We Built a Stinner Romero to Raise Money for Our Friend Edie Perkins

We Built a Stinner Romero to Raise Money for Our Friend Edie Perkins
Photos by John Watson, words by Jonathan Neve

In April of 2017, while on a morning bike ride, our friend Edie Perkins was hit head-on by an SUV. She survived but is now paralyzed from the chest down. The day before the accident, Edie had taken delivery of a 50cm Stinner Frameworks Romero, custom built and painted in Santa Barbara, CA.

The frame ended up at Golden Saddle Cyclery in Los Angeles, and we had an idea: Build the bike up and auction it off, with 100% of the sale going to Edie’s recovery fund. We originally envisioned a “parts bin” build to help keep the costs low, but within a few hours of sharing the idea, a handful of companies stepped up and offered their help.

SRAM, Zipp, Industry Nine and Chris King donated everything needed to build the bike, and to top it off, Stinner Frameworks offered to paint the cockpit to match their frame and fork. None of these companies hesitated in offering their help; there were no questions, and nothing asked in return – just a genuine desire to help a fellow cyclist in need. A friend at SRAM said it best in an email: “When things like this happen, it really hits close to home for each and every one of us, regardless of direct association or not.”

While Golden Saddle may have a world-class parts bin, the generosity of these companies helped this build massively exceed our initial plans and expectations.

The crew at Golden Saddle built the bike, and we think it turned out pretty darn beautiful…

Zipp bars, stem, and seatpost have been custom painted by Stinner Frameworks to match the Romero’s frame and fork. Shifting and braking are handled by SRAM Force Hydro, and the Industry Nine AR25 wheels are wrapped with WTB Nano 40 TCS tires. A Chris King headset and bottom bracket in Mango are a perfect match for the Stinner’s custom paint, and will likely survive decades of abuse.

The bike is up for auction at eBay, with 100% of the proceeds going to our friend Edie. This is a great opportunity to purchase a beautiful, custom built cyclocross/gravel/touring bike while contributing to a worthy cause.

Detailed specs:
Crank: Force 1 GXP 170mm
Chainring: 40t
Cassette: XG-1195 10-42
Chain: PC-1170
Bottom bracket: Chris King Threaded
Rear derailleur: Force 1 long cage
Shifters/brakes: Force 1 HRD
Brake rotors: 160mm Shimano Centerlock
Handlebar: Service Course SL-70 40cm
Stem: Zipp SL Speed 100mm
Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed 27.2 0 offset
Third bottle cage under downtube
Wheels: Industry Nine AR25 Tubeless Road/Cross wheels
Tires: WTB Nano gumwall tubeless 700 x 40mm tires
Headset: Chris King InSet 7 headset

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You can also check out Edie’s GoFundMe page, or bid on this bike at eBay and see the full geometry here.

  • Ryan

    [stands to applaud]

  • GNARdina

    Great job guys, you’re setting an example for all of us.

  • kt

    Damn that is a hot bike, and a great cause to boot! Bravo!

  • George T Rosselle

    That is a very nice bike, and for a wonderful cause.

  • Charlie D

    Ugh, this is both devastating and beautiful. Wish I was made of money.

  • ChicanoHoodPass

    Sending good vibes to Edie Perkins!!

    • Edie Perkins

      Thank you!

  • Chris Sanford

    Hey Guys! I don’t know Edie, and I definitely don’t have the money to put down on that beautiful bike. I did find her gofundme page though! Seems like a good resource for folks who still want to help.

    https://www.gofundme.com/EdieTheMagnificent

    • Edie Perkins

      Thank you, Chris! And, damn, the bike IS beautiful. They did such a good job. I’m so grateful to all who made this happen. So rad.

  • barry mcwilliams

    Good post. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for the GoFundMe link below.

  • AdamBike99

    This is really touching. The true definition of “Community.” Hat’s off to GSC and JW.
    I’ll check out the GoFundMe link (I just visited for a fellow Seattle cyclist who’s in a tough battle with cancer) and give what I can. It’s never enough… but together WE CAN be enough! And someone will end up with an amazing bike!
    Sending all the positive vibes to you Edie…

  • Heavy. Hope it sells for over 10k! Great work Team GSC.

  • Steve C

    truly don’t have the words. Edie I hope you make a full recovery and will check out your page! That bike should fetch a crazy price!

  • Hollis Duncan

    I’m currently out of cycling for at least 2 years because of a bone tumor and complications from a crash and broken femur. But I followed Edie and Brett’s blog with their loud af matching IFs and honeymoon ride across the US quite a few years back. This tragedy humbles me as I’m going through my own game changer, so my one wish for Edie is that she find the brightness in every day. ps this is the first shred sled i’ve seen on prolly or radavist that seems trivial to gawk at or nitpick the build, rock on edie

    • Thank you for sharing this Hollis and I hope you get back on a bike sooner than expected.

  • DBordewisch

    Wow! Looks great.

  • AngryBikeWrench

    This does a lot to renew my faith in humanity. Thanks to all for their part in it.

    • There are tons of great people out there, doing amazing things for others! Find these people and surround yourself with them.

  • DopePedaler

    Is that steerer tube uncut?

    • The steerer was cut by Stinner as per the sizing / fit of Edie. Obviously, it’s not slammed, since there are spacers, but it’s not the full-length steerer.

      • DopePedaler

        Oh I just couldn’t actually tell if those are spacers or if the stem is just floating somewhere on the steerer tube