OK fine, you got me, it’s a Mr. T.’s road bike, not The Mr. T.’s road bike. The real Mr. T.’s bike would have way more gold.
This bike was made for one Mike T. by Ira Ryan Cycles of Portland, Oregon. Many frame builders like to keep their NAHBS plans under wraps, who knows if this thing will even be at NAHBS! (exclamation point mine). Ira probably knows, but, for the life of me I couldn’t find any way to contact him through his website or blog. Of course I have all the internet skills of a lobotomized capuchin monkey, so the contact button is probably there, sitting in plain view. If you have a six-year-old in the house, he can probably find it. Or your cat, the cat will definitely find it.
Many more photos of this steel lugged frame with Deda tubes, Sram force group and handbuilt nickel plated stem after the break.
Ira Ryan has built over 100 frames since he opened up shop in 2005. Looks like he’s got things figured out.
Full wrap fenders…so freakin’ Portland.
In case there was any doubt as to this bike’s origins.
If someone hasn’t already done it, I’m making a T-shirt that says “Lugs Not Drugs.” It will almost make sense to a certain minority of weird, weird people.
After I put my T-shirt order in, I’m calling Marty from Geekhouse to see if he’ll build me a RAW steel-lugged frame. Marty loves RAW frames. And I love how lugs look before they get painted. Not that they’re all that ugly after they’re painted.
This looks like a bike that might get some use. And it’ll look good while it gets used.
Like I was saying…love lugs. These look like bad-ass-little-helmets for medieval knights. Miniature knights.
Handbuilt nickel-plated stem. Wow.
What a total waste of perfectly good miniature medieval knight hats…helmets…whatever.
To learn more about Ira Ryan Cycles, go HERE.