got another contribution for your gallery. This is my primary road
bike, a Ritchey Break-Away. This is the bike that Rivendell reviewed
in the Reader a few years back and I bought it from them at one
of their garage sales. I took this shot on Cap Martin during my
recent trip to the French Riviera.
like to think of my Break-Away as a classic steel frame that just
happens to break down to fit into a suitcase. Nobody's ever noticed
the double seat clamps or downtube clamp without me pointing it
out. Unlike other travel bikes, the Break-Away doesn't stick out
like a sore thumb, so when on vacation I can hang with the regazzi
without looking like the tourist I am. The geometry is relatively
relaxed, even compared to my RB1, but the lack of rack and fender
mounts (and even pump peg!) belies its intended use for fast recreational
riding. I've been adding flag stickers to the top tube for every
country I visit with the bicycle.
nothing on the bike is original. (Rivendell readers can compare
with the published photo.) I run friction Shimano eight speed on
all my geared bikes so they can share wheels and cassettes, and
this one is no exception. The 9 speed Dura Ace rear and gorgeous
Sun Tour Supurbe Pro front changers are mated to Ultegra barcons
with cables routed under the tape to the top of the bars. I cross
the cables under the downtube, so the cable housing has a more elegant,
larger radius routing from the bars. Chorus skeleton brakes are
operated with Tektro campy copy levers. The most significant change
is probably the fork. Local builder Patrik Tegner brazed some slender
SLX legs into the Colnago-like-crown-you-see-everywhere, a fork
that suits the frame much better than the clunky carbon model that
came with the bike. I've kept the Ritchey Pro headset and stem for
the moment. The bike is pictured in alpine livery, with a DA-Open
Pro rear wheel with an XTR 12-28 cassette and 28 hole Ultegra-Open
Pro radially laced front wheel, both shod with IRC 23 tires. The
Salsa skewers from my ancient racing mountain bike provide clearance
aplomb for the clever-but-clunky Breezer-style Ritchey dropouts.
The original Ritchey crank didn't last long, and the 105 I bought
in a panic before a trip. It may get replaced with a compact Truvativ
or Campagnolo unit later. A Nitto 176 44cm bar and Nitto post, Avocet
O2 saddle, and Zefal pump with one of those AFA umbrella-style clamp-on
pump brackets rounds it out.
bike has been built up to reflect my personal riding style and tastes.
It is a racy bike for fast riding, but doesn't succumb to trends,
and should never be more out of date than it is today.