The Ritchey Break-Away

The Rapha Continental seems just barely finished and my next tour is already about to begin.. I have been sprinting these last three weeks trying to get my gear, routes, plans, everything figured out and lined up.

Hannie (Austin is his home away from Rome) is heading back to Italy for a six week stay and invited me to join. I have been to Italy before, but as a pedestrian and never with a bike or a native speaker netflix app auf macbook herunterladen. I jokingly said “sure, why not” until I discovered round trip tickets after taxes were only $648, after taxes, on Air France. The “sure” became a serious “yes”. Two months later, we are in the final preparations. On Monday, 8/31 at 4pm, if everything proceeds according to plan, we will be pulling out of the gate king kong spiel kostenlos downloaden. Houston->Paris->Rome.

My plan is to do 10-15 amazing rides. Some basic routes provided by Andy Hampsten which I am working on fleshing out. A Giro route or two. A handful from the Lonely Planet Cycling Italy book which just came out. And a few random ones that seem interesting that I will wing knallerfrauen. This is going to be a credit card tour. As much fun as it was pushing a 90lb bike down the west coast on my Vancouver BC to San Diego CA ride, I want to ride light this time around. A bike and a backpack. Enough for 2-3 days. Food from local towns. Train rides to and from the various sections.

I needed a new bike. A travel bike vouchers for free. One that fits. My Soma Smoothie ES handled well loaded with front and rear panniers but I didn’t care much for it on its own. Maybe it was its geometry. Maybe it was due to it being a 54cm when I should be riding a 52cm. Either way, it was out. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of taking my carbon fiber race bike either for various reasons uni regensburg word herunterladen. Plus, one problem with any of these bikes was transport. To the airport, on the plane, across Rome. A full sized bike fits in a full size bike case, which is large. It doesn’t fit in cars, gets charged oversized luggage rate (anywhere from $100 north) by the airlines, and then you have to have room to store the case at the place you are staying war games for free in full version german. I needed something meant for travel.

One thing the bike industry is, is interconnected. After the Rapha Continental tour I noticed the Ritchey Break-Away in their office from their Tour of California project. I spoke with Slate, who put me in touch with Trystan, who directed me to Nate at Ritchey Logic. Three degrees of separation. I explained my project. My past rides, my road journal, my photo documentation, my goals herunterladen. That I was looking for sponsors and would they have any interest in taking a chance on someone who is not hugely established. They talked it over, decided it sounded like an exciting trip and interesting opportunity. That is how I became the proud new owner of a nice new frame, fork, bars, stem and seat post. A matched set. Wet black. A glossy finish.

When you are looking at travel bikes there really are only two styles to choose from gimp herunterladen für mac. The Break-Away double pinch bolt/coupler system and SIS couplers. Both solve the technical problem of separating the front triangle from the back so it can fit in a drastically smaller case. The Break-Away system solves a second problem: aestehtics. Ritchey’s system is discreet. If you walked up to the bike, you probably wouldn’t even catch that it was a split frame whatsapp download problems. The seat tube collars are separated by a flush seam and the down tube is joined using a compression coupler discreetly tucked away, just above the bottom bracket, hidden by the chain rings. Elegant. The frame presents as a traditional road frame with some secret capabilities. SIS couplers, on the other hand, are installed in the top and down tubes to allow them to be split and act like re-enforced compression fittings words gratis herunterladen. Bare on one side, threaded on the other with in line teeth to restrict independent rotation of the joined tubes. They work but they are heavier, very visible, and add lumps to the lines of the bike.

Once I received the frame I did some basic frame prep. Frame saver in the frame to insure that rust never forms, chased and faced the bottom bracket, and faced the head tube. I had a SRAM Rival gruppo as a spare in the event the components on my race bike were broken or damaged as happened in my wreck back in April. They came out of their boxes and onto the bike. At the end of the day I had the bars wrapped and the dérailleurs tuned. A test ride later and I remembered why I loved these wheels.  Mavic OpenPros on Ultegra hubs. Butter smooth and completely silent. I rode the same wheel set down the west coast and being able to listen to the environment with out hearing the pawls in the freehub body ratcheting while coasting is fantastic.

Frame:    Ritchey Break-Away (steel, 52cm)
Fork:     Ritchey Pro Carbon Road
Headset:  Ritchey Pro Logic
Bars:     Ritchey WCS Logic Road (alloy, 40cm, wet black)
Stem:     Ritchey WCS 4-Axis 44 (alloy, 110mm, wet black)
Seatpost: Ritchey WCS Alloy 1-Bolt (alloy, 300mm length, 27.2mm diameter, 20mm offset, wet black)
Saddle:   Fizik Arione (black)
Gruppo:   SRAM Rival (170mm cranks, 53/39 chain rings, 11-26 cassette)
Wheels:   Mavic OpenPro on Ultegra Hubs (32 spokes, 3X lacing pattern)
Pedals:   Shimano Ultegra
Cages:    Arundel Stainless Steel

Total Weight: 19lb 4oz

My friend Katrina took these photos of the bike on the back walkway of Mellow Johnny’s after the first test ride. The thumbnails are cropped, so click the image if you want to see the bike in all of its glory. You can check out her photoblog here.

and rear panniers but I didn’t care much

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