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The History of Lowriders
By Richard Gazzo
To quote the band War, "the low rider is the one to meet". For almost one hundred years, lowriders have been not only the one to see, but the one to meet.

Stemming from an old Mexican ritual called paseo which made horses the utmost symbol of prestige, lowering stock cars to almost sidewalk level and customizing them dramatically has evolved into the same sort of symbol of status.

From Mexico to Los Angeles to Chicago to the rest of the world, the art of customizing a stock car into a lowrider has been an evolution. In the 1940's low riders only graced the streets on Sundays.
As their popularity began to grow lowriders with there custom wheel, not only became more plentiful but they became the vehicle of choice for anyone who wanted attention and accolades and cruised the highways on a daily basis.

George Barris became the early face of low riders by combining his creativity with his passion for cars and developing one of the first businesses to customize low riders for sale. George and his brother, Sam, used their expertise in body work to straighten fenders, bolt on accessories, and use paint schemes that were unheard of during that time.

Lowrider creations from the Barris brothers flourished into a very lucrative business. George used his business sense to introduce lowriders to Hollywood which resulted in not only the use of lowriders in many well known movies such as High School Confidential, but it also helped him "become the person" to contact when Hollywood stars wanted to transform their personal vehicles into low riders.

The original lowrider artists focused mainly on customizing Chevrolet cars because they were less expensive than other manufacturers' vehicles at the time. Today, any brand, make, or model vehicle is fair game to become a lowrider.

The art of creating a lowrider has also evolved well beyond using heavy weights and chopping springs to bring the body close to the ground. Modern lowriders feature hydraulics which not only raise and lower the car, but also make it hop, and tilt it from side to side.

By today's standards, the modifications the Barris Brothers made famous with their business Kustoms of America, look pretty minor. Today's lowrider can feature triple dipped chrome accessories, gold plating, spectacular paint schemes, twin side pipes, spot lights, and everything from wire wheels to spectacular spinners.

The same pride which motivated early Mexican horse owners to sacrifice their own necessities in order to put more glitz into their horses, still drives modern day lowrider owners to spend a small fortune to craft a vehicle which is a tremendous source of gratification.

Exploding from early Mexican-American Sunday cruising to become rap video stars and the utmost way to display cool-status with a car, lowriders have come a long way from their modest beginnings.
Back then it only took a little effort and a little time to create a lowrider vehicle which would turn heads.

Now low rider enthusiasts spend thousands and thousands of dollars along with countless hours of body work and modifications to create their show-stopping lowrider masterpieces. The methods may have changed, but the madness is the same the lowrider is the one to meet!

Richard Gazzo is a successful writer offering advice on where to buy cheap rims, custom wheels including custom chrome wheels, spinning rims, wire wheels, car rims, alloy wheels and more.Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Richard_Gazzo

Lowriders - Comfort and CoolBy Alastair Hamilton

As the world around us continues to become more and more complicated, even our toys become more complicated - for example our mountain bikes are more complicated than ever with dozens of gears and choices between hard tails and soft tails and having to decide between disc brakes or v-brakes.

In such an atmosphere, it's not surprising that the "retro-look" is back. Well, actually the retro-look never goes out of style, it just lies dormant for a decade or so before coming back. There really is nothing new under the sun.

Today, lowriders and chopper bicycles are resurging in popularity. They are certainly not for riding cross-country or downhill, but for riding on pavement or across soft beach sand, they are wonderful.

It's more than just the high handlebars, generous seats, and fat tires that provide a comfortable ride, it's the ability to express one's individual tastes by decorating their bikes. These bikes have become fashion statements among the youths of the major urban areas of the country.

Chopper bikes first appeared in California in the early 1960s. They were built by kids, who wanted to copy the then-popular customized motorcycles called choppers. Why chopped? Because the bikes had been "chopped" - put together from several different bikes.

The most distinctive feature of the chopper bike is its handlebars... also called ape hangers, which extend high above the head of the rider. The seat or saddle, meanwhile is situated even lower than normal, and the pedals are pushed far forward.

The design of the chopper doesn't stop there, of course. Enthusiasts pile on all the accessories they can think of, from chrome to gold to fake fur, from special paint jobs to sound systems.
If you're mechanically inclined, you can put together your own chopper bike out of bits and pieces of others, but if you'd just like the look without all that fuss, there are chopper bike shops out there who can provide you with the bike, and all the accessories you need to customize it to your satisfaction.

The frameJust like beach cruisers, you might think that these choppers with all their accoutrements would weigh you down, but that's not the case as everything is made from space age materials for lightness. However, they typically only come with one gear, so riding up hills can be a bit of a chore.

But that's not what these bikes are for. They're for riding around the neighborhood, impressing friends, and indulging one's creativity. We have reviewed the Giant Stiletto Lowrider , a 10 over 10 in style. Read it at http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com/Giant_Stiletto_Its_Sharp.htmlAlastair Hamilton is the author and editor of many custom bicycles articles and newsletters published at http://www.bikecyclingreviews.com . Find more publications about lowrider bikes at his website.Article Source: https://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Alastair_Hamilton Retun to The Custom Car Mall from Low Riders

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