While the Ibis Ripley looks great in its stock trim, Casey Devonshire isn’t one to leave things stock. With a liberal application of pinstriping and some decals, he transformed his bike into something unique.
While it’s easy to go overboard with the matchy-matchy stuff, restraint and attention to detail are they key to building something tasteful that can stand the test of time. Casey’s Ripley is all about the subtle things. There’s something to be said about a bike that surprises you after the 50th time you’ve stared at it.
You know what’s never a mistake? Fox heritage decals.
With a little expertise in masking borrowed from the hot rod, Casey was able to create this two tone effect on the Ibis decals around the frame.
To complete this project required stripping down the entire frame, so why not paint the links too?
Just like stock, only better.
In addition to the paint and decals, Casey also custom built his wheels. What makes his special is the use of two techniques that most modern riders won’t be familiar with. The first is that he ties and solders his spokes, which he claimed increase the stiffness of the wheel. Jobst Bradt (RIP) would argue differently, but it looks cool either way. The second trick is the use brass spoke head washers to help take up play. I also use this method when hand building wheels, but mostly because I’ve found it helps minimize the spokes gouging the hubs – and it’s a nice subtle touch.
To compare Casey’s Ibis with the stock version, head over to www.ibiscycles.com.