Mario’s touring bike was finished quite a few months ago. He had most of the parts on hand and installed them himself, so I did not get a chance to see it built up or snap some pics of it completed. Mario sent me a nice photoset recently which I am happy to finally share with all of you.
Being part of the Bespoke Series line that I offer, the frame was custom fit to Mario’s size and intended purpose, but the construction methods was essentially a straightforward lugged frame. The bike was built with oversize Columbus Cro-Mor tubing and Richard Sachs “Rene Singer” lugs. The lugs were thinned and the seat lug slightly modified. Simple styling cues like bend of the fork blades, handmade seat stay caps, rear canti brake cable stop, and dropout treatment help create a straightforward but classy aesthetic.
Beyond the frame construction, the rack and the beautiful “Lilac Frost” paint is what really makes this bike stand out. The rack, dubbed the “Uno-Dos-Tres Rack” is modular, and can easily be reconfigured to best carry whatever kind of load Mario is planning on carrying. You can see more pics of the rack (and frame before paint) here . The “Lilac Frost” paint is a 1960’s Ford color used on old Thunderbirds and occasionally on Mustangs. It was sprayed by Brian Davis at da Vinci Tandems.
Mario has the bike set up with an array of parts that are perfect for a touring or just cutting around town. Bar-end shifters, Sugino triple cranks, Nitto randonneur bars, Paul canti brakes, Compass tires, Brooks saddle and platform pedals. Ok, enjoy the pics!