Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 4/13/14: Fuij Boulevard Mixte step-through

April 13, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 4/13/14:

The Mixte step-through frame design continues to be a timeless design. Despite it’s current resurgence in modern commuter and city bikes, it never really went away. The step through frame would pop up here and there tucked in among bike lines of other styles that have come and gone. Early Criticisms of the Mixte frame design were that it allowed for too much flex in the frame and was therefore relegated to the “townie” style of bike or coined as a “ladies” bike which was a silly characterization and a dismissal of the utilitarian nature of the design.

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This bike is a lovely example of an 80′s era japanese built Fuji Mixte bike. It was created with Lugged construction and oversized tubing. While being moderately more flexible (flexibility in a bike frame isn’t always a bad thing!! See steel vs. aluminum) than a dual diamond framed counterpart. this frame is going on three decades of life and has many more left in it. Nope, its not a racing bike and its not going to help you achieve your personal best Strava time. What it will do is transport you along in dreamy stylish conveyance to your destination. You will be the envy of pedestrians and people riding less classically charming bicycles. You will look down at your bike and smile and perhaps think to yourself that this bike has lived numerous lives and now it is part of yours…and what a delightful couple you’ll make.

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Pedal Revolution rebuilt this bicycle, like all of our refurbished bikes, utilizing some of the original parts and numerous new ones to both keep the original style of the bike and to update important components to contemporary standards. For example, the original wheel size the bike was designed for  was a 26″ wheel which necessitated the use of a very long reach single pivot brake caliper. Small wheels and poor stopping power kept this bike in the cruiser category at best. We decided to use a 650B sized wheel in place of  the 26″ giving a taller wheel diameter and allowing for smoother rolling and more efficiency in the ride. It also allowed us to replace the underpowered single pivot brake calipers with a dual pivot shorter reach brake improving the stopping power considerably.

The chain, cassette, and rear derailleur portion of the drive-train were replaced as well, giving a broader gear range on better functioning equipment. The original cockpit was very nice looking so we overhauled the Suntour thumb shifters and polished the stem. The handlebar was replaced with a period correct looking Wald bar. New cables, housing, headset, bottom bracket were added to ensure that the bike has many more years of reliable service. Lastly, we added a new set of Soma B-Side 650 japanese made tires to the mix. These tires are a shop favorite, very similar to the classic Panaracer Pasela but with extra reinforcement and sidewall protection built in. They roll beautifully and keep the flats at bay.

The Mixte style frame is experiencing a renaissance currently and variations of this step design are now available on classy city bikes like Linus but also on versatile road/touring style bikes from Soma, New Albion, Rivendell and others.

This little Fuji Boulevard is sized at 47cm which translates roughly to about a 15″ frame size and would fit someone roughly 4’10″ to 5’2″. It is priced at $420.

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Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 4-2-14: Viner Special Touring–54 cm

April 2, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 4-2-14: Viner Special Touring–54 cm

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Now refurbished and up for sale at Pedal Rev is this 54 cm Viner Super Touring.  A rare, unique, and lightweight Italian rig from the mid-80’s, it’s a classic that is sure to turn a few heads.  As a company, Viner was known mostly for their racing road bikes; they were a prominent pro cycling sponsor from the 1960s through the 1990s.  But somewhere along the way Viner found the time and inclination to design and build this light touring frame.  The lugged frame is made of Columbus AELLE steel tubes, and the original paint is in very good shape. Several rare features are pictured and described below:

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Mounting bracket on right fork blade for light generator.  The generator and light are fully functional, and the system can be easily switched on or off.

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Fitted with a chain guard with a recessed opening for front derailleur.  This is a very rare feature you’re not likely to see anywhere else, and works as intended.   The original fenders fit tightly against the tires (Panaracer Pasela Tour Guards, 700×28), and protect both you and the bike’s components from dirt and water.

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The Campagnolo derailleurs (rear is stamped, indicating 1984 manufacture date) have been kept, along with the Campy downtube shifters.   The wheelset is new, and the aging rear freewheel has been replaced with an IRD 5-speed unit with a 13/28 range.   Rounding out the build is a modernized braking setup, featuring dual-pivot calipers and reverse pull Dia-Compe levers—great for style as well as maximizing braking leverage.   Come in and check it out before it’s gone!

54cm – $750.

Radio Program About Bicycling Across the US

March 30, 2014 by

On Friday, Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR, weekday call-in program hosted a show about cross country bike touring. http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/03/28/biking-across-america

The program, “On Point”, is much like KQED’s Forum (http://www.kqed.org/radio/programs/forum/) .  It is pretty good listen for anyone who has or has wanted to get on their bike and really hit the road.

