Koscioscko's, Shogun Trail Breakers, GT Avalanche Triple Triangle, Oakley Mumbo's with splatter paint jobs, John Tomac's Tioga T-Bone stems and Glen Plake's mohawk.   Many of the paint schemes on brands sold in Australia were probably taken from what was happening further afield in the US on Kleins, Fat Chances, and most other brands of the era.  Admittedly I had a Hallmark 'Anchor' MTB - but I always lusted after a horrendously loud paint scheme with splats of paint and wild accents.  Didn't we all.

I sent the Steve's this which took about twice as long to mock up on Illustrator as it did to think about the paint scheme.



Steve had the framed prepped and primed by the time I arrived at his workshop with a white base.



After some chit chat it was time to get to laying down the first coats of loud - Furious Yellow, Obstreperous Orange and Malibu Barbie Magenta.


Bit more chit chat between fades - then a little baking by the heat of the UV lamps.

No decals - all paint.


Pffft. Pffft. From long range a spray of black speckles.


Finally, a coat of clear to make everything POP like Andy Warhol.



If you've got a bike in need of love, restoration or you're not happy with the stock finish then look him up on  Facebook / Instagram.

Expect superb finishes, competitive pricing and an extremely fast turn around time.  

Can't wait to get mine rolling!

    4 Responses

    David Ritzau
    David Ritzau

    September 13, 2020

    Hey, I’ve just bought a new Ebike (see link below), and while I luv the bike I don’t luv the colour. I don’t think I want a total resparay of the whole bike (although I’m open to that idea also, but rather I think all I’d want is some sort of colour highlights on the existing paint job. Generally I like blue or red or fluro type tones but again open to suggestions but am looking for a bit of a ‘wow’ factor. Can you help, what would you suggest, how long would you need my bike for to do it and of course approx cost? Look forward to your reply. David.

    Craig Mc Sweeney
    Craig Mc Sweeney

    August 05, 2018

    Hi Steve
    I am looking to repaint my cannondale 2.8 aluminum.
    The bike is in good nick just needs painting there are a few chips and bubbles in the paint work nothing to major how much would it cost to restore it?
    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Craig McSweeney.

    Luca Montebelli
    Luca Montebelli

    May 24, 2018

    HI, I would like to get my trek domaine repainted as there are few scratches and stone chips, I also would like to change the colour either to the Trek Segafredo Red Racing or to a light blue, is it possible to get a quote?
    I can also come in to the shop with the bike if that helps. Cheers Luca


    May 02, 2018

    Good day Steve,

    It was a great bikeshow in Melbourne last week and I saw you on Sunday, you were too busy and I didn’t have a chance to talk to you.
    We just started our Youtube channel called: thedropcycling. and here are some footage of the show hopefully there are some great memorable moments.
    Hopefully we can meet you in person one day and film some footage of the amazing work you do and let more people know about it. I know you are a busy man and everyone says it.

    My number is 0433 702 250

    Feel free to send me a txt or email anytime.



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