Bike Check: Ralphy Ramos

One of New York’s finest, Ralphy Ramos, recently turned Pro for both Animal and Stolen and his bike is looking as fresh as ever…

Age: 27
Height: 5′ 10”
Weight: 150 lbs.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Sponsors: Stolen BMX, Animal Bikes, BASE Brooklyn

Frame: Stolen Legion 21″
Fork: Stolen Typhoon
Bars: Stolen Deviant
Stem: Animal Remix
Grips: Animal Edwin De La Rosa
Barends: Animal
Headset: Animal
Clamp: intergraded
Seatpost: Animal Wedge
Seat: Animal Nigel Sylvester prototype
Pedals: Animal BPE
Cranks: Animal Akimboike Check
Sprocket: Animal M5
Chain: Stolen
Front Tire: Animal Tom White
Front Wheel: Animal
Rear Tire: Animal Tom White
Rear Wheel: Animal
Pegs: Animal Butcher
Hub guard: Animal

On a scale of one to ten, ten meaning you love it, how much do you like working on your bike?
A 10, because I don’t trust anyone with my bike, I know how I want it to feel and maintaining my bike fresh is something I like to do.

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?
If something breaks or a new part comes out I’ll change it, but I usually ride the same bike for about a year if I feel super comfortable with it. During that time I would get at least two customs paint jobs to switch up the swag.

What parts do you change out the most often?
I change my grips, tires, and pedals the most because they get worn out after a few months of riding. I don’t break parts that often.

What are you most particular about on your bike?
I’m most particular about my wheels. They have to be perfect at all times.

Instead of traditional steel pegs, or plastic, you choose to run the aluminum core of the Butcher pegs without the plastic sleeve. Why is that?
Edwin De La Rosa and Tyrone Williams were running them without the plastic sleeves when they where still prototype, all they talked about was how much smoother it felt to grind on rails—which is my favorite object to grind. I had to try them out and felt the difference right away—they grind a lot smoother and are super light.

Backward rail with a quick whip off the curb. Sequence: Zielinski

Overall, how do you like your bike to feel?
I like my bike to feel solid, tight chain so my cranks don’t move when I tailwhip, worn out grips feel the best to me, I like my pedals new for better grip, and I keep my tire pressure at 75 psi .

Are you concerned with how much your bike weighs? How much does this bike weigh?
Yeah I’m always concerned with the weight of my bike because I’m a skinny guy. When I first started riding my bike was about 40 pounds with four pegs—felt like it weighed more than me! [laughs] So keeping it as light as possible is always the goal. Now my bike weighs 23 pounds.

Are you willing to experiment with new parts and mix things up, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true?
I’m willing to experiment and try new parts, there’s always room for improvement.

You were recently added to both the Animal and Stolen Pro teams. How has your new-found “pro” status been treating you?
It’s been great, working on signature products it’s definitely a dream come true.

Do you have any trips, projects, signature parts, or anything else we should know about in the works?
I have few dope trips planned with Animal for this year that I’m really exited about. I’m currently working on a welcome to Stolen BMX video that should be out soon. Also working on a few signature products with Stolen and Animal.

You’re currently out here in California with a one-way ticket, I’m sure you’re in no rush to get back to that frigid New York weather…
Not all all… I’m trying to stay in California until the weather gets better for sure and get as much riding done as possible.

Whether you’ve seen it or not, you gotta peep Ralphy’s welcome to Animal edit again. Straight fire, with a true feel for Ralphy’s neighborhood.