Lake Shore Boat Top Company

Project Details

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Producer: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC
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Design Name
Rob Kotowski

Design Company
Lake Shore Boat Top Company

Fabrication Name
Rob Kotowski, Gregory Phillips, Jake Koch, Phyllis Gielow, Laurie Boyle, Diana Boskovich

Fabrication Company
Lake Shore Boat Top Company

Project Manager Name
Rob Kotowski, Bob Kotowski

Project Manager Company
Lake Shore Boat Top Company

Installation Name
Rob Kotowski, Gregory Phillips

Installation Company
Lake Shore Boat Top Company

Please describe the project specifications

A local Detroit-based company reached out to us after poor service by one of our local competitors. They were in need of a unique top designed for his city peddle bike. They wanted a stylish yet modern look for their cycle pub bike that drives around the metro Detroit city area. These pedal bikes are rented for 3 hour blocks where customers can bring their own beverages and hang out as a group and peddle bike around the town.

What was the purpose of this project? What did the client request?

This 18’ long custom designed bike canopy top needed to be fabricated with white fabric. The customer wanted to use Sunbrella Fabric for this top. They wanted daylight to be able to come through during the day and at night they had LED Lighting inside the framework, which would reflect onto the roof of the top with many wild colors. They were also looking for a top that would provide ease of use and care.

What is unique or complex about the project?

This was a different style of project that we are used to at our shop. We had to assist with the metal fabrication and design to help maintain the look we wanted to go with for the canopy top. We also helped come up with the design of the wooden racks underneath the canopy top so that the people riding the bike would have a shelf to store all of their personal belongings.

What were the results of the project?

The result was amazing! We installed this top with marine fasteners so it would be easy to install and remove for storage and for cleaning. The white Sunbrella functions great day and night really allowing the colors of the LEDs to pop! We landed six more projects for this company and also work with another company in Put-In-Bay, Ohio with their cycle pedal pub bikes and all of their cover needs. We have also helped this customer design and fabricate all of their seating and backrest upholstery on all their bikes they operate. We are able to coordinate the backrest fabric with the color scheme of the bikes and the LEDs that shine at night! Great for any pub run!

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