Preparation in Queens
Backed by the community (and a feature in The New York Times), Nicolas and Anil pursued their “bike dreams” even further. Piece by expensive piece, they built up their cycles with equipment purchased with after-school jobs and allowances. This reached its apex with a custom chain ring designed to ease the weight of 1,500 pounds of gear, making it easy for riders to breeze through the hood blasting drum and bass lines. Several other custom stereo bikes followed, gaining them notoriety and, perhaps more importantly, a place in a society that can be less than friendly to those from the outside.