It was my pleasure to be part of the team that worked with Loc on this build. He had a lot of ideas and clear vision of the finished bike and it's usage and I think it turned out great.
This all titanium cafe racer/tourer was built by Seven Cycles in Boston.
The racks, fork, and chainguard were built by Ti cycles in Portland.
Loc wanted a set of panniers and front bag to carry medium sized loads camping, riding, or commuting. We wanted to keep the clean modern aesthetics of the titanium, but with a classic look.
After looking over 10-12 different fabrics from waxed canvas to ultralight modern carbonlite xpac, we settled on the traditional feel of two toned waxed canvas.
The model of bags we decided on were the standard Classic Panniers and Classic Randonneur.
Because of the size and scale of the bike, Loc trimmed down the dimensions of the panniers to make them more sleek and proportioned.
Because of the handlebar/wiring/hydraulic hose configuration, we did a custom size on the handlebar with a narrow front profile.
The extra work and time spent dialing the custom dimensions were worth it. It's not noticable to the eye, and that's what we were going for, subtle.
Some final touches to the bags include all vegan construction, custom webbing, custom flap stiffener treatment, and custom hardware.
To complement the modern aesthetic, we used tactical buckles for the closures as well as magnetic closures on the randonneur bags main flap.
Simple, clean, beautiful and built to last a lifetime.
Thank you to very nice guy Loc and I hope we can do a ride together soon!