7 Bikes for 7 Wonders: The Wallowas Bike

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    Ride Oregon Staff
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**July 18, 7:43 a.m. update: Corrine Vegter, a bike racer from Baker City, raced up Salt Creek Summit to find her new bike at 5:26 a.m.  She discovered the bike hidden between some trees of of Wagon Road Trail. Congrats Corrine!** 

Each of the 7 Wonders of Oregon offers a different, exciting ride. To celebrate this, we asked seven of the best bicycle builders in the state to each build a one-of-a-kind bicycle, one for each of our 7 Wonders. This bike was built for the Wallowas.

As Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira considered the Wallowa River Valley and the surrounding snow-peaked mountains as inspiration for a bike to build, it wasn’t much of a stretch to picture the Old West. The rugged landscape, the spread-out population, the jagged peaks looming on the horizon… voila.

“We designed this bike to be a long-distance, go-anywhere sort of explorer machine, because the Wallowas region offers a huge landscape,” Ira says. “The only limitation to a bike like this is where you can pedal. So this is like the old horse of the bike world – it gets you up the steep pitches, down the trail. It’s a rugged, faithful companion.”

The finished product is a “29er” mountain bike, offering the frame, wheel clearance and tough structure to ride anywhere. “It’s an adventurous, go-anywhere bike,” he says. “It reflects how most people ride in the Wallowas – big stretches of valleys and then rugged terrain surrounding.”

Ira and Tony are well-known for the finishing touches on their bikes, and this steed is no exception. The seat is – of course – a leather Brooks model, with the intricate carved designs a custom saddle should have, and the handlebar grips are leather to match. And then there’s the paint: an olive green, “kind of desert-y, with black accents and some ‘mountain-style’ graphics.”

For the two veteran builders, the experience of designing and building this bike was all about a sense of place. As Ira says, “Thinking about the experience of riding in the Wallowas, and then turning that into a bike – what’s going to make this bike serve its purpose for that part of the state? This is a well-built, well-designed bike, and it showcases what a hand-built bike can be. In this case the customer is not a person, but a place and an experience.”

This bike is size medium/large, suitable for those 5’8″ to 5’11″ tall.

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  1. What an amazing idea to give these seven fantastic bikes away. A truly wonderful idea, and way to celebrate our beautiful state of Oregon !

  2. perfect for all terrains. my favorite colors… this would be kismet!

  3. I would love this bike. I bought mine from a yard sale…Would be a blessing

  4. Love to explore & discover more of Oregon than previous trips allowed. Summer 2015 would be perfect..thank-you for posting this opportunity!!

  5. Love this bike!!

  6. Been wanting a bike, this one looks perfect.

  7. Perfect!!

  8. Want to ride the 135 mi. 2-day bike route in NE Oregon where I spent every summer growing up. Would LOVE to find this bike, but I live in Corvallis!

  9. A Bike like this would certainly upgrade my personal self.

  10. The best way to see Oregon is riding on an all Terrainasaurus trekking and Hybrid bike from the pristine coast line to the heavenly mountain peaks, which is why this crosstrailer bike would be a dream for me to ride away.

  11. Awesome looking bikes! I wish I lived closer to your shop and VooDoo Doughnuts.

  12. Just got into riding in the last month or two and have already rode close to 50 miles!!! I have a pretty mediocre bike and winning one of the 7 you guys are giving away would be most excellent. Thanks for the consideration.

  13. What a beautiful bike and a fun opportunity!

  14. […] Wallowas bike: The tag-team of Portlanders Ira Ryan and Tony Periera found inspiration in the wide-open spaces and the vast vistas of the Wallowas – and something about the scene took them back to the Old West; they designed a bike that can carry a two-wheeled cowboy all across the land. […]