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Beautiful Touring Bike

I think this beautiful touring bike deserves a little extra attention. In addition to being custom made, by hand, in Canada, like all True North bikes, I’ll try to show you some of the details that make this custom touring bicycle even more special!

cl_tour_bike.jpgThe bike is a classically styled touring bike with 700C wheels and compact road gearing. The bike is designed for faster touring with light-to-medium loads. The frame and fork will fit 700x35C tires and fenders easily, necessitating cantilever brakes and a slight bend to the seat and chainstays.

 

cl_tour_3bottle.jpgThere are bosses for three bottle cages. Other than extra water carrying capacity, some people use the third cage to carry a stove fuel bottle, keeping any potential fuel leakage away from the rest of the gear. The black band on the seat tube is a chain catcher, which prevents chain-falls on the inside of the crank, which can really save your day, not to mention the paint!

 

cl_tour_brazeon.jpg‘Hourglass’ style rack braze-ons provide lots of thread engagement, and do not provide a path for water to enter the seat stays. The threaded insert under the seat-stay bridge (and the matching insert on the chain-stay bridge) provide a secure anchor for the rear fender.

 

cl_tour_crome.jpgChromed chainstays provide extra protection. Under the paint, the chroming extends over the bottom bracket shell and up the seatstays for durability. Double eyelets ease the mounting of a rack and fenders, and give some redundancy in case of an incident. A 12-27T cassette combined with the 50/34T compact crank provide gearing suitable for the bike’s intended purpose.

 

cl_tour_dace.jpgAs with all our bikes, parts selection is completely individualized for the customer. We can suggest parts that compliment your intended use and budget, or we can source the exact parts you desire. This bike features Shimano Ultegra hubs and drivetrain with an upgrade to the precise and reliable Dura-Ace shifters.

 

cl_tour_fork.jpgA carbon touring fork with lowrider and fender bosses is used. With an aluminum steerer, the fork is light, but durable enough for touring. Paul’s Touring Canti’s provide the stopping power. The Paul’s canti’s reliably provide an amazing amount of brake force when they are set up right.

 

cl_tour_headset.jpgI can’t say enough good things about Chris King headsets. They are pricey, but will pay for themselves in lifespan. The bearings are stainless steel (balls and races) – this makes them essentially impervious to water intrusion. Most importantly, they come in a great range of colours!

 

cl_tour_paint.jpgWith a custom bike come custom paint. The bike is painted with candy red panels, silver bands and lettering on a candy orange frame. The fork is painted to match and the cromed chainstays are left unpainted. The candy colours are a tinted clear coat that is sprayed over a base (metallic silver). This produces a colour that is deeper and richer than anything you have seen. All told there are five distinct coats of paint on this frame.

 

cl_tour_wheel.jpgHandbuilt wheels finish of the bike. DT Swiss double butted spokes lace Shimano Ultegra hub to DT Swiss TK7.1 rims. The TK rims are exceptional – they feature double eyelets and a welded seam. These rims are very precise and build a very true, evenly tensioned, durable wheel. Brass nipples are used as the corrosion resistance greatly extends the maintainable life of the wheels as compared to aluminum nipples.

5 Responses to “Beautiful Touring Bike”

  1. Nice bike! Could you tell me where the carbon touring fork is from? I’ve been looking and they’re rare!

  2. It is an evolution fork. I see Ceeway in the UK has the CX (no lowrider bosses) version:

    http://www.framebuilding.com/carbon%20forks.htm

    I’d ask them if they can get you the touring version.

  3. Where did you find a carbon touring fork? What brand?

  4. Haha….nevermind, I didn’t realize someone had asked this same question?! Too funny.

    I’m looking at the Ritchey fork, which is technically listed as a Cyclocross fork:
    http://www.amazon.com/Ritchey-Cyclocross-WCS-Carbon-fork/dp/B001CNAR9I

    However, it is not a straight fork. It seems to have a good enough rake for touring, maybe?

  5. The Ritchey WCS forks are pretty light. I don’t know if I’d trust them for touring. If you are going to be taking the bars of your bike for travel, an aluminum steerer is a lot more forgiving than a carbon one.

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