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Death Spray Custom and Stanridge Speed Volume 2
Photos by Jason Sellers and words by John Watson
Back in 2012, Adam Eldridge from Stanridge Speed was obsessing over the Red Hook Crit and the unique form of track bike evolving from these races. Unlike traditional track frames who only make left turns in a velodrome, the design of track crit frames need to be more dynamic. You’ve got to be able to pedal through all corners, even chicanes and do so with dozens of other racers around you. As a result, many of the track crit frames rely on steeper angles and higher bottom brackets for increased maneuverability. As we’ve seen in the past, it takes a bit of luck and a lot of skill to make it through one of these crits unscathed, not to mention winning a few back to back.
That’s where Adam’s interest piqued. Dan Chabanov had been on a winning streak and Adam wanted to put a Stanridge under him. The two were connected, via Squid, an OG bike messenger in New York and they began working together. Knowing this would be a big deal, Adam reached out to David at Death Spray Custom to make the project extra special. The rest is history, and David’s paint design made for an interesting story. Adam even got a matching kit made from a sales rack Voler skinsuit he then sublimated the design upon. (more…)
Last year, a section of Highway 1 was closed due to construction, meaning no cars were allowed. This prompted the guys at Mash to take to this scenic, yet often very busy stretch of road to ride on their track bikes.
Here’s a rad bit of cycling history. Back in 1976, Eddy won the Antwerp 6 Days with his good friend Patrick Sercu. Here’s the duo racing the madison. Later, they would win the National Team Championship together. Photo via Walter Vermeulen’s Flickr.
While making their 10 year video, the guys at Mash always ran into friends on the road or had visitors come in from out of town. Here’s a fun video showcasing some of their talent.
With the Olympics upon us, we’re getting a healthy dose of track cycling these days. Donkey Label takes to their local velodrome to get in the spirit.
Chas has a number of these Cannondale track bikes that have been thrashed on the street over the years, resulting in some pretty heft beausage. Since this one in particular has a few dents, he decided to turn it into a doodle bike and sell the frameset, along with this hand painted disc wheel. Both are for sale now at his webshop, so head over to see more details.
Here’s Matt Shapiro’s section from the Mash 10th anniversary DVD. Head to the Mash Vimeo to watch more.
Christian from Minneapolis made this short video on the NSC Velodrome’s struggle to stay open. For more information, head to the MN Cycling Center’s website.