UN­FAIR AD­VAN­TAGE

RE­VIV­ING A PIECE OF LOWRIDER HIS­TORY

Lowrider - - TANKS AND TAILS - STORY & PHO­TOS BY HEC­TOR LEYVA

They say ev­ery­thing comes back in fash­ion. These days, that def­i­nitely seems to be the case. With ev­ery­one wear­ing Nike Cortezs, large ear­ring hoops, and lowriding back to be­ing the thing to do, you would think it was the ’90s all over again. If you were around the car show scene dur­ing that time then you might re­mem­ber see­ing a very unique lowrider bike cre­ated by Glenn Pablo. The bike he built be­came part of San Diego lowrider his­tory and with a heav­ily flaked paint scheme that var­ied on each side the bike is still re­mem­bered to this day. Much like the ’90s Pablo’s bike would even­tu­ally be­come just a mem­ory, as it ended up in stor­age where it sat for over 15 years.

The bike would be poised for a come­back when a chance en­counter with Amahury Men­doza and Pablo led to a deal to buy the bike and free it from the stor­age jail it had been cap­tive in for so long. Amahury found out that the years had not been kind to the bike, but with a lit­tle TLC she could be re­turned to her glory days. The bike al­ready had a notched frame and kick­stand, but the once-fa­mous paint had to be re­done. Hav­ing two dif­fer­ent paintjobs pre­sented some chal­lenges, but they would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to repli­cate the orig­i­nal paint scheme. The bike re­ceived some up­grades; the chrome was re-plated, mir­rors etched, ped­als twisted, and en­grav­ing was added through­out. The fi­nal item on the list was a brand-new set of 144-spoke gold wire wheels, which were mounted onto a new set of white­wall tires.

For An­thony “Chubbs” Men­doza, who is only 4 years old, this isn’t an old-school or throw­back bike. For this lit­tle guy, this is his bike, his phase, and his trend. Who knows, years from now it might be some­one else’s story to tell.

BIKE MODEL 1965 SCH­WINN STING-RAY

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