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SPOTTED IN WHISTLER - Steven Ruud's Custom-Painted Specialized Demo 13

A Specialized Demo that looks like it's been baking in the desert sun for half a century caught our eye in Whistler.

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The Whistler Bike Park lift line is a great place to hang out and see mountain bikes you may not normally get to view in the flesh. Sven Martin and Dan Hearn saw this custom-painted Specialized Demo strolling by and grabbed the man behind the project, Steve Ruud from San Francisco. The industrial design student figured he'd give a distressed paint job a go to make his bike standout. Spraying a few choice paint colors on the frame and selectively sanding away some spots left it looking like it's been sitting in the desert sun for half a century. A matte lacquer spray keeps the finish protected. -photos by Dan Hearn, interview by Sven Martin

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Friend of Steven and Sierra Nevados Surf Club member, Ryan Condroshoff, let us know how to properly spell Steven's name and that Steven broke his rib yesterday, so give him a big shout out and follow @designed_mind on Instagram. Condro, we'll wire the money to your off-shore account for the beta.

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