Squid Bikes custom DIYFS painted cyclocross racer

Paint-it-yourself program allows you to truly cusomize your ride

Cross Custom Sea Otter Classic

2016 Sea Otter Classic

Every Squid Bike is custom painted by its owner.

Every Squid Bike is custom painted by its owner (click to enlarge).

This brightly painted, punk rock looking cyclocross bike from Squid Bikes has been getting a lot of attention at the Sea Otter Classic. People are asking who painted it, how it was painted and where they can get one. Turns out, this bike was custom painted by its owner.

In fact, every Squid Bike is custom painted by its owner, which is what makes the company so unique. Rider owned by a crew of fun­loving folks from Sacramento, Squid Bikes sources handmade alloy frames from legendary builder Ventana Cycles in cantilever or disc brake and traditional 135mm QR or 142×12 through axle design with room for up to 40mm rear tires. The frames are then sold to the customer as a raw blank slate. Squid calls the model their Rattlecan DIYFS (as in, do it your f*cking self), and encourages its buyers to get creative with the paint.

Squid calls the model their Rattlecan DIYFS (as in, do it your f*cking self).

Squid calls the model their Rattlecan DIYFS (as in, do it your f*cking self). (click to enlarge)

Squid has also developed a partnership with Spray.Bike, a company from Greece that manufactures acrylic rattlecan paint perfect for this sort of program. Available in a range of neon colors, Spray.Bike will take the color schemes of Squid Bikes to the next level of punk rock, in-­your­-face awesomeness. Squid Bikes has come up with a great idea, combining a high quality frameset with creative inspiration for a completely unique ride.

For more info visit squidbikes.com and spray.bike.

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Kurt Gensheimer

Kurt Gensheimer thinks the bicycle is man’s most perfect invention. He firmly believes ‘singlespeed’ is a compound word. He sometimes wears a disco ball helmet. He is also known as Genshammer. He is a Gemini and sleeps outside in a hammock.


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