Cycle Oregon and back to work

r. dubrowski painted seat tube

Originally uploaded by iraryancycles.

So i spent all of last week in central Oregon riding with the Rapha team on Cycle Oregon. Unfortunately, i forgot my camera so you will have to take my word that it was some of the best riding i have ever done. Rapha shelled out and bought a 1970 Dodge Travco that was our base every night in the campground and provided us with a place to keep the wet bar safe. The mileage averaged out to about 65 miles and about 2000 feet of climbing per day. The first couple days started out super cold and dry. We camped out in the powdery dust before waiting for the temperature to climb high enough to get into our riding gear. Most of the time on the bike was spent telling people “on your left.” I am happy to be home and not have to use a honey bucket or be fed breakfast, lunch and dinner on paper plates under a big top tent. Once we got to Diamond Lake the weather started getting warmer at night and we had a “rest day” where a handful of Oregon frame builders presented their craft to the cycling public. The response was good. It was great to not only talk to people but to see them throughout the week and get a chance to talk about what i do. For the rest of the week we had a hard time getting up before and clipped in before 10 am. It was great to have the masses of people already gone. The campgrounds were quiet and the roads were all ours. By noon we had set a brisk pace and started catching the bulk of the riders. Start last and finish first. I want to go back and ride the routes again solo or with small group of people to really be able to soak in all the epic views. I would recommend that everyone do a event like this.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch………….
I picked up Ryan’s touring bike that he painted. It has a clear coat over the hand painted finish. I wasn’t sure what to expect out of this collaboration, but i am super happy with the end result. Ryan’s paintings are beautiful and so is his bike that he will be taking on tour across the country over the next months. I took lots of detail pictures so please be sure to check them all out. Other than this, I am just full tilt in the shop for the foreseeable future. I am behind schedule but thankful for such understanding friends and customers.

Cheers and good night!

3 Responses to “Cycle Oregon and back to work”

  1. bikeiowa Says:

    Mmmm, Honey Bucket!

    and the bike turned out swell, happy touring to you, Ryan and pleasant building to you, Ira

  2. Emery Says:

    Hey Ira – Haven’t posted in a while, but I have to say that Ryan’s Frame is really incredible. Frames such as yours deserve to be decked out in a manner that suits them and highlights their artisanal qualities. Smitten with it, I am….

  3. Retro Bicycles Says:

    Give me an old cool bicycle, and I’ll ride around the city for days.

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