Piece by piece to a better bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Descent bike with rider

Barry Sandland/TIMB – Extreme downhill riding requires a certain bike to handle the stresses.

“I do downhill biking and I wanted something high-end so I put aside some money and bought a frame. And then I bought part, by part, by part, by part. Money was tight for me so I went online and bought used parts. Except for the brakes. I did not buy them used. I rely on them a lot.”

Photographer’s notes: There are loads of cyclists who buy their bikes piece by pieces, customising it to their image of the perfect bike. Frames are a great starting point – and then it is a little but if a beautiful Frankenstein creation as the perfect bike comes together.

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