We have a very nice older GT mountain bike that we’ve converted to be more city-friendly. The original Shimano Deore LX brakes, derailleurs, and wheelset were in great shape, so we added new cables and housing as well as a tough set of Soma New Xpress tires.
A high-quality, comfortable Aherne handlebar takes care of steering duties, and this bike is ready for any racks or fenders that you might want to add for the ultimate little commuting machine!
Come take if for a test ride today! A good fit for somebody about 5’3″ to 5’7″
Though it may not be the Fourth of July, it was still Veterans’ Day yesterday, so even though it’s a day late what better time to post this finely refurbished Specialized road bike. For a long time this frame and fork resided in a dark corner of our upstairs storage area, but one particular morning this blogger saw it, cocked his head slightly with new-found interest, and brought it downstairs to be built up.
A couple highlights of the build include a Chris King headset and a Dura-Ace 7700 crankset, both in very nice shape. The rest of the the build is Shimano Ultegra, and we’ve (again) modernized the cockpit with the short & shallow drop of the Soma Highway One handlebar.
The opportunity for the ‘Merican color scheme was not grasped until the shift and brake cables were about to be installed, whereupon the builder seized on the opportunity with a sort of child-like glee. In hindsight, this excitement could hardly be described as nationalistic or political in nature; rather, it was merely in response to the synergy afforded by the color combination.
This does bring me to a mildly political point, however. Here in America, there’s always that expression “Red, White, and Blue,” yet the Brits have the same colors on their flag and it’s just called a Union Jack. In fact, until now I had no idea that over forty national flags are comprised of those colors. So if you’re riding along and don’t want to be identified as an American, you can always just tell yourself you’re flying along on a Samoan national team bike…
This Specialized would be a good fit for someone between 5’9″ and 6”0′. Come give it a test ride today!
Pedal Revolution Used Bike Update: IRO Mark V Single Speed – 49cm
Depending on your needs, a single-speed bike can be awesome. In addition to the excellent elemental minimalist stripped down bare naked good looks, single-speeds tend to be more maintenance free than bikes with complex gear systems. Because the drivetrains are so simple, wear and tear parts that do need to be replaced are generally less expensive (1/8″ single speed/bmx style chain for $15 vs a $50 10 speed cassette chain!!!). Simply due to having fewer parts, the bikes also trend lightweight for less dollars.
As a secondary or tertiary bike, single speeds are ideal. Their lightweight and simplicity makes hauling them up and down apartment stairs and on and off public transit a breeze. Further, no need to worry about your rear derailleur getting bent out of shape when parking at a busy bike rack.
This bike has super nice unique handbuilt wheels (super strong and light!): pink IRO sealed bearing hubs and Velocity rims. The brand new wheels are 650C size (actual rim/Bead Seat Diameter 571 mm), smaller than conventional road 700c (BSD 622 mm) wheels so they are appropriately scaled to the very small frame and rider.
Oury grips, neo-retro Tektro brake levers, and a sweptback Velo Orange Milan handlebar for comfort and style.
Because of the unique parts, and small frame and appropriately sized wheels, this is a really killer bike for someone around 5′ tall:
$600 – 49cm frame
Bikes that bear the Serotta name belong to a long lineage of high-quality, American-made frames. The company was founded in 1972 by Ben Serotta and went on to provide frames for Olympians and Tour de France riders in the 1980s. As a relatively small-scale, artisan frame manufacturer, Serotta did some very interesting designs which can be read about in this article, published in Velo News.
This particular one we have in stock, the Saratoga model, is perhaps the quintessential “mile crusher” that we love here at Pedal Revolution. It’s got a lightweight Reynolds 501 steel frame, a fork with some good steerer tube extension for a moderately upright riding position, and a Shimano 105 groupset in very nice condition. The wheels are also very nice–Shimano 105 hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims. Good looking and riding hoops, and wrapped with the ubiquitous Panaracer Pasela tire.
We’ve modernized the bike with a 42cm wide Soma Highway One handlebar and some cool Jaguar Racing Green handlebar tape, finished off with some grey Newbaum’s tape for a classic look.
The bike weighs in at just over 23 lbs. A great fit for somebody in the 5’10” neighborhood.