This beautiful bike is the Take the Long Way Home B-Road from Portland-based Breadwinner Cycles. It's a limited edition bike based on the company’s gravel grinding adventure model and finished with a special paint job. It comes with a matching frame pump, there's an optional matching track pump as well. If you order it sharpish it will be delivered in time for Christmas, and what a present that would be.
A Columbus Spirit tubeset is used to build the frame (Breadwinner only work with Columbus tubing) and every frame is made to order. This one features Breadwinner’s own stainless steel thru-axle dropouts and Paragon head tube into which slots a TRP carbon thru-axle fork. Mudguard and rack mounts can be added for no extra charge. The paint finish is a limited edition design with a topo pattern on the inside of the fork legs, and it’s mirrored in the matching Silca Impero Ultimate Frame pump. You can opt for a matching Silca Super Pista Ultimate Floor for an extra $579.
You can, if you like, opt for just the frameset and pump for $2,995, or you can get the full bike as pictured on this page for $5,695. That gets you some pretty nice equipment, as you’d expect. A Chris King theme emerges with the Inset 7 headset, Threadfit bottom bracket and R45 Centrelock hubs spinning away inside HED rims with Sapim CX-Ray spokes, the wheels built by Sugar Wheel Works.
There’s a Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset with hydraulic disc brakes. Finishing the bike is a Thomson Elite seatpost, X4 stem and handlebars, Compass Snoqualmie Pass 44mm tyres, a Brooks C15 Cambium saddle and optional PDW Full Metal mudguards.
The bike is only available for a limited time, the company plans to deliver bikes before the end of December so you have it for Christmas. It will ship the bike to the UK at a cost of $350. The company tells us it gets a fair amount of interest from British fans of the brand, so maybe just maybe we’ll see one of these beauties out on local roads next year.
Breadwinner Cycles is the coming together of two frame builders, Ira Ryan and Tony Pereria. They’ve combined their 20-years of combined expertise and bicycle design skills to form the brand, with every bike built by hand to the exact requirements of each customer. I was fortunate to meet Ira when I took part in the inaugural Cent Cols Challenge way back in 2009, and discovered in him a seriously handy bike rider with a very likeable personality and hugely knowledgeable when it came to bicycle design.
If you’ve paid any attention to the Rapha Continental bicycles over the years, you might just remember back in 2011 Tony and Ira worked together to produced a unique handmade bike for the collection. You can read an interview with them here. There's a nice little video of the pair at work here too.
Check out the bike at http://breadwinnercycles.com/2016/10/06/take-the-long-way-home-b-road/ And if you do order one, do let us know, we'd love to take a closer look.
David worked on the road.cc tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes.