Golden Saddle Rides: Cinelli Mash After-Work Basket Bike

Is it still a work bike, if you don’t spend your work days riding it around delivering packages? What about riding to the bar? Or errands? Or even hitting some singletrack after work and finishing off a beer. Even a 32oz. The latest Golden Saddle Rides is a Mash Cinelli Work frame that has been powder coated clear red and built with around-town functionality in mind. Here in Los Angeles, even around town means you can ride some dirt on the way. Wide Answer bars, and Continental TravelContact tires should have given that away. While these framesets come with cantilever bosses, this build is set up brakeless with a fixed drivetrain. The front bosses were utlized however, to mount a Nitto rack, which holds a Wald basket and one of those nifty Monkey Wrench Cycles bags.

The Arundel Looney Bins are great and make for interesting prop placement in this photoshoot…


If you want a custom build like this and live in Los Angeles, hit up Golden Saddle Cyclery.


  • ncoffeeneur

    Prop placement… right…

  • Jack

    That grateful Smoky pin tho

  • Bryan

    The real question is, if Answer made a FULL camo line of components, would I ever be visible while riding a bike? Or would we just see a face hovering over some spinning tires?

  • I like this bike in the sense that it pushes the idea of the ‘townie’ or ‘city’ bike concept to the extreme. My own bike project does that as well so I can appreciate it, but I guess this is a California specific idea of a townie. I’ve never understood the idea of fixed gear for this sort of task, no matter how you build the bike up. SS, internal or external gearing I can understand, but not fixed. Beyond that, pretty cool bike.

    • Cyclosaurus-rex

      Riding fixed means you can modulate your speed very precisely when weaving through traffic and what not. It also means you don’t have to constantly be squeezing the brakes then accelerating again as the traffic speeds change, and you don’t have to think about what gear you’re in all the time. Before you get used to it riding fixed on the street seems much more complicated but really I think it is easier. There’s also the more obvious points of way less parts to clean/less desirable to thieves/and looking rad when you pull a skid.

      • I don’t buy the speed modulation bit at all, unless you’re riding with cheap side pull brakes. I just don’t. But I concede to having limited experience riding fixed. Not constantly squeezing brakes and accelerating? Locking the rear wheel decelerates, so what’s the difference there? Stop and go/slow flow traffic is the same no matter how you de & accelerate, and personally ide rather ride quality tires and have them last more than a month, than to tear them up to achieve quick stops or skids. I’ll concede on the case of simplicity overall, and I think most people who ride geared bikes (especially derailleur geared) change gears way too often. In my city though, fixed gears, even ratty looking ones are stolen far more often than any other kind.

        ^^thats my daily rider/commuter though, so you can probably understand the radical difference in opinion. I’ll say it again though, it’s a cool bike regardless.

        • Zian

          I think there’s some truth in the modulation idea. As someone who rides fixed gear, ss, and geared bikes though, I’d say it’s still faster to have brakes.
          Brakes free me to pedal harder and brake later. Riding fixed gear is just really fun though; I do wish I lived somewhere where it was more practical for me.

          • But how often are you going to want to do a hard backpedal/skid with that front rack loaded down, especially with knobby dirt tires that this bike is rocking? I don’t want anyone to get the idea that I hate this bike or fixed gears, I just don’t get it is all, and so far I can’t see any compelling arguments for why it makes sense.

          • RX178

            I feel slower on a fixie than a singlespeed. There’s something nice about just bombing a hill and not feeling like a Hamster in a wheel. It’s a trade-off that you don’t have that fixed sensation of control through traffic, but it’s a trade-off I’m fine with.

          • Agree with the hill bombing, but I guess we’ve all seen the video of that fixie rider bombing a hill superman style to blow past the roadies. Even with my limited experience riding fixed, I’m fully aware of the pure connection with the bike that comes with that setup, and I’ve seen all the rad videos of fixies flowing in traffic in NYC, Chicago, etc. But is a bike like this, on the outskirts of LA, going to be ridden that way? LA isn’t NYC, and a track bike isn’t the same as a frame with room for knobby tires and a loaded front rack. It’s a rad bike, I just don’t see it makes much sense for it’s likely daily use. SS, with a front canti brake, and this bike would be able to tackle pretty much anything. This setup just feels like an exercise in extremes. My bike makes no sense either though, so it’s all good.

