Monday, September 13, 2010

Beth's Nishiki Mixte Makeover

Beth brought in a late '70s Nishiki Olympic Mixte, originally gold with turquoise accents.

The frame was sent out for sandblasting and powdercoating (to match the original turquoise). We installed new VO Belleville handlebars, Nitto Technomic stem, Dia Compe inverse brake levers, down tube mounted gear shifters, VO hammered fenders, Nitto rear rack, and finally a Brooks B18 Lady saddle and brown leather bar tape. This bike really turns heads.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Custom single speed

A customer came in wanting a single speed with the possibility of going fixed eventually. We started with a Raleigh Record frameset, sandblasted and clear powdercoated. New high flange hubs with cutouts and flip flop wheel set, Nitto technomic high rise stem, vintage Cinelli handlebars, red Origin 8 crankset (46 tooth) with matching red KMC 1/8" chain and a 17 tooth Shimano free wheel. The tires are Panaracer Pasela, the customer supplied pedals and a Brooks B17 saddle. This bike will be finished off with Tektro long reach brakes (27" to 700c wheel conversion) and handlebars will be finished with red cotton bar wrap to match the crank and chain.

A custom build for my 14 year old son

We started out with a Raleigh Super Gran Prix and sent the frame and fork out for a candy lime powdercoat job. He wanted something that would really pop, so we choose Origin 8 orange flip-flop wheels with black spokes and mounted fixation orange tires. Drive train utilized a 46 tooth Sugino Messeger crank links to a 16 tooth free wheel via a Pintle (half link) chain. Stopping power is provided by the original Weinmann centerpulls with upgraded Kool Stop Supra 2 pads actuated with Soma brake levers and topped everything off with a Brooks B17 Special saddle and Brooks perferated leather bar wrap.