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GRAVEL/BIKE PACKING RITCHEY OUTBACK

Tom Ritchey rides about 10,000 miles (16,000 km) per year, and most of that is off-road. Combine that with his more than 40 years of designing and building bicycles, and it’s no wonder the Outback has become an icon in the gritty world of gravel and adventure bikes.

Updated for 2020, the new Outback now sports several practical and adaptable features that offer riders the ability to chase epic ride experiences beyond the end of the road and the end of the day. Rack and fender mounts help to keep things dry and expand the load-carrying capacity for longer bikepacking adventures, while clearance for 700c x 48mm or 650b x 2.0in tires opens up a whole new world of possibilities. The frame accepts flat-mount disc calipers, and the new all-carbon fiber Ritchey Adventure Fork with multi-purpose mounts on the legs gives you more places to stow the supplies you gather at the last cafe.

Painstakingly TIG-welded with proprietary triple-butted Ritchey Logic steel tubing, the Outback frame delivers the legendary Ritchey ride quality that’s resilient over the harshest terrain and delightfully responsive when you want to open it up.

Bikepacking, road, off-road, trail, expedition, you name it…the new Ritchey Outback is designed do it all.

  • Includes new Ritchey Adventure Fork with multipurpose mounts
  • Accepts 700c x 48mm or 650b x 2.0in tires
  • Features rack and fender mounts
  • frame/fork/headset 1499TTC
  • Complete bikes from 3100TTC
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MOOTS VAMOOTS

A pure, traditional road bike built for long days in the mountains. Light weight and comfortable, build with reliability in mind.

  • Titanium frame, handmade in Colorado
  • Campagnolo record 11 speed
  • ENVE carbon handlebars and seatpost
  • Chris King headset
  • HED Ardennes+ wheels, 28mm tires

Bikes that always work, can be repaired at most bike shops, and at the same time are fun and high performance are the goal. When rides take you away from home (RAID Pyrénées, multi-day trips) reliability and smart component choices are favored. That philosophy plus a high quality frame deliver life-time bikes!

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1987 ERICKSON

I found this frame courtesy of Wayne at Velo Classique, and my wife who spotted it. Although I didn’t need another road bike, this one looked to be special.

The frame had never been mounted. It was my size. A few Suntour Superb Pro components later, and it turned out to be a keeper.

R&E cycles has been around for years, and this is an example of really cool 80s race-bike construction. Bi-laminate lugs, hidden seatpost binder, and barely enough room for 25s. Handles quick.

  • Superbe Pro 7 speed grouppo, comlete with seatpost
  • 28h NOS Superbe Pro hubs, laced to DT Swiss RR440 rims, Revolution spokes, aluminum nipples. 2x fron 3x rear.
  • Selle Italia Flite NOS
  • Nitto Noodle handlebars
  • Brooks handlebar tape
  • IRD cassette

This one is a keeper. What do you think?

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ITEM4 BIKES

This is one of my road bikes. I did not need another road bike when I bought it, but sometimes (okay, often…) I buy bicycles I don’t technically need.

I did have the slightest tinge of buyer’s remorse, even though I was completely in love with it. A few rides and a couple adventures later, there was nothing but love left for the do-it-all item4. It’s fast. It’s comfortable. It has a ride quality that is equally suited to smooth road rides or poor pavement sorties.

  • Clearance for 35mm tires
  • Vélo Orange rim brakes
  • Columbus tubing
  • Whiskey carbon fiber fork
  • White Industries/3T/Shimano/Boyd

From The Radavist:

Baltimore’s Chris Bishop of Bishop Bikes hasn’t been to NAHBS since 2013 and this year, he brought what he’s known for and then some. You can always count on Chris for the finest fillet and lug construction, but I was completely surprised to see him soft-launch a production line called Item 4, named after the substrate specification used in gravel roads in the North East. Item 4 is a collaboration with Vicious Cycles, who is tig-welding the front triangle of these frames, with Chris fillet brazing the rear and all the accoutrement needed for a rim brake or disc brake road bike. Chris really wants to expand the Bishop Bikes lineup, to get more people out on bikes that he’s designed and to be honest, I can’t wait to see more of these roll out of his Baltimore workshop…

Pics by John Watson


This bike was a prototype, but in essence it is still an item4 – fully custom, tig welded main triangle, and the best tubeset Columbus makes- tuned tube by tube for you. Capra Vélo imports and custom builds item 4 bikes, inquire if you have questions.

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