|Chris Bishop's personal ride - as seen on BikeRumor.|
Flick on over to the site to see some close-up shots of this really gorgeous bike (you'll have to look beyond a bit of dirt -- it's not a show bike -- they were riding some unpaved rough stuff, after all). Bishop has a real eye for details, and everything on this bike is tasteful and stunning. The bike is mostly Campagnolo Record-equipped, with some Chris King parts here and there for good measure. Is it retro-grouchy? Well, it is a lugged steel beauty. And it has a traditional-looking quill stem (!). At the very least, I'd call it classic-inspired. I can't tell for sure, but I'm guessing the tires are probably 28 mm -- probably the minimum that I'd consider suitable for rougher roads -- larger would be better in my opinion, then again, everyone's got opinions. Anyhow -- it's clearly more of a "road" than "rough road" kind of bike, though it does look like it has a bit of versatility built into it, including attachment points for fenders, as well as for a front rack.
If you like what you see of Bishop's bike on BikeRumor, flick over to Chris Bishop's website to see some more of his really excellent work. Bishop has won multiple awards at such shows as the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and the Cirque du Cyclisme. He hasn't been building all that long (he started his business in 2007) but he's quickly made a name for himself with his framebuilding skills. Definitely worth a look.