Some of the culture’s most enduring Lowriders start at an early age, and so it goes with protégé’ Adrian “Lil Rascal” Hernandez, a five-year-old from Sacramento County. “Lowriding has always been a part of Adrian’s life,” explains his father, Eric. An owner of a few cars himself, Eric has been a regular attendee of local shows, bringing his Lowrider creations to the masses. He included his son in these experiences, and young Adrian took to it like a fish to water. Too young to drive, Adrian wanted to partake in the pastime that captivated his father, and he told him that he wanted to build a Lowrider bicycle. Delighted at his son’s interest, Eric approved of the idea, and the conversation quickly began to revolve around parts and paint schemes for the perfect Lowrider bike. After compiling some mental sketches and attending a few more shows, Adrian knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish in his first bike build.
His father was eager to help the young boy achieve his dream, and he hooked up with Mitch, from Poor Boys in Fairfield, CA., to get started. Mitch came across a bike frame that was already painted, and Eric decided to buy it for his son. Young Adrian loved the frame and when asked what style of parts he wanted on his bike, he simply replied, “I want everything twisted; everything.” With that in mind, Eric and Mitch set off to hunt down any kind of twisted metal and accessories they could find for the build. The search took an unfortunate turn however, as the bike frame sustained some damage while sitting in the garage during the search. The damage served as further motivation to go all out on the paintjob, proving to be quite the blessing in disguise. Eric took his son’s project to John McDermit in Merced, CA., to layout a Candy Green paint job with a full jar of flake. John also added the candy green graphics, and performed additional leafing and pinstripe work at his Serious Hydros shop also in Merced. With the paint and framework complete, Mike Rangel from Sacramento, CA., was called upon to stitch up the green seat, which he did by using crushed and tucked velvet. The work was done at his father’s shop, Roy’s Upholstery, in Sacramento. Mike Rangel also added a few more twisted parts to the bike while including a few extra details along the way. The best part of the build is that it lived up to Adrian’s standards, and he was heavily involved with the whole process. “Adrian decided what he wanted on the bike, and it turned out great,” adds his father, Eric “Rascal” Hernandez.
The young rider has fared well in his career so far, winning numerous awards and earning respect with his first bike project. “He has placed 1st or 2nd at every car show he has showcase his bike,” boasts his proud poppa, Eric. Recently, the bike was even featured at the California Automotive Museum in Sacramento, CA., at “The Art of Low and Slow” exhibit. Though it has already received many accolades, Adrian insists that there is still more work to be done on this amazing cruiser. He would like to thank the Hernandez and Saenz families, his mom and dad, and also his baby sister, Alyssa, who is getting her own bike soon.