1. Please, introduce O’Malleys Speed n’ Kustom to the reader.
O’Malleys Speed n Kustom is a bike shop located in Richmond, Virginia that specializes in handmade bicycles and handmade and vintage parts. Adam Farris started O’Malleys Speed n Kustom in 2011 with the intention of bringing rat rod style, and old world technology to the popular bicycle scene. Jesse McCauley came aboard in 2012, bringing a love of hunting for the most rare antique and vintage bicycle parts. From handcrafting girders, springer forks, shifters and handlebars to finding the most unique vintage parts, the guys enjoy creating head turning bicycles. The importance of the style is just as important as keeping the bikes in a condition that the novice rider can enjoy. Just like true hot rods are not trailered or parked, O’Malleys Speed n Kustom bicycles are meant to be ridden and enjoyed. Their handcrafted parts have gained international fans; with forks and shifters sold and shipped to the Netherlands and to Australia, as well as numerous parts within the US. Expanding O’Malleys Speed n Kustom’s fan base, creating more unique bicycles and parts, and seeking out the most unique vintage parts are all on the horizon for this kustom bike shop.
2. How can people purchase your custom bikes?
Parts and full builds can be purchased thru our website (www.omalleysspeednkustom.com) , or our Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn pages.
3. Why do you think your custom vintage bikes have become so popular?
The kustom bicycle scene has been growing rapidly for the past few years. With the easily accessible bike building tools, there has been a resurgence of home builders. The trend has recently become hand built frames, and one-off bikes built. We at O’Malleys only build from vintage or antiques bicycles, with the belief that old bikes have soul. We have accomplished remaining a niche in this market by putting an importance on remembering the past. As we like to say, our favorite color is Rust!
4. What inspired you to start building custom and vintage bikes?
We both have always had a passion for bicycles, so it came natural for us to team up. It is a solid partnership, with us both bringing separate skills to the table. I found a bike in a swamp in the summer of 2011. I took my time, and built it show quality. I added as much brass as possible, and built it up as a velo track race bike. I had so much fun building it, and it got a lot of positive feedback. I decided then, I wanted to turn my passion into a career.
5. Tell us about the Smoke-out event. It’s in the 14 year and you are hosing the mini bike races,
The Smoke Out Rally is an amazing party/ motorcycle show in North Carolina, put on by The Horse Back Street Choppers magazine. It has been running strong for 14 years, and we highly recommend everybody attending if able to. We hosted the mini bike race this year, which consisted of people wearing super hero costumes racing 5hp and smaller mini bikes on an oval track. The race is a big part of the rally, and we were honored to have hosting duty. We also had a vendor booth setup, with a few of our forks and a kustom bike we built for the show. Everybody measures success differently. In my eyes, having renowned motorcycle builders hang out at our booth and get excited about what we do, is success!
6. What advice would you give people who are opting to get a handmade bike?
They definitely should! There’s nothing quite like owning a head turning bike.
7. What are some advantages in getting a custom bike?
The best thing about getting a kustom bike from us is its hand built to match your personality and style. We ask a few qualifying questions to get an idea of who the customer really is, then build to suit. Also, your bike is guaranteed to standout in a crowd.
8. How can people connect with you? (Facebook, Twitter, website, etc.)