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3/28/14: Schwinn Sierra

March 28, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3/28/14: Schwinn Sierra

$425 BOOM! and it’s gone…

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Since our supply of carefully restored bicycles is entirely dependent on the largess of our benevolent donors (thank you for the kind donations past and future supporters, and no, we do not buy used bikes. Sorry.) , the style, sizes, and price range of previously ridden bicycles we have to offer at any given time can vary wildly.  Due to the vicissitudes of the unpredictable donation cycle, some strange coincidences can occur. Perhaps you remember a recent pedal revolution blog post about another used Schwinn bicycle (yes, it is still available!) http://pedalrevolutionblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/pedal-revolution-used-bike-update-3-20-14-schwinn-high-sierra/ .

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We now are wonderfully  saddled with another 1984 Schwinn off road model that has been collaboratively restored in a way that preserves the non-Orewellian stylistic vision of mountain biking in 1984 and is enhanced with tires that suit the utility demanded by urban riding in San Francisco, 2014.

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Just about the entire Pedal Revolution staff had a direct hand in this refurbishment, from the beginning stages of regeneration to its final test ride, this bike was a real team effort with an obvious aesthetic homage to  OJ’s orange flair. http://pedalrevolutionblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/pedal-revolution-interns-and-their-bikes/

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Like, it’s brethren http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1984/LightWeight/FULL/1984Ltwt10.JPG , this bike features many of the same beautiful and functional features characteristic of the finer bikes of the period.

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Fork mounts galore.

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Rear mounts too (although, it is not totally necessary to have separate fender and rack mounts it’s a detail/nicety that should not be overlooked).

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Can’t imagine Studs Terkel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studs_terkel) shrugging his shoulders at the sight of this fork crown.

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But seriously, what really defines the look and feel of this bike is the OG bullmoose handlebar. It’s like radiocarbon dating for bicycles http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/hb4.htm.

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As above, so below.

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Together again. Both bikes are about the same size. Angela measured the Sierra to be 21.5″ but it all depends on the way you wield a measuring stick and frame size is just a semi-loose, but important, guideline. In any case, both the Sierra and High Sierra are worth checking out if you are about 5’10″ to 6’2″ and wish to ride like it’s 1984 (in a non-totalitarian way).

 

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3/26/14: English Cruiser and The “Deal” with Used Bikes

March 26, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3/26/14:

The staff at Pedal Rev have been busy cranking out a continual batch of refurbished bicycles of late…or as we like to refer to them in the contemporary parlance of our time and location as “Luxury Pre-owned Artisanal Pleasure Vehicles”.

The deal is this…Pedal Rev is a non-profit. We run a work-internship program right here in our bike shop for underprivileged youth from San Francisco. Young adults between the age of 16-21 can apply to work at the shop as paid interns for a six month period during which they learn about bicycles, bicycle repair, maintenance, assembly, and culture. They also gain retail experience, inventory, shipping/receiving experience and an opportunity to get  some basic job experience under their belt (not an easy feat for young folks dealing with challenges in our already fast paced and quickly evolving city). They leave the program with a certificate of completion, a valuable experience in learning what it takes to maintain a job, a schedule, responsibilities, expectations, and accountability to a workplace. They also leave Pedal Rev with new self-confidence, the ability to give and receive direction from others, and the experience of working side by side with others in a communally supportive environment. Last but not least they graduate from our internship well on their way to their next step, be it a next job, or enrollment in school and of course a bicycle which they built themselves!

Our customers appreciate this aspect of our shop and donate their old and unused bicycles and bicycle parts to Pedal Revolution from which we rebuild, refurbish, and transform them into mixture of new/used bikes ready for another long life of service and companionship. This also means that we receive a wide range of shapes, styles, and sizes of bike donations which makes consistency a challenge. Pedal Revolution rebuilds a handful of these bikes each week and puts them on the sales floor for your perusal. We also post them complete with image, size, description and price on our blog (you’re already here!) and our Facebook page.

If you are dreaming of the perfect used bike (rebuilt with a robust assortment of new parts to ensure long term service and reliability) from Pedal Revolution, your best bet is to check our blog periodically or “Like” us on Facebook where you will receive the updates on used bikes on a weekly basis.

Below is a lovely and basic gem of a bike. An old English Royal Scot Coaster brake cruiser rebuilt and ready for casual rides at a leisurely pace. Call it a “Bar Bike”, a neighborhood rambler, call it whatever you’d like, just pleeeaase don’t take it to die an ignoble death on the Playa at Burning Man….or Do. Just don’t tell us about it.

 

52cm – $200. SOLD!

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Pedal Revolution Bike in the Stand: Bridgestone MB-4

March 26, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Bike in the Stand:

This is great example of a converted classic. A Bridgestone MB series converted to a dreamy all-arounder complete with swept back bars, thumb shifters, front and rear Nitto racks, Brooks Sprung saddle. Taking an already versatile bicycle and making it even better is a whole lot of fun. This one is ready for daily duty or a bike tour.

