Ira Ryan’s Breadwinner B-Road weighed roughly 30lbs fully loaded and watered. Without gear, it clocks in at just over 18lbs. © Robert Carver
Ira Ryan took the win in the Oregon Outback 360—that’s right, a 360-mile long gravel grinder in the best that Oregon has to offer. The race win was especially sweet for Ryan, since it was his company’s own bike, a Breadwinner, that took the win in under 30 grueling hours.
Ryan is a custom frame builder who, along with builder Tony Periera, recently launched Breadwinner Cycles, building an array of custom, TIG-welded steel bikes in all the major disciplines. For the Outback, Ira raced a beautiful Breadwinner “B-Road”, their response to the growing gravel market.
The Breadwinner made good in the Oregon Outback. © Robbie Carver
“The B-Road is close to our ’cross bike, but we made a couple of slight tweaks for gravel racing,” he says. “We lowered the bottom bracket drop by four millimeters, which really makes a difference. We used oversized Columbus tubing, but not too big—we designed it to be stiff and responsive, but not so much that it beats you up.”
The oversized headtube was designed specifically for the Enve CX disc fork. © Robert Carver
Ira’s B-Road had a couple interesting personal touches. He gutted a ten-speed down-tube shifter and managed to fit the guts of an 11-speed TT shifter inside it, “to my knowledge, it’s the only 11-speed down-tube shifter in existence.” He drilled out the levers on his TRP Hylex hydraulic brakes, “for style”, and rocked a 90’s-era Sella Italia Flight because he liked the shape better than the current models. He custom made his saddle bag, smaller than those on offer by Revelate, using 1000 denier cordura, leather upper and bottoms, nylon straps and toe straps, “the duct tape of the cycling world.” He road without a GPS, choosing to rely on maps and a cue sheet.
Ira drilled out the levers on the highly praised TRP Hylex hydraulic brakes. © Robert Carver
“I like the simplicity,” Ira said. “It might not be the raciest build, but for something like the Outback, when you’re hundreds of miles away from anything, you want reliability and fixability.”
The B-Road is made from a mixture of Columbus Spirit and Life tubing for the front triangle, and Zona for the rear. © Robert Carver
“The first 90 miles, I used so much energy,” said Ira. “My whole body was wrecked, it was like a ’cross race for 90 miles. You’re just cooked.”
TRP Hylex Hydraulic brakes on Ira Ryan’s Breadwinner. © Robbie Carver
Ira Ryan’s Breadwinner B-Road
Oversized Columbus Life and Spirit (front triangle) and Zona (rear).
Enve CX Disc carbon fork w/ fender mounts
44mm Headtube, HT + ST 72.5 degrees
BB Drop: 66mm
BB: English 68mm threaded
Derailleur, axle, and break mounts all have stainless steel inserts
TRP Hylex Hydraulic brakes, levers drilled out
Chris King BB, HS,
Dura Ace cranks and derailleurs
Custom made 11-speed Dura Ace downtube shifter (11sp TT shifter parts inside gutted 10sp DT shifter)
Sella Italia Flight w Titanium rails, circa late 90′s
Thompson seatpost, X4 stem, and Carbon Road bars
Velocity A-23 rims laced to Chris King R45 Hubs
Panaracer Pasela Tourguard
Rear bag: Custom made from 1000 denier cordura, leather upper and bottoms, nylon straps and toe straps
Front: modified Axium handlebar bag
Beefy tires for a long 360 miles… © Robbie Carver