Chas Christiansen offers up a unique hand-drawn doodle style of emblazing bicycle components. Over the years, he’s drawn on many things, from shoes, to disc wheels, and frames. The latter inspired his local shop, Beyond Aero to commission Chas to doodle on an OPEN Upper frame. Every nook and crevice is covered on this carbon steed. Check out a brief intro to the project by Chas below with photos supplied by Beyond Aero…
Riding a bike feels like the ultimate freedom, but it also involves suffering (sometimes a lot of suffering). The longer you ride, the further you go, the more it can hurt. Mantras keep me going, these small things that I repeat in my head to remind myself to enjoy the adventure and keep the pedals turning, to keep the Stoke alive.
This OPEN is covered in mantras that keep me moving forward. They shift the focus from the physical discomfort to the pure freedom and fun that is cycling. From PMA (positive or pizza mental attitude) All Damn Day, to the Fear is a Liar. These sayings run through my head, reminding me to enjoy every moment the pedals are turning, to SEND IT off
The hope is that in these mantras others will find the same motivation, the same distraction from the suffering in their Search for Stoke. Roughly 100 hours, 7 DECO paint pens, rolls of masking tape and decades of adventures both good and bad to create this one of a kind gravel shred sled.
– SRAM Red AXS HRD Shifters/Flat mount calipers
– SRAM Red AXS XPLR rear derailleur
– SRAM 1271 XPLR rear cassette 10-44
– SRAM Red 172.5 Crankset
– Quarq Power Meter
– Cane Creek Preload adjuster
– SRAM Dub Pressfit Bottom Bracket
– SRAM Red 12 speed flat-top chain
– Zipp Service Course SL-170 XPLR Handlebar
– Zipp Service Course SL stem
– Zipp SL Speed Seatpost
– Fizik Adaptive 00 Regular saddle
– Enve handlebar tape
Beyond Aero currently has a run of these custom bikes available now in size small through x-large for $5,999.99. See more at Beyond Aero.