I won this bike on Ebay from a guy who restores and rebuilds vintage bikes like us. He was out of Pleasant Prairie, WI and had an inventory of at least 150+ bikes. He was one of the seemingly small amount of Ebay sellers who waved the shipping & handling fee because we were driving to pick up the item. It was actually extremely convenient because we had already planned to drop a frameset off in Zion, Il for powdercoating and Pleasant Prairie is only 15 minutes from Zion, north of the state border.
Upon arrival the bike looked like this and was heavy as sin.
It was also fairly dirty but looked as if it would clean up well. From Wisconsin we immediately drove the bike to Chicago to show to a young lady who was already interested in customizing and buying it. Like many of these “build-to-order” projects, we have a buyer waiting on a finished product so we sometimes never get to photograph the bike upon completion. We end up working on the bike until evening and once its complete, we load it up and deliver it. I only like taking pictures during the day and outside so when bikes are finished at night and have to be delivered that very same night it always hurts not being able to archive them.
Anyway, we brought the bike to her and she loved it. We got specifics situated and took it home and started working on it the very next day. We swapped the steel 27inch wheelset out with a set of anodized alloy Mavic 700c’s with a sharp pair of white dual striped CST tires. She was partial to cruiser handlebars so we installed a pair with conveniently mounted brake levers and handlebar wrap around the gripping surface. We replaced the heavy crankset with an alloy 50tooth chainring, a white chain, and a new freewheel. Slapped a white racing saddle on it and installed new cables, brake pads, pedal straps and called it finished.
The bike was stunning once complete. Definitely one of our more unique and attractive builds which saddened me because I was not able to get a photograph before selling it. A week later I emailed her and she was able to produce the photo above for us. We are still waiting on one more photograph to add to this entry. This bike had VERY unique lug work and turned out to be extremely lightweight. Beautiful machine.