Brian Kachinsky is a legend – one of the toughest, ballsiest street riders in the game flew over to the UK for the Battle of Hastings to hang out, ride, help judge the contest, and to make sure that the street plaza that he designed for the Source Park was running well. Inbetween event tasks over the weekend we grabbed Brian and his current GT Globetrotter signature set-up for a bike check and a quick interview. Let’s get into details.
“I love when my bike feels solid and even if I’m not replacing anything, sometimes it just feels nice to give everything a wipe down, true the wheels, etc. After that it feels like a new bike!” – Brian
FRAME: GT Globetrotter (20.75 top tube)
FORK: Odyssey R32
BARS: GT Original 4pc bars (9.125 rise)
STEM: GT BK signature Elevated Stem
GRIPS: GT super soft grips
BAR-ENDS: Odyssey Par ends
SEATPOST: Animal pivotal
SEAT: GT BK signature transit map pivotal
PEDALS: Animal rat trap
CRANKS: GT Prototype cranks (165mm)
SPROCKET: Odyssey fang (25 tooth)
FRONT TYRE: GT “shred n shed” color-changing Pool tire (20×2.3 Black-to-red)
REAR TYRE: GT “shred n shed” color-changing Pool tire (20×2.3 Black-to-red)
FRONT WHEEL: Primo N4fl complete
REAR WHEEL: Primo Freemix complete
PEGS: Primo 4.5” (Steel or plastic depending on the day)
“First, they are a good feeling tire that lasts, for parks and street especially. Secondly, we wanted to give the tires a second life, basically these tires start out black and as you ride them and wear down the first initial layer of rubber, they transition to the color underneath” – Brian
Is this the second generation BK frame from GT?
This is the first generation of my signature GT Globetrotter frame. It’s solid and has the perfect geometry for all-around riding. I ride street mostly but I love a bike that feels comfortable on everything since I also love to ride parks and even some dirt on rare occasion. This frame feels solid yet responsive. It’s perfect.
What custom mods, if any, have you made to your bike?
I’ve made a couple little custom modifications, but nothing super extreme. I’d say the biggest thing that is unique to my set up is that the peg configuration changes often. I always ride four pegs, but sometimes I switch out between the steel and plastic depending on what I’m trying to grind. Use the right tool for the right job. I never want my bike to be the reason I don’t do something so I like to be prepared for all scenarios. Other than that, I’ve cut my bars down an inch on each side to make barspins come around a little quicker. I’ve also cut my seatpost down but still have a little bit left there to make my seat about a couple inches up on out the seat tube.
What’s the newest part on your bike?
The newest part is probably the grips or plastic pegs. Everything else I’ve been running for a while now. Even the grips, however, last longer than any other soft grip I’ve had yet they still feel nice and tacky. I’m super picky about grips and these are the best I’ve ever had.
What about these GT tyres – tell us more about these!
The new GT “Shred n’ Shed” Pool Tires are something I’m super stoked on for a couple reasons. First, they are a good feeling tire that lasts, for parks and street especially. Secondly, we wanted to give the tires a second life, basically these tires start out black and as you ride them and wear down the first initial layer of rubber, they transition to the color underneath. The really cool part about this is that every riders tire will look unique to their riding. If they grind ledge a lot, the tire will wear a lot on the side portion. If they do a lot of skids and things, they will wear faster towards the center. It was funny because at first I noticed I was wearing them through on one side more than the other and it made me realize I needed to do more opposite airs and grinds… so I did just that. Now they are looking a little more even on each side. I think riders will have fun with these and I’m excited about them. They are currently available in Black/Yellow and will be available in Black/Red in the near future.
What’s the oldest part on your bike – any part you just won’t change?
The oldest part on my bike is probably the seatpost. I don’t have a reason to change it because it doesn’t take a beating like the rest of my bike.
How often do you put together a new set-up?
I put together a new frame about twice per year depending on what color I feel like riding at the time. That being said, it’s rare that I put together an entire new bike. Usually it’s just replacing parts as needed. I do, however, sometimes just take my entire bike apart and tune it up. I love when my bike feels solid and even if I’m not replacing anything, sometimes it just feels nice to give everything a wipe down, true the wheels, etc. After that it feels like a new bike!
How good are you at keeping the thing dialled?
I think I’m pretty good. The overall condition of my bike varies because I travel a lot and sometimes don’t have the chance to really dial it in but for the most part I like to keep it running smooth. Riding a solid-feeling bike just makes riding more fun in my opinion.
What else is new – what are you planning next?
Yes! I have some trips around the east coast happening soon – after my honeymoon in Portugal – and then possibly a trip to California before year-end. Sometimes travel opportunities come up last-minute so I like to keep it flexible. I’ve been filming a lot as well and am just stacking footage to decide what to use it for later. I just got a couple banger-worthy clips the other day so I’m happy with having those out of the way to focus more on rounding out my current footage. I have at least three minutes of good clips at the moment. I also shoot photos a lot with Josh McElwee and we are sitting on 15+ good shots as well. I like to keep stuff around that’s new just in case an opportunity arises. Then I’m not scrambling or under too much pressure. That’s the way I’ve always liked it.
Cool. Any thanks or shout-outs at this point?
Thanks to GT, Vans and everyone that I ride with and supports me. This can be as simple as a high five after a trick or as big as allowing me to travel the world on a bike I love. I’m extremely thankful for every day that I get to spend having fun on my bike.
“I always ride four pegs, but sometimes I switch out between the steel and plastic depending on what I’m trying to grind. Use the right tool for the right job” – Brian