California shop makes lowrider bikes with expertise and heart

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Mexican-born Manny Silva is known as the “godfather of lowriders” thanks to the custom-made bicycles he makes in the shop he set up in Compton in 1973.

His lowriders, with frames closer to the ground, feature tooled handlebars, detailed spokes, specialized insignia and designer seats , reports Reuters.

“The lowrider bikes, every single piece is special because it’s custom, hand-made,” explained Silva, whose shop team includes his sons, nephews and even grandchildren.

“We fix people’s bicycles and we help people to fix their lives,” he added.

Creations from Manny’s Bike Shop have been featured in music videos and films and sold to clients in Britain, China, South Korea, Puerto Rico and Mexico. He has also made specialized bikes for disabled children.

Rafiuzzaman Sifat

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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