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My Rusty n Dusty Rat Rod Titanium Firefly Disc All Road

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My Rusty n Dusty Rat Rod Titanium Firefly Disc All Road

Cycling is an experience that should continue to mature overtime. I’m weary of people who stand firm in their ideologies, rest on laurels and refuse to embrace the “new,” especially when it comes to riding bikes. Look, it’s not that hard to have fun. Opinions can change with experience, its normal. Embrace it.

For the past two years, I’ve been planning both financially and functionally for this bike. Something I’d encourage everyone to do with a custom machine. Don’t just jump in head first without doing research and saving your money. The last thing you want to do is to take a financial hit once the final invoice comes in.

You see, I knew I wanted a Firefly. I kind of felt like that brand and my own brand have grown together over the years. When Jamie, Tyler and Kevin started the company, it had a breath of energy, creativity and their final products all expressed experimentation. Those guys can make anyone a dream bike but deciding what kind of bike is a challenge. Part of my apprehension was not only where I felt like cycling’s technology was heading, but where my own riding would be taking me over the next few years.

Walton Brush’s California State Champion Cinelli Cross

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Walton Brush’s California State Champion Cinelli Cross


Photos by Mike Martin

It helps a lot when your teammate just so happens to be a expert at frame design and painting, especially when you win the 2013 California State ‘Cross Championships. Garrett Chow recently completed and photographed this bike for Mash-teammate, Walton Brush. Even if it did come at the end of the season, it’s still an incredible machine!

Check out some words by Garrett and more photos below!

Jordan Low Custom Paint

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Jordan Low Custom Paint

As a frame builder or a potential customer of one, finding a good, reliable painter is one of the most difficult components in the custom bike equation. Not only do they have to be talented, they’ve got to be creative and be able to execute designs in a timely manner. Some clients have no idea what they want, but can give a few graphic precedents to a builder or painter and say “run with it.”

It takes a talented painter to make that a reality. In some cases, all it takes is a photo of a sports car, or a graphic designer like Adria Klora to hand over style sheets, yet either route you, the customer, or your builder takes, it all comes down to the capabilities of the painter.

One such painter that I’ve been really admiring over the past year is Jordan Low. A full-time painter at Seven in Watertown, Massachusetts, Jordan spends his free time painting for various frame builders like Stinnner, Geekhouse, Avery County, and Tomii.

Follow Jordan’s work at the Jordan Low Custom Paint Flickr!

#MadeRADbyTony: The Starmac

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#MadeRADbyTony: The Starmac

#MadeRADbyTony: The Starmac
Photos by Carson Blume Photography, words by Chris Riekert

“How about a little comet?” Tony says while deep in his element. “Yea… right there. Perfect.” Watching Tony paint, I realize he isn’t talking to me, but rather coaxing the paint out of his airbrush. In a dimly lit pop-up tent pitched in his backyard, Tony’s workspace smells like a lack of ventilation in a chemical plant.

Garrett Chow on the Argonaut Mavic 125ans Road Bike

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Garrett Chow on the Argonaut Mavic 125ans Road Bike

Garrett Chow is an exceptional designer and I’m very fond of his work. In today’s industry, so many cycling-related projects rely on paint design, meaning it’s the ultimate crux in a project’s success.

It’s easy to draw some chevrons, or paint a logo a pantone and call it a day, but to really dive into data, something that’s typically not visually stimulating and pull a compelling paint job from a series of numbers and historical markers takes talent.

With the recent Mavic 125ans project bikes, I took a liking to Argonaut‘s design. There was information there and it required you to stop and really examine every aspect of the bike. There were a lot of immaculate paint jobs in the 125ans bikes, but this one was more than that…

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