Richard Pool’s Allied Alfa Disc Allroad with Hypercolor!

Richard Pool’s Allied Alfa Disc Allroad with Hypercolor!
Photos by Bob Huff, words by John Watson

How do you make a special bike extra special? For Richard Pool, aka Bicycle Crumbs, he was sold on the Allied Alfa Allroad but wanted to jazz it up a bit. Richard works at the Vanilla Workshop – in case you were wondering who is doing all those snazzy new graphics! – so he consulted Lucas Strain, one of the painters at Coat, Vanilla’s in-house paint shop, on what to do with this frame to make it extra, extra special.

The result is the by-product of including Thermocramatic paint, over a raw Alfa. What this paint does is react with temperature and the easiest way to see this is by either putting the frame in a freezer, or rubbing an ice cube over it, but when Richard pinged Bob Huff, Vanilla’s photographer, he suggested cold water, sprayed from a hose on a hot day. Luckily they found normal garden hose water on a hot, hot summer day in Portland did the trick.

Is is gimmicky? You bet but does it look awesome, you bet! Coupled with this awesome bike, I think it turned out great. If you’d like a more in-depth look at the Alfa, check out our review!

Richard built it up with Turquoise King bits, ENVE Ar 4.5 rims, a Zip post and cockpit, SRAM eTAP WiFli and a Fabric ALM saddle.


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  • Drew Carlson

    I SWEAR I rode by this bike with rider on my way to work in SE Portland today less than an hour ago… I saw the pink and was trying to figure out what it was. WOW!

    • nice!

    • bicyclecrumbs

      You did!

      • Drew Carlson

        Sweet! I did a serious double take when it went by before I turned onto center street! Beautiful bike!

  • Ryan

    It would be tempting to always squirt the guy with the hypercolor bike.

  • benreed

    It’s okay. It’s no orange polka-dotted Kona Rove, that’s for sure.

  • Bicycle Crumbs: the lid hast been lifted.

    • He’s been “out” for a while now. Once he got the job at Vanilla at least.

  • Zian

    What a great way to add positivity to a rainy commute

  • Am I the only one thinking why he doesn’t ride a Vanilla or a Speedwagon? Pretty sure there is an answer to that.

  • Daniel Smith

    I really dig this bike! The paint and build kit really put it over the top.
    The All Road is definitely on my shortlist for next bike – they’re pricey but that seems like a fair premium for a bike made 5 hours from my front door.