They say that idle time is the devil’s playground. Often, kids with too much time on their hands end up watching TV, playing video games, or getting into trouble. Interest in positive and creative activities is not only key to a child’s growth; it can breed a lifetime of self-confidence. For nine-year old David Vargas, any and all free time is used for wrenching and showing, thanks to his custom bike and support of his family. While other kids maybe interested in their Playstations and Wii’s, it’s safe to say that David would rather be in the garage, learning the ins and outs of Lowrider bike building and competing with the best of the best.
David’s bike started out innocently enough explains his Dad, Amado. “David got into the bikes when his older brother fixed up a Lowrider bike. He wanted one and wanted one so badly that I finally built him one,” laughs Amado. “After that, every week, that kid would hit me up, ‘Dad! Dad! Is there a show this week?’ He loves shows. He’s got that bug. He’s all pumped up,” says Amado. A wise man, Amado saw how inspired his son was and it fueled the two on their quest for the perfect bike build.
With both father and son being fully bitten by the custom bug, they set out to turn David’s street bike into a show winner. “The paint was done by a local guy here in town called “The Kid,” explains Amado. “He did the paint and Albert Herrera added the murals. All the custom parts came from Wicked Metal Works, and Henry’s Upholstery did the upholstery,” he says. Chrome duties were handled expertly by the crew at Showtime Chrome, leaving the bike with plenty of shine for the judges it would be placed in front of in the near future. Even with a plethora of chrome, what really sets this bike apart from the rest is the amount of engraving that covers nearly all of the bike’s metal pieces. “The engraving was done by Gino’s Engraving,” says Amado. “When he first got the bike, it was a street bike and my son didn’t want any engraving on it. I engraved a few things on it for points, and out of the blue, he got that bug and wanted almost every part engraved,” says Amado with a laugh.
After all the hard work was completed the father and son were quite proud of themselves for getting the bike into mint condition shape. Even better, all the shows they attended brought the two closer together, and the bike has become a positive bargaining chip for Amado. “We really bonded a lot because of the bike, and I often use it as leverage,” he says. “I tell him if he does well in school; I’ll get him more stuff. It’s helped to pick up his grades.” After we got a look at David’s bike, we figure him to be an honor roll student! The build certainly came out great and Amado would like to thank everyone who helped the father and son team complete their quest for bike perfection. “Shout outs to everyone that helped out on the build, and also to my brother, Billy Vargas, who pushed us, too.” Great work, Amado and David!