Bike Check: Tom White

Tom White‘s bike matches his style of riding perfectly—simple, raw and straight to the point.

Name: Tom White
Age: 29
Height: 6’ 1”
Weight: 175 lbs.
Location: South Philly
Sponsors: Animal, Skavenger

Photos: Zielinski

Frame: Skavenger El Blanco Loco
Fork:  “The ones with the bullet” [Animal Barrett]
Bars: Animal Sway bars
Stem: Animal Jump Off
Grips: Animal Edwin De La Rosa
Headset: Animal
Clamp: Animal
Seatpost: Animal
Seat: Animal Broadway
Pedals: Animal BPE
Cranks: Animal Akimbo
Sprocket: Animal V3
Chain: I don’t know the name, but it’s big as fuck and not breaking.
Front Tire: My shit [Animal Tom White Wall]
Front Wheel: Animal rim, with Animal Javelin hub
Rear Tire: My shit [Animal Tom White Wall]
Rear Wheel: Animal rim, with Animal Javelin hub
Pegs: Animal Lino OG
Hub guard: Animal

I feel like you’ve pretty much ridden the same bike setup since I’ve known you. Do you ever change things up?
No, almost never—unless it’s absolutely broken. I just don’t see the need to get something new if it’s not broken.

Would you ever ride a bike that wasn’t black?
Yeah, actually I saw one of my raw frames—it looked pretty good.

As far as how your bike feels, is there anything you’re particular about?
No, not really, I get used to anything, really.

Besides the custom white paint job on your stem, are there any other modifications or do you just run everything stock?
Yeah, pretty much everything stock.

Gap feeble-to-drop Smith on a sketchy slippery and rounded ledge.

I could be wrong, but your bike looks like it might be kinda heavy by today’s standards… Does weight matter to you?
[Laughs] These days I don’t even know what is right. It’s fine with me. When I was younger my bike was like 30 pounds.

Your chain is pretty beefy, is that by choice?
Hell yeah! Never have to worry about peddling through traffic and it breaking. I ate shit too many times from a broken chain.

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 still have my prototype frame and pretty much the same bike for the past three years—everything. I only change pedals and maybe a pair of bars and my tires.