Category Archives: road bike
Chris Bishop’s Personal Road Bike

Photos by Keith Trotta

For those who like insightful information from the world of frame building need to check this out…

“My personal bikes are always a testing ground for me, not only for parts but also frame tubing, forks, and frame building components. This bike has modern carbon bars, seat post, which I have not ridden before, and a modern 1.0 ENVE fork, so I wanted to see how they felt compared to the aluminum bars/post and steel (fork) that I have been riding recently.

The frame is also much stiffer than my traditional road bike with a 35 mm double oversized down tube and custom-tapered 28.6-31.7 mm seat and top tube. This allows for a standard 27.2 seat post, which is more common and comfortable than the odd 30.6 post the 31.7 seat tube requires.”

Continue reading and see more photos at the Bishop Bikes Flickr.

Aug 31, 2015 9 comments
Bombtrack’s Reynolds 725 Road Bike: the Tempest

Carbon and aluminum have cornered the road market, but that doesn’t mean steel frames are dead. Check out Bombtrack’s the Tempest. A Reynolds 725 road bike fit with Shimano 105, Deda and Mavic Ksyrium Equipe wheels. Globally available at the end of September. See more at Bombtrack.

For US-distribution, contact NA Cycles.

Aug 24, 2015 Comments are OFF
Cameron’s Not a Falconer Caballo Road Bike
Cameron's Falconer Road Bike

This bike is not as it seems. Sure, it says Falconer and it uses Cameron’s signature no-nonsense solid color powder coat but it’s not technically a Falconer.

When Jason at Montano Velo was looking for a local frame builder to produce a new road frame for his in-house brand Broakland, he was introduced to Cameron at Falconer Cycles. Cam, as they call him, had some extra time and enjoyed making production bikes, so he built this frame as a job interview for the position.

The tricky part: tig welding S3 tubing, a True Temper offering that has a bad reputation for being brittle and in general, difficult to work with. Difficult to work with yet a pleasure to ride. Since S3’s seat tube offerings are limited to a 1.125″ diameter and the S3 top tube measures 1.25″ in diameter, Cameron took to Solid’s seat tube cluster sleeve to solve not only the difference in diameter but as a reinforcement for what is essentially a crack-prone area of an S3 bike.

For the fork, Jason’s a fan of the Wound Up. A fork that’s polarizing in terms of consumer’s aesthetic preferences. Some hate it, some love it and for Bay Area cyclists who began their passage into cycling on a track bike, Wound Ups offered a bomb-proof solution to a street-thrashed track bike with a bent or cracked fork. As Cameron and I were discussing the fork, we both concluded that we’re not a fan of them aesthetically, but they ride really damn well.

Oh, he got the job and began making the frames… Months later, Cameron still had this frame in his shop and it wasn’t until a customer requested pink powder for his own bike that he decided to get it coated. From there, it became a home for his thrashed Dura Ace group and now it’s Cameron’s only road bike.

There’s more to the Falconer story coming soon. If you want to know more about the Caballo road frame, head to Broakland.

Aug 12, 2015 18 comments
Breadwinner Cycles: B-Road for a Seattle Commute

The team at Breadwinner recently built up a B-Road for a customer in Seattle with a decent commute to work. He wanted a commuter bike that was light and capable but also has all the right touches for a custom bike and would make his 15-20 mile trip each day enjoyable. Full Sram CX1 disc with Sugar Wheelworks built Enve rims and topped off with the new Silca Impero frame pump in custom paint to match the frame. Topped off with internally wired generator lights on the front and rear and a Tubus rear rack to help lighten the load.

Check out more photos at the Breadwinner Flickr.

Aug 12, 2015 18 comments