The attitude and manner in which a builder approaches a new project determines just about everything. We asked Christopher Franco to describe his build style in three words, and he gave one of the best answers we've heard: "Patina, Character, Spirit. The way I see it when I'm building bikes is that I'm resurrecting something that someone has given up on or forgotten. I have never built a bike from something running. So I don't like to make everything perfect when I build, because that removes all the original character. When you look at something I build, the frame isn't usually powder coated, but just buffed back to it's glossy original, scratches and all. When I see a bike that has had all it's pitted chrome replaced, the powder coated frames and forks, and perfect paint, I think it looks good, but I don't see it's past life or the abuse it went through to become the shiny bike it is today. It just lacks the character I like to see and appreciate." We see that character, too, and we love it.