The gents at Freeman Transport have just launched their newest bicycle and this time it’s an easy to ride commuter called the Gravel Racer. The story goes that Freeman Transport co-founder Nathaniel Freeman’s “great-great-grandfather was an inventor during the Industrial Revolution. His contributions were many but perhaps his most controversial are the sites for the Colt .45. In his honor we’ve built a bicycle with a finish similar to that gun, richly patinaed with gun bluing and ferric browns, sealed with tree wax and ready to age. It comes with or without couplings, stainless steel lugged rack, chain guard and fenders, and can be built fixed or coaster braked and is perfect for commuting or general transport.”
The Gravel Racer comes in a few pre-set combinations, the most basic being frame and fork only for $985. Other options include a “basic” set-up including a “complete build: ready to ride with Formula Hubs, Sugino RD2 Cranks, Tange Head Set, Brooks B17 and more for $1485.” There is also a “deluxe” option that includes “Phil Woods Hubs, White Industries Cranks, Brooks B17, Chris King Head Set and more” for $5275, but made right here, by Americans in the United States of America.
Update: I spoke with Nathaniel Freeman yesterday to help alleviate some concerns over pricing. He said: “The bike is supposed to travel up in price, from basic to deluxe, not be two distinct bikes. It really was an attempt to create the ‘peoples bike’ and let them add on accessories according to what they could afford and needed.”
In the interest of full disclosure I should point out that I help the Freeman Transport guys, Ben Ferencz and Nathaniel Freeman, with their public relations. All that being said, I’m a big fan of what they are doing and need / want / yearn for this bike. Look out for me on a Gravel Racer soon.