Shawty supposes it was Moses that once said that life was too short to ride shit bikes. That may be true to a point, as one of my other bikes is worth more than a small car, yet I am not the kind of person who has time to commute on a prize winning bike that I am likely to throw into the back of a bus or have swiped from a lockup on the street. Enter Fake Ti.

The process of putting this bike together was lengthy, particularly due to the fact that I went about perfecting the patina of the frame. Through a delicate process of taking to the frame with a blow torch and a tin of export, and spending a number of rainy days smashing it around town, I was able to achieve a look that only Real Fake Ti can achieve. I've complimented it with a build that is simple, reliable and takes away from the fact that the frame weighs close to a metric tonne. The result is something that I can commute to work and university with, leave unlocked on Little Collins St all day, shoot down to Rev for a caffé latte or Wonderbao for my monthly stock up of C Grade midpack finishing fuel – the egg custard Bao (as pictured).


FRAME: Real Fake Titanium frame, actual material unknown, actual size unknown, origins possibly extraterrestrial. Super lightweight rusted fork.

CRANKSET: SRAM Force CX01 crankset with 42t chainring to 16t rear cog.

BRAKES: Shimano hella long reach callipers, SRAM s800 carbon fibre brake levers.

STEM: Easton EA70 Racing Stealth Edition 110mm.

BARS: Giant Propel Ultra Narrow drop bars, Fizik bar tape.

WHEELS: Velocity front, Unknown rear.

TYRES: Kenda Reid Team Race Spec slick clinchers.

SEATPOST: Real Fake Ti proprietary seatpost.

SADDLE: Plush Leather quilted saddle in black.

PEDALS: Plastic and probably from a K-Mart DH bike.


NUTRITION: A fresh Wonderbao Egg Custard Bao.


Shot on location at Wonderbao, Melbourne. Words by Adrian, photos by Riche.

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