A year ago, we built a bike for a friend based on a plan to go to Japan and ride around for a couple of weeks. Among other things we needed tyre clearance, plenty of eyelet mounts and a steel frame and fork - so we settled on a Velo Orange Campeur frameset after much deliberation. 

Sram's Rival 22 groupset provides reliable shifting and Tektro brakes keep costs down while braking as well as any canti setup can (plenty, let's be honest). Soma's Hwy One bars provide a comfortable place to put your hands, and Velo Orange fenders, stem and front rack complement the bike perfectly. The cool part of this build starts at the White Industries MI5 hubset laced to H+Son Archetypes (in the Hard Anodised Grey to suit the frame colourway), Swift Industries front bag and tool roll, Spurcycle Ringer bell, and of course, the Tomii Magic Bean cable hangers (the best 3 grams you'll find on a bike).

In short, the bike nearly performed spectacularly on the trip - a mechanical left Pat stranded in 25LAS for a few days where he made the most of the infamous Japanese hospitality while we express shipped him a part, before moving on to Mt Fuji and coming home to find he already missed Japan. Now that it's back, this VO has hit hills with the best, blown apart roadies on descents and taken in some of the best backroads the Adelaide hills have to offer, all without missing a beat. 

To see more of what Patrick got up to in Japan, head on over to!