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So this bike was being sold by one of my father’s friends who dabbles in bikes here and there. Apparently, he had the bike for sometime and it wasnt selling, despite having halfway decent photos. I had never heard of a brand called Ranger but was told by my father that it was English. Since picking up, I havent been able to confirm that but noticed the distributer decal reading, “Standard Cycle Inc”. Apparently, that was a company out of Chicago but I still wasnt able to dig up much info on them either. I dont even know the model name aside from Ranger. Here is what the bike looked like upon arrival:

I love the color and the decal work (aside from the obnoxious Standard Cycle Inc) of the bike. It emits fun and cuteness. A friend of mine wanted a bike step through frame rebuilt up in this size so I quickly gathered parts for it and rebuilt it up as such:

It turned out great. The bar wrap is NOS from the 80s, the saddle was another Pancho re-upholstery, and the candy yellow chain and freewheel were from

I really wish I could dig up more information on Ranger. It would be great to work on another one of these bikes.

Definitely one of the cutest bikes rebuilt by us.

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We’ve been so busy with ongoing projects that I am actually a couple days late on getting this particular build posted. This build came to use from someone who had visited this blog and appreciated the work that was being done. He wanted a bike lined up for him when he returned to Chicago. Even though I wasnt entirely sure if I was going to be able to have it done upon his arrival (only a couple days) I told him that it wasnt going to be a problem, and it really wasnt. At the time (and currently) there are still projects that are weeks old at this point that are still active and oddly enough, I was able to finish this in a couple days, mainly because I had the majority of the components needed and the buyer was very easy to work with. I was able to sell him on the project with these two pictures:

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I informed him that I wasnt going to use the tires that were pictured but wanted to illustrate what gumwalls were. The actual tires I ended up using were much nicer.

I was actually setting this frame aside to build up this way, which was why it was so nice working with this buyer because he allowed me to build this bike up the way I wanted. I was REALLY happy I didnt have to build this bike up with white accessories.

This bike has such a classy look. I am really happy with how it turned out. The cork wrap was affordable, I had the saddle reupholstered by our guy Pancho, and the tires were order through our friend Mike, in Berwyn.

Clean, classy, and fun.

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Spring is officially here! Ive been fairly busy with ongoing projects, mostly build-to-orders but ones that have granted me some freedom to garnish these builds with my own taste. Like I explained in I bought this and a red Schwinn World from guy all the way down in Park forest. It looked like this:

Someone who had been monitoring our blog called me last week wanting to set up a build. He needed a 53cm and fell in love with this frame when I showed him. Very easy to work with and real nice guy. Just wanted something pretty to ride around with friends on. We situated him with this:

The build is eye popping. I love how it turned out. It was by chance that I used the gold stem, it was actually the only one I had in that size. It worked out because if you look closely there is subtle amounts of gold on the hubs and the chain, obviously.

Even though we didnt agree on gold I really think he will like how it ties the bike together.

This is definitely a sexy summer bike and makes me psyched for the upcoming season!

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I won this bike off of Ebay nearly two months ago.

I contacted the seller and we had agreed on a local pick up. He wasnt in a rush to get the bike off of his hands which was good because I was fairly busy with other projects. I bid on the bike simply because its was close by (Woodstock, IL). When I finally got around to picking the bike up we realized it was a guy who had sold us a bike over the summer, ironically enough.

When we brought the bike home we honestly didnt pay too much attention to it. It sat in the bike rack for about two weeks before we got around to working on it. Initially, I wasnt sure what direction to take the bike. Continentals, like Varsity’s are a dime a dozen in the Chicagoland area so rather than trying to rebuild the bike as some exceptional aesthetically, I figured Id leave it a multispeed with a classic color scheme.

After overhauling the bike we admired how well kept it was. The was little to no surface rust anywhere and the componentry was very clean, almost polished.

It shifted well and rode smoothly. With winter finally breaking and spring on the rise, a nice, affordable, and fully functional bike should be out there. Makes me proud of the fact that we arent just flipping bikes but actually rebuilding/reconditioning them and bringing these bikes new life.

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So, while I was emailing a few people about building bikes I got a call from our friend Mike. He told my father that there were a few good looking Schwinn’s down in Park Forest, IL being sold on Craigslist. We looked the ad up and saw a Schwinn World & a Scwhinn World Sport being sold along side a Schwinn Tourist. Since the following day we already had to travel down to Matteson, IL to pick up a few redished rear wheels and a few built wheelsets, we decided to add Park Forest to our itinerary. We went there first and bought the a Red Schwinn World & Blue Schwinn