Pedal Revolution built up this customized New Albion Privateer into a very special touring bike that is responsible for the safe transport of not one, but two riders. Our customer wanted a bike that she could use for daily riding and long distance touring that would be able to transport her dog Frances. After getting feedback on what she wanted the bike to do and some of the particulars like custom paint, we made some recommendations on rack set-ups and component choices. The Privateer frame was a logical choice for its comfortable road geometry and clearance for wide tires/fenders and rack mounts. She wanted the bike to handle like a road bike but accommodate a more upright position and be suitable for bike camping and touring. Lastly, we needed to find a way to carry Frances and her doggy carrier on the front of the bike. Attempts were made with Frances on a rear rack but being a dog, she yearned to feel the wind in her whiskers and see the road ahead.
We began the build with a hand built wheel set comprised of Shimano 105 36 hole hubs laced to Soma Weymouth rims. The drivetrain is a mix of Shimano road and mountain parts to benefit the bike touring miles and climbs to come. Shimano 105 integrated shifters for confident braking and shifting. A Soma Highway One bar, Brooks B17 saddle, and Panaracer Pasela tires round out the build for reliability and comfort on those long days on the road.
Below is an image of the stock Privateer frame before the custom powder coat we did:
Grass Green with sparkle coating!
A Soma Porteur rack was added for the dog carrier which fit on it perfectly.
Frances the dog and her owner are currently traversing the wilds of eastern Oregon on an extended tour.
Dirt roads or asphalt, the Privateer with 32m Pasela tires has no fear.
Thumbs up from Frances!