Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Incline Mohawk, reflective tape and bumper job

My new Mohawk from Incline's line of long boards. 

I decided to create some custom nose and tail protectors, designed to cut down on the impact damage all boards suffer from hitting curbs and such when they get away from the rider or when you eat it. I used PVC pipe bends, cut with a Dremal to fit precisely. I used quarter inch thick Vibram shoe sole rubber between the PVC and the board to act as a shock absorbers. These are held on by pressure alone and can be easily removed and replaced.  

I also covered the entire perimeter of the board with Gorilla glue tape, and a layer of engineering grade white reflective tape over that. The nose and tail protectors/bumpers were painted white, and then covered first with white reflective tape, then lines of red or orange reflective tape, in order to make the board more visible at night. There's also glow-in-the-dark tape covering other areas like the trucks and risers.

 Gorilla glue tape runs the entire perimeter of the board including just below the gas pedals, covered by a layer of reflective white tape

 I painted the wheel cutouts white and added glow-in-the-dark tape on the bottom of the tale and the tip of the nose,  These wheels stickers with a couple of glow-in-the-dark tape strips to outline the graphic

 The nose guard is designed to cut down on impact damage that contributes to delamination, and hopefully extend the life of the board.
 Providing complete protection for the tail required 3 guards in the positions which will likely take a direct curb impact

 After painting the bumpers white to match the board, they were covered with Red and white reflective tape, making the board much more visible at night.
 The nose got white and orange reflective tape

 The bumpers served to protect the board and also make it more visible improving safety for the rider

 The highly reflective tape along the edge of the board also improves safety by making it more visible at night. The  Gorilla glue tape beneath provides protection for the board from road damage.  It's easy to remove and replace.

 Another plus to all the reflective and glow-in-the-dark surfaces,  when you're board goes rogue land torpedo on you and plummets down into a ravine or disappears into the undergrowth at night,  it makes it a whole lot easier to find.


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