Archive for February, 2009

Productive intern Wednesday.

February 18, 2009

Wednesday the rain was coming down so we decided to do a little re-organizing around the shop.  Our interns were busy practicing their mechanical skills.

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Here is Kerri about to remove a crankset to replace the bottom bracket.

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And here is Johan practicing his wheel truing skills.

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Graduated intern Joshua stopped by to attempt his first wheelbuild.  Here he is lacing his spokes.  He rode home on his successfully completed wheel later that day!

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Kerri and Ken building our new (to us) 3 story bike rack donated from the nice guys at Citizen Chain Bike Shop.  It you are out in North Beach or Fisherman’s Wharf area and need bike help or want to check out a cool shop stop by for a visit http://citizenchain.com/.

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Here is what the rack looks like completed.

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We re-organized our storage garbage area to become a new indoor bike parking/tire inflating area.  Extra nice during the rainy days we are having.  Right now we have room for three or so bikes but we are working on getting another small rack for a few more.

Used Bikes: an example

February 17, 2009

If you’ve been to Pedal Rev you already know that we sell both new and used bicycles.  These days we sell more new bikes than used.  The used bicycles that we sell all come to Pedal Revolution as donations.  We do not buy bikes or do trades.  This presents the obvious problem of supply and demand.  One reason Pedal decided to sell begin selling new bikes also is that if we were to rely on the amount of used bikes that people donate to the shop we would quickly run out of bikes to sell.  As the shop has grown we’ve added new bikes as an option for our customers and to maintain a strong variety of bikes for sale.

Customers always seem to be curious about our used bikes so I’ve created a breakdown of the re-building of a recent one to explain how we create them.

This is an older lugged steel frame that was donated as a complete bike to us last week.

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The state of the bike when it was donated to us was pretty rough like many bikes that show up here.  The parts were original and in poor shape. 

The first step is to strip the parts off of the frame.  This is typically a step that our youth interns assist us with.  It gets them familiar with the different tools and let’s them learn how different parts function and how they are attached by way of removing them from the frame.

The second step is a good cleaning of the frame, checking for significant wear or rust that might compromise the integrity of the metal.

At this point the mechanic comes up with a plan for the bike: what style of bike will it be?  Will it have gears or be a single speed?  Will it be a road bike, a mountain bike, or a hybrid?  Once we have a designated plan for the bike the mechanic begins to accumulate the parts he or she will need for the build.

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For this one i decided to make it an all-around lightweight city bike.  I’m mixing a few good condition used parts to give it some flavor with new parts for the basic functional aspects.  I’ve found a nice old singlespeed crank with a great condition Stronglight chainring, a good condition Shimano 600 rear derailleur, a used 1″ quill stem, Used Shimano stem mount single friction shifter, and some MKS touring pedals.  Everything else on the bike will be new.

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A set of new wheels.  When we re-build a older frame we typically convert the wheel size from 27″ to a contemporary 700c allowing for a greater variety of tire options.   We use double walled rim wheels with sealed bearing hubs for most of our rebuilt bikes.  They have a higher cost but hold up well for daily city riding on rough streets.

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I’ve picked out some kevlar re-inforced slick Continental city tires for extra durability and flat resistance.

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To accomdate the longer reach needed for the wheel size conversion we use a longer reach brake caliper.

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Picked out a classy Soma Arc bar and some new brake levers and grips for a clean look.

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After everything is installed and adjusted we give it a final test ride to make sure everything is working well.  We then have a second mechanic check our work while we determine a price based on parts and labor.  After that the bike is finally ready for the sales floor.

Rainy days = bike builds

February 16, 2009

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Freespirit Ladies mixte town bike.  Re-built with a coaster brake and lovely tan sidewall tires ($250 16″).

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Specialized Crossroads re-built into a burly commuter/touring type bike (52cm $350).

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Little red Crusader re-built into a stylish lightweight 6 speed city bike.  A mix of new and classic vintage parts.  Great condition Shimano 600 rear derailleur and pretty Stronglight single front ring (50cm $425).

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Schwinn World rebuilt into a casual fixed gear with front and rear brakes (62cm $350).

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Lugged Trek 520 rebuilt touring bike (61cm $525).

Bikes Bikes…

February 13, 2009

Pedal is swimming in used bikes right now.  Rainy days have allowed us some extra time to get some used bikes re-furbished and out on the floor.  We’ve got a broad range of different styles of bikes at different price ranges.  Stop by for a visit and check them out.

A few recent ones….

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Sweet little Bridgestone MB-6 re-built into a great everyday rider (15″ $400).

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Trek 7000 also re-built into a super commuter (19″ $425).

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Handsome Schwinn fixie conversion (57cm $450) SOLD!

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Blue Univega fixed conversion.  Moustache bars with snakeskin tape (58cm $500).

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White Raleigh Conversion (57cm $475).

Just built…

February 4, 2009

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Cannondale “Black Lightning” little road frame re-built as a light, fast city speeder.  Includes basket, glitter saddle and tassles! (52cm $650). 

Detailed shots below:

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Next up is a beautiful Tommasini with re-built wheels on the original Campy hubs.  Great condition Campy kit on this one.  Very smooth riding road bike (58cm w/ 56 top tube $900).

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Last one today isn’t a used bike,  it’s a new Surly Pacer.  The Pacer is Surly’s everday road bike.  A steel frame with minimal graphics that can be built up in a number of configurations: straight ahead race bike, light and fast commuter, Randoneering/century rider, or everyday bike with upright bars, etc. 

This one is an example of a higher-end build into a straight forward road bike minus the overdone graphics and plastic parts found on many new road bikes at this price range.  Very lovely looking bike and a nice contemporary comparison to the Tommasini above.   These are available as a frameset or a custom build with parts of your choice.  

 (52cm $1495). Pricing is flexible depending on parts choice.

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