I hung out with Brian for a few days in Moscow, Russia, and while he was setting up his “dad camera” to get a second angle, I went ahead and shot more than a few photos of his whip. Check BK’s bike, a few questions, and a sweet moment in time that we shot in between rain drops.
Name: Brian Kachinsky
Height: 5'9" (with shoes on)
Location: Chicago, IL or wherever my suitcase happens to be at the time.
DK bicycles, Primo, Arnette
Frame: DK Team Frame (20.75 top tube)
Fork: Odyssey R-32
Bars: DK Sigma bars (8.65 rise)
Stem: DK top load… light, strong, simple. I love this stem
Grips: ODI longneck at the moment with the flanges cut off
Barends: Odyssey par ends
Seatpost: Animal pivotal
Seat: Primo fat pivotal
Cranks: DK Social Cranks (170mm). Strongest part on my bike.
Sprocket: DK Chaka 25tooth. Made in the USA.
Chain: Shadow interlock (Thanks Ronnie B!)
Front Tire: Primo V-Monster v.2 tan wall 20×2.25
Front Wheel: Primo N4FL with built-in hub guards, Primo spokes, Primo 7 series rim
Rear Tire: Primo V-Monster v.2 tan wall 20×2.25
Rear Wheel: Primo Remix cassette hub, Primo spokes, Primo 7 series rim
Pedals: Deco plastic (Thanks Degroot!)
Hub Guard: Primo plastic on all 4 sides
Pegs: Animal Lino (4") or Primo when I'm running plastic. Use the right tool for the right job…right?
We shot these photos in Russia of all places. How many times have you been there and where does it fit on the "wow, this place is wild" scale?
I've been to Russia four times now and I like it better each time. It's a 9 out of 10 on the "this place is wild" scale. Awesome spots, awesome riders, and friendly people. They just have to work on the weather a bit.
Your bike is wet in the photos and you still got down. Why no scared?
It stopped raining for a split second in Russia that day and some rails needed to get done. I think the water on the rail might have made it slide a bit better actually.
What version of your signature frame is this? How's it treating ya?
At the moment I'm riding the DK Team frame along with rest of the DK squad. I love it. It's light, simple and is actually a bit more stable than the last version of the Passport frame but equally as strong. I love it.
You recently got sponsored by Primo just for wheels. How'd that deal come about and what's the switch been like?
Riding for Primo has been amazing. Tony Neyer actually recommended me for the team and we worked it out. Aaron Brenner has been taking good care of me over there and I love the wheels. They are super solid and perfect for street riding. I'm not very gentle on wheels and these puppies hold up to everything I bring it.
Did you modify any parts or do anything special?
I cut a tiny bit off the end of my bars, seatpost and steer tube of my forks. I just like to get rid of any excess that I don't need and keep things simple. I also keep my rear wheel as close to slammed as possible in my dropouts. That way my wheel doesn't move much with all my peggery.
What part (or angle of a part/frame/etc.) are you most particular about one your bike?
I'm pretty particular about the strength of my frame. I like a light, simple but strong frame. I'm really stoked on how the DK Team frame has held up despite plenty of abuse. I also like the geometry of it but especially the rear end. It's the perfect length. It's stable in manuals but is also responsive.
What else is really specific to you when it comes to a setup?
I love when everything is tight so nothing rattles. That way it just sounds like a basketball when it lands and a swarm of bees when I'm going fast (the sweet hum of my cassette hub).
Any more signature parts in the works?
Ironically I was just emailing some ideas about this today. I have some ideas for some really rad stuff and will hopefully make them happen in the future. I'm not testing any signature parts at the moment but hopefully sometime soon.
Tell me a story.
I'd estimate that about 50% of the time when I'm checking in at the airport for a flight with my DK "Golf" bag, someone who works at the airport asks me if I'm a golfer or a golf related question. My answers change every time.