          • campirecord

            Right, I’m sure a fixie can pound 400 watts downhill. Look, this is a great bike ! Load it up, and bomb downhill on your own. The video you speak of is by all means a stunt and by no means how we would want to promote urban cycling acceptance. So it’s really not by any standard. Great bike, great bottle adapter. I’m getting NOW.

          • I’m aware it was a stunt. I think you’ve missed my point. And I also think the bike is rad, and probably fun to ride.

          • Cyclosaurus-rex

            To chime back in, I agree and get your point, I think city riding is the most individualistic of cycling disciplines. There’s so many different aspects to prioritise everyone ends up with a unique ideal set up. I think what you’re missing about riding fixed is you don’t have to skid, even brakeless, if you ride efficiently without sprinting you can backpedal to slow from most dangers. I personally don’t ride without a brake on the road, so I can sprint. I use the brake to slow from high speeds and save my knees/tyres but don’t need to touch it most of the time. I’ve found this gives my pads, rims and tyres the longest life. I don’t get the choice of not having brakes on the featured bike, I understand not upsetting the clean aesthetic of a track bike, but with the canti posts already sticking out might as well use them. The gearing is also tiny, so they’re going to be spinning out really quick on the road in exchange for having greater brakeless control off. I’ve got a similar set up of an old 26 mountain bike I put a fixed gear on with a 44/16 and that has enough power to get good speed on road and with a brake I can ride most easier trails fine.

          • Great comment and insight, thanks mate, much appreciated.

          • Domingo

            I think you’re over thinking it; to each his own for only we know why we really ride the bikes we ride.

          • Nah, I think everyone who has been trying to show my opinion is wrong is overthinking it. I’ve already said several times that I think the bike is rad, and if the owner loves it, it’s all good. I also pointed to my own daily ride and it’s ridiculousness. Seems like all that gets ignored, simply because I dared share my personal opinion on the setup. Typical internet responses, but it’s all good mate. Whoever the owner is, I hope they ride it hard and love it

          • whitepencil

            I think your comments make perfect sense. Which is confusing because fixed gear riders should understand the characteristics of such a build more than anyone. The front rack adds weight, which makes stopping harder due to the weight imbalance (the more weight in front, the more the initial) , and knobby tyres increase both the weight and friction of the tyres which makes skidding much much harder. Running a front brake makes perfect sense for such an utilitarian build. I mean if the messengers are doing it, I don’t see why others shouldn’t.

  • One Eyed z

    Oh man, Looks like my winter commuter!

  • Evan Robinson

    I love that this is painted.

  • The no-brake boss rack mount is so good!

    • AdamBike99

      Now that’s a Boss setup! ;-)

  • bob_not_bob

    I saw this getting built up on Saturday! How’s the slammed stem treating you?

    • So mad! But that positive mental attitude stem is jamming!

  • AdamBike99

    I hope you like your Champagne of Beers shaken, not stirred… LOL
    Love the build, tho I’d opt for a front brake. Here in Seattle, with the often wet and hella steep streets… have you experienced skidding but instead of scrubbing speed, yer accelerating down the wet hill, and through the red light?? Yep, I’m getting old haha!

    • Zian

      As a fellow Seattlite I understand. There’s been a few wet mornings I made the wrong bike selections. Brakeless in the rain down denny in morning rush hour, I’m glad to be alive.

      • AdamBike99

        No sh!t. I used to commute to REI and bombed Denny to get there. Ain’t no joke!

    • I agree for Seattle.

    • whiskey06

      Vancouver checking in. I rode brakeless once. It was the last time.

  • Alex B

    The Looney Bin is the real hero here.

  • Quinn.e

    What is the gearing?

  • nielubieto’em all

    Who makes such adjustable bottle cages?

    • redhead322

      Arundel Looney Bin

      • nielubieto’em all

        Hey! Thanks.

  • Olly Roberts

    my word thats pretty, for such a simple bike. Camo bars make it. Would hate to have to push it up the hill to my work though (even if it is barely 100 m ). Any word on what width those Travel Contacts are?

  • Super sweet….On the Mash site it shows studs on the back side of the SS…did they switch?

  • Tom

    Nice bike. Liked it the second I saw it. But would anyone actually use it as a commuter? Myself, I wouldn’t leave it unattended in public. The entire bike or some part of it would soon be stolen. Other parts would likely be trashed.