“Gold Vein” Lugged 56 cm Road Bike @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Anybody who’s been in San Francisco for a little time, or closely studied a city map, knows that the streets can be extremely confusing–especially for a cyclist.  That’s partly because of the hills (if I keep pedaling straight up this hill maybe it’s a shortcut??) but also because of the city’s rapid growth brought on by the Gold Rush.  The city really grew like crazy.  A quick Wikipedia query put some numbers on what I had already vaguely known: At the beginning of 1848 there were only 1,000 residents, but by 1870 it was a city of 150,000.  Getting any type of overarching city plan together must have been nearly impossible.  I guess the city is still trying to mitigate the effects of poor initial planning (e.g. the $ 1.5 billion Central Subway), but that’s another story.

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The story for today, though, is a beautiful 56 cm road bike done up in the beautifully textured “Gold Vein” color (thank you Champion Powder Coating).  The frame was a higher-end Shogun from the mid-80’s.  You can tell its quality based on the fluted tips of the seatstays, the minimalist cable guides under the bottom bracket, and what I believe are investment-cast Suntour dropouts.  Originally this bike came equipped with Suntour components as well, but after the frame got painted it was time to modernize the bike.

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We’ve put some nice parts into this build.  It’s got a SRAM Apex 10-speed drivetrain, Shimano Ultegra brakes (those are some very elegant stoppers, folks), and a nice wheelset with SUZUE sealed bearing hubs.  A Sugino 50/34 crankset, MKS UB-Lite pedals, and a Brooks Professional saddle are some more great looking parts that’ll last a very long time.  Considering the frame is already gold, we tried to keep other things a little understated.

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The geometry of this frame was intended for road racing, but we’ve put the Soma Sutro stem and Highway One bar (in the 42 cm width) for a somewhat more upright riding position.  It handles very nimbly and is a real pleasure to ride.  If you’re around 5’10” or so, she’d be a pretty prime fit for you.

$1500     SOLD!!!

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