Five years ago was the last time we made a kit. In those five years the amount of custom cycling kit manufacturers has seemed to double. Everyone is now offering exclusivity, premium cuts, aero dynamics, and low minimums. With all these choices, and the old kit showing signs of wear, it was time to make a new kit and put one of those manufacturers to the test.
Alright, so there’s a story behind this frame. It used to belong to Eddy Bach, but was then sold to Joe Flannery to build up. Joe kept all of the original stickers on the bike including the one that says (E. Bach) haha. Anyways, you can’t beat the look of that triple triangle geometry. This one is extra flossy with the Wound up, AARN chainring and Salsa stem. Check out more photos below as well as a complete parts breakdown.
Yea the frame used to be Eddy’s and he just had it laying around and I was looking to get a new track bike so I decided to pick it up off him. He says he wants to buy it back from me eventually but I don’t know if I can get rid of it.Joe Flannery
FRAME: GT GTB
HANDLEBAR: Flat 🤷♀️
FORK: Wound Up
STEM: TSalsa 145mm -17°
SADDLE: Selle Italia SLR
CRANKS: Sugino 75’s
STRAPS: All City
CAGES: All City
CHAINRING: AARN 47
GEAR RATIO: 47/18
CHAIN: Sram PC1
FRONT TIRE: Vittoria Corsa
REAR TIRE: Vittoria Corsa
FRONT WHEEL: Dura ace 7600 to Hplusson Archetype
REAR WHEEL: Dura ace 7600 to Hplusson Archetype
Tadashi Nakamura recently came to LA and spent a few days at our house in Venice. We went down to the boardwalk / Santa Monica Pier to play some arcade games. I bought Tadashi a ticket to ride the bumper cars and got a kick out of a bunch of 9 year olds smashing into him. Got it all on video. We kept it pretty mellow this day and stacked a handful of beach clips for the video we were working on. I’m really happy with how it turned out and cant wait to share it with all of you. Until then, here’s some stills.
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Signed, sealed, delivered. For the SF Premiere of the latest Wheel Talk video “NO REST”, we decided to make a janky ramp and wheel it down to The Island. Everybody caught some air, with a few people sending it straight into next week. Big ups for everyone who came out to have some fun, and shout out to Mission Workshop for letting us get rowdy in their space. The longest jump on a fixed gear was somewhere around 16 ft in case anybody was wondering.
This year’s Red Bull Bay Climb was one of the best yet. Everyone partied hard and had a great time heckling the gassed riders coming up the hill. Gearing was key and it was fun to see who chose what when it came to the fixed gear sprints. “Fasterrr” and “keep going” were two of the fan favorites. Between that and the endless ringing of bells, I’m pretty sure that’s all I heard. We had a great time shooting this and love our Fixie Fam in San Francisco. Until next time y’all. Shout out to James Grady for always being there to host the good times.
Caspar Dennehy brought his GTB build by the studio for some quick flicks before we moved from Portland. He’s a ripping musician and came by a handful of the rides we hosted out there. Even making an appearance in our last Super Bowl video. Anyways, track bikes are the best and this triple triangle setup is no exception. It has a whole illuminati thing going for it. Triangles on top of triangles. We especially like the black on black Wheel Talk sticker lurking on that top tube. We see you. Check out more photos below as well as a complete parts breakdown. Can’t beat the bargain bin.
FRAME – GT GTB 61cm (aka the Garry Turner)
HANDLEBAR – Specialized MTB Aluminum Flat Bars
FORK – Wound Up Zephyr Carbon
STEM – Nitto Jaguar 90 Silver Quill Stem
GRIPS – Used Purple Ourys (shout out Henry)
HEADSET – Chris King 2Nut Threaded Headset
SADDLE – Fizik Ardea
SEAT POST – Thompson Elite Black
CRANKS – Sugino 75s Silver
BB – Sugino 75 Track 68x109mm English Bottom Bracket
PEDALS – Stock Plastic Platform Pedals (free from PSU Bike Hub)
STRAPS – No Name BMX Straps (10$ Craigslist)
CHAINRING – Sugino 44T Mighty Competition
COG – All-City BC1.37 x 24tpi 1/8th inch 16T
RATIO – 44 x 16
CHAIN – SRAM PC-1 Single-Speed Chain – 1/8″
FRONT TIRE – Continental Gatorskin
REAR TIRE – Continental Grand Prix 4 Season (2$ used bike farm)
FRONT WHEEL – HED Jet 60 700c (cracked)
REAR WHEEL – Shimano Dura-Ace HB-7600 (with dust cap falling off)
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After I got home, I flipped through the camera and thought to myself… I should have taken way more photos. JBALL, Deacon, Tadashi, Nico & I met up in Santa Monica to ride a couple schools that MTS put us in touch with. I need to start making a map of spots out here because things aren’t as close as we’re used to. LA is a big place and it doesn’t really seem to have an edge until you hit the ocean. It just sprawls out infinitely. It seems like most spots are only accessible via automobile. That’s somewhat of an exaggeration, but you’re definitely going to have to drive to meet up with your friends. That’s what these dudes did. Thanks again for coming over to our neck of the woods to ride before Tadashi flew back home. We’ll have to make it a slumber party next time.
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