Portrait : Skylar and his 650c Custom Pista
Meet Skylar, a young man from Montreal. I would introduce him as somewhat of a bike nerd, or maybe an eBay scourer. What I mean is that he, like myself, spends a lot of time on the Internet learning stuff about bikes. When we decided to make portraits of people with nice bikes, I thought of him of course. He has a custom made 650c real track bike, because he’s quite small. Also, he makes for an interesting subject as he lives a life close to the people of Montreal, and to the streets.
This is what he had to say to us about his bike :
I’m probably the most annoying customer ever and that’s clearly what most frame builders dont want to deal with. I mean they’re experts at what they do so they want to fit you the best way they know how to. which I was disinterested in because building a 650c bike is a little different.
A lot of frame builders, you’ll see, make weird compromises when they make small bikes. Even Marinoni, their small bikes have like 72mm of trail, on the extra-small. Which is really high for track bikes, for which normally sit around 57 to 62mm of trails. They often have really steep seat tubes and slack head tubes to get toe clearance on the front tire. Those are things they do to make you fit on a 700c bike.
Because I’ve had frame builders tell me stuff like that, I decided to do my own research. I did my math and frame design on CAD programs. I felt pretty confident in submitting this chart to Marinoni after I’ve been studying and designing for four months.
The bike is a 650c, 46cm sloping top-tube, Columbus Zona steel track frame, handmade here in Quebec by Marinoni. Sugino 75 cranks with the best looking chainring ever, an AArn. Ridden everyday and rightfully so, this bike looks great and it has very good function while retaining form and fun.
On a side note, Skylar participates in the Burrito Project. It’s a project that started about 3 years ago and they make vegan burritos every sunday and deliver them across the city to people living in the streets, homeless or otherwise. They also hang out with those people, listening to them while they eat or enjoy the heat of the meal, especially in the cold days of the winter.
Most people are very thankful to have a listening ear. If you’re lucky you’ll catch him with his awesome unicorn-cat messenger bag (sadly he didn’t have it with him at the time of the interview), but we’ll grab pics of it. Burritos are delivered in the streets and to cafés by bike, hence the trailer hitch on the bike.