Golden Saddle Rides: Sean’s Fast Boy 650b Singlespeed

Photos by Kyle Kelley

After passing away a few weeks back, Ezra Caldwell‘s work keeps popping up all over, miles away from his home studio in New York City. In fact, this bike was first built up by Golden Saddle Cyclery years back for Sean, a loyal customer living in Santa Barbara.

A singlespeed commuter is really all most people need. 650b tires provide a smooth ride and for medium sized frames, they look well-balanced proportionately. Exra had a way of proclaiming his approach with frame design by not really saying anything. While this bike may seem very straight-forward, the details in the metalwork are what first caught my eye.

The chainguard is attached by two 5mm bolts that actually pass through the down and seat tubes. Then the guard itself is incredibly elegant, especially when matched with the White Industries ENO cranks.

Stainless lugs and raw steel tubes make up the frame’s materials, with a good amount of patina forming on the steel. It must be the salt in the air. Santa Barbara is coastal, you know. The rear rack is custom, with wooden planks, which even out the overall build, especially when compared to Ezra’s signature wooden handlebars.

In a lot of ways, this bike is void of ostentation, yet meticulously detailed. Something that seemed to spill over from Ezra’s personality onto everything he touched.

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  • Alex Forbes

    I’m in love with that guard. Ezra truly had a great sense of design.

    • James Moore

      agreed. that is a beautifully crafted chain guard. seeing bikes like this, really has me thinking hard about a 650b conversion.

      • Tyler Johnson

        Seriously the cleanest chain guard ever. Love it.

  • mywynne

    It’s gonna rust and wear down and wear out, and yeah, I think that’s going to be beautiful and appropriate.

  • Jamie McKeon

    love this bicycle! great photos kyle.

  • Zachery Small

    Its a bummer about Ezra, his bikes were gorgeous. Worst way to get smoked out.

  • hans

    really dig this

  • http://www.cycleexif.com/ Adam Leddin

    Christ. This is exactly why Ezra was my favourite builder.