A bike for my brother

My older brother has been a big support for me throughout my life so building him a custom bicycle was a pleasure. This bike is combination of porteur and sporty roadster. The rack is nowhere near the size of a porteur but is a little bigger than I normally build. The Acorn rando bag that goes on it (not pictured) is fully supported which alleviates the need for a decaleur and makes the bag keep its shape over time. The lugs are the Richard Sachs Newvex and the tubing is Columbus Spirit for Lugs. Almost all of the components on this bike have been modified in one way or another. The Velo-Orange bars, Nitto stem, Nitto seatpost, MKS toe clips, Dura Ace brake, brake hardware, Tektro brake levers, Honjo fenders, fenders stays, Dura Ace shifter, IRD crankset, chainring, chain guard have all been anodized black. The brake levers were hacked down and then filed and polished prior to anodizing. The Sugino chain guard was machined down on the lathe to work better with the 39t chainring. The Dura Ace centerpull brakes were completely dismantled and fitted with new hardware prior to anodizing as well. It was a fun project trying to get all the components black and my brother’s choice of the cranberry metallic works well with the bike as a whole.

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