Just a few years ago a Ruff frame set caught my attention and immediately I wanted to build a custom bike.
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I wanted to go for a sporty sports car look. The frame being so low and sleek, gave me the idea of creating something similar to a Ferrari or Lamborghini. So I asked myself … what stands out more than Red?
I was in doubt between a Porucho and a Tango. But because I saw a lot of Porucho’s lately so i decided to build me a Tango.
I’ve been into bikes all my life, and crossed between most styles of riding, but mostly enjoying the creative outlet of custom bikes these days.
Honestly, my inspiration was the early media photos of the Ruff “Shelly” and “Rodder” Deans, I love the simple clean curved lines and wanted to build a tribute.
Here in Denmark is very classic the cargo bikes to cruise around with the kids so I decided to mix this cargo bike with one of your bikes, because I wanted a fat ass bike.
So I decided to mix the Tango lady steel with the Nihola and that was the result.
Quite a lot of the components came from a bicycle online store such as the forks, drum brake, crank/pedals, cables, tyres. I fabricated the tank from 1.5 mm brass sheet, smoothed the welds and polished it to a mirror finish.
The inspiration in the color design was to keep it classic and to look killer when the Phoenix sun hits it!
I am a huge fan of the “Washington Redskins” since a few years and the design should represent the colors and the logo of the team.
I love the Smyinz frame, I’m 6’1 so I needed a longer bike.