I’ve been riding and thrashing the absolute shit out of my Icarus ViKING track bike lately and so when I see Ian post new photos of recently-painted bikes, I get so stoked for the new owners. Check out more of Ian’s buttery fillets and bi-lam lugs here at the Icarus Flickr.
Remember the story about how Crihs stole my Icarus track bike after a killer party at the Messenger Mansion (more on that tomorrow) and sent me an Instagram ransom? If you don’t brush up on it here. So imagine my surprise when I just got a bunch of film back from SF and found this on one of the rolls. Amazing. Crihs, you really out did yourself here buddy.
Ian just got Korosuke’s bike back from the painter and before boxing it up to send it to Japan, he took some photos. I love the livery here and the bent stays are a nice touch. Check out more at the Icarus Flickr.
Photos by Jake Ricker
I spent a lot of time rolling around with Jake during the SF shenanigans weekend. He’s been uploading a few 35mm scans over at his Flickr. I loved the one of me riding the Icarus and this one of the Messenger Mansion.
There’s been a lot of Icarus love here on the site this week. But I couldn’t pass up this 3Rensho fork crown that’s going on a fillet road bike Ian’s working on. See more here.
As I was shooting my friend Chris’ blue Nagasawa, I decided to get another shot of my Icarus. So I propped it up and asked Chris to stand watch. Then, all of a sudden, the mighty prop stick gave way and Chris dove in to Save the Track Bike.
I’ve been enjoying the shit out of my Icarus track bike and recently, I tracked down an 1 1/8″ Columbus MAX stainless fork crown for her, along with MAX blades. While I love the unicrown fork, the main reason we chose it was for it’s beefiness, when compared to the MAX tubesets. There aren’t any steel track forks with 1 1/8″ steerers that can stand up next to the MAX downtube. The unicrown was also a bit of a nod the Chris Chance bikes, which were built on the same block as Ian’s old shop. Still, how could I say no to a full Columbus MAX track bike? More to come, once I get my hands on the bugga’. Ian’s shipping out the raw fork this week so I can polish the crown before paint.
I don’t know what spawned this post, I guess I just liked this random photo I took from a Recent Roll with 1600 Fuji Natura. That’s a pesky film to use but sometimes the grain works just right.
Photo by Justin Keena
Ian of Icarus Frames is one of those people who will inspire you just by being around him. He’s sometimes quiet, shy and soft spoken, but when you get him going, he’s very opinionated. He’s also one of the most talented individuals I know. Recently, in pursuit of a different kind of life, Ian packed his shop up at Fringe and moved to Asheville, North Carolina. Having grown up in NC and since I’ve spent a good amount of time in Asheville, I can say that both his business and Ian will thrive there. Justin Keena, former studio mate of Ian, took some photos of him before he left for the South. You really should head over and see the full set for yourself.
Thanks for sharing Justin and Ian, best of luck homie! By the way, there’s nothing a recently-relocated builder loves more than a few orders. Why not put a deposit down?