‘Josephine Baker’ group of schools by Coulon & Ass. in La Courneuve, France
As a framebuilder, chrome is a double-edged sword. When done correctly (if you can even find a place to do it), it creates a stunning and super-durable finish that HIDES NOTHING, for better or worse.
No primer to fill in the pin holes…no coats of paint…no clear. Just 3 layers of electro-plated metal stand between you and the hours of filing/sanding that were poured into the creation of the machine you see in the photos above.
This latest Royal H was a labor of love/hate for Bryan who (whether he likes it or not) consistently attract the business of the more “bikeccentric” among us, those with an undying love for all things vintage and French. Just check out that rear straddle cable arrangement and the drivetrain…that RD was the smallest I think Ive ever held, folds up like a little pocketknife when de-chained.
Photos © 2014 Eric Baumann / Ride Metal
"The first time I met Bryan Cranston, he was standing in his underwear. We were doing a photo shoot for a little-known network called AMC, and he was in a rubber chemistry apron, tighty whities and desert boots, while I was in an impeccably tailored 1960s suit, with slicked-back hair and a cigarette dangling from my mouth. Our shows hadn’t premiered yet. We were simply two actors, in costume and out of context. He was friendly, funny, gregarious, humble and lovely.” - Jon Hamm