In a previous issue of Gear Patrol Magazine, we named a custom, hand-painted Dario Pegoretti bike frame among the most lust-worthy items of the season; it cost thousands. As with cars, watches or even snowboards, custom is the pinnacle, and it’s always expensive beyond reason, with uniqueness carrying as much value as material. Right now, however, there’s a chance to get a one-of-a-kind bike hand-painted by former pro rider Taylor Phinney for as little as $25.
The bike in question is Allied Cycle Works’ Able, which also made a recent issue of Gear Patrol Magazine as one of the best products released in 2019. Phinney never rode for Allied before his retirement that same year — the three-time Olympian and two-time world champion left cycling to focus on creative pursuits — though he recently showed off an Able he modified as a “retro BMX inspired jump bike/gravel hybrid” on Instagram.
The Able up for grabs is a more straightforward build; it boasts a SRAM drivetrain, Crust Bikes handlebars and a Brooks saddle, while the stem, seatpost and wheels are from Enve. The bike’s value is $9,400, not including Phinney’s custom paint job featuring the splatters and chaotic lines that characterize much of his work.
Signing up for a chance to win the bike is a simple matter of donating to the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s. The foundation, named for Taylor’s father, who was also an Olympic cyclist, works to provide information and tools to those living with Parkinson’s disease and funds research that focuses on speech, movement and exercise, including cycling.
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