I reckon there is no other bike builder of his age who has as much universal peer respect and good will shown their way as the man from Oakland, I can't recall reading of any one person or group putting shit on him . . . . since following what is obviously a life long passion and obsession for classic 'golden era' choppers, inspired by influences he has always proudly and openly worn on his sleeve, and turning out a line of beautifully simple, clean and purposeful rides, his contribution to the renaissance of shed built cool scoots can't be overlooked . . . . I doubt that was ever part of any plan, it just happened that way.
Everytime you see him in an interview, listen to his telling of yarns, talkin about his own stuff or of someone elses, there is an almost tangible sense of a bloke being totally straight and speaking from the heart, a complete absence of show biz wank . . . . no pretence of being the 'tough guy' or the 'hero dude', nor any 'my shit doesn't stink coz I build cool bikes' bullshit, if anything, and again, without actually knowing the guy, there's generally a too funny, self deprecating thing going on, the self administered ego check mechanism.
Whatever, like so many of the 'gifted' members of this tiny world and this even tinier community of custom bike nutters the world over, he's an absolute 'unit', an individual, doing shit his way, accept no substitutes . . . . as the skate kid became the bike rider, who morphed seemlessly and naturally into the builder, the painter, the poet, the artist, the sad clown, the joker, nobody ever had any grounds to sledge or slag or talk dirt . . . . and that speaks volumes about the dude in itself.
***** The video is a pretty slick 'slideshow' of a majority of the two wheeled turnouts from the stable of 4Q Conditioning, it shows a series of unbelievably cool and permanently memorable rides created from his mind's eye . . . . the fact that everyone knows these bikes isan absolute indication of how highly they are rated by not only cycle geeks like me and other observers, but by his fellow builders and 'industry' cohorts. It's also rounded out with a selection of shots featuring some of the original Bay Area scoots that the Schaafster holds so dear . . . . I hope you dig it like I did.