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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Tange #1 steel tubing–lightweight & favorably comparable to higher-end Italian tubing, such as Columbus SL
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.
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.
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.
Terry saddle and new Continental Gatorskin 700 x 25 tires.
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!!
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.
The bike should be a good fit for somebody about 5’3″ to 5’6″. Come check it out today!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The bike would be a great fit for somebody about 5’10” to 6′. Come check it out today!!
Though it may not be the Fourth of July, it was still Veterans’ Day yesterday, so even though it’s a day late what better time to post this finely refurbished Specialized road bike. For a long time this frame and fork resided in a dark corner of our upstairs storage area, but one particular morning this blogger saw it, cocked his head slightly with new-found interest, and brought it downstairs to be built up.
A couple highlights of the build include a Chris King headset and a Dura-Ace 7700 crankset, both in very nice shape. The rest of the the build is Shimano Ultegra, and we’ve (again) modernized the cockpit with the short & shallow drop of the Soma Highway One handlebar.
The opportunity for the ‘Merican color scheme was not grasped until the shift and brake cables were about to be installed, whereupon the builder seized on the opportunity with a sort of child-like glee. In hindsight, this excitement could hardly be described as nationalistic or political in nature; rather, it was merely in response to the synergy afforded by the color combination.
This does bring me to a mildly political point, however. Here in America, there’s always that expression “Red, White, and Blue,” yet the Brits have the same colors on their flag and it’s just called a Union Jack. In fact, until now I had no idea that over forty national flags are comprised of those colors. So if you’re riding along and don’t want to be identified as an American, you can always just tell yourself you’re flying along on a Samoan national team bike…
This Specialized would be a good fit for someone between 5’9″ and 6”0′. Come give it a test ride today!
As attributes, quick, light, and affordable are generally not found together in one bicycle. Generally you’d have to settle for one or two of the above characteristics. This 80’s Motobecane Grand Touring is a gem of a bike that finds a happy balance between all three. It was rebuilt with a new wheelset, brakes, Soma New Express Terracotta tires, and a Soma Highway one bar. It’s a great mix of old and new at a very reasonable price.
53cm ST – 55cm TT. A great fit for 5’5″-5’9″.