Opportunities to collaborate with others who think deeply about the bike are extremely valuable to us, and one person we’ve worked with on and off over the entire history of Seven Cycles is Red Kite Prayer founder Patrick Brady. We’ve been searching for a project to work on together for a few seasons now, and finally we have it.
Patrick spends so much of his time flying around the world on cycling trips, and we spend an equal amount of time building bikes for exactly those sorts of far flung adventures, destination rides we’d all love to participate in, that the idea of collaborating with him to create an ultimate travel bike made a ton of sense. As luck would have it, Patrick was enthusiastically on board.
A week ago, Patrick stopped by to catch up, meet some new faces, and begin talks on the travel bike project. There was also time for a quick spin on an early travel bike prototype.
Those talks ended up taking hours, and all topics great and small were discussed. The result will be a bike specifically engineered to make travel as convenient as possible, without sacrificing the bike’s performance one iota.
We’ll be releasing details as they unfurl, but a few of the parameters we will focus on are:
- Versatility: Can we do a road event? A gravel ride? A dirt adventure?
- Pack-ability: How easy is it to take apart and reassemble the bike?
- Speed: How fast can we get on the bike after landing? How much time do we need to catch a flight?
- Component selection: Which parts are the most dependable, and how easy are they to repair in the field?