I really love the look of vintage racebikes—nothing looks better than a race number on a bike. I really don’t like to hack up my bikes; I prefer modest modifications. I do very little metalwork, a bracket here or there, and a race-style seat, a handlebar change, maybe an exhaust. The last few bikes I’ve obtained were other people’s abandoned projects, and I’ve spent so much time undoing other people’s insanity that it’s made me feel sympathetic with these old bikes. So I’m trying to design my bikes with as few mods as possible, to totally alter the visuals and put my own spin on it without destroying the bike. I don’t do aggressive engine mods for the same reasons. When I obtain bikes, cosmetics don’t matter, but the engine has to be solid or it’s not worth the time.