WHIPS: CHRIS SILVA
Sep, 10 2012
Frame: MacNeil Borato “Silvarato” as I like to call it, ha, ha, 20.5″
Grips: Animal Edwin Flangeless
Bar ends: Animal Plastic
Brake cable: Animal Illegal linear
Stem: Animal MR Front Load
Seat Post: Animal
Cranks: Animal Akimbo
Sprocket: Animal Sprocky Balboa, 26T
Pedals: Animal Hamilton PC
Front Tire: Animal GLH-R, 2.1
Rear Tire: Animal GLH, 2.1
Modifications: Way too many. Welded brake mounts (because the Borato was a brakeless only frame), made a custom rear hub guard to work perfect for peg less grinds, custom axle nuts (based off of old 14mm Primo Jewels), ground the front and rear dropouts flush with the axle nuts, ground down the front cone nuts, completely modified the brake lever (bent and filed down all the edges), cut down bars, steer tube, seat post, axles and axle nut on my back foot side. I think that’s about it.
Explain the paint/ sticker setup on your frame: The frame came in red and everyone including myself was saying it looked good, I didn’t want it to look good so I had to do something about it. I kept the stickers on and painted it all black. Then took the stickers off to expose the red underneath. Re-applied new stickers so the red underneath would be visible through the clear sticker. I like how it looks when it’s beat up with the red ripping through.
Favorite part: The custom axle nuts. Having brakes is the best thing to have on it though.
Newest part: Chain.
Oldest part: Brake lever, It’s about 4 years old.
Tire PSI: About 75 in the back and 70 up front.
Last time your bike saw the rain: A few weeks ago on the back of the Animal van driving in a rainstorm from Ohio to NJ.
Last time you cleaned your bike: It got cleaned during the rainstorm, ha, ha.
Farthest place this bike has been to: NYC.
Most notorious scratch: There are a lot of scratches; I think the best one is not really a scratch, but just on my chain stay from doing pedal grinds.