Pedal Revolution Used Bicycle Update: Motobecane Step-Through 3-Speed

Pedal Revolution Used Bicycle Update: Motobecane Step-Through 3-Speed


Another Pedal Revolution original here.  This bike was donated with long obsolete 27″ wheels, a conventional derailleur drivetrain, a low long deep drop handlebar (i.e. uncomfortable) and a bric a brac of low-endish 80s parts.


The bike was reconstituted with a more upright Velo Orange Milan bar and svelte Tektro neo-retro levers (they look like a lot of levers on older bikes but benefit from stiffer cold forge construction and return springs for smoothness and greater cable life).


New 700c wheels with a Sturmey Archer 3-Speed internal gear hub replace the clunky and complex original drivetrain.  Soma Xpress terra cotta tires make another appearance here.  These are essentially a slightly more beefed up version of the Panaracer Pasela tires that get are often spotlighted on this blog.


The gold housing just looks really great. It jives well with the painted on logo but neither enhances or undermines the brake function.


The cork grips were heavily layered with shellac for good looks but they also don’t feel too bad.


The demi-mixte frame construction is totally wild.  Just prior to Pedal Revolution being donated this bike, I (Joel), had seen another one of these frames in the shop for the first time and it blew my mind.  So strange to have another one given to us so soon after that.  The unconventional frame construction and 3-Speed rebuild make this a super unique bike.


Burgundy (in New Orleans, they would call the color “Ber-gun-day”) Motobecane Step-Through 3-Speed:

$500 – A Good Ride for someone about 5’4″?



“Point Break Blue” Custom 58cm Fuji 3-Speed @Pedal Revolution Custom Refurbished Bikes Update

The paint job on this rebuilt Fuji is very similar to the classic Stanley Thermos Blue. See below:



$800 SOLD- 58cm fits 5’10- 6’1

Pedal Revolution went classic on this frame and built it up as a lightweight three speed city bike. A moderately upright handlebar with Sturmey Archer thumbshifter, and retro-styled Tektro levers round out the cockpit for comfortable riding position. Well-reinforced Soma New Express (Panaracer made) touring tires in “Creme” take care of the rolling comfort on a new Sturmey-Archer internally geared wheelset. The 3 speed Sturmey hub has remained virtually unchanged for close to a century and  has a workhorse reputation for a reliable and low maintenance shifting system with a low (easy) climbing gear, a moderate general riding gear, and a slightly harder high gear – perfect for day to day basic riding/commuting use.

Detail of the Sturmey Hub and Soma New Express Tire.

Detail of the Sturmey Hub and Soma New Express Tire.

Powdercoat detail "Point Break Blue"

Powdercoat detail “Point Break Blue”

Point Break (1991)   Pers: Patrick Swayze   Dir: Kathryn Bigelow   Ref: POI006CB   Photo Credit: [ 20th Century Fox / The Kobal Collection ]   Editorial use only related to cinema, television and personalities. Not for cover use, advertising or fictional works without specific prior agreement

Bodhi Approved.

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Bodhi and Johnny Utah from Point Break.  "A complex friendship".

Bodhi and Johnny Utah from Point Break.
                                     “A complex friendship”.