There’s currently a four year waiting list for a Vanilla Bicycle, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. Not surprisingly, with efforts like this by the Portland-based shop. This 650b, single speed commuter was created for a graphic designer mate of Sacha White, and, accordingly, features a daring departure from their de rigueur paint scheme.
Capitalizing on the unique 650b wheel diameter, Sacha has created an instant ‘modern classic’; a culmination of American ‘Trad’ style with updated (albeit international) components—Nitto bars and a Campagnolo crank set provide a contrast to the home grown Paul calipers and Phil Wood hubs. The graffiti-inspired logo on the head tube and forks is an interesting touch, complemented by stripes and details in similar hues. A filed, sanded and brushed finish highlights the Columbus Life tubes. Alpha Q forks have been customized to accommodate the 650b Grand Bois tires, and the stem features the now proprietary Vanilla Bicycle cable-routing layout. The stainless steel chain guard is a nice detail, and perhaps their leather chain stay protector would have been overkill.