NAHBS-Bound Curtis Inglis Retrotec Backroads Bike Feb 25, 2015

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Inspired by the Bel Airs of the 1950’s, this backroads Retrotec is remarkably as easy on the eyes as I’d imagine it’d be on washboarded gravel roads. With clearances for a 45mm tire, this build included hydro Di2, the new Whisky No.9 CX fork with fender mounts and one of those nifty Brooks Cambium saddles.

You’ll also spy 2 winchester shells in the bar ends, with special meaning to the owner, Matt, who works for QBP. Those shells shot his late gramps’ ashes into the woods. To further up the ante, the seat pack is one his wife’s gramps used in the Korean War to hold ammo. Matt uses these items to remind him how bad-ass his grandparents were… and it kinda puts the pain encountered while pedaling a bike into perspective.

Thanks to Marty Wood for the beautiful photos and the crew from Angry Catfish for help on the build.

We’ll be seeing this bike at NAHBS next month! Til then, check out more below!

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  • barry mcwilliams

    Jeezum crow, that’s a beauty.

  • Ben Lloyd

    Holy Fuck. Those bar ends. I need them.

    • you can make em in about 2 mins with any old 12ga shell, its a good look for sure.

  • mywynne

    Wow. Not usually a Retrotec fan, but this is killer.

  • Dimon Kartishkin

    More bottles!! Why only three?? There is enough place for the whole barrel. Is that a sand-bike for deserts?

    • Matthew J

      Not much water and a whole lot of sun and hot in Northern California gravel road country these days.

    • You ever ride in remote areas with no drinkable water for a few days? Or even a long, 200k ride on a hot day with no water stops? I love how the third bottle trips people out so much, leaving them to comment on it, revealing that they’re pretty inexperienced with rides like that. ;-)

      • multisportscott

        No need for a third bottle when you only ride to the cafe!

      • Matt Larson

        What John said… Also note that I may use the extra bottle cage for stove fuel, a toolkit, whisky, or a scratch elixir of some sort. It’s good to have options in life.

      • hans

        i’d say not getting a third bottle boss when i had my rock lobster built was my only regret. i frequently have a third bottle zip tied to the bottom of the down tube. i think it even looks better, more proportional and more filled out with a third bottle.

    • Matt Larson

      What John said… Also note that I may use the extra bottle cage for stove fuel, a toolkit, whisky, or a scratch elixir of some sort. It’s good to have options in life.

  • adanpinto

    Nice. The 42 chainring is for strong riders only.

  • You could say that we’re big fans of Curtis’ work at our house as we’re in the process of ordering our 3rd Retrotec/Inglis (2 for my wife, 1 for me)…. This thing is shockingly beautiful!

    • Matthew J

      Three time Retrotec customer myself. Curtis is a blast.

  • G

    Dat headtube OMG! So nice!

  • Michael Fox

    Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful bikes I have seen, ever. Also, love the Middleburn crank – where can I find one?

  • Kerry Nordstrom

    Absolute perfection.

  • Chris Pollack

    Wow wow wowwww.

  • REALLY nice!

  • mrbiggs

    I was gonna ask about the shotgun bar ends but someone beat me to it. So… I’ll ask about that saddle bag. I like that saddle bag. The bike is really nice too, but I can only afford two old shotgun shells and a saddle bag.

    • Both are answered in the post’s copy: ” the seat pack is one his wife’s gramps used in the Korean War to hold ammo. Matt uses these items to remind him how bad-ass his grandparents were…”

      • mrbiggs

        Ah yes. The copy. It’s not as pretty as the pictures. Missed it. Thx.

  • Mauriceman

    I’m interested in your photographic techniques (equipment?)