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A tale of two bicycles

March 3, 2015

Mechanically, one of the fun (and challenging) things about working at Pedal Revolution is the the diversity of bicycles we work on.  Recently, on the same day, I (Joel) worked on two really rad but very different rides.

One of them was a full assembly of a new Norco Sight full-suspension mountain bike, version A 7.1.  This is an awesome trail bike with all of the latest features; very adjustable suspension, dropper seat-post, 27.5″ (aka 650B or most specifically E.T.R.T.O. 584mm) size wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, tubeless tires, clutch rear derailleur, and through axle mounted hubs.  This bike is sure to be a blast to ride in places  like Annadel State Park, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Downieville.


The other bike, a vintage lugged steel champagne Centurian randonneuring bike, received a new Honjo fenders and…

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with a removable bag decaleur.


The Honjo fenders come completely un-drilled with no mounting hardware installed.  Their position is thus determined by the mechanic to optimize even and harmonious aesthetic lines with the tires, frame tubes, and accessories like the above front rack.  Each mounting is unique and there is little margin for error.  The process, involving removing and installing the wheels, measuring and tweaking, over and over again can be painstaking.   I was very pleased with how this project turned out.


Nishiki Sport 62cm Deep Red @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

March 2, 2015


Once again, Pedal Revolution has the quintessential town-style bike for the taller gentleman, or lady.  We’ve outfitted this deep red Nishiki Sport with a new wheelset, featuring a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed hub.  It also features a comfortable Wald handlebar, new powerful dual-pivot brakes, and tough Vittoria Randonneur tires. With an adequate gear range for most city riding, this stylish whip is ready for years of trouble-free cruising.




This particular Nishiki began its life in a Japanese factory, sometime between the late 1970’s and middle 1980’s.  It’s doubtful that it was manufactured much beyond that; we can say this mostly based on the frame’s features, and the fact that after the late 1980’s changes in US-Japanese exchange rates made Taiwanese bikes far more prevalent on the American market.  Not unrelated is the fact that this Nishiki Sport, in its original configuration, was almost certainly equipped with a good percentage of Suntour components–it’s likely that the shifters, cranks, and derailleurs were all made by Suntour.


You can read more here about the interesting history, and ultimate demise, of Suntour as a component manufacturer; it’s an interesting thing to consider that a major innovator in bike component manufacture disappeared due to a combination of factors–increased competition from Shimano, the exchange rate fluctuations, and Suntour’s own business decisions that seemed to fail to see the big picture in the marketplace.  Nevertheless, even though it’s been 20 years since all Suntour’s manufacturing machinery was sold for scrap, we continue to encounter the company’s components on a daily basis here at Pedal Revolution.  Many Suntour products, particularly their ratcheting shifters, continue to inspire the appreciation and respect of bicycle mechanics and riders alike.  While you won’t find anything Suntour on this Nishiki anymore, it’s worth noting as it demonstrates how bikes can be so readily transformed, or re-imagined, as well as how all kinds of things in this world–people, places, pets, relationships, companies–can all be so incredibly ephemeral.

If you want to test-ride this fine machine, come on by.  Should be a good fit if you’re in the 6’0″ to 6’4″ range.


Specialized Allez Road Bike 54cm @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

February 27, 2015

Great Condition Specialized Allez aluminum and carbon road bike. Refurbished and ready to rip up Twin Peaks.

54cm ideal for someone 5’6″ – 5’9″




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Centurion 53cm Town Bike @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

February 27, 2015

This one got a fresh powder coat of Sparkle Blue to top off this beautiful re-build. All new parts on a classic steel road frame make this an understated gem. A wide-range compact crank-set plus shiny new friction thumb-shifters make the shifting super smooth and versatile. New dual pivot brake calipers and levers make for quick stopping power. Shellacked cork grips and Panaracer Pasela tires round it out.

53cm – Great size for someone 5’4″ -5’7″



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Univega “Purple Rain” 53cm Mixte @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

February 25, 2015

This lovely mixte just got built up and put on the sales floor. A Japanese built Univega Mixte frameset powdercoated matte “Purple Rain” and rebuilt with all new components. 1×6 drivetrain is the perfect gear range for everday riding. Upright Wald handlebars provide a comfortable riding position. Panaracer Pasela  tires and a gel WTB women’s saddle round out the bike and make for a plush ride. Come check this one out soon!

53cm – will work for people from 5’2 – 5’7.



And this is what it sounds like when Doves cry….

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$150 Off any Surly Bike…even already discounted sale bikes at Pedal Revolution!!!

February 21, 2015

I’m posting this again because it’s such a fantastic deal. The Surly Superfan Coupon lets you take $150 off any model Surly complete bike in store or special ordered, and 2014 sale priced Surly’s at Pedal Revolution. This offer only goes until April 1st and Surly’s are already flying out of the shop. Do not miss this opportunity!

Pedal Revolution has all of our 2014 Surly Cross Checks and Long Haul Truckers on sale right now to which you can knock another $150 off with the Superfan Coupon. Just come on in and we’ll show you how it works. We have a good stock of size runs in both bikes or we can also order you a particular size or color and still apply the coupon discount. If you’re dreaming about a new bike for summer adventures don’t sleep on this….


Belinda and Toni and the girls really don’t want you to blow this chance…

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Code “666-420″ people.

Diamond Back Ascent Ex 15″ @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

February 20, 2015

Slammin’ paint scheme on this classic Diamond Back Ascent Ex frame. An early era mountain bike rebuilt into a tough little city bike complete with durable city tires and an upright handlebar.

15″ – $450



Can you handle this epic 80’s paintjob? Eddie can…

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52cm Nishiki International @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

February 20, 2015

Japanese built Nishiki International Frame completely rebuilt into a perfect city bike. New wheels, Pasela tires, 1×6 drivetrain, wald bars, thumbshifter. Light, fast, and smooth. It’ll go quick.

52cm – $550



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Come out to support the victims of the 22nd and Mission street fire this weekend at the Tour de Pollo Alley Cat Race!!

February 17, 2015

Check out this great event in the Mission this Saturday. The Tour de Pollo is an alley cat race where the proceeds go to benefit victims displaced by the recent fire at Mission and 22nd!

Bikes, fried chicken, and a great cause. Sounds like a win. Come on out!


Surly Superfan Coupon!!! $150 of any complete Surly at Pedal Revolution

February 11, 2015

The folks over at Surly Bikes have decided that a sweet little promotion is in order to kickstart the new year and thus, the Superfan Coupon is born!

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The Surly Superfan Coupon works towards any in stock floor Surly bike (or towards a special ordered one!) and allows you the customer to knock $150 bucks off of purchase price at the register (this counts for sales bikes as well!). This is a great opportunity to pick up that Surly dream bike you’ve been lusting after. Pedal Revolution has good inventory in Surly Crosscheck and Long Haul Trucker models and a number of sizes that are 2014’s on sale. This is the best deal we’ve ever seen from Surly. The Superfan Coupon offer expires April 1st! Do not miss this!!

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