I got my first BMW Gangsta Track directly from Brooklyn Machine Works back in 2012, Austin Horse introduced me to the guys and I flew back to SF with an original Gangsta Track complete with cantilever brake mounts on the fork. I was so stoked, not only was this in the era before TrackCX frames but the Gangsta Track was also one of the most iconic track frames ever raced on the streets! I built it up as a fixed CX shredder and spent a few years ripping around SF on it. Austin Horse came back into town a couple of years later and borrowed it for a Redbull project he was working on…and got it stolen (never use cable locks in SF).
To his credit he came correct and a year later a box with a new un painted Gangsta Track frame, Phill Wood wheel-set and Sugino 75 track cranks showed up to the TCB office. The frame was one built especially for him by Joe, it supposedly was built out of a lighter tube set (unconfirmed). My only issue was the first Cinelli/MASH work frames has just come out so I had no need of this fresh BMW frame. So into the garage it went, and in the garage it stayed.. for the last 3 years.
After moving to Oakland I pulled the frame out of the garage and set about stripping off 3 years of rust and prepping it for a new paint job. I had this vision of splatter paint with vinyl sticker masking and a soft faded top coat. The only problem was I ran out of stickers about 1/2 through the frame, so the frame sat for another year in the corner of my bedroom.
I won a TrackCX race in Sacramento thrown by Squid Bikes and one of the prizes was some SPRAY BIKE spray paint, I had been itching to tryout SPRAY BIKE for a while and the 1/2 finished BMW in the corner was a great excuse. So once again, I cleaned it off and went to town. It turned out weird, different ideas about the design separated by a year, old paint, old vinyl stickers, new pain..bright orange and earth tones… .
Either way I like it, the SPRAY BIKE paint was great to use and it was so sick to peel off those stickers after all this time. I finished the project with the SPRAY BIKE clear coat, using enough coats to bring out a high gloss finish. The last thing I need is another bike frame so this is for sale, hopefully the shredder who gets it keeps the wacky paint job!
ZIPP CARBON GROUP
I love drawing on my bike parts, it sets my whip apart from any others even if they have the same build as mine. It provides the stoke and motivation to push harder when the going gets tough… but the only problem is using paint pens on Alloy parts is sketchy and never lasts. I have found that smooth matte carbon is some of the best material to draw on, it is such a great feeling to pull that first clean line across some untouched carbon. The fine folks at ZIPP heard my pleas and sent me one of their top of the line carbon groups to draw on. The SL group is the race born and breed top of the line MATTE carbon group that ZIPP offers for those truly obsessed with speed. Countless hours and a few DECO oil based paint pens later I was ready to do away with the matte finish with 3x coats of high gloss auto specific dual compound clear coat. This group is ready to grace a sweet display bike, or get shredded on the streets!
Most bike shops have a test saddle kit kicking around, usually in a corner gathering some dust, minus a few saddles from test rides that never came back. I have always thought that it would be a cool project draw on the all white sample saddles. The rad people at Selle San Marco were stoked to send me 4 of their most popular saddles to draw on! Now the only thing left is to figure out how to seal in the ink so you can ride these!
Thanks to John Daniel Reiss for the photos!
Art Frame Numero Uno
I have owned a lot of bikes and have coveted even more, but this is my golden unicorn.. The 93 Cannondale track bike, the Crack and Fail, love it or hate it there is no denying that this bike was a huge influence on the resurgance of the track bikes on the streets in the early 2000's as well as many production models that have come out since (The MASH Bolt frame for one).
A friend turned me onto this frame on CL, it has a few dents and is not my size, but I haggled a good deal and it sat in my room for months as I doodled on it. The HED disc came from Florida, supposedly from the Gatorade inspiring University of Florida Gators cycling team.
This frame is too big for me, the wheels are old and skecthy.. but this is a #sttb build for the ages.
58 cm 93 Cannondale Track
HED Disc Wheel
Spinergy Rev X "death" wheel
Sugino 75 165mm cranks NJS
Sugino 75 BB NJS
Suntour Superb Pro 51t Chainring NJS
Izumi NJS chain
EAI NJS 15t 1/8 cog
Salsa 110 track stem
Nitto b123 40cm NJS track drops
LOOK KEO pedals
Thomson Elite seatpost
1993 Cannondale Track
THINK FAST RIDER FASTER NEVER LOOK BACK
RIDE FAST TAKE CHANCES
Mike Martin supplied this classic Salsa / Nitto bar stem combo
PIZZA MENTAL ATTITUDE
Mike Martin supplied these classy purple LOOK pedals
DO NOT HARM TAKE NO SHIT BEG NO MANS PARDON
TAKE SOME RISK
Bill Bones made this SHREDDERZ saddle in the Messenger Mansion 2012
The magic number (although this build is on a 51x15)