Monthly Archives: January 2012


I was on my way to Chicago to sell a bike when I stumbled on this bike being sold on Craigslist. I immediately called the guy and was able to set up a time to meet him later that evening.

The bike was very dirty, had a pair of cheap risers with cheap grips, had one front tire that was solid blue and one all terrain tire in the rear. The flip flop wheelset was not true and the chainring was solid blue with an ugly pair of pedals. We bought the bike and I immediately knew what I wanted to do to it.

Removed the dumb risers and installed drops on the bike to give it a more classic track look. Wrapped it with Origin 8 handlebar tape and installed a front brake. Had an FSA crankset that looked good with the bike so I threw that on with a new chain. Gave the bike new tires, tubes, and a slightly used San Marco Saddle.

On closer inspection we noticed that the hubs were actually Novatec. Not sure what grade they were but it was definitely a selling point when we sold it. We were able to get the bike situated the night after buying it and surprisingly sold it the following day.



So this was bike bought from someone a few towns over. It was being sold cheap so we picked it up with the intent on rebuilding it up properly.

We had a buyer who wanted a bike with a red/white color scheme so this worked out perfectly. We overhauled, used a redished 27inch wheelset, added new tubes, saddle, tires, brake lever, and handle bar wrap and used a 52 tooth chainring with a 17 tooth freewheel.

Very simple, clean, and light bike. The buyer was pleased.


My father bought this frame from his friend who had gotten it from her mother in Minnesota. As far as we know, her mother was the original owner. We did some delving into the bike and found out it was produced in Mexico!

These frames were produced in the 1970s by an ex-Cinelli framebuilder who left Italy to Mexico with an intent on starting a competing company to rival Cinelli. The company was owned by the Acer – Mex corporation but was not able to survive having been sold many times. The old Windsors were made with quality tubing & components like the Cinelli bikes but it lacked the intricate lug work of the actual Cinellis.

These old Windsors are NOTHING like the ones in production today. Completely different company making completely different bikes.

The name Windsor is just used for marketing like Schwinn.

I tried my best within my means to rebuild this bike with ‘of period’ components and aesthetics. I think it looks great and rides beautifully.

Definitely a unique bike to add to a vintage bicycle lovers collection.


A couple friends and I went to Madison on a whim to get pizza and hang out for an evening a weekend ago and I was able to snag this beauty. Since we were going I decided to jump on Madison’s Craiglist market to see what bikes were out there. I managed to find this interesting road bike for sale in a town just northwest of Madison called Verona.

The bike was set up as a mutlispeed and from what some of the other pictures conveyed, it look like it was well maintained. It had a pair of Continental Tires (Im keeping them) Tange 900 frameset, like new bar wrap, and nice alloy wheelset. I bought it that evening and started overhauling it the following day.

It took about an 30 minutes to just remove the pedals. They must have been placed on incorrectly because it after using brut force we were able to pry off each pedal and inspect the problem. They left pedal was on the right and vice versa. The threading was completely stripped after prying the pedals off so we tossed them. We repacked & regreased the bottom bracket and dressed the bike up with new components and set it up as a single speed.

Most of the components were bought from Yojimbo’s Garage which has been slowly becoming our “go-to-B&M”.

I really like how the Dorado turned out and plan on riding it until it sells. Id consider keeping it but like any other time, I need the money!


We obtained this bike couple years before we finally got around to build it. It was probably the first Mixte frame we stumbled on and we really loved the unique geometry Mixte’s possess. We bought it from a local vintage bike lover who buys many bikes from local scrappers. Like many of our bikes, this one was saved from being sold for scrap metal money.

We collected some of our cleanest components and set them aside for the assembly of this bike. I love the look of mixte’s built with chopped & mustache handlebars.

We sold this bike with ease to a young woman looking for a clean and attractive commuter. I was very happy with the turn out but in hindsight, I would have used white wall tires and a white saddle. I have an obvious partiality to color coordination.


This bike turned a lot of heads. We bought it from a friend of my father’s, the same friend who sold us the Women’s Schwinn Sprint blogged earlier. It was bought as a frame along with many other bikes being sold in a sort of package deal.

We werent sure which direction we wanted to go with it but decided a sleek and classy single speed would look best.

We initially installed a redished vintage wheelset, I believe a set of Weinmann rm19 single wall’s.

We had several people inquire on the bike but decided to honor the first inquirer. In the ad we mentioned that we had a second wheelset that could be used on the bike if the person wanted a flip flop hub. The second wheelset was a pair of white walled Aeromax wheels that gave the bike a more contemporary feel. She wanted a fixed gear set up so we went with the Aeromax set. It turned out to be a beautiful set up. I really wish we could find another Gran Prix frame to build similarly.


This was quite the find. I was at a Goodwill in Carpentersville killing time before dinner plans and saw this bike out of the corner of my eye.

There was a man on the phone standing next to it and had his hand on the handlebars. When I approached the bike the man actually walked away and I noticed the price tag hanging from the top tube. $30. What a deal! I snapped a quick picture and emailed it to my dad. I rolled the bike over to clerk and promptly paid for it but asked if they could hold it because I didnt have a bike rack or any room in the car I was in.

My father drove to the Goodwill and picked the bike up for me later that evening. He had recently bought a Wright saddle and it looked perfect on the bike. I really should have kept this bike for myself but I sold it the next day for $375 and was told by a couple people that I under priced it.

I sold it to a young lady who met up with me with her boyfriend who was riding a very nice Surly Longhaul. They mentioned that they were looking to bike from Chicago to some where northern Michigan. She loved so I was glad but since then I have had an itch to find a really nice touring specific bike.