Custom “Turbo Banana” Touring Rig, 56cm

Though there are indeed hundreds of types of bananas that we humans eat, they are all crosses of only two wild banana species.  This makes bananas quite susceptible to disease, which led big fruit companies (primarily Dole) to buy up vast acreage in the tropics as a hedge against future outbreaks.  Those interested in reading more about this subject should check out this book.

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Even if you don’t have a particular affinity for the ubiquitous fruit, this brilliantly yellow bicycle may just suit your fancy.  Been thinking about getting a Surly Long Haul Trucker or Cross Check, but want something with a whole lot more character?  Then this rig might just be perfect for you.  In fact, the stem/handlebars have been lifted directly from a brand new Cross Check, and feature 3X10 bar end mounted shifters.

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You’ll note that there are plenty of rack and fender mounts, as well as a light mount on the fork.  A good quality set of wheels (Shimano hubs/Sun CR18 rims, 36 spoke) should hold up well as the miles float by.  Be sure to only wear Banana Boat sunscreen while you’re out there crushing those miles, however….

A good fit for somebody about 5’9″ to 5’11”.  Come check it out!

$1050.

 

 

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Custom Marin Bear Valley 20″

We have built up this nice-looking Marin and it’s now sitting here on the sales floor, ready for some test-riding.  We’re calling the color “Heart of the Sea” blue…it’s been built up with all new parts, and is ready for most any scenario you want to throw at it.  A cruise out to the beach? Check. A grueling daily commute? Check.  Some overnight touring duties? Throw a front or rear rack on it……..Yes!! It’s ready.

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We’ve installed some nice Nitto handlebars (with a little sweep) for a comfortable cockpit, and put on a Sugino XD600 touring crankset for a good low gear for any hills you might encounter.

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The paint, as always, has been done up nicely by our friends over at Champion Powder Coating.  Come check it out today!  Should be a good fit for somebody about 5’7″ to 5″10.

$850

Riding South on a SOMA

One of the great pleasures of living in San Francisco is the ability to escape it quickly.  This is not to say that city life is bad or anything negative like that, but to acknowledge that many of us require regular visits to nature to maintain our well-being.

The other day I had a prime opportunity to get out of town under pedal power and wanted to share the route and its highlights for others to see.  The steed of choice was a Soma ES, seen here in the brilliant Pacific Blue.  We love Soma bikes here at Pedal Rev, and a big thank you to all the folks at Soma for their efforts.  This bike is among the best you could choose for a versatile all-around road bike. On this day it was Extra Smooth indeed….

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The ride began here in San Francisco, about 7:30 A.M.  Getting out of town always entails fighting traffic a bit, but once on Skyline Boulevard you know you’ve made it through the worst of it.  On this day the real fun began after I dropped into Pacifica and began riding Old San Pedro Pedro Mountain road, or what’s commonly known as the Planet of the Apes ride.  It was about three-quarters of the way up this road that I came upon a young bobcat, which I felt as though I was chasing until it sauntered off into the thick brush.  Just the sight of such a creature conjured a sense of wildness that one can’t hope to find it the city, and seemed to help set the tone for the rest of the day.

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Looking down on the Pacific before descending down into Montara.  Road bikes & Rocks-no problem!

From Montara, one can either continue riding south on Highway One or go north back to the city.  As it happened, I had no time constraints on this day and had determined that I would continue riding to Pescadero.  Though traffic can be a bit frightening on the One, south of Montara the shoulder is fairly reasonable and most motorists give cyclists a respectable berth.

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An interesting cloud pattern, looking north from the Pescadero coast

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Once in Pescadero, an early lunch consisted of a reuben sandwich at the general store.  Don’t often get one of these but it really hit the spot…

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A side view of the Pescadero First Congregational Church, built in 1867.  California Historical Landmark # 949.

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No need to get going too quickly.  This stump near the church parking lot provided the ideal place to sit & enjoy a nice espresso.  Nothing quite like sitting down  and relaxing on a stump.

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Good Day, Cows! Good Day….

The climb up Pescadero Creek Rd.  starts gradually, as if to lull you into a false sense of complacency.  Quickly, though, the rolling fields give way to forest and the going gets tougher.  But the calmness and scenery is incredible, so I tended to fall into a moderate pace so I might enjoy it more fully.  The wind was coming up from the coast, and a couple times it was strong enough to ruffle up the dead oak leaves on the roadside.  Dozens of oak leaves tumbled down the roadway, as though they were trying to race me.  I guess I won out, but not before the leaves got me thinking about how small I felt, just a speck winding my way up the asphalt.

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I’m not sure this sign as ever been taken seriously by anybody

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Challenge tires, kindly lent to me by my colleague Joel Bartell. These ride incredibly smooth and you can really hug the corners hard with them. Joel, I blame you for causing me to have to buy a pair of these for myself now!  Never rode a smoother tire-the difference between these and lesser tires is palpable.

Once you hit Rt. 84 and eventually wind your way back to Skyline Boulevard, the climbing continues but periodically you’re rewarding with quick, curvy descents that get the adrenaline flowing again.   Lots of car and motorcycle enthusiasts seem to enjoy these roads as well; I was passed by a number of noteworthy older sports cars, including a rare (though perhaps not in San Mateo County) early-90’s Porsche 911 Turbo.  Still running Porsche’s venerable air-cooled engine, the not unpleasant exhaust smell was subtly different in character than all the other polluters out there on the road that day.

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Transmission tower near the height of land on Skyline Boulevard, just prior to descending down to the Rte. 92/I-280 intersection.  A fine place to enjoy some solitude before plunging back into “Big City Life

While you could find a way to snake back north to San Francisco, it seems to be a lot more manageable to cut off the bad traffic and catch the BART out of Millbrae.  Though I was only winding my way around the countryside for a few hours, it was still a bit of a shock to return to such a built-up environment. Thankfully, this palm tree was there to help take the edge off just a little….

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-Todd B.

 

Custom Veridian Blue Mixte 49cm @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Once again we have a classic in stock.   This lugged steel frameset got a beautiful new powder coat a while back, and last week we built it up as a nice city cruiser.  We’d been calling the paint “veridian” due to the greenish tinge, but truth be told it’s probably closer to a more standard blue.  But even so, it still falls within what seems to be the general consensus of veridian.  Whatever you’d like to call it, it’s pretty easy on the eyes.

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A lot of our favorite parts went into this build.  A Handsome single-ring crankset is mated to an 11-34 cassette for a decent low gear, without the trouble of a front derailleur.  The shifter is a nice-quality IRD indexed thumbie, which should provide years of trouble-free service.

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Cork grips treated with shellac.  A favorite thing for us to do at Pedal Rev-this not only makes the grip far more durable, but adds some great color.  These particular grips were treated twice, but you could do a coat or two more for a deeper brown

A  solid set of wheels wrapped with Panaracer Pasela 700 x 32 tires should also be ready for the long haul, whether that means daily commutes down Market Street or weekend escapades through Golden Gate park.  If desired, this bike could easily be outfitted with a front rack and/or fenders for added versatility.  It looks fresh & spotless now, but you needn’t be afraid of getting this bike dirty!

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If you’re in the 5’0″ to 5’4″ range, this would likely be an excellent fit.  Come take it for a spin soon! These blue mixte-style bikes never last long…

$725