Words and photos by Tetsuo Ehara (@eharatetsuo)
Hello! I’m Tetsuo and I’m an industrial designer living near a beautiful beach in Japan. My history as a bike enthusiast started when I was in elementary school. I enjoyed customizing bicycles in those days. For example, I once customized a front fork into a really long one by myself, which of course rode terribly. These days, I enjoy brewing coffee surrounded by nature and listening to music on a portable record player, especially after riding a bicycle. Naturally, I also love bike camping too.
Let’s talk about my bike. It was just a year ago that I found the Singular Peregrine, which is a very nice and interesting British-born frame. I found and bought a used frame in good condition from a local seller, who happened to be a super nice guy. The category of bikes with modern details on a beautiful classic frame, like Crust’s bikes, is now a major category, but the Peregrine filled that niche long before it was trending, which is amazing! I also love the frame’s backstory that pays tribute to Rivendell Bicycle Works. The Peregrine is now discontinued, but I hope it will be reborn again someday.
Back to my bike: other than the frame, all of the other components are from American and Japanese manufacturers and have classic looks with modern features. Also, Swift Industries bags are essential to round out the build.
Lastly, run a bicycle community called @coffeeseaside, so if you have any chance to come to Japan, please check the information and come visit us. Thanks for reading. Cheers!
- Frame/Fork Singular Peregrine
- Rims Velocity Blunt SS (650B, 32h)
- Hubs White Industries XRM QR
- Tires Teravail Rampart 650B x 47mm
- Handlebars NITTO M137
- Headset Chris King
- Crankset White Industries ENO (32T)
- Cassette Shimano CS-M7000 (11-42)
- Derailleur Shimano RD-M7000 GS
- Brakes Paul Klamper
- Shifter(s) microSHIFT BS-C11
- Saddle Brooks B17 Imperial Chrome
- Seatpost Nitto S65
- Stem Simworks Rhonda
- Front bags Swift Industries Ozette
- Frame bags Handmade by my wife
- Rear bags Swift Industries Zeitgeist
- Accessory bags Fairweather stem bag
- Other accessories Crust rack, Erlen saddle bag support
Follow along with Tetsuo on Instagram @eharatetsuo.
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