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Customer Builds: Green Vintage Fixie

One of our customers recently sent us photos from a project that he had just completed, and we wanted to share it with the rest of you!

He told us that he started out with a Gazelle Champion Mondial frame (made with Reynolds famous 531 tubing) from 1985.  He wanted to make the bike into something unique and special so he removed the cable guides and braze-ons that he wouldn’t need for the completed bike, and sanded it down for repainting.  After painting the bike what he calls “bridge tablecloth green”, he cut out a 24 carat gold leaf head badge and accents to complete the look.


Parts-wise, we helped him get one of the last Paul Components cranksets and one of their chainrings to go with it, as well as a Phil Wood bottom bracket and hubset.  The Paul Components chainring ties in with the bike’s theme nicely, and we’re happy to have been able to supply him with the pieces he needed to get his vision rolling.

Do you have a bike that you’d like to turn into something special?  We love helping riders build their dream bikes no matter what form those dreams take, so let us know what you’re looking to build.

It’s also really rewarding for us to see the final results, so don’t hesitate to send us photos of your bikes once they’re finished!



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Bling Build 2: Kellans Chris Cross

AVT staff member Kellan was lucky enough to get his hands on one of the first batch of new Fat Chance Chris Cross frames so he wasted no time in putting together this stunning build and PAINT! We're loving the local Oregon flavor on this one complete with Chris King headset and Rolf wheels. 

Here's what he had to say about it...

“I wanted something unique so for paint I reached out to Sara Slawta (Land Shark) and told her I really like the Stickman from Fat City Cycles back in the day, but to surprise me, with the caveat that I'm not the biggest fan of the color pink. 

After I saw how great the frame looked I reached out to ESI who have made custom grips for me before and told them to come up with something wild to keep with the theme. 

Rounding out the build I went with parts I know always work: 

  • White Industries G30 crank, with mismatched extractor bolts and White Industries BSA BB.
  • Chris King headset in Matte Slate; 
  • Thomson cockpit, including their new dirt drops; 
  • Brooks C15 saddle; 
  • Donnelly PDX tires, great for racing cx in the PNW; 
  • Rolf wheels were great to deal with being a semi-local company; 
  • Lastly I have always wanted a bike with Shimano Di2 so this was the perfect time. With a bit of a delay on the hydraulic calipers from Shimano the bike is photographed with TRP brakes for now.”

Sea Otter Images courtesy of:
http://www.gravelcyclist.com

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Bling Build 1: SQUID's F$ck Off Jonny!

For this week's Bling Build we head down I5 a little way to Sacramento, home of SQUID Bikes...

The name apparently came from Paul (of Paul Components fame) who got the name of their other model "Shred To Ed's" wrong and F$ck Off Jonny stuck.

Joking aside this is another stunning Made-In-USA build from SQUID Bikes, welded by Ventana Bikes in Sac-Town and featuring the usual heavy dose of color matched components from White Industries and Paul Components.

Photos courtesy Squid Bikes (check out their awesome Insta feed for more) and The Radavist.

Photo: Squid Bikes

Photo: Squid Bikes

Photo: Squid Bikes

Photo: Squid Bikes

Photo: The Radavist

Photo: The Radavist

Photo: The Radavist

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