Custom Bike Love: The Breadwinner Lolo

Breadwinner Lolo FullIn the up-and-coming Arbor Lodge neighborhood of North Portland, the guys at Breadwinner Cycles have been busy crafting some impressive steel framesets. While there is no shortage of custom steel frame builders here in Portland, there can certainly be between a one to five year wait and an equally substantial price tag.

Breadwinner’s approach is to offer a relatively fast (8-10 week) turnaround time at an attainable price point. All of their frames are available in a full range of production sizes, with semi-custom geometry available as needed. The production frame sizes and geometries are the result of years of frame building and riding experience. Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira are the names behind the brand, and they simply know what works.

Here at Cyclepath we’re thrilled to be Portland’s exclusive Breadwinner Dealer. We understand that investing in a custom frame that you cannot see, touch, or test-ride first can be an intimidating proposition. We also know that anyone interested in bringing one of these beauties home is going to have their own vision of what makes a perfect custom build.  That’s where we come in.

The motto at Cyclepath is Custom Bike Love.  Nearly every bike that leaves our shop boasts its own unique, custom build based on the needs and preferences of the owner.  Breadwinner’s frames provide gorgeous, inspired foundations upon which to build your personal bike dreams into reality. Featured here is a 54cm Breadwinner Lolo frameset custom built by Cyclepath.

Breadwinner Lolo HeadbadgeThe Lolo falls into Breadwinner’s performance road bike category. With sporty-but-not-short 415mm chainstays and semi-compact geometry, you can descend quickly and confidently.  This bike is designed to be both raced and comfortably ridden for long distances.

The tubeset used here, Columbus Life, offers a highly resilient and light weight selection of butted tubes in the appropriate diameters necessary to produce a stiff, TIG welded steel bike. A highlight of this tubeset is the double oversized downtube. This is where much of the frames lightweight-but-stiff character comes from. The painted-to-match Enve 1.0 carbon fork Breadwinner includes with this frame set doesn’t hurt either.Breadwinner Lolo Seattube PaintKeeping with the performance theme, we chose color coordinated Michelin Pro 4, 23c wide tires. However there is room for much larger tires, and a wider rim, for those looking for an even smoother ride.

Breadwinner also offers a more traditional road frame, the Continental, which features a horizontal toptube and steel fork, plus room for even fatter tires and fenders. We have recently completed a photoshoot with that bike, and a writeup is in the works, so keep an eye out.

Both the Lolo and Continental – as well as the Arbor Lodge, Aufderheide and Hole Shot – are currently available at Cyclepath as completes and are ready for test rides.  We also have several Breadwinner framesets ready to be built into rolling works of art.


  • Breadwinner Lolo 54cm White/Blue
    • TIG Welded Columbus Life Tubeset
    • Double Oversized Downtube
  • Enve 1.0 Carbon Fork (1 1/8″ Steertube)
  • Shimano Ultegra 6800 11s Drivetrain
    • 11-28 11s Cassette
    • 50/34 Chainrings
  • Shimano Ultegra 6800 11s Tubeless Compatible Wheelset
  • Michelin Pro 4 Tires (setup with tubes)
  • Chris King Headset And Spacer Kit- Pewter
  • Chris King English Threaded Bottom Bracket – Pewter
  • Thomson Elite 27.2 Seatpost
  • Thomson Seatpost Clamp
  • Thomson x2 100mm Stem
  • Thomson Carbon Compact Handlebar
  • Fizik Aliante Carbon Twin-Flex Saddle
  • Fizik Performance 3mm Tacky Handlebar Tape
  • 17.5 lbs as pictured (without pedals)
Posted by on November 25th 2013