Readers’ Rigs: Pink And Loud!
Today’s Readers’ Rig is a track and Cannondale inspired custom aluminium ride from San Francisco that embodies all that Readers’ Rigs is about – cool machines that bring their owners fun every day of the year – It’s Readers’ Rigs time!
Name: Joey Celis
Location: San Francisco Bay Area & online at nokia8860.com where I post my exploits on bicycles.
Age: Old Enough
Bike: Custom Lo-Pro frame by Frank Wadleton aka Frank The Welder
Groupset: Sram Force
Wheels: Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL
Pedals: Shimano 105 SL 5700
Saddle: Selle San Marco Zoncolan Carbon FX
Other: ENVE 2.0 road fork, Thomson X2 -17 100mm Stem, Thomson seat post, Thomson seat collar, 40mm ZIPP Speed Weaponry Service Course SL Short & Shallow bar
When did you buy it? Ordered Feb 2013. Completed July 2013
What made you choose this bike? I got back into riding on track bikes a few years back and over time my rides started getting longer and longer. At one point I went up the local mountain in the area (Mt. Diablo) on my Kagero geared at 48×17. While going up was hard, heading back down presented it’s own set of problems, especially when the only brakes were my legs. After that I started testing various road bikes but none came close to the handling of a track bike.
On one of those late night internet porn searches, I came upon the Skeletor by Spooky. Reading up on the geo got me interested, unfortunately I was a bit too late as Mickey of Spooky informed me that it was no longer in production. I found out that Frank Wadleton welded the Skeletor and was directed to him to see if he had any NOS framesets left in his shop. He had a few but not in my size, but thats when we got to talking about about building a custom frame.
I really like the classic Cannodale Track and Criterium frames and had a geometry I was working on so I sent him some photos of the C’dale along with the geometry I wanted and with his vast knowledge Frank came back with a CAD drawing of my soon to be frame. After some further details were worked out (I must have sounded crazy to him with all my “request”), months later a frame arrived at my doorsteps. Long of the short of it, I have a track bike with gears. If you’re interested in Franks take on the project, he even wrote a blog post about it.
What modifications/additions have you done? Well the entire bike is like one gigantic mod right?
What components are you running? Complete Sram Force group with 170mm crank arms, 53/39 chain ring and 11/23 cassette.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year? 13,600km a year. Rain or shine I’m out there.
Favorite riding area? Berkeley/Oakland Hills
Favorite riding experience on your bike? Breaking the Fred Woo-Hoo speed.
Future upgrades? Chain lube, always looking for a good one…
Last words? Big thanks to Frank, Skip and the rest of the crew at FTW. If you’re looking for a custom aluminium race frame give these guys a call. Excel Powderwerks. Mickey at Spooky. Martin at Tiremaniacs. Patrick at Pedal Consumption for putting out the Kagero and Brad at Road Runner Bags who’s makes the best bags hands down.