The happy Mead Ranger currently bombing around San Diego (see July 7 post) has a brand new feature.
Lawrence decided his rims deserved some artistic striping. Takes a steady hand, but the results are spectacular. If you wonder why old bikes shared some embellishments, you only have to see them up close. Pin striping, like white tires, is a timeless statement.
The stripe should have some meaning. Why not make it part of a handful of same-color accents? Or simply match the frame? A hand drawn stripe is wonderful to behold. Easy to want some yourself, eh?
When it comes to wheel design, don't limit your thinking. Be at least as creative as framebuilders. There are dozens of ways to personalize a wheel and a few that haven't yet been thought of. Use your imagination, and consult older bikes for inspiration.