Orange and red are two colors that often clash, but sometimes they work. Case in point, Patrick’s LOW track bike. If this one looks familiar, it’s because Kyle shot photos of it at the black top in LA a few months back.
To Patrick, this bike is the result of intense financial planning. It took him almost a year to save up for this bike, but the end result is one of his favorite moments of the day. As he describes, when he hops on the bike “it rides like a razor blade of butter.” Super stiff, but smooth…
Campagnolo Record drivetrain, H+Son rims, Thomson and Chris King. This bike is laced with top of the line, yet durable components and it adds a bit of subtlety to the flashy paint job. As I was photographing this bike, a pedestrian walked by and said “damnnnn that’s like a Testarossa!”
I love Andrew Low’s bikes, they’re a testament that made in the USA aluminum track bikes will always have a place in the world, whether the street or the track. Enjoy the ride, Patrick!
Photos and words by Kyle Kelley
In many cases, I’m not a huge fan when someone swaps parts from a chromoly bicycle to an aluminum one, but in this case I was a-ok with it. This particular customer went from a frame sourced in China to this delicious Low, locally sourced and homegrown right here in California!
Follow Kyle on Instagram and visit Golden Saddle Cyclery in Silverlake, Los Angeles.
I saw so many LOW track bikes at the first stage of the 2014 Amgen Tour of California – but only had time to shoot one: Benny’s. Looking at this bike, I could tell this dude takes riding and racing at least somewhat seriously. The setup was dialed.
Turns out, the owner, Benny, races for a BMW development team on the road and works at Mike’s Bikes in SF. He’s also a super nice dude, kinda like his bike, super nice…
Photo by Kyle Kelley
This frame’s paint job alone beckons for it to be shot at sundown and Kyle did a great job doing so. See more of this LOW at Kyle’s Flickr!
Photos by Ian Sutherland
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Andrew Low and these photos that Ian Sutherland shot made me feel like I was there. Seriously some of the best from this man’s shop and he’s had a lot of photographers visit him over the years.
See more at LOW Bicycles!
One of my favorite bike dudes to hang with (and photograph) was recently interviewed over at Optimus Fixed.
“OF: I remember you as a relaxed and interested person with a modest atitude. So do you have any special philosophy in live?
My philosophy in life at its most simple is to do what makes you happy. Take whatever opportunity you have to travel, and further yourself as a human. I’m lucky enough to be able to go all over the world, with people that I love, and get together on a level that pushes us all to our physical limits.”
Check the rest out here!
Andrew Low has just launched a new website. Check it out here and support domestically-produced track frames!
Andrew Low has been working on a prototype track frame unlike any of his other bikes. These frames are simply put: team-edition racing machines. Some details are consistant with his other bikes, while others are not. Marc’s LOW is one of four in existence, being raced by Team Chica Sexy in SF. The geometry is true track, with steep angles, a short wheelbase and an aggressive saddle to bar drop. You can barely see the compact geometry in these photos but the top tube does indeed slope back.
Marc brought this bike out one of the last days I was in SF so I could shoot photos of it and from what I can tell over on the LOW Instagram, these are getting closer to production…
Tools of the trade:
Mamiya 7ii / 80mm
Kodak Portra 400
Photos by Garrett Lau
These two photos popped up on the LOW Flickr from Garrett Lau. Stoked to see those machines getting thrashed at the track. Follow Andrew on Instagram and Flickr. Or just stay glued to the LOW website.
Photo by Hirotaka Fukui
I met Hiro the last time I was in SF (which was RideNStyle) and followed his work, mostly via his Tumblr‘s RSS. It wasn’t until Tracko posted about his Flickr that I was directed over there. It’s damn good. So check it out.
That’s a great photo of Marc holing his new LOW. Miss ya dude!