jared’s notsoshitbike

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You know what it’s like to have a pretty lady walk by your shop every morning, making your day a little brighter and putting a smile on your face? This bike is that lady. Almost every morning I see a flicker of red in the corner of my eye, as quick as it appears, it soon vanishes. Every now and then I have the great pleasure to watch this beauty roll by and now I have finally been able to capture it in photos. A beautifully simple build on a 1985 Specialized Allez. Pristine decals and a flawless paint, this bike is a time capsule of Specialized bikes “before it became the monster it now is” -Jared.

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some questions I asked Jared the owner-

why ride a classic steel frame, over a carbon race machine?
Keep in mind that this is my commuter…The lockup-ability of a steel bike alone is enough of a reason, but in most cases I feel like steel takes the beating that our SF streets can dole out.

why the roleur setup?
This particular setup was initially for sub-24 hour camp trips, but I’ve found that the trunk bag is a much more elegant solution to a rack/pannier setup. The Soma rack up front is for bigger stuff (beer).

does it have a name?
Hahaha sadly it doesn’t have a name…do people still do that?

what was your favorite adventure on the bike?
A couple of years ago some friends and I rode out to Sacramento for NAHBS and camped. We had a blast getting there and even more fun seeing all of the beautiful bikes.

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Thanks to Jared for letting me shoot this beauty. The simple intentional build is not only great looking but a perfect example of the shitbike lifestyle, just get out there and have a good time.

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