The Kindred Spirits of Breadwinner Cycles - Video

Jul 7, 2016
by Kitsbow Mountain Bike Wear  
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Bicycles, like most well-crafted things, should strike a perfect balance between passion and precision. Meet Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan, the Kitsbow #obsessives behind Breadwinner Cycles.

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Tony and Ira are two of Portland’s most prolific frame builders, each with his own rather distinct style and personality. With a gap-toothed big grin and rugged build, Tony is the IPA drinking, blue-collar machinist mountain biker. Ira, an accomplished endurance racer and roadie, is sleek and well spoken, with a thoughtful gaze. Both builders have shops which match their personalities. Tony’s machine shop is alive with the sound of cold war-era industrial routers, grinders and lathes that hum, buzz, and spin. Ira’s glorified garage down the road is the marketing department, customer service center, and assembly room. Polished, clean, and well lit, the space is filled with beautifully painted frames and fully assembled dream machines.

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This is a story about obsessively dedicated, highly skilled builders who live to ride. It’s a story about the determination and perseverance required to carve out their spot among hand-built bike makers, to stand out in the crowd; a story about two men who are are passionate creators. Kitsbow is proud to present a video about the #obsessives behind Breadwinner Cycles.

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59 Comments

  • + 33
 How to be a mountain biker step 7: Have a bike that cost more than your bike
  • + 4
 The frame I'm about to buy cost more than my motorcycle Razz
  • + 17
 I bought a frame that cost nearly as much as my car, cars are only there to move my bikes around
  • + 11
 When you spend more on your bike than your vehicle you have your priorities straight.
  • + 3
 IDK about anyone else but after the nice video apparently everyone went to check out their website. I agree with the man. I can connect with like minded customers. The ENVE rims on a steel HT with King headset just makes me feel good inside. I'd ride that!
  • + 4
 "Ideal for most types of riders"... Who can afford a $3k hardtail.

$1850 for a frame is a frame for only certain types of people!

I live in the city that these guys manufacture in. More than 85% of their sales are out of state. Also, I've never seen a Breadwinner at any of the local trails.
  • + 3
 I've got my priorities right, an old Subaru legacy, with the back seats always down, no need to take the wheels off, fits two bikes.
I have 8 bikes, flash hardtail, dh and 160mm trail bikes. Jump, trials, winter hack and a trusty 16 year old chameleon. Six 26" and two 24". I should get a 20" really
  • + 1
 @XCMark: If you can afford a $3k full sus, you can afford a $3k hardtail...
  • + 1
 @Fresh1: different strokes for different folks.

That hardtail is something personal. Made only for you instead of a generic fullsus carbon rig that anyone can order.

I'd choose the hardtail always
  • + 0
 Is this the same Ira Ryan that skunked people with the money they put down as a deposit towards a custom frame. Took the money and disappeared for a long while, ignoring e-mail for months on end?
  • + 7
 I love seeing these trails that I ride regularly from the aerial perspective. These shots take beautiful to a whole new level.
  • + 3
 such a nice place to ride, I wanna go back now but i've been told it's a no go in the summer with the poison oak and rattlesnakes, is that true?
  • + 3
 @pedrosalas7: There is poison oak, but I rarely see snakes. Just wear tall socks and down crash in the trees.
  • + 1
 @WheeliemanPDX: seems simple enough haha. The snakes don't really bother me as much as we have them in tri-cities, WA, but poison oak doesn't sound fun. Might head there on sunday, I'm longing for rocky tech trails.
  • + 1
 @nvonf I'm pretty new to the area, can you tell me what trails they are riding. That looks like the Gorge and surrounding areas, but I'm not aware of where the trails are. I've hit up Sandy Ridge and Timberline-to-town, but have yet to check out any areas along the Columbia River. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: That's syncline, on the WA side of the Columbia Gorge just east of hood river, there's also the Post Canyon trails in hood river. I recommend heading to a bike shop in hood river (I dirty fingers cycles is my favorite there) and ask for directions and maybe even buy a map.

You can also head north from portland to Yacolt WA, or capitol state forest a little further north.

there are some many places around here, so your best bet is to head to a bike shop and ask for advice, they're always willing if you ask nicely.
  • + 2
 @lobohusky: Good advice from @pedrosalas7
Unfortunately Trailforks doesn't have a robust map for Syncline yet. I've tried submitting a few but they don't seem to pop up. The technical rocky trail is called Little Moab. You get there by climbing the doubletrack until about 50m before the fence and you take the trail that heads directly west towards the cliff edge. The easy lines on Little Moab tend to be towards the left and the harder lines tend to be towards the edge of the cliff. Most of the other trails are accessed by continuing on uphill past the fence. Google images has multiple useful maps of Syncline. I recommend getting your fill of other trails at Post Canyon and Sandy and save Syncline for the winter. As pedrosalas7 mentions Dirty Fingers is a solid shop in HR. My personal fav in Portland for mtb is Fat Tire Farm. I also highly recommend getting the Hood River area trail map. It's pretty up to date and has saved my bacon many times.
  • + 2
 @nvonf @lobohusky yeah I always carry the hood river area map when riding around there, it's pretty complete, and between the phone's gps, the map and a little navigational awereness it's easy to find the trails. I might go to the hood river area on sunday, send me a message if you want to tag along
  • + 1
 Thanks @pedrosalas7 & @nvonf. That's super helpful information. I didn't see syncline on Trailforks either, but did see Post Canyon. Both sound like fun trails.

