When I started this blog post this morning I was going into all kinds of detail about this restoration. Then it hit me, that is not why you want to talk about this bike. Sure it was a great find. And I had a great time working on it. And I consider it one of my best finds. But the thing about this bike that I really loved was the way it looked, and how it rode. It had the elegant look of an old Raleigh or MotoBecane. And a ride that told me "this bike is tight". It made me feel like I was part of the equipment. And the thing I`m trying to describe is the feeling of becoming one with the bike. Every once in a while you find something that just fits. Something that you can not think of a single thing wrong with or anything you would change. Well this was that kind of bike for me. And I sold it anyway, because that is what I do. But I gotta tell you, when ever I run across a photo of this vintage men's road bike. I always ask myself the same question. What the #@!! were you thinking!
Welcome, My name is Hugh. I grew up in the Metro-Detroit area. My love for bicycles goes back to the mid 1960`s. I was not a bicycle tech by profession. I was a Mason Contractor. I am now retired. As a boy I was taught how to repair and maintain my bikes by my friend Mike Armstrong. I also learned a few things from the guys at Powers Schwinn Bicycle Shop. In 2003 I was told by my doctor that I would not be able to continue working as a mason. So I asked myself, What did I like to do before construction work? The only thing I could think of was bicycles. So one day I picked-up an old road bike to see if I could "fix er up". By the end of 2009 I had stoped doing masonry work altogether. This blog is about that journey. And about sharing some of the things I have picked-up over the years. I hope you find something useful here. I will try to respond to any comments you may have. Thanks, Hugh