||[Feb. 2nd, 2010|01:35 pm]
Last year my friend Alex was struck by a driver while riding his bike through downtown San Diego. The driver ran a stop sign, hitting the front tire of his bike and sending him 20 feet through the air and under a parked car. His bike was sent up about ten feet in the air, before crashing back down and bending. After the driver fled from the scene attempting to escape, Alex picked himself up off the ground to find his bike bent and unusable.
His frame was made in the United States by Cuevas, a man who hand makes bicycle frames. Hand built frames by well respected builders take time, meaning most frame builders only put out 20-30 a year so it would not be easy for Alex to find another Cuevas track frame.
Velo Cult bike shop, where Alex works, specializes in vintage and hard to find bicycle frames so it was a matter of time before they got their hands on another Cuevas track frame. After eyeing it for a few months as it hung from the ceiling, Alex purchased it. His old Cuevas still hangs from the ceiling in a corner of the shop, bent and twisted like a pretzel.