Custom “Raspberry Beret” 53cm Town-Style

Prince’s music remains difficult to find for free on the internet, and it’s a hard thing to complain about when you consider his musical talent and incredible writing.  So when I was trying to find a good video to link here, I was thwarted.  That’s okay though, because we all know the song and the fact that if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more. Brilliant.

When this frame came back Champion Powdercoating the Raspberry Beret connection was instantly obvious.  We thus attempted to build it up in a way that would accentuate the frame’s color; everything else on the bike exists pretty much in deference to the Raspberry.  Comparatively boring is the fact the the bike is nicely equipped with all new parts, including a simple and reliable 3-speed drivetrain, comfortable saddle, and nice-looking gumwall tires.

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If anyone’s curious, the frame is a Raleigh Super Record from the late 70’s/early 80’s.  It most certainly predated Prince’s 1985 album Around the World in a Day, on which “Raspberry Beret” appeared as the single.  Charted at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

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3-speed Shimano Nexus shifting, and a comfortable Velo Orange Milan handlebar

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Hopefully all the silver parts allows the Raspberry to “pop” sufficiently

To be sure, there are lots of different raspberries out there.  You’ve got black raspberries (not too common here, though blackberries are presently in season and if you’re hungry, head on up to McLaren Park to pick some), golden raspberries, and even yellow raspberries.  But I think it’s probably safe to say that when Prince was writing the song, he was picturing the lady in a beret just about the color of the bike you see here.

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Though the bicycle does not come with a beret included, we can recommend a number of fine fashion establishments nearby where you could find an appropriate one.  I guess that’s about all you’ll need, then, especially if it’s warm.

$725

SOLD!!!!

Novara Trionfo 48cm @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

While shopping a while back I purchased a bottle of what I assumed to be olive oil, based on the presence of those words on the label as well as a prominently displayed Italian flag. It was only when I got home that I discovered it had been blended with canola oil, reducing it from prime bread-dipping status to mere general-purpose frying duty.

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While the Made in Italy label does seem to gain the immediate attention and respect of the average American consumer, I hadn’t even seen that.  Just the flag.  Enough to buy the item.

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You won’t see an Italian flag on this Novara Trionfo, but maybe its Italian name is enough to lure you in.  And in that case you won’t feel duped as I did, because this is very nice, classic steel road bike–not some off-brand fry oil lurking in the back of your kitchen cabinet.

 

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Tange #1 steel tubing–lightweight & favorably comparable to higher-end Italian tubing, such as Columbus SL

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Handlebar wrapped with Celeste tape, matching lettering & paint accents

Also of note is the internal cable routing. As a mechanic, it’s sometimes hard to feed the brake or derailleur cable through these small holes.  The makers of this frame, a late-1980’s model, took the trouble to design this feature well.  The cable went through perfectly, and I didn’t even have to bother to slightly pre-bend the end of the cable to help it find the exit.

 

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New Shimano Tiagra-level brakes ready to clamp down

The Trionfo was stripped the the bare frame and fully rebuilt with more modern parts.  A size-appropriate 165mm crankset has been installed, as well as some narrower 38cm Soma Highway One handlebars.  It’s also got a nice set of 700 x 25 Gatorskin tires that should hold up well in our glass-strewned city.

Come check it out today! A good fit for someone right around 5′ tall.

$750

 

Univega 53cm Town-Style @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Several weeks ago we had a customer come by the bike shop to donate an old Univega that dated back to her college days.  She hoped that we would make use of it, and we assured her as much.  It’s the objective of this post to show the process we go through to refurbish good-quality older bicycles here at Pedal Rev.

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The Univega as it looked when it arrived: old and definitely pretty tired.

To be a reliable and comfortable bicycle for the next rider, this Univega really needed everything.  This started with removing all components from the frame and determining which parts could be re-used.

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Though it might have stopped the bike well enough in the 1980’s, this old Dia-Compe brake caliper isn’t really up for tackling San Francisco hills.  Note extensive rust on spokes as well

 

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The new Tektro dual-pivot caliper.  New, much more powerful, and high-polish silver finish.

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The bottom bracket cups, complete with grease dating back to the Reagan/Thatcher years…

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The bottom bracket spindle, again gummed up with late Cold War-era grease…

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Amazing what some steel wool and a little buffing can achieve: under all that old grease the bearing races were still in very nice shape, so I repacked the cups with new 1/4″ ball bearings and fresh grease…

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The original Shimano 600 front derailleur, featuring the unique “Arabesque” font, after a good detailing…

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The fork crown and lower headset cup…a bit on the rusty side of things

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After being given a ‘lil Tri-Flow/steel wool love…

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Original sticker, which I left on.  Always interesting to consider the bike’s history.  This shop no longer seems to be in business, but it was originally founded by Czechoslovakian pro road racer Otto Rozvoda in the 1960’s.

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Our sticker, affixed to the downtube

 

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Ready to get built up with all the new/refurbished components

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The original stem/handlebar.  Not the most comfortable setup for riding around the city.

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Retro-style brake levers, modern indexed Shimano bar-end shifters, and cork bar tape finished off with some burgundy Newbaum’s.

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A new derailleur mated to a 9-speed wide-range cassette and original crankset.  Got some new MKS Sylvan Touring pedals on there too!

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The final product, featuring a new Shimano/Mavic wheelset, Panaracer Pasela 700 x 32 tires, Velo Orange stem/Soma Oxford Bar.  Ready for all the urban jungle has to throw at it!

She’ll be a good fit for somebody in the 5’3-5’7″ range.  Come take a test ride!

$700

SOLD!!!!

48cm Rocky Mountain Oxygen Road @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Are you a smaller person looking for a good road bike? We have a nice 48cm Rocky Mountain with a Shimano 105 10-speed drivetrain, fresh bar wrap and a new pair of Continental Gatorskins.

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The bike is in like-new shape; like all of our refurbished bikes, it comes with a 3 month guarantee.  If you’re around 5′ tall and are looking for a good road bike, come check it out today!

$950

 

 

50 cm Trek 2120 Carbon Road Bike @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

As a material, carbon fiber was first used on production bikes in the late 80’s/early 90’s.  The bike you see here, a Trek 2120, was among the first.  The three main tubes are carbon, and they’re bonded to aluminum to form the rest of the frame.  Though the frame is pretty old, it is still in fine shape; a lot of the early carbon frames tended to be “overbuilt”, and are in fact stronger that some of the newer and thinner carbon frames out there today.

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Terry saddle and new Continental Gatorskin 700 x 25 tires.

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Bike features a nice wheelset-Shimano Ultegra hubs laced to Mavic Open Pro rims.  A light, solid set of hoops!

The rest of the drivetrain is a mix of Shimano Sora/105 parts.  A good fit for someone about 5’1″ to 5’4″.  Come check it out today!!

$700

SOLD!!!

Cannondale Synapse 51cm @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

We’ve got a nice Cannondale for sale here at Pedal Rev.  It’s got a Shimano 105 10-speed groupset, a quality lightweight wheelset, and some nice orange bar tape.  The bike really hasn’t seen much use at all, as you can may tell from the below photos. We upgraded the tires (Gatorskin 700 x 25!!) and installed new Shimano cables and housing.

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The bike should be a good fit for somebody about 5’3″ to 5’6″.  Come check it out today!!

$950

SOLD!!!

 

 

Specialized Sirrus Lugged Steel Road Bike 44cm @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

A great condition Specialized Sirrus road bike. Rebuilt with new wheels, new drivetrain, Pasela tires, Soma stem and Highway One bar.

44cm Fits 5′ -5’3″

$700.

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