Bike Check: Anthony “Boy” Flores

Age: 27
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 168 lbs.
Location: East Los Angeles
Sponsors: Primo Products and SKAVENGER bikes

Frame: SKAVENGER V1 Vinnie Sammon tunnel frame. 21-inch top tube.
Fork: Primo pro fork
Bars: Stranger Thrash 4-piece bars 8.8” rise x 29″ width
Stem: Fiend top load Morrow Stem
Grips: My signature Primo “BOY” grips
Bar ends: Primo 22mm bb kit
Headset: Primo integrated
Clamp: Animal V2 seat clamp
Seat post: Primo pivotal seat post
Seat: Primo pro seat
Pedals: Primo JJ PC pedals
Cranks: Primo Hollowbites (175mm)
Sprocket: Primo Aneyerlator V2 Sprocket size:  23T
Chain: Cult half link chain
Front Tire: Primo WLT Tony Neyer tire “The Neyer Tire” size: 2.30”
Front Wheel: Primo N4 hub laced on a balance rim
Rear Tire: Primo WLT Tony Neyer tire “The Neyer Tire” size: 2.30”
Rear Wheel: Primo remix hub laced on a Balance rim
Pegs: Primo 5 1/2 binary pegs
Hub guard: 2 Primo drive side hub guards

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike? And why?
I’d say a six. I don’t really like to work on my bike because I’m lazy. So when I do, I tighten everything to the max and hope it stays intact.

How long do you typically ride a bike before building a new one? Do you switch out parts as they go? Or just build a whole fresh kit?

I usually only need to switch out small parts like grips, pedals, and tires. I’d say every six months I build up a new ride. I love building up a new bike. Fresh is good. Another plus of building up a new bike is that now I can hook up homies with the old goodies.

Your chain is so tight it’s actually hard to move your cranks. Have you always run your chain that tight? Why?

Haha, yeah. I love my chain tight. When everything on my bike is tight that’s when it feels best to me. A little resistance is good. Plus, my bike sounds solid, haha. If and when I do hear a noise I find the problem fast.

Psyched to see you on the four-piece bars tip, how long have you been rockin’ those Stranger joints? And how does your ride feel with them?
I’ve been rocking these for about three months now. My bike feels official. Back when I was younger I rocked some fake GT four piece. I also sported some Scerbo fours for a bit, so I’m no stranger to the four piece bars gang…no pun intended, haha. S/O to Aaron Brenner and dem boys.

What parts do you change out the most often and why?

Chains! Because I hate when I suddenly my chain to break and wham, dead leg as a result of my knee slamming into the stem. Also, I change tires out often because new shoes always make a motha fucken look good.

Metal pegs…we’re a dying bread. What makes you keep it real with the

The sound. Haha. I also feel that I have more control from the resistance I get grinding on steels. But I’m not gonna lie, I’ve crossed over to plastics before and I might be going back soon just to switch it up, haha. I’ll be back to steel soon.

What are you most particular about on your bike?

I don’t know, but my bike is my bike. It’s tuned by and for me. I hate to ride other people’s bike no
matter whose it is.

Besides your chain, what else are you specific about on your bike, grips—thick, thin, new, or worn-out, tire pressure, etcetera?

My grips are perfect. Get them, haha. I run my tire pressure low because I have it stuck in my head that it helps with pop. And, As I said earlier, I rock everything on my ride tight. I remove the pedal caps and tighten down my pedals. My headset is tightened to spin about a bar and a half. I use to run my bars a little forward for pop but with the four piece bars it don’t feel that I need to do so.

Are you concerned with how much your bike weighs?

Well yeah, I guess. I mean I wouldn’t want a heavy bike in 2014, ha. I don’t know how much this bike weighs, so that tells you a little about how much I actually care.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do
you prefer to stick to tried and true?

I’m good with switching it up now. I used to be real bad, but I got over that, I think, haha.