Saturday, January 17, 2009

I Can Be Bought

Just wanted to give a quick shout-out (do the kids even say "shout-out" any more? good grief, Gramps, get a clue) to framebuilder/painter/restorer Keith Anderson of the coincidentally-named Keith Anderson Cycles in Grants Pass, OR.

Full disclosure: Keith just traded me a couple of his t-shirts and pairs of his wooly bike socks for some old decal sets I'd hoarded from a previous bike shop gig. Frankly, I feel like he got hosed on the deal, but I suppose 10-year old Cannondale stickers may have a rarity factor those of us outside the world of bike restoration might not appreciate.

Lest you think this is strictly a Bicycling review ("We looked at a blurry Polaroid of the '09 Madone advertised on the back cover of our magazine and found it to be the greatest bicycle ever conceived, at least until Specialized buys that extremely expensive ad space."), I've seen Keith's work in person -- he did a stunning repaint and a custom stem for a friend -- and it's jaw-droppingly good. If you're a lug-licking, clearcoat-stroking freak for beautifully crafted and painted bikes, wrap your keyboard in plastic to contain the drool and head over to his site. You won't be disappointed.

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