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From the frame brazing, to the paint, to the parts...

Nick Legan’s Harvey Rapha Continental bike

Nick Legan's Harvey Rapha Continental bike

Fresh (or stale?) off his Dirty Kanza 200 adventure, VeloNews tech editor Nick Legan returned to Colorado for a week-long tour through some of the state’s most beautiful roads as a temporary member of the Rapha Continental team. For this effort, Nick used a brand new custom Harvey Cycle Works road bike, painted and accessorized to match the Rapha team’s chromatic sensibilities. Nick, of course, outfitted the bike to suit his tastes and the planned rides.

Rapha Continental bike
All Rapha Continental bikes are steel and use SRAM Force parts, FSA cockpits, fi:zi’k saddles and Chris King headsets and hubs. Kevin Harvey of Harvey Cycle Works in Indianapolis, Indiana, built this beautiful filet-brazed, S&S-coupled bike for the occasion.
The man behind the frame
Kevin Harvey works for Andretti Autosport in the race car builders’ shop as a machinist during the day and carefully constructs steel bicycle frames in his spare time. His skill meshes new tech and old world craftsmanship.
The spirit of the Continental
The Rapha Continental is hard to define. But for me it’s about pushing my limits while taking the time to cherish the world we ride through. Travel by bicycle is a unique way to see the world; quickly enough to cover ground without taking away the ability to experience nature. S&S couplers make the Harvey a perfect Continental bike.
A seat with a view
fi:zi’k sent me a Rapha-edition saddle for the Continental. The pink accent matched the bike perfectly and was a great seat for the views we encountered.
Real world spec
SRAM provides Force groups to the Continental crew and most of us rode compact cranks for the long Colorado climbs. I also installed a K-Edge to keep my new frame protected from fallen chains.
Full custom
When it comes to a custom bike, it’s the details that often set it apart. For the first time I have my name painted on a frame.
Keepin' it real
Rapha make wonderful cycling clothing. They also produce some amazing photographs and short films that show the beauty of cycling. As lovers of the sport, I’m proud to have Rapha’s logo on my top tube.
Sweet wheels
The wheels for my Rapha Continental Harvey were built by Sugar Wheel Works of Portland, Oregon. Pink Chris King hubs and DT Swiss rims are nothing to complain about. Not once did I have to touch these brand new wheels even after dirt roads and pot-holed roads. Michelin Optium tires are a personal favorite. (The rest of the Continental crew rode Continental Gator Skin tires with only one puncture after six days and hundred of miles)
Stainless perfection
To match the stainless S&S couplers, I bolted on Arundel Stainless cages. They look great and hold a bottle over the roughest terrain. I also used their Dual seat bag.
FSA sent a zero-setback SL-K seatpost. The adjustment was super simple and the finish is great. (Also note the flawless filet brazing at the seat tube junction. Makes me smile….)
Not quite finished
I ran out of time to build the bike exactly as I wanted so to speed up the process I didn’t install cable splitters to make the bike extra packable. They’ll go on soon.
What a finish!
Keith Anderson painted the bike and even after some rough miles, the black, champagne and pink finish looks amazing. Anderson’s work was also on the 2010 NAHBS Best in Show bike of Mark Dinucci.
As the wheel turns
Chris King has sponsored the Rapha Continental from the beginning. The company’s reputation in the industry is well known and the parts on the Harvey performed flawlessly. Very elegant dropouts are from Keith Anderson and feature stainless steel inserts. The 11×28 SRAM cassette came in handy.
To the point
Keith Anderson also painted the Enve fork to match. Shimano skewers aren’t technically sponsor-correct, but they are my favorite.
Perfectly executed
From the frame brazing, to the paint, to the parts spec, my Harvey Continental bike was absolutely perfect for the Colorado ride. (There are no decals on the bike, even the head tube logo is painted).
Just a hint
It’s easy to overdo color accents, but the Cateye Strada Wireless matched the FSA accent perfectly. (note the upside down stem face plate; I was in a rush to build the bike. Sorry FSA)