Lux Low is solely the dedicated passion, artistry, craftsmanship, knowledge and quality mechanics of Tyler Stans. From my humble beginnings in Florida where I was the owner of a clothing manufacturer called “Nappy Threads”, I changed my passions from clothing to bicycles, and landed at the Lux Low Ranch in Golden, Colorado where my passion meets efficiency, value, quality and recycling with a touch of Zen.
The trigger that started it all was back in 1993 when a friend pulled up to my warehouse and unloaded 3 vintage bikes out of the back of his truck. He said “he found them in the trash” and then proceeded to make 300 dollars off me. As I began working with vintage bikes, I quickly realized I needed more vintage bikes for their parts. Soon after, we started restoring some of our collected vintage bikes and realized we had surplus of extra frames. As our addiction for vintage classics grew, we found ourselves wanting the rarest bikes we could possibly find, the ones we’d have our hands on only for the restorations and then they’d be gone to be loved by someone else. Soon after, Luxury Lowrider and Luxurylowrider.com was born and we decided to build what we wanted. From vintage bikes to wild custom lowrider bikes, we loved our freedom and creativity. The term lowrider was more relevant in the 1990’s and referred to the passion and popularity of Spanish American youth. However, we felt the correct description of our custom bikes would be custom chopper bicycles. We had quite a run from 1996 to 1999 enjoying building, riding and selling our creations. I would like to thank the Flunkies, Conies and Rouge Riders of that era: Fudge, HomePies, James (aka King of White Trash, RIP), Lisa (Girl Friday), The Bruns (they broke my Gods) and iMott. I would also like to thank tough guy Don Anthony for your late night watering hole. Good times.
In 2000 the operation was scaled down and moved to Breckenridge, Colorado where it was quite a rebuilding process and took a while to get it running. It was mostly parts hustling on eBay and a new found sales niche with the rising popularity of townie bicycles. Townies are cool, old bikes that people could ride and enjoy daily. We built a new paint booth, and started rebuilding from the ground up and produced a new quality of craftsmanship in our bikes. This time in my life, I refer to as Lux Low Level 2. Although the mountains were an enjoyable stint, they weren’t my calling.
In 2004, I found myself back in Florida where most of the Lux Low Level 2 bikes were assembled. My time here was short, enjoyable, most memorable and probably the blurriest time of my life. We had a nice bungalow in the ghetto of Winter Park (Florida) and that became a scaled down hub for Lux Low. I was partnered up with my Super Hero at the time, Top Ramen (powerhouse of wavy noodles and flavor packet), and my days were spent assembling Lux Low Level 2 bikes and welding Lux Low Level 3 bikes. Those days were topped off with a trip to The Office (aka DR) to work on the Penske files and make sure the paper shredders were working properly. Thanks to our office manager Jodi (aka Antibabe), good times were had by all. The customs made here were some of my favorites, but my playboy lifestyle affected my vision. Something had to change.
In 2005, I moved back to Colorado and I patterned up with Willy (Pro Downhill rider for Kona) in a house in Golden that later becomes the Lux Low Ranch after Willy moved on. As I started rebuilding Lux Low Level 3 bicycles, the debauchery reached elevated heights and on 4/20/06 ( 4/20 I have no idea how this happened. ), I checked into an outpatient treatment program that helped define my life and the future of Lux Low. I decided to redirect my addictions from drugs, alcohol and debauchery and dove into my work. Having a new level of clarity became the basis of Lux Low today. From playboy to bike hustler (that‘s in a good way), we produced more bikes in that year than all the previous years combined. With a handful of apprentices and cronies, Lux Low now produces close to 500 bikes a year. Lux Low is driven with quality, craftsmanship, knowledge, efficiency and mechanics. The majority sales are made to our local community through craigslist and repeat customers, where most of the bikes are Schwinn Ballooner bikes and Patina restorations. Lux Low emphasizes on full antique restorations having our best year yet in 2009. The custom chopper is still the biggest passion, but with the time involved, we have cut down production to a handful a year. However, just because we don’t produce as many as we did in the 1990’s, you’ll still be floored when you see one. We also supply the bicycle enthusiasts with approved Lux Low parts and eBay auction parts (user: “LuxLowbikes” formally nappythreads) to keep your vintage bikes on the road. We have also branched into vintage road bikes, track bikes and turn of the century racing bicycles. Lux Low is about efficiency and being green, boasting recycling and the quality of our rebuilt vintage bikes that will outlast new departments store bikes and will keep heads turning because of their uniqueness. With the growing popularity of cruisers, my customers are looking past the new Taiwanese Cruiser lines and discovering where it all started, built in the USA and recycled in the USA.
Please enjoy my bikes, they are working pieces of history, rebuilt to last another 50 years. Now enjoy our bicycle creations on Luxlow.com.