Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Carlton built Dura Ace Huffy

I have been planning this build for over a year now and have been working out the details in my head.  Having finally made all the decisions on components all that is left to do is order the parts and get going. 
Starting with the frame set, a Huffy Catalina.  This model was part of a program intended to move Huffy from a department store bike to a premium line. 
Some details here http://www.carltoncycles.me.uk/details/huffy.htm
I aquired the bike from a junk dealer in Cincinnati OH.  It was part of bulk bike buy where he was adding a few more bikes to fill up my load.  We didn't know what it was only that it had Campy hubs laced to sew up rims.  Don't think I paid but about 100.00 for it if that. I started to strip off what was left of the paint in preperation for the powder coater.  What I found was a beautifull completly chromed  hand built Carlton.  It had been upgraded from the original Williams cottered crank with a 1st generation Dura Ace model and a downtube sticker to go with it. 
My first build up of the frame set was as a 7 seed internal geared rear hub with a double chaing ring in front for a 14 seed bike chain slack was taken up with a Pauls Melvin.  North road bars and a generator hub completed the crusier that was never  ridden.
This build will be a fixed gear birth with as much Dura Ace as possible to honor the 1st up grade. 
I selected High Flange Dura Ace track hubs over a year ago but could not make a decesion on the rims.  Mavic Open Pro..... Velocity Arrowhead.......VO PBR.....????????????????????
Then it came to me in a vision.......Sun CR18s.........in 27" to honor the origonal geometry.  Well with that decision made I ordered the rims, Justin ordered the spokes and the wheels were built.  Clad with Continental Gatorskins (27 x 1.25 tires are 32 mm) and I am stoked about this build.  Parts on order include Nitto Craft stem, stainless steel straight bar, SKF crank bearing.  Brooks stuff includes Swift saddle,  Challenge bag & amp slender grips all in black.  Stopping power provided by Vello Orange Gran Comp 660 CNC machined center pulls to honor the original frame designed for Winnman center pulls.  TRP short brake levers. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Surly Bikes ready for Adventure Cycling!

Spring is fast approaching... Vic's been busy all winter long in the shop. He's keeping more Surly's in stock this season. Here are two offerings ready to ride.

2013 Surly Long Haul Trucker 56cm 700c Smog Silver

2013 Surly Cross Check 58cm Foamy Hospital Green

What we have to look forward to... more day-light - blue skies - warmer tempertures are you ready to ride... stop in... say hi.... browse & socialize looking forward to seeing you.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Gitane 58cm $575.00

                                               Made in France 58cm x 58cm 12 speeds

Campy shifters, derailleurs, stronglight crankset, new chain, english bottom bracket new bearings,Weinmann 605 side pull brakes, mallard hubs, new wheelsmith DB spokes, laced to mavic rims, new SS cables - new yellow brake housing - new yellow cloth bar tape - new Conti tires - new tubes - new cloth rim tape, Alloy stem, seat post, handlebars, pedals, Chrome fork.
This bike has been thru the completed the process... taken down to the frame all parts cleaned - frame polished new grease, bearings, cables, adjusted properly.  It's ready for the rider.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Soma Fabrications "Speedster"

One of six builds using Soma Fabrications framesets... more to follow!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


 Bike has been thru a complete museum quaility restoration process. It is a 58 cm, Reynolds 531 tubes Campy Groupo, Brooks saddle

                                  Zeus was founded by Luis Arregui in Eibar, Spain in 1926

Monday, January 7, 2013