Urban Velo

Chapman Cycles Commuter Light Touring Bicycle


Brian Chapman creates custom bikes out of Rhode Island, a small state full of country back roads that have influenced the commuter and light touring bikes that are the focus of Chapman Cycles. This is one of his personal bikes, made for long rides on the meandering roads he loves, but just as at home as a high end city commuter. The custom front rack, delicate looking front cable hanger, paint-matched hidden clamp stem, matte stainless fenders and detail work on the chainstay are what you hope to see with show-level bikes. If you look closely you’ll notice two downtube shifters, but a 1×10 drivetrain. The left shifter that would usually work the front derailleur instead is in place to operate the Velogical rim-dynamo generator. Press the generator against the rim when you need the rear light, move it away from the rim with a flick of the shifter during daylight hours or when you need that psychological boost of just a hair less drag to get over the next hill. Lovely bicycle all around.


  1. sufferyoursinsNovember 11, 2013 at 11:57 am

    That is one beautiful bike. Loving all the minor details.
    And that headset, who made those? it’s amazing.

  2. RaiynNovember 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    That is a sweet rig.

  3. Ghost RiderNovember 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

    That is a stunning machine…I love the fenders in particular; they look like raw-finished stainless steel.

    As for the headset, Velo Orange carries knurled headset spacers…I suspect that’s what’s on this Chapman.

  4. crmodgeonNovember 12, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Dude has his priorities in order. This rig is on the money. Well done, Mr. Chapman!

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