‘MERICA! A Slightly Patriotic Specialized Rockhopper! @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Used Bike Update

Just in time for Independence Day, this patriotic little number just hit the floor at Pedal Revolution. A refurbished Specialized Rockhopper with timely red, white, and blue accents. Perfect for the July 4th parade or your general run-of-the-mill enthusiastically patriotic commute to work. – Update: SOLD

(ALSO! Works for patriotic Frenchies, FYI). Vive la France! Sacre Bleu! USA! USA! ‘MERICA!! etc. etc.

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Cannondale C300 16″ Step-through commuter bike @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Used Bike Update

Cannondale C300 16″ Step-through commuter bike.

A great, affordably priced Cannondale hybrid built in the US. Cannondale’s are known for being lightweight and this one is no exception. Geared to take on any hill you want to throw at it this upright positioned commuter bike will make a fine new partner for some lucky person who can appreciate it’s understated charms.

16″ fits 5’1″ – 5’5″.

$350.

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Custom rebuilt 17″ Specialized Stumpjumper with Sparkle powdercoat @Pedal Revolution Custom Used Bikes Update

Custom rebuilt Specialized Stumpjumper with Sparkle powdercoat.

This beauty began it’s life as a high-end mountain bike but after a creative makeover from Pedal Revolution it’s transitioned into a great city bike. A mix of high end Shimano components matched to Panaracer Pasela touring tires, Soma Sutro stem and and Ahearne Map bar for a comfortable higher bar position, and Selle Italia saddle makes this a great all-around ride. The quick geometry makes it react with snappy turns and fast handling plus the added durability found in the classic mountain bike platform. A great do-it-all bike with an exceptional paint job.

17″ fits 5’5′-5’9″

$750.

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Double Mint Green Specialized Rockhopper @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

For those looking for utilitarian all-around transportation, we’ve got this unique and very smooth-riding Rockhopper ready to take you on most any adventure.  My experience and a little digging on the internet suggests that the frame dates from the mid to late 1980’s.  Without putting overtime hours doing more detective work I’d say it’s a 1986.  In any case, the paint is in extremely nice shape for being almost thirty years old.  The person who donated this particular one clearly kept good care of it, and we are grateful for their generosity.  It’s even got the original color-matched bottle cages, which is kind of cool.

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But times have changed since 1986.  We no longer have a B-movie actor in the White House whose well-honed charisma masqueraded as leadership, the Cold War ended and we’re still dealing with the aftermath of an international order disrupted, cars that once were nice to look at and had character have become bland, digitized extensions of the smartphone.  I guess that’s just me editorializing, but bikes sure have changed too.  This Rockhopper was originally equipped with a Shimano Uniglide cassette, decent but aging wheels, and a straight handlebar that was good for mountain biking back in the day but not so good for more relaxed city riding.

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What we’re getting at is that we’ve changed this Rockhopper for the better.  New wheels & tires, new Shimano 9-speed drivetrain parts, and comfortable Soma Oxford handlebars update the bike without it losing its character, like the BMW 5-series did.  The bike’s got the same bar-end mounted shifters you’ll find on a touring bike, and plenty of options to add racks to turn it into a commuting or casual touring rig.  And you sure can’t find this color scheme on a new bike.

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Best suited for a rider in the 5’10” to 6’1″ range.  Come by and take it for a spin!

$595

Robin Hood 3-Speed @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

1969 Robin Hood 3-Speed Step-Through – $350 for someone a bit over 5 foot tall

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1969 Robin Hood

In the year 2008, I (Joel) began my career as a bicycle mechanic.  7 years ago this month actually.  I worked at Broadway Bicycle School in Cambridge, MA. This shop serviced many old British 3-Speed bikes.  It was actually kind of a specialty of the shop.  I was tasked with tuning up many of these bikes and let me tell you, at the time, they were the bane of my existence.  Compared with contemporary bikes, these bikes are unconventional and quirky as can be (internal gear hubs that are influenced by by their position in the frame, front hubs that are adjusted in the fork, use of metric and non-metric/imperial fasteners, “Raleigh”/26 TPI threading, brakes that are centered with a hammer and punch!…).

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A real fully equipped city bike!

At a certain indecipherable point (I suppose it has been a process, journey or evolution in my development as a mechanic and cyclist) I formed a real affection for these idiosyncratic machines best celebrated on the Sheldon Brown (fellow Broadway Bicycle School alumnus) website.  Please allow me to quote:

These Are Real Bikes!

oldeng24on’t sneer at old 3-speeds. They are serious bikes, built for serious use. They are meant for utilitarian cyclists, and they are still extremely appropriate for riders who don’t usually go more than a few miles at a time. They are particularly at home in stop-and-go traffic, because they can be shifted even while stopped. Their English heritage: full fenders, oil lubrication, and totally enclosed gear system makes them relatively impervious to wet conditions. They may be heavy, but that is not because they were built to be cheap, but because they were built to endure extremely rough usage and neglect. Properly cared for, they will outlast us all.
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Conventional Quill Stem Diameter with Unconventional/Raleigh Size Bar Clamp Size

As evidenced by the date stamped on this Robin Hood’s Sturmey Archer hub, this bicycle was manufactured in 1969.

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1969 Sturmey Archer AW (“Always Works”) Hub

In 1969, the guts of the Sturmey Archer AW hub were much the same as  in 1902, having survived two world wars, the great depression, the baby boom and several high-profile assassinations fully intact. However, 1969 was a pivotal year of change in the history of Rock N Roll.  Anyone in the Bay Area today who happens to catch audio glimpses of traffic reports referencing Altamont must surely be reminded of the ugly events that occurred at the free concert there in December 1969, the edge of the 1970s.  As we now know, the Altamount Free Concert was the event that signaled the end of the day glow tie dye days of peace and love.  What followed was a decade of earth tones, religious cultism, political assassination, heavy narcotic use, domestic terrorism, disco, escalating imperial war atrocities, and the emergence of punk rock. Around the time I was birthed, The Clash succinctly penned the perfect counter point to the peace and love espoused by the flowerer children of the 60’s, Hate and War (“the only things we got today”).  A real theme song for the 1970s.

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Robin Hood, a Raleigh sub-brand.  Same factory, same threading…

A more positive association one can make with this bike and The Clash is their invocation of Robin Hood in the excellent song White Man in Hammersmith Palais.  Perhaps the first of example of White musicians properly doing what Bob Marley would affectionately call the “punky reggae”.

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Short (165mm) Sugino Cranks

As mentioned in the above quote from the Sheldon Brown website, although these are real bikes, they were geared for the flat streets of Nottingham or Manchester (see the below video) England rather than hilly San Francisco.  Thusly, the original cottered cranks were replaced with a Velo Orange threadless bottom bracket (mooting the Raleigh threaded bottom bracket shell) and a beautiful Sugino crank fitted with a 42 tooth chainring.  This crank is mated to a 23 tooth rear cog and provides excellent gearing for our vertiginous local terrain.

 

 

1970 Chicago Built Schwinn “Racer” 57cm Perfect condition @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

1970 Chicago built Schwinn “Racer”. This bike is in pristine condition with newly replaced tires, brake pads, cables/housing, chain, and pedals. For Schwinn fans out there, this is a real gem.

57cm fits 5’8″ – 5’11”

SOLD!

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