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!!!!

Omino Small Japanese Racing Bike @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

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After laboring to google “Omino Impact Attack” I (Joel) was unable to come up with much information on this awesome little lightweight bike. There was one website that, based on the photos, seems to be affiliated with the brand but the website is 99.9% in Japanese.  Perhaps someone reading this can help translate (the google could not).

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What is for sure is that this is very attractive and unique bicycle.  The frame is aluminum but has smooth looking welds that look like fillet brazes but I am not sure it is possible to fillet braze aluminum.  Maybe there is a welder or metal guru in our audience that can help sort this out???

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Also not exactly sure if this bike is an “Attack Impact” or “Impact Attack”

This bike was fitted with very fancy Shimano Ultegra triple cranks and a 9 Speed 105 drivetrain and brakes.  The bike is equipped with 650C (E.R.T.O./I.S.O. 571mm) wheels to maintain a short racy wheelbase while eliminating the toe-overlap that can plague smaller race bikes with 700c wheels (I.S.O. 622mm) that don’t extreme angle out (think of riding a chopper motorcycle) the fork and degrade the bike handling.

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Smaller Bikes are Better with Smaller Wheels

A tallish Nitto Technomic Stem Stem, ESI silicone bar wrap, and narrow Soma Highway One Bar were added for comfort and killer looks.

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Nitto Stem and Soma Bar

This is a great bike for someone around 5′ 2″ tall!!!

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EXPERIENCE THE POTENTIAL!

50cm Omino Attack Impact (or is it Impact Attack?) $850 SOLD!!

Peugeot 55cm Road Bike @Pedal Revolution Custom Refurbished Bike Update

A great late 70’s Peugeot road bike rebuilt and ready for the road. A host of new parts update this classic bike.

55cm Great size for someone 5’7″ – 5’10”

$550    SOLD!!

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1984 Trek 520 Touring Bike 53cm Wisconsin Built @Pedal Revolution Custom Refurbished Bike Update

Pedal Revolution receives used bicycle and bicycle parts donations from which we rebuild, refurbish, and transform them into mixture of customized new/used bikes ready for another long life of service and companionship. The bikes that we receive are a wide range of shapes, styles, and sizes which makes consistency a challenge. Pedal Revolution rebuilds a handful of these bikes each week and puts them on the sales floor for your perusal. We also post them complete with image, size, description and price on our blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

If you are dreaming of the perfect used bike (rebuilt with a robust assortment of new parts to ensure long term service and reliability) from Pedal Revolution, your best bet is to check our blog periodically or follow us on Facebook or Twitter where you will receive the updates on used bikes on a weekly basis.

This 1984 Trek 520 Touring bike was a recent donation to Pedal Revolution and we had the opportunity to rebuild it and update some of the components.

The early generation American built Trek bicycles have a healthy following. They were constructed in the Trek facility in Waterloo, Wisconsin throughout the 70’s and 80’s with top notch quality. Lugged steel construction was the technology of choice at that time and the bicycles produced in that era exhibited a fine balance of form and function.

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Below are images of the bicycle in it’s donated condition:

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Compared to many of our donated bikes, this one was in good shape. The parts were mostly original and of good quality initially. We replaced the wheels with a contemporary 700c wheelset with double walled rims, stainless steel spokes, and sealed bearing hubs. The chain and freewheel were replaced as well as all cables, housing, and brake pads.

Below are photos of the original Maillard Helio Matic hubs and proprietary freewheel. The bearings where worn and the freewheel interface was a proprietary design that would not allow for replacement.

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Detail of the Helio-Matic interface:

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The original wheels and tires were a 27 x 1/8 size which was standard during the era of this bike. Wheels and tires in the 27″ size are still available but are an outdated size that aren’t in much use today. We replaced the originals with the contemporary 700c size to give a wider range for tire choices. Fortunately, the original SunTour cantilever brakes were still in good shape and had a reach range to fit the modern wheel size.

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Below are the original SunTour brakes with the old hardened brake pads.

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Brakes cleaned up with new Koolstop pads installed and durable Panaracer Pasela touring tires mounted to the new wheels:

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Part of the rebuilding process involves stripping the bike down to the bare frame to inspect for possible damage. This frame was in perfect shape with even the lovely original paint intact.

Next we checked out the bottom bracket and headset and decided that their condition was very good but that new bearings and fresh grease were necessary to keep them going for many more years of service. Below is the crank and deconstructed bottom bracket (with original yellow grease!).

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New grease and bearings!

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The original handlebar set up was modified to get the rider in a very upright position utilizing a taller technomic stem. Below is a close up of the original cockpit with cool black and white splatter tape.

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We opted to bring the bars down to a still upright-but level with the saddle height range and swapped the original stem and bars for a Soma Sutro stem and Soma Highway One compact handlebar. New Tektro compact reach aero levers and “Denim Blue” Deda bar tape were added to finish it off.

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The original crank is an early touring style with a wide gear range. We replaced the original single sided pedals for double sided MKS touring pedals.

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Original Trek headbadge.

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Lastly, a new saddle was installed and all shifters and brakes tuned.

Below is the finished bicycle ready for a whole new career as someone’s faithful companion.

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1984 Trek 520 Touring bike. 53cm Seat tube by 54cm top tube. Sized for someone 5’5″ – 5’8″.

$800.

Centurion 53cm Town Bike @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

This one got a fresh powder coat of Sparkle Blue to top off this beautiful re-build. All new parts on a classic steel road frame make this an understated gem. A wide-range compact crank-set plus shiny new friction thumb-shifters make the shifting super smooth and versatile. New dual pivot brake calipers and levers make for quick stopping power. Shellacked cork grips and Panaracer Pasela tires round it out.

53cm – Great size for someone 5’4″ -5’7″

$750. SOLD

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Classic Bianchi Eros Road Bike 50cm @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

Refurbished Bianchi Eros Italian made steel road bike. Campagnolo shifters, drivetrain, brakes, wheelset, Soma Sutro stem and Highway One bar. The bike size is a 50cm seat tube with a 52cm top tube measurement – Great for a rider 5’2″-5’5″. $800. SOLD!

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Specialized Rock Hopper Xtra Small @ Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

 Specialized Rock Hopper 24″ @Pedal Revolution Refurbished Bike Update

The blue beauty above has been restored for the less vertiginous cyclist.  In all likelihood, back in the day, this 24″ wheeled bicycle was marketed as a “youth” bike.  Being much more broad-minded here in San Francisco circa harvest moon 2014, we just consider it a sweet utility ride for ANYONE around 5′ tall.

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Per usual, as with most Pedal Revolution refurbished bikes, all of the essential wear and tear items have been replaced; tires/tubes, chain, cables and housing.  Additionally,  an upright bar/stem was added for comfort.  As if that were not enough, tan cork grips (a staff favorite) create just the right aesthetic synergy with the tires while the orange cable housing harmonizes with the logo.

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Typical of all terrain bikes from the period, this bike has plenty of clearance for fenders and specific mounts for front and rear racks but really the stand-out feature of this bike is it’s proportion.   Not only do the smaller wheels properly scale with the frame visually, they create a bike that handles much better than a typical contemporary commuter bike with large (aka 700c size) wheels pegged on a very small frame.

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This is an unfortunate misnomer. “Curb Hopper” or “Street Stepper” would be a more appropriate name.

On Sale Now for $375!  SOLD