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Michael Kleeman of Motofication prefers steel frames for his singlespeed/fixed gear bikes. Produced by a framebuilder in Amsterdam, the frames are rusted or blackfinished, covered with a special wax.

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“I prefer classic 1” luged steel frames. You have the best few on the frame if there are no brakes, shifters, gears etc. So I was always excited on the singlespeed/fixed gear idea.”
– michael kleeman

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We’re bringing Los Deluxe and giving it a new name: El Rancho Deluxe. Tasty morsels of speed, sport and design. Curated by our crack team of contributors – including Megadeluxe viewers. Drop us a line here if you see something out there El Rancho Deluxe worthy, or if you’re an artist, designer, craftsman or a small company with a story to tell.

Los Deluxe :: 09 March 2014



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When I get an email from Richard Pollock of Mule Motorcycles, I always get a bit excited – it’s like getting the ultimate care package. Once again, Richard did not disappoint: a makeover for a Steve McQueen Limited-Edition Triumph. The other bonus about receiving a build story from Richard: being a natural storyteller, he knows how to spin a yarn. So, I give you the story of this build as told by Richard himself.

 
Steve McQueen Limited-Edition Triumph

“Steve McQueen liked bikes and cars, not because it enhanced his celebrity, but because he was a gearhead first. He bankrolled ‘On Any Sunday’ not for himself, but rather to promote the fun and camaraderie of motorcycle racing and riding, and also to showcase the guys that were his true heroes.”
– richard pollock

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Matt Musial and Bill Twitchel own and operate Austin Paintworks in Austin, Texas. When they first sent me photos of this Czech made scooter called a Cezeta I was completely dumbfounded. About ten seconds later – I wanted one.

1958 CZ Cezeta 501

“It was a common joke amongst Cezeta riders that the exposed front tank with built-in headlight formed an explosive warhead and detonator for the torpedo, though in practice the Cezetas proved no more likely to catch fire than any other motor scooter, even in serious collisions.”
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Clarks Classics – Collection by Megadeluxe

 

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Designer Jeremy Lacy made his way to Portland to catch the The One Motorcycle Show 2014. Lucky for us, Jeremy took a bunch of picts and sketched like a mad man. Mega thanks to Jeremy!

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“Twinline’s ‘99ZRX was a real inspiration for getting my own ZRX project finished and Holiday Custom’s Honda was probably my personal favorite bike of the show. I got to meet Jared and show him the sketch I did of his bike.”
– jeremy lacy

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Crows are the ingenious tweakers of the animal world. I’ve been witness to their MacGyver-like stunts: in our neighborhood, I recently came across a flock of crows who dive bomb into nut trees. Once they’ve knocked a few down, they park themselves on a telephone wire and patiently wait for cars to run over and crack open these newly-felled nuts. Once the coast is clear, they then swoop down and eat their freshly-cracked meal. I had read about this crow behavior, but to see it in person is beyond surreal.
 
So, when I saw this video from the Inside the Animal Mind – BBC about a crow being given a complex problem to solve, I wasn’t surprised that the crow nailed it. But still, mind…totally blown.

 

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If you can’t smell the sweet scent of burnt rubber, and exhaust coming off these epic photos from Dirk Behlau then you are indeed trapped inside a hermetically-sealed chamber of dullness.


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“Mopars at The Strip is an all-Chrysler drag race, car show, swap meet and manufacturers midway held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, USA.”
– dirk behlau

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“Meet Adam Kallen and Alex DiMattio two friends who come from very different backgrounds but are united in their dream of opening a new kind of motorcycle shop. Taking all of the things they love, coffee, clothing, accessories and of course motorcycles the friends found a space in Brooklyn and got to work. Filmed a few short weeks after opening… this is JANE’s story.”

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He was in better films by far, but this is how I’m going to remember the great Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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Our second Megadeluxe t-shirt. Designed by graphic designer Can Seylan. Comes in black or gray. Made of 100% fine ring-spun combed cotton by American Apparel.
 
Wear it proud knowing you’re doing a bit of good as well: 5% of the proceeds from the sale of this tee will be donated to UNICEF.
 

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“We’re so stoked to have our latest t-shirt designed by Can Seylan. He has this rough and gritty elegance in his work that we truly dig. Can’t wait to work with him again.”
– crash

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Jochen Paesen is a car designer for BMW where he plays an active role in shaping the interiors of its future cars. Jochen is also a skilled photographer and artist who knows how to capture a moment in time.

 
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“I currently live in Munich and work for BMW Design. I was born in Belgium where I spent the first 9 years of my life. Before moving to Germany I also lived in South Africa, France, England and The Netherlands. Despite moving around so often I feel at home wherever I live. It has broadened my way of thinking and has allowed me to discover new cultures and learn new languages, which has been a valuable way of stimulating my creative thinking.”
– jochen paesen

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Argonaut Cycles are made entirely in the Pacific Northwest. Ben Farver is a master at carbon construction, “We use carbon not because it’s pretty, not because it makes a good story, but because it makes the best bicycles.”

Photos by John “Prolly” Watson

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“As I went through the process, and as I worked with people, I figured out that fit is important but it’s not the biggest value I can give a customer, but really what you’re getting out of a custom bike is something that performs to your riding style, to your body type, and to your power output. That’s the cool part.”
– ben farver

 
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