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!!!!

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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.

 

 

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

 

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

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