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!!!!

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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Custom Gitane 63 cm Town-Style 3 speed @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Are you or someone dear to you between 6’1″ and 6’4″, dig the color orange, and in the market for a unique town-style bicycle that rides like a dream? If any of this rings true, you’d best come in to Pedal Rev to check out this Gitane.

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According to the original sales paperwork provided by the gentleman who kindly donated it to us, this bike cost $165 way back in 1972.  It still had all the original parts on it, and the paint is in great shape for its age.  But cycling has come a long way since then and major changes were on order; in fact, the frame, seatpost, and matching original Zefal pump are the only items that weren’t replaced.

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Cool details on this bike include a new polished 3-speed wheel, some vintage Suntour Cyclone cranks, and some pretty wide Nitto handlebars that’ll be well suited to the larger individual who ends up putting miles on this rig.

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Some ergonomic Portland Design Works grips are comfortable on the hands, and the retro-look Tektro brake levers control new dual-pivot calipers that’ll bring this orange whip to a stop in no time.

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Come on by and take it for a test ride!

$725

“Cerulean Blue” 44cm Custom Mixte @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bicycle Update

Another beautiful Mixte is now available at Pedal Revolution!! This one started its life (like many others) as a Centurion frame from the 1980s–nice quality, light Japanese-made steel.  We had it powder-coated the “Cerulean Blue” you see in the pictures and proceeded to build it up with all new parts.

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The above picture shows the cool textured paint effect!!

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It’s a true Mixte, with parallel tubes running straight from the headtube to the rear dropouts.  Nice looking lugs here.

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We’ve set up the cockpit of the bike with a Soma Sutro stem, a Velo Orange Milan handlebar, and a set of comfortable leatherette grips.  Ergonomic Shimano brake levers (adjusted for smaller hands!!) control dual-pivot Tektro brakes for quick and effortless stopping on any hill this fine city can offer.  A Handsome single-ring crankset is mated to wide-range 12-34 gearing.

This bike would be a great fit for someone about 5′ tall.  Come in and check it out today!

$750 SOLD!!!