San Francisco is a metropolis that has embraced cycling over the years, both as a method of clean urban transportation and escaping the hustle and bustle of the city. Raphael Cycles, located in the Mission District, is quickly gaining a name for building bikes perfectly suited to both.
This is Brendan’s Dirt Camper, a lithe frame that won’t baulk at the city limits. Designed to keep pace with downtown traffic, it can double as a surefooted packhorse when it’s time to go exploring. A sound investment considering the abundance of fine camping options within easy access of San Francisco.
The SRAM Rival group provides comfortable gearing, with Paul Components, Chris King, Thomson and Brooks rounding out the spec sheet. The smooth radii of the fillet brazed frame is easy on the eye — an ideal object for contemplation while either sitting around the campfire or at a downtown bar.
Contact Rafi at Raphael Cycles for more information. Big thanks to Geoffrey Colburn for the photos.