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Here is some info on the Bridegstone MB Series from Sheldon Brown’s Archives:

“Mountain Bikes MB-1…MB-6
MB-4 Ad from March 1991 Mountain Bike Action Bridgestone was one of the first companies to jump on the mountain bike bandwagon in the 1980s, but from a “road” perspective. Early versions of the MB-1 came with drop handlebars and 126 mm dropout spacing!
The predominant style of mountain bikes in the early-mid ’80s was the “California cruiser” geometry inspired by the Schwinn Excelsior “klunkers”, with 44 inch wheel bases, 18 inch or longer chain stays, and frame angles in the high 60 degree range. These bikes were very stable for downhill use on Repack hill, but were not very good climbers. Petersen’s Bridgestones had much steeper frame angles and much shorter chain stays, which made them considerably more maneuverable and nimble than the older designs, and considerably better climbers. In the ’80s this design was considered “radical” but it proved itself on the trail, and was copied by everybody a few years later. This Bridgestone design still is the standard for rigid frame MTBs.”

 

Here is another nice B-Stone from a while back that Pedal Revolution retro-fitted:

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Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3-20-14: Schwinn High Sierra

March 20, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3-20-14: Schwinn High Sierra

Check out the latest A.B.C. from the peeps at Pedal Revolution. Another Bad  Curation!  A refurbished 2o” Schwinn High Sierra MTB. Sierra http://bikecatalogs.org/SCHWINN/1984/LightWeight/FULL/1984Ltwt10.JPG

$550

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This bike was a high-end model the year it was released (unleashed?), 1984!  This careful restoration was partly inspired by the now legendary but back in the day (circa 1993) widely confounding, Bridgestone XO;  a 26″ wheeled (aka ‘mountain bike standard’) do it all road/off road/tour/commute bike.  http://sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/1993/pages/30.htm

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Dig the Nitto moustache bar, 8 speed shimano bar-end flippers, and max goosed Nitto stem! All the controls are within a fingers reach! Lets also not forget the super nice new Continental “Town and Country ” tires (get it? if not, reread the above blurb).

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All cables and housing are stealthily hidden underneath the bar wrap. Not only does this look totally sick, it leaves plenty of uncluttered space to add a front rack or basket. Form and function achieved at last.

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Not sure if this Schwinn was made in Chicago but one must appreciate these big shoulders. Still plenty of fender clearance with a 2″ wide tire!

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The rear triangle was lovingly cold set to accommodate the wider hub spacing of more modern (and strong) cassette hubs.

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Lots of rad triangulation going on here! Including a wide range triple mountain crankset.  This bike is a splendid combination of old and new. If you are about 6″ tall it may be perfect for you!!!

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3-18-14: Classic Chromed-Out BMX

March 18, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update 3-18-14:

We rebuilt and put this classic chromed-out bmx bike on the floor the other day. Anodized purple bits. Hot!

$150. SOLD!

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In Stock at Pedal Revolution: New Albion Bikes!

March 18, 2014 by

Pedal Revolution just received a shipment of New Albion Homebrew road bikes. These are classic styled road bikes with attention to detail. The Hombrew has full mounting points for front and rear racks and  fenders for overnights and commuting duties yet maintains a classic smooth and quick ride quality.

Here is some info from the New Albion site:

“The Homebrew is a traditional road bike with classic style.  It looks speedy with its red paint job and skinny steel tubes, but we outfitted it with ample braze-ons for front and rear racks, full coverage fenders, and even mini front racks for supporting a handlebar bag. Perfect for all day rides or just a short trip to the local brewpub.

- Hill friendly gearing: Thanks to its smart 11-32t rear cassette, it has wider gearing than 90% of road race bikes out there.

- Kenda Kwest 700x28c tires: Durable and fast and ride a helluva lot smoother than the 23c tires that come with most road bikes.

- Lugged steel headtube and lugged fork

- Paint: Town Red”

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Pedal Revolution Interns and Their Bikes.

March 18, 2014 by

One requirement for our youth interns at Pedal Revolution is that during the course of their 6 month work internship with us, they are expected to build up a bike for themselves from our used bike donations. This typically happens after they’ve been with us for a few months and have gained some mechanical skills. We intend the process to be a chance for them to utilize the skills they’ve learned and apply it to building their own bike. We are there to assist them in the process, but typically let them choose the frame, parts, color scheme, style etc.

OJ is a relatively new intern at Pedal Rev but that didn’t stop him from coming in last Sunday on his day off and spend all day building up his dream bike. Lack of experience didn’t deter him in the least and Pedal Staff all lent a hand to get him rolling. He wanted a bike to ride everyday and also be able to hit up some mountain bike trails near his home. We are really excited to be working with inspiring youth like OJ and look forward to seeing his talents and interest in bikes grow over the next 6 months.

Great job OJ!!

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