Staff Rides: Brandon's Mash

Staff Rides: Brandon's Mash

 

This is my Cinelli Mash Histogram. After racing fixed gear crits on this bike, I retired the bike from service but still kept it around. It's honestly one of my favorite looking frames of all time. With racing being canceled in 2020, I really wanted to build something that was just fun and simple. A bike that I wouldn't have to worry about clipping in. A bike where I wouldn't have to worry about watts or intervals. A bike that I could ride any where in Richmond. Just something that would be a joy to ride.

I started by swapping out the original fork and putting in a fork from a Cinelli Zeydeco cyclocross bike so I could fit a bigger tire than the 28c I had on there previously. Then I needed some fixed gear wheels that I could ride on gravel, so I got a set of the All-City Sheriff track hubs, laced them to the H Plus Son Hydra rims and squeezed some 33c Donnelly MXP tires. For the drivetrain I got a Sram Apex 1 crankset and Surly track cogs. Whisky Parts Co supplied the bars, stem and seatpost, and I threw on a trusty Specialized Power saddle. Pedals are Raceface Chesters with Holdfast straps to keep me locked in. This bike is honestly a blast to ride and it makes me smile every time I get on it.

Brandon Davis