Bespoke Builds - Black and Gold IF SSR

By: Brandon Jul 16

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Up next in our Bespoke Builds series is a bike out of Studio Velo in Mill Valley, CA. Founder Scott Penzarella sent on the photos and a brief story behind the bike and it's finish from the new owner:

After switching to a carbon fiber bike (Cyfac) after 20 years of steel bikes, including custom bikes from Otis Guy and Paul Taylor, I decided to try one of the new generation of steel cycles.

Guided by the experts at Studio Velo in Mill Valley, I chose Independent Fabrication to build a frame from the newly developed stainless steel tubing. As always, choosing a paint scheme is a challenge.

As a classic car enthusiast, I have painted my bikes the colors of famous race cars from the 60’s & 70’s. The black with gold colors were found on the John Player Special sponsored cars of the 70’s.

John Player was a British cigarette company and they were identified by their distinctive Black and gold box.

Fortunately I was able to see and photograph an original car, driven by Mario Andretti, that provided the inspiration for the Indy-Fab. The result is a classic look for a traditional steel frame.

The bicycle may look traditional, but the lightness. performance and components are cutting edge and the ride confirms that “steel is real”.

photos and words courtesy of Studio Velo



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