Golden Saddle Rides: Jack Brown-Equipped ANT Townie

Golden Saddle Rides: Jack Brown-Equipped ANT Townie
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley

This is what happens when you have the Jack Brown Blues…

These particular tires were bought by one of our customers for the Dirty Hundo earlier in the year. After the ride this customer decided he would never ride a bicycle on the dirt again. He sold his Cyclocross bike, but couldn’t let go of these magnificent tires. Next thing you know, he’s bought this ANT just to have a bicycle to put the tires on…

He still only had a frame/fork, brakes, and tires. You’d think that he’d have some money left over from the Cyclocross sale, but he’d spent all of that money on a custom Rock Lobster road bike and a few late nights out on the town. Next thing you know, he’s talked some big time fashion photographer into renting the bike for a super swank fashion shoot, which paid for the remainder of the build and the rest was history.

While these tires will probably never see a dirt road again, they are cruising around town, having coffee, and dinging bells at just about everything walking down the street.

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  • Wade Stevens

    so Fat!

  • Gabriel Fukfasebock Ytterberg

    Nice bike! I don’t know why ANT Bike Mike doesn’t have more recognition. Probably has something to do with his taste for practical rides and plain paint jobs. But his bikes are always understated beauties, and with his history and the number of people he’s trained, he’s got a big footprint on New England framebuilding.

    (Which, actually… double check that link, I don’t think http://antbikes.com has anything to do with Mike Flanagan (http://antbikemike.wordpress.com/) but I could be wrong)

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Good catch…

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    It’s a bummer the customer won’t ride on dirt again…those tires are sick on mixed terrain. His craftiness in building the bike is enviable tho.

  • Victor_Tvrdy

    why would a person decide not riding on dirt ever again?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Just on this bike in particular.

    • btdubs

      You clearly didn’t ride the Dirty Hundo. ;)

  • James Moore

    there are a number of elements of this bike i just don’t like. but what i love is certainly the simplicity, and the lovley balloon tires. bikes like these are constantly inspiring me to build a classic turn of the 20th century style balloon tire bicycle. i really can’t think of any better design for a simple city bicycle. even if it lacks the practicality of the modern city/utility bicycle. but certainly beautiful. a big thumbs up to more bicycles like these on our city streets. much better than all the beach cruisers/hybrids/mountain/hipsterfixie bikes that dominate the increasingly bicycle populated street here in savannah.

  • btdubs

    This bike is so well-proportioned that I didn’t even notice how huge it is at first. It makes those 700cs look like 26″ tires.

  • Isaiah Kramer

    those map bars are great, but eventually he’ll get bored and throw some drops or mustaches on, they’re too 1-dimensional. Similarly, he’ll get tired of pavement rides first.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      Are you clairvoyant? Who’s going to win the Super Bowl? I wanna make millions!

      • Isaiah Kramer

        just chiming in because my own simple city build with Map/Ahearne bars got a makeover; stripped off the fenders and threw on some knobbies + dirt drop bars. This bike has lots of possibilities and if i were the proud owner i know i’d get around to tinkering.