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Custom Ira Ryan

Old 03-18-12, 06:37 PM
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Custom Ira Ryan

Two years after the idea, and about 20 months after the deposit, it is finally here.

Even with all the reading, the conversations, the agonizing over paint, and details, and steel, and lugs, as well as the usual group set and wheels...I had no idea it would be this wonderful.

This machine cruises happily and supremely comfortably, which is what you get from a careful custom build. But the wild part is how it responds when you hammer it. Always ready RIGHT NOW for anything – sprint, descent, bunny hop, cut-and-thrust; intuitive, immediate. Then when you’re done with that, settles happily back into a cruise. Lively when you want it, but never whippy. I have at least 4 times laughed out loud on this thing, and I haven’t done that on a bike since I was oh, say 12. Just that alone was worth the wait and the investment.

If you have the patience, I highly recommend the full custom approach with a builder who not only speaks to you, but who rides like you do.



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Old 03-18-12, 06:50 PM
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Looks great. Also great to hear you are having fun.
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Old 03-18-12, 07:18 PM
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I that a custom stem? It doesn't look like a typical threadless stem.
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Old 03-18-12, 07:22 PM
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Nice. Is that a custom mount for your GPS/computer? Also, do you have mirrors on both your bar ends?

I laughed out loud once today on my ride around the neighbourhood. Maybe when that stops I'll consider a custom!
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Old 03-18-12, 07:30 PM
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yup on both fronts -- custom stem in brushed stainless to match the lugs, and a custom computer mount. I'm tall, and like the computer out in front of the bars so it's less of a look down than on the stem, especially when following a programmed route with waypoints.
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and yes on two mirrors. The one on the right is useful for a merge across a busy road on one of my routes, and for riding in a tight group
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so many birds.
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Old 03-18-12, 08:16 PM
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What's your saddle height? It looks considerable.
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Saw Ira having a drink outside a coffee shop last Saturday after a ride. He builds a really nice product. His entry in this years NAHBS was really cool also...
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Old 03-18-12, 08:47 PM
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One of the things that drew me to him is he is such a nice, stand up guy.

Saddle is 19 cm off the tt, 80 cm from the bb axle. Total saddle to bat drop is 5 cm.
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Dig the bike yo. Friend of mine has a similar frame at size 68cm (Monster bike) was fun to watch him build it up too... Digs it. Enjoy the long rides (with the gear it looks like you could go coast to cost
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Awesome bike, awesome story about laughing out loud while riding! You must be a tall AND happy dude...
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thanks! I'm not THAT tall -- 6'3 and a little change. Here's another shot straight on for a sense of proportion. TT and ST both right around 59. Also easier to see the minimal drop.
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Old 03-19-12, 06:07 AM
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Oh, Ira Ryan. I thought it was Irene Ryan. We have an xpressway named after her in Chi-Town.
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So Awesome, good job!
Is that first gen Red group or Force?
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So Awesome, good job!
Is that first gen Red group or Force?
Force. Outer chain ring looks like red because it's a 52/36. It's a big jump between the rings, but allows 12-25 in the back and still a big range.
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Great bike, that thing looks sweet! Ira Ryan is at the top of my short list for a custom. I also totally understand when you talk about laughing out loud on a new bike that you just feel right on. When it clicks, it is a great feeling.
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Great looking rig. I am eagerly awaiting my first custom and hope to get just as much enjoyment out of mine as you're getting out of yours.
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