Through my Job at Profile, between doing sales, promo, and team trips, I travel with my bike quite a bit. Unfortunately, I’ve learned the hard way that traveling with my main, custom FBM build is just asking for logistic brutality; getting tossed around between connections, being thrown into the belly of of the aircraft only to have hundreds of pounds of luggage hurtled on top, and then the final dings/scratches/dents while in close vicinity to everyone else’s rigs on the trip. I’m anal not only about how my bike functions, but how it looks. A beaten up frame drives me nuts.A couple months ago, I bought a Deco S/T frame from Chad Degroot…although I’m very particular about dimensions and especially weight, the S/T design was close enough to what I was looking for but with some extra strength additions in spots where travel happens to take it’s most menacing toll (Chainstays, Top/Down Tube). I had the fortifications covered, but I was hesitant on the weight…that was until I took it out of the box and realized it was 5lbs. We built her up quick, I snapped some pics, and then held off on posting until after her maiden voyage. This recent trip was to Tulsa; two connections and 6 days rattling around in the back of a pickup with 3 other rigs, all with 4 pegs. It did get scratched, that was unavoidable, but the import thing was that it lasted through the flights, took a hit on the downtube during multiple missed handrail attempts, and the chainstays took a beating quite a bit on several missed ledge 50/50’s. Scratched paint was all I got. Nothing a magic marker couldn’t fix.So it’s durable? Indeed. No questioning.Though more importantly, on passing that test, I’ve never had a rig without my exact dimensions feel this good right out of the gate; rigid, the short rear end makes manuals feel incredibly controlled, and the unique capsuled tubing Degroot chose for the chainstays not only play into it’s rigidity, but make it’s aesthetic finish extra dialed. And that hourglass head tube? Real stoked on all of the above. Here’s the complete built list below, mind you, most of these parts have been on my travel bike for 5 years…The frame, fork and bars are what get switched every two years. For dimensions on the Deco S/T frame, click here: https://decobmx.com/2009/06/19/selftitledframe/ Fork: 28mm Deco FuforkBars: Country 711Headset: DecoGrips: ODI LongneckStem: Profile “Mulville” Push, 48mm with titanium boltsDeco Deche Fat SeatDeco Short Pivotal Post Front Wheel: Profile 28 hole Totem Hub14 Titanium spokes (in laced), 14 Wheelsmith Double Butted (outlaced)Aluminum 3/8 inner axle1 x standard chromo socket bolt1 x 3/8 Profile titanium button boltSun Envy 28 Hole RimDemolition 2.2 Momentum Tire Rear Wheel: Profile 36 hole Totem Hub36 Wheelsmith Double Butted SpokesAluminum 3/8 inner axle1 x standard chromo socket bolt with donut adapter for 14mm1 x 3/8 to 14mm Profile titanium button bolt9t Custom Aluminum driverSun Envy 36 Hole RimDemolition 2.2 Momentum Tire
Profile 160mm Standard No Boss 19mm Cranks w/ titanium spindle w/ 7075 GDH Bolts25t 19mm Profile Spline SprocketProfile standard Mid 19mm BB KitKMC 510 Chain Profile Gas Pedals
Merry Xmas and Happy New Years all. Running low on tees n soft goods scroll through and get some while they last and the sweatshirts will keep you warm. Kneelies full edit is up. TA bike is so on point. Tim Knoll is on fire. Check the jams coming up. And you take care and be safe. -Chad DContinue reading →
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I just got back from three consecutive trips which entailed breaking my bike down as tiny as possible into an army duffle bag.
I have it down to a science, never thinking, in detail, about the parts on my bike that make it so easy.
The Deco Fork Compression Cap is at the top of the list as an element with ease. Plain and simple, Chad having the idea of broaching the cap with a socket head receiver makes this little component ingenious.
Traveling over the years, having to take my stem on and off, a traditional allen wrench broach in a standard aluminum cap will eventually get stripped out.
The Deco Cap’s square design not only extends it’s life, but makes things incredibly easy having to only use the socket wrench itself…And that’s in addition to getting more torque as the socket lays almost flush on the cap when tightening.
I always roll black, but Deco just put out a black and gold swirl version.
The bird. Middle finger. Tall finger. 3rd digit. Flipping the bird. One of two in the pink. Most feel its offensive gesture. Made popular by punk and rappers. Many forms, some half ass and some bold. From a girl I saw today in my review mirror was sideways. My reaction was to boil a bit but access the situation. Lady was trying to go faster and its a two lane road with about 25 cars in front of me. So there is no solution as she may have been boiling more than me. Dreams of slamming on the brakes but that never ends well. Simple brake taps irritated her even more. So my reaction was to use the ebrake as no brake lights come on. So it startled her and more birds were motioned and some harsh words I assume from reading her lips in my rear view mirror. Finally splits into 4 lanes and just assume she would have to pass so I speed up and she barely makes it and what did I see? Baby seat in the middle back with a baby in it. Lady has some problems and anger issues so as she was passing I gently gave her my bird and she flew away swerving into multiple lane changes. Oh what a rushed and stressed morning can do, but I thank her for a few reasons; I don’t know her and never hope to, she made me mad but I used it to write this and research origins and uses of the BIRD, and lastly feelings of anger never win and she made me stronger as a person from a simple interaction at 8am on a Monday. -Chad DContinue reading →