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!!!!

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.

 

 

Trek 830 Antelope 18″

Another fine-looking utilitarian machine from Pedal Rev.  This one features a good solid steel frame (paint in good shape), plenty of tire clearance, and various new parts.

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New Shimano V-brakes and tough Soma New Xpress tires

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New Soma handlebar with Oury grips and Shimano brake/shift levers

This particular Trek 830 Antelope would make great urban transportation for somebody about 5’4″ to 5’8″. Come check it out today!

$425

Custom 17″ Red Specialized Hardrock w/Drop Bars @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

We’ve got a nice Specialized that we’ve converted into a all-rounder, featuring a relatively upright riding position with Shimano bar end shifting.  Most of the parts on this build are new, and if you’re into the color red and are looking for a comfortable do-it-all rig, this one could be a great fit for you.

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Sugino XD600 triple crankset

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Nitto Dirt Drop Stem

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Cockpit set up with Soma Highway One handlebar, Shimano Aero levers, and Cinelli Bar tape.  Cable Housing wrapped underneath the handlebars for an uncluttered look.  Easy to run a handlebar bag, and plenty of space for cargo if you decide to add a front rack! 

This bike would be great for some long-distance touring too; the long chainstays are on par with a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and the bike’s solid enough to handle most anything you could throw at it. If you’re in the 5’4″ to 5″8″ range, come check it out today!

$750

Van Dessel Cyclocross 56cm @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Today’s new addition in the Pedal Rev refurbished bike rack is this interesting-looking Van Dessel.  It’s been nicely set up for general-purpose cyclocross duty, with a single-chainring setup and some Kenda ‘cross tires.  Also has new WTB saddle and Salsa handlebars.

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New Shimano Deore rear derailleur and 11/32 cassette.  Note that horizontal dropouts allow single speed use it desired. 

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Chianti-colored bar tape!!!!

 

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Set up with a single right-side 9-spd. bar end shifter.

 

This Van Dessel should be a good fit for somebody about 5’9″ to 5’11”.  Come check it out today!!

$625

Motobecane Super Touring 58cm, Custom Town-Style

From what I can gather, 1980 seems to have been a fairly tumultuous time.  Americans were being held hostage in Iran as their home country watched helplessly on (at least for the most part).  The Soviets were invading Afghanistan, beginning the decades of political instability and human misfortune in that country; in response, Jimmy Carter boycotted the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics.  And the U.S. economy wasn’t doing too well; Reagan was about to perform his trickle-down on America and swell the ranks of the billionaire class. On a more positive and politically unrelated note, the Lakers won the NBA championship and Magic Johnson played a real nice Game 6.

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Not too sure what was going on over in France, but I do know that Motobecane was still making bicycles.  They’d file for bankruptcy in 1981, but this fine Super Touring was ushered off the production line just in time for your cycling enjoyment.  Relatively thorough online research leads me to conclude it is indeed a 1980 model.

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This bike came to us in a pretty unorthodox fashion.  A gentleman called the shop a while back and I (Todd) picked up the phone.  He explained that he had an old Motobecane he wanted to donate, but would be shipping it to from out-of-state. I tried to suggest that it might not be worth his trouble, but he wasn’t sure what to do with it and wanted the bike to go to good use.  So I thanked him and said sure, ship it on out.

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As it turned out this was one of the better-quality Motobecane frames of that era, built with heat-treated steel tubing and a derailleur hanger.  We replaced the damaged original fork with a chrome one, and it’s been built up nicely for stylish around-town use.  Nearly all the parts, including the brakes and wheelset, are new.  Favorites of mine include the comfortable Soma Oxford handlebar and excellent Suntour ratcheting bar-end shifter.

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The bike would be a great fit for somebody about 5’10” to 6′.  Come check it out today!!

$600

SOLD!!!!!

 

Schwinn Sierra 8 Speed Nexus Internally Geared Hub 21″ @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

This Schwinn Sierra began life as an early era mountain bike and has all the characteristics that made the bikes of that time so versatile: Steel frame, relaxed geometry, long wheel base, low-ish bottom bracket, rack and fender mounts. Early mountain bike design borrowed a lot from classic touring bikes and were designed to be comfortable for off-road touring rather than the popular type of “shredding” style riding done today on contemporary mountain bikes. These early bikes were so robust that a few decades later the frames are still going strong. We love receiving donations of these bikes and rebuilding them as dependable utility commuter bikes. In fact, a current inclination among many San Francisco bike couriers is to use a rebuilt early era mountain bike for delivery, rather than the tried and true fixed gear or steel road bike. They are more comfortable for long days in the saddle, cheap to repair and replace, can accommodate heavy loads, aren’t flashy looking (theft deterrent!), and can take a beating!

This one got the unique treatment of an internally geared Shimano Nexus 8 speed wheelset plus all the other goodies that we love – Continental Touring tires, WTB saddle, upright Wald handlebar, new brakes, and full fenders for the rainy days to come.

21″ fits a taller individual of  about  5’11”- 6’2″.

$450 SOLD

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