Have you ever thought about why you actually like cycling so much? Do you like the flying feeling, or the culture? Perhaps the attraction is the promise of escape. But you don’t have to embark on a world tour to feel like you’re getting away from it all.
Just riding a short way out of town for camp-style coffee at dawn can fill you an enormous sense of wellbeing, which hopefully inspires you to travel further afield. And that’ll be an accomplished mission for California’s Ocean Air Cycles.
Robert Perks gave up driving to work years ago but, as all of us have done at some stage, wondered how he can find the time to be outside on a bike more. Eureka! One morning he simply packed his camp stove and enamel cup into his basket and rode to the nearest park.
There’s quite a few coffee and camping gear nerds out there who have compiled a comprehensive series of lightweight and innovative coffee kits, many of which are sold in the Ocean Air Cycles webstore, along with a superb collection of neckerchiefs, bandannas, bike racks and leather goods.
The most important accessory for #coffeeoutside, however, is a bicycle, but Robert has that covered also. He’s teamed up with another local Portlandian, Zen Bike Fabrication, on the Rambler: one third tourer, one third randonneur, one third porteur.
Constructed from 4130 cromoly tubes, The Rambler is available in American Blue, Orange Soda and Sunflower. It comes with the elegant and powerful Paul Racer brakes, internal wiring for the lights and a Columbine Quickchainger, allowing wheel changes without having to touch the chain.
For more inspiration, read the #coffeeoutside article in Issue 4 of the excellently edited magazine of adventure cycling: Bunyan Velo. The Rambler is available through the Ocean Air Cycles website and Blue Lug in Japan.