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Cannondale and Junk Food Clothing

An urban road bike gets a vintage-inspired overhaul in a one-off collaboration

by Karen Day in Design on 19 October 2011

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Biker gangs like the Hells Angels may have more in common with Cannondale's murdered-out Bad Boy bicycle, per se, but Junk Food Clothing's new motorcycle club-inspired rendition offers enough attitude to lure its own contingent of riders. The collaborative bike is the first of two unique designs that the L.A.-based T-shirt brand will conceive for Re:Mix Lab, Antenna Magazine's five-city-wide traveling art show.

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Cannondale's Michael DeLeon tells us that, in order to create the Junk Food version of their Bad Boy bike, the team spent two weeks meticulously stripping the black finish and removing every spoke from the rims, for a clean, detailed, matte-green repaint. Junk Food also designed the leather saddle bag—made to hold a rolled-up tee—and the tool bag gracing the bike frame that easily converts into a shoulder bag.

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Described by Junk Food's Vice President of Marketing Andrei Najjar as "innovation with a vintage lens," the bike retains the best of Cannondale's advanced components—like a single-legged solo fork, heightened aluminum frame and disc brakes—but with an aesthetic that recalls military motorcycles of the '50s with the painted body and custom leather accessories.

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The second collaborative bike will be revealed next month—a totally different and dramatic take on another Cannondale model—but cycle fans can try to win the Bad Boy edition now by entering the Antenna Twitter contest.

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