Ezra Caldwell of Fast Boy Cycles is one of my all-time favorite frame builders and assemblers.
He is a true artist of life, a master of flame and steel, and his bikes are some of the most stylish rides around.
This is one of his latest creations, for a very lucky guy called Christopher. It’s a fixed gear, with hell-yeah tight track geometry. But with custom forks that are drilled to accept a front brake, it’s the epitome of understated New York safety and style.
Emergency stopping facilities are provided via one polished Paul Components E-Lever hooked up to a Camapagnolo caliper. The Italian caliper and seat post is the top end of a Strada drive train, pista cranks and chain ring.
There’s something about antique white paint, a brown Brooks Swift with matching bar tape that, to me, is the height of stylish subtlety—like a white-washed attic room furnished only by an antique leather Chesterfield.
Mavic loops, Schwalbe rubber and Crank Bros eggbeaters round out this impeccable ensemble. This bike is something that, treated with respect, can be handed on to the next generation, like a handmade watch.