Customer Builds: Straight Outta GSC
For this edition of Customer Builds, we're going to look at two prime examples spotted while we were in LA hanging out with the fine folks of Golden Saddle Cycery. While show bikes are cool and all, any person with enough cash in their pocket can buy a Red kit, a bunch of Enve stuff, and a Chris King headset and have a really fine bicycle. All that takes is money. And to tell you the truth...I find it a bit boring. It doesn't say anything about the owner other than the fact that they have deep pockets.
No, what I get stoked on is when a bike has personality. When there's only one person in the world whom a bike could possibly belong to, when a bike has mismatched parts due to riding it enough that things wear out or get broken... That's the kind of stuff that we like to showcase.
This first bike belongs to Juan, you know this because he has a personalized plate. It's one of our JYD's which seem to be a pretty hot little ticket in the LA scene.
It's got some baller parts: Thomson cockpit, Brooks saddle, White Industries cranks, Paul brakes, Phil hubs and mismatched tires. He rides it both for work and pleasure, messengering for Chickenhawk Courier. It's clearly well concepted and well loved and ridden.
And then we move onto something a bit funkier...
Scotty's Macho Disc is one of those bikes where a snob might hate it as there are a few unconventional things going on. But to hate a bike that is built exactly how the owner wants it for their maximum comfort and utility, pretty much negates the point of what a bike is all about: serving your needs, making your life better.
Dig a little past the zaniness, and you'll find carefully considered parts, all of the highest quality.
Paul thumbies and Paul brake levers
A well used Brooks saddle
Sugino triple to conquer any mountain pass, wide range off-road gearing, quality flat pedals
I love this bike, shine on you crazy diamond!
And if you're wondering what he uses that front rack for?
It's for chips!!!!!!