I'd love to head out there for a ride, but I'll be busy most of Sunday morning into the afternoon. I'm free the following weekend if ya'll are available. Just let me know and thanks again for the info!
  • + 1
 @lobohusky: I'm currently sidelined cause I went a bit too big at Post last weekend on FMX and my elbow shows for it, but have fun!
@pedrosalas7: FYI in case you aren't familiar with these, my fav rocky tech at Post is 163 aka Hidden (labeled on the map as being called Antoine's but I think that might be incorrect). 135 Bladerunner is a good steep techy trail also but not as rocky so its a bit dusty right now. The Ken A 170 section of upper Dirt Surfer also has some higher speed rocky bits that keep you on your toes. Perhaps you already frequent these.
  • + 1
 @nvonf: oh yeah Iive ridden those trails quite a bit except hidden, which has always been on my list. Post canyon is awesome.

@lobohusky I ride around north OR or WA every weekend, so send me a message whenever you're available and we can set something up.
  • + 1
 @pedrosalas7: Sounds good, will do man.

@nvonf: Sorry to hear that. Hope you heal up fast.
  • + 5
 Posted my bike for sale with the purpose of buying a BW. Although that video is easily the most 'Portland' thing I've ever seen.
  • + 4
 If they added on some fishing rod holders and caught some salmon on the Columbia, I think we get the Portland hipster hat trick.
  • + 3
 @Klainmeister: Hipsters don't actually ever do anything and are about on par with bourgeois nihilists who are about being seen. Actually going outdoors without a crowd of people to look down their nose at is not part of the hipster lifestyle. These are just original Portlanders.
  • + 5
 After owning only hardtails from 93 to 2010, I can say I'm just fine with being less connected to the trail. Sweet video, though. Beautiful bikes.
  • + 4
 It kinda reminds me of a cute mini version of the winnebago towing the escalade towing a boat.
  • + 4
 Bikers ride bikes to carry bikes... cool.
  • + 6
 Bikeception!
  • + 2
 @Danpyo: Kind of reminds me of something Xzibit would do. "HEY I HEARD YOU LIEK BIKES SO I PUT A BIKE ON YOUR BIKE!"
  • + 1
 I actually love the bikes ( Yammie and Beema ) - isn't the reason we all went full sus, to be better connected ?

Love the feel of the film tho...kinda cool. The only thing missing was a craft beer, or is that to Enduro ?
  • + 0
 hand made fat bikes, uncomfortable, ebay made james dean coffee racer homotos... when will hipsters run out of money so fashion lifestyles end, id love to hear about the endless miles of travel you cant ride due to a numb ass, cramped calves and tingling wrists... let alone trying to ride bike trails after! but your mustache twist is awesome
  • + 3
 Love the idea of riding to the trail but what do you do with all your motorbike gear when you mtb?
  • + 1
 And then you have to put your moto helmet back on after riding MTB...
  • + 3
 I like how they brought in an anonymous stunt shredder to catch the air and ride down the gnar. Hi Ira, it's Cory!
  • - 1
 I have a Cannondale Jekyll and an Ibis Mojo, and last night I had the best ride of the season so far on my single speed hard tail. I agree with Pereira, there is just something about them that can't be beat. I never quite feel that same sense of zen on my full suspension rigs. Maybe it's because it makes my mustache tingle. Wink
  • + 2
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/13207766 R6 with a pit bike rear swing arm for the bike rack.
  • + 2
 Cue Portlandia theme song.

"It's what young people ride when they're retired"
  • + 2
 I was hoping the handlebar would got caught on the garage door at 1:55. Ah well, some other time.
  • + 0
 Don't think your motorbike will handle well if you do this. A friend of mine tried it on his 500 GPZ and had tankslappers all day and the front wheel would lift far too easily.
  • + 4
 Sure whats the issue then? Everyone is winning there
  • + 1
 I guess your friend has no idea how to ride a moto
  • + 2
 Kitsbow and Breadwinner go together like dentistry and orthodontics.
  • + 1
 This is so sick!! Be mad to have a bike rack on the back of a dirt bike to shuttle your DH to the top of the hill!
  • + 5
 What would you do when you'd ridden the DH bike back to the bottom....?
  • + 1
 @M1nt5auce: move it down, with the power of sick edit stoke
  • + 2
 Anybody else having trouble playing this video on mobile?
  • - 3
 Yeah....i think the hipster hard tail phase passed right? Hopefully along with beard wax, slip on shoes, skinny jeans, ear rings, excessive tattoo's and anti-everything. Im too old and confident to use an inferior product just to try to fit in. Full suspension all day, unless im biking to work.
  • + 19
 Who gives a fuck what people are wearing. You're catching some feels over an ad....
  • + 0
 Curmudgeon.
  • + 18
 In case you were wondering, you just described the very people who invented mountain biking.
  • + 3
 Wow, so hardtails are a hipster thing now too? Good god, shoot me now! I had no idea guys, why didn't someone tell me I was turning into a dirty hipster? /s
  • + 0
 @xprswy: only fractionally true if you are referring to Gary Fisher and that image came later in his life. Wax your tips and your ego fonzie.
  • + 1
 Beautiful bikes! I'd be stoked to have one...
  • + 2
 is this paradise ?
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