While the rest of the world is off riding gravel races, multi-day tours or backpacking adventures, most of us are still riding to work on our trusty commuters. If you take your daily riding seriously, there’s a bike that can do it all, with aplomb: The Breadwinner Cycles B-Road.
Ira Ryan is, along with Tony Pereira, one half of Portland’s Breadwinner Cycles, and in 2014, won the Oregon Outback 360 on his B-Road — proving that it’s a seriously capable gravel grinder. But this B-Road has been built up as a daily workhorse and for longer trips on the weekend.
Tony and Ira, in their separate and recent guises as Ira Ryan Cycles and Pereira Cycles, were both multiple NAHBS award winners before they established Breadwinner Cycles in 2013. Awards aside, they are both very passionate and capable cyclists, riding whenever they can, both off-road and on.
The Breadwinner Cycles catalogue consists of eight bicycles that cover most disciplines, but they’re versatile beasts, too. Especially the B-Road. It’s an evolution of their Holeshot CX bike, with a few tweaks that allow it to be set up for all-weather use.
A bottom bracket height that’s four millimetres lower than the Holeshot makes it more stable, but slightly steeper angles increase the fun factor when riding on-road. It’s inspired by Ira’s victories in the 2005 and 2007 Trans-Iowa endurance races, not to mention thousands more miles in his own time.
The B-Road is built with Columbus Zona and Life tubes — TIG welded, but the custom-designed dropouts are brass-brazed into the stays. Stainless steel TITO inserts are used in the dropouts to provide a clean face for the axle, skewer and quick release and protect the paint from chipping.
This B-Road was built for a customer while he was in Seattle, WA, although he’s since moved to Montana, where he takes it on longer weekend excursions, and it has capably conquered both locations and requirements. The construction and design allows access to cabling and dynamo wiring.
The ENVE fork comes with the frame as standard and, along with the frame, is perfectly suited for PDW Full Metal fenders. This one is dressed up with Tubus racks, discs, and integrated dynamo lights in both the front and rear. A Sugar Wheelworks wheelset with Chris King hubs is the final touch.
Quite the adventuremobile, wouldn’t you say?