Want to see your bike on Kona’s Ti Tuesdays? Here’s the step-by-step guide…

There’s just something about titanium, the magical material that looks incredible without paint, resists corrosion naturally, and has the supple ride qualities to back up its aesthetic and functional virtuosity.

Kona has been making bikes from titanium since the way way back… 1991 to be exact. Ti could also be considered short for “timeless”, as our Ti bikes from throughout the years still have that ineffable joy, and can be polished up to their original sheen if you so wish.

Last year we launched #TiTuesdaysWithKona, a weekly feature of the weird and wonderful world of Ti. Each and every build comes out unique, just to the owner’s specifications, often becoming as cherished as a member of the family. We’ve been loving the influx of Ti here at Kona, and we know there’s more out there.

untitled-0648Darren’s Humuhumu is over the top. See more HERE.

So, you want to see your bike featured on Ti Tuesday? Here’s what we need:

What Kind of Photos Do We Need?

We usually publish 8-10 photos so you probably want to submit 15-20 total. Images submitted should be resized to 2000 pixels wide, ideally in landscape (horizontal) orientation.

Details, Details, Details…

We always need one high quality drive side profile shot, and then detail shots to back it up. If you look through the Ti Tuesday archives you’ll see a lot of great examples – and not all of them were shot by professionals!

The first and simplest trick to ensure you get decent images is to find a nice wall to lean the bike on: something clean visually that won’t distract from the bike. Then make sure the bike’s in the big ring, medium rear gear, with cranks level.

It’s all about the details with Ti. The beauty of a weld, of the finish, and of the custom build that adorns it. Head tube, headset, cool parts… get in there close! Or medium…

eddy_honzo_titues-2731Eddy’s Ti Honzo and the classic Ti shine.

What Kind of Camera Should You Use?

The best case is that you shoot with a DSLR camera, and have the lens zoomed in beyond 50mm focal length. This will help separate the bike from its environment and keep the focus on the details.

If you don’t have a DSLR camera, here’s our recommendation: shoot the bike in the least distracting environment possible. As noted above, a clean wall can go a long way toward getting great images from a smaller camera.

JohnKendalRaijin-17John’s Raijin is living proof that there are no rules when it comes to Ti builds.

What’s the Story Behind the Build?

How did you get the bike, what do you plan to do with it? Is this your all mountain shredder, your dual duty commuter, or your grocery getter? Is there something about this build that’s particularly worthy of attention?

Have you been lusting for a Ti Kona for years, and finally went for it? Did you pick the bike up at a consignment shop, or score it from the original owner on Craigslist? Did you finally convince your dad to let you bring his old bike back from the dead?

Alright, You’ve Convinced Me… How Do I Submit?

Ready to submit? Have some questions? Send an email to caleb@konaworld.com and we’ll get you sorted out.

Dew_Ireland-8978Garry’s Di2 Ti Rove… mmmmm…