Monday, January 7, 2013
2012 The Year in Bikes (projects)
Hello, I can hardly believe that it is once again time for me to look back over the bike projects of the last year. I did not do quite as many bikes this year. However I did a few of the toughest or most involved restorations I have ever attempted. Enough about that, lets look back at some really cool old bikes. Thruster Fixed Gear bike experiment. The question was, Can I make this Mal-Wart bike cool and reliable? And all for a total investment of $200.00 I must have done ok because I never heard from the new owner again. :) The Thruster Blog posts are by far the most viewed posts I have ever done. I went a little over budget. That is until I subtracted the value of the discarded parts. In the end, it was almost exactly 200.00 total cost. WTB Speed V Comp Saddle as well, the . And to finish it all off, a cleaned-up and very stylish red Cannondale wedge bag. fixed gear bike project started with this department store bike. suspension fork at some point in the future. BB-UN55 bottom bracket conversion (typical to cartridge type). commuter bike. But just between you and me it`s a "Flatland Touring Bike". Brooks Saddle! wedge tool bag from my old Rock Hopper which by this time had a larger trunk bag. Dyno Hub. I also purchased a stock Sturmey Archer front wheel and hub from Darrell. This way if I ever sell this bike I can keep the Dyno Hub wheel and light for my next old Raleigh 3 speed. Also the decals are for a more modern 1970's Sports. But since I built it for myself that's ok. freestyle bike (in the truck bed) on the same day at another stop. That was a good days hunting. The only one of the three I have restored so far is the Trek 330. (on the rack) water bottle cages were a bit pricey. Actually it was the most I ever spent for two cages. But they look as good on the bike as I imagined they would, so I guess it was a good call. And it sold really fast to Brian who was the first person to look at it. This TREK would surely have been a "keeper" if only it had not been too tall for me. 700 wheelset I had on hand was of the road bike variety. So I decided to go that route. I will be doing some more work on this bike, so expect to see it again in the not to distant future. touring bicycle pedals. So now it was time to let this extremely rare "Custom Built - Parliament - Made in England" bike go to a new home. The original crank went with the bike in hopes that a matching one can be located somewhere down the road. If only this had been a horizontal top tube frame bike. There would have been no way I would have ever let it go. I did find out that in the late 1960'S Raleigh did build some custom bikes off site. I'm guessing it was to bring back at least the idea of hand built unique road bikes. I was able to date the bike at 1969 so it definitely fits that time frame. And country of origin of course.