When your parents are members of a car club and your dad also happens to be the club president, Lowriding is not only a way of life, it’s practically a birth right. When Alex Robledo Jr. was born in 2001, he rode home from the hospital in his custom car seat, and has been Lowriding with his family ever since. The seat he sits in now is just as comfortable as that car seat was ten years ago, albeit much more glamorous. He is now seated in the “Azteca De Oro Dos”; a sequel to a Lowrider Bicycle named “Azteca De Oro”, which his father, Alex Sr., built back in the mid-1990’s.
When it came time to build “Azteca De Oro Dos”, Alex Sr. and Alex Jr. made sure to use parts from “Azteca De Oro”, and to employ some of the best craftsmen in Lowriding. The first item on the build list was to get the ’65 Schwinn Sting Ray frame ready for paint. Alex Sr. took care of the Bondo work at home, and had Jason Humble perform all of the sheet metal work. Once the frame modifications were complete, Ricardo from RM Customs painted the frame and front and rear fenders in a 3-stage candy tangerine, candy apple, and pagan gold scheme. Conejo’s Pinstriping added accents throughout the bicycle, and finally, Abel Rocha painted the Aztec-themed murals on the frame.
All of the plating on the bike was handled by Jesse from Astro Plating, and custom parts were cut for the build by Jagster, Krazy Kutting, and Wicked Metals. David Renteria added his engraving to some of the metal pieces, and Henry from Henry’s Customs took care of matching the seat to the build, assembling and adding a 6×6 turntable display in the process.
Once the build was complete, father and son began sharing the results with the members of their car club, Neu Exposure of Southern California. “Azteca De Oro Dos” has placed at many shows, including Best in Show, and First Place in its category at the 2010 Nite Life Santa Barbara Show. It has also been featured as a part of Comedian Joey Medina’s Cholo Comedy Slam in 2009.
When Alex Jr. is not Lowriding, he enjoys playing with his younger twin brothers, playing sports, and attending art classes. Drawing is another one of his passions, and his favorite artist is Abel Rocha, who did the murals on “Azteca De Oro Dos” and has tattooed his father.
The construction time took about three years in total for the father and son team, and every minute has certainly been worth it. Alex Jr. would like to thank his dad, mom, brothers, and fellow club members for their support and help with the bicycle build. We know “Azteca De Oro Dos” is just the start of many builds for Alex Jr., so we’ll make sure to save some pages for his next build.