People often refer to steel road bikes as “lifetime” bicycles. A few years back, Reilly was looking for just that, a lifetime road bike. He scoured the internet, looking at all the offerings before settling on Portland’s Breadwinner Cycles and their Lolo road bike. These frames are made in-house, at Breadwinner in Portland and can be configured with various options directly from their website. Reilly’s build is beautiful, without being flashy, relying on Shimano Ultegra’s longevity to keep the wheels and gears turning.
Every bicycle has a story, in this video, Roger discusses his Victoire Versus.
2017 Philly Bike Expo: Stanridge Speed
Photos by Jarrod Bunk, Intro by John Watson and Words by Adam from Stanridge Speed
When modern builders utilize NOS tubing from the late 80’s, the results are more often than not, mind-blowing. Take this Stanridge Speed road bike from this year’s Philly Bike Expo. As soon as I saw it, I knew Adam had selected Gilco tubing (or is it?), yet there’s much more to the story, of which I’ll let Adam do the talking.
Adam, can you tell me about the Philly Bike Expo road bike? I’m suspecting there’s more than meets the eye here…
“I built the bike in conjunction with 7th and Park in Brownsville. It’s part of a larger project consisting of six available tubesets we’re making into frames. Three track and Three road. All the sets are NOS from the tail end of the golden era of steel in 1986. Most of the tubes are date coded. Columbus etched the iconic Dove and born on dates in the tubes in an effort to reduce false advertising by unscrupulous builders during this era. The story goes, builders in the 1980’s masked the imprinted doves on the tubing only to reveal the mark after the painting process.
One half of the Fabrica framebuilding team in Milano is a self-admitted nerd when it comes to NOS componentry including tubing. He scored the motherload of these NOS tubes a few years back. I met the guys at Fabrica through the RHC 5 years ago.. which ultimately led to the remaining tubing cache on the shelf within arms reach. What you see with the Columbus SLX tubing modified by Silva was an attempt to increase rigidity by adding surface area while remaining braze-able into a lug.
It was nice to work with the team at FSA to build a frame around their wireless WE group. Visually revisiting the smaller diameters feels refreshing in contrast to the current double oversize shaped modern steel offerings. It’s the Juxtaposition. These tubes remind me of how steel has constantly been Johnny Hustle over the years – the hardest worker – in this case – to stay competitive against aluminum in the eyes of a broad consumer base.
I like underdogs and I’ve never waivered from Steel.
How does this tubeset feel? Do you think it ever had the slightest idea these components would be hung from its bones… Ha. Too much time alone at the workbench I guess.”
Now that’s a story!
I’m not sure what the story is behind these two frames are, but I hope there’s a gold one on the way, to complete the primary colors. Or it could be a his and her combination, but whatever it is, they look stunning. Check out more at the Firefly Tumblr.
If you had the opportunity to have Dario Pegoretti paint one of your bikes, would you? When Jaybe originally contacted David Kirk about making him a classic road bike, he inquired about just that. At the time, Dario wasn’t interested. Perhaps he was too busy or just didn’t want to. For whatever reason, it didn’t happen, so Jaybe got his bike painted and began riding it every day. We even documented it here on the site. Months later, Dario finally expressed an interest in painting the frame, leaving Jaybe in a bind. Should he send it to him? Or just keep it as-is? I mean, it’d be a tough call for sure, especially with the uncertainty of how Dario would paint the bike. What if Jaybe didn’t like the final product? After much back and forth, Jaybe sent the frame to Pegoretti and a few weeks later, it arrived at his door. The crazy thing is, while Dario had the frame, Jaybe didn’t hear a peep from him.
It was a complete surprise and one that was well worth it, in my opinion…
LIOTR’s “the Big Lap” project video is live and I must say, it’s a great watch!
“Conor Brady grew up in Ireland, where his father Bill would leave every August on a two week ride around the country. A ride he called “the big lap.” Bill Brady lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and Conor never got to share that ride with him. In the summer of 2017, Conor pieced together his father’s route from his old maps, and he and the Leave It On The Road crew set out to recreate The Big Lap, riding 1,000 miles in 10 days to raise donations for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer.
To date Leave It On The Road has raised over $100,000 for cancer-fighting non-profits by planning epic rides with purpose. Learn more and get involved at leaveitontheroad.com“
Originally designed for road touring, Bombtrack‘s Audax has been reworked into a modern endurance road bike. The Audax’s geometry was tweaked, resulting in shorter chainstays, while maintaining clearance for tires and a double crankset, through the use of a custom yoke. Other features include investment cast dropouts, clearances for a 47mm road plus tire, a full carbon fork with mounts and the Audax frameset is made from Columbus Cromor tubing. Pricing is as follows: 2.199,99 € // 2.899 A$ // 2.100 £ // 2.529,99 $ // 2.779,99 C$ // 249,000 ¥ // 58.990,00 Kč
Be on the look out out for the new Audax in January of 2018. Check out frame specs and geo below. (more…)
The OG 1 road bikes are exceptional machines and while I’ve favored the more subdued colors in the part, one can’t deny how sick this bike looks!
“The “Operation Hawt” OG 1 will be available in two build packages: our stock OG1 complete build for $5245.95 -or- a killer deal on a full Enve package including painted to match Enve carbon stem, Enve carbon Hbars and Enve SES 3.4/DT Swiss240 wheelset and our brand new Speedvagen carbon/ti skewers all for $7295.95.”
Available for 3 weeks only, that includes the special build kit pricing. Pre Order ends Nov 6th. You can put a $500 deposit down at Speedvagen.
Before his Cookie Fondo, Phil Gaimon went for a ride with State for their “Riding Fixed, Up Mountains, With Pros” series.
When it comes down to brass tacks, who’s faster? We’ve seen this battle unfold before…