Page Street Cycles is a new venture for two Portland frame builders with over 50 years of combined experience.
You may have seen their names floating around: Joseph Ahearne and Christopher Igleheart. These guys actually share a workshop, tools, ideas and sometimes even lunch. After doing their own thing for so long, Page Street Cycles is their way of collaborating their knowledge into one, precious bicycle.
Joseph’s bikes I’ve featured before on CyclingAbout, you should definitely take a look at this wild orange Ahearne touring bike build after you’ve finished reading about this whip.
Page Street Cycles Outback Touring Bike
Called the Outback, this off-road touring bike is designed to conquer all. It squeezes in 27.5 x 3.0″ rubber which will give you bike handling superpowers on the looser, rougher and sandier trails. The centrepiece of the bike is arguably the Pinion 18-speed gearbox. This fully-sealed gear unit is designed to last a lifetime, and offers a wider gear range than a regular derailleur drivetrain. I’ve covered Pinion gearboxes in detail in THIS article.
The Outback also uses another sweet bit of kit: a Gates Carbon Drivetrain. Known to last over 30,000km as well as requiring almost no maintenance, these carbon belts get the CyclingAbout tick of approval. This bike is all about the small details too. If you look closely, you’ll notice that a frame pump is integrated into the build behind the seat tube!
Page Street Cycles have opted for “ToggleDrop” adjustable dropouts on their Outback. These unique stainless steel dropouts are very easy to fine tune and get the perfect belt tension, and will fit a 12mm rear axle. They also have an integrated frame-break to slot the belt into the rear triangle.
There are no headset spacers on this bike, instead the quill-styled stem is custom built around the owner’s stack height. Co-Motion put together a special 18-speed grip shifter for this bike as Pinion shifters are designed for flat handlebars only. There’s also a USB charger at the stem made by a small German brand called Forumslader.
Joseph Ahearne makes custom stainless steel racks for many of his builds. This lowrider rack and tray incorporates dynamo light mounting (with rollcage!), dynamo wiring guides and a fender mount. The 95mm wide fenders are made by Honjo and are some of the only ones available for fat tyre touring bikes like this.
The build uses Rolf Prima Alsea carbon wheels (yes, carbon!), Schwalbe Rocket Ron mountain bike tyres and a Brooks Cambium saddle. Paul Klamper cable disc brakes have been chosen for their simple, yet reliable stopping ability.
A minimalist rear porteur rack is employed to stabilise a rear bag, but will also handle two cargo bags on either side. This bike is essentially ready for everything from heavy-duty bike touring to lightweight bikepacking adventures. The key theme is that it should be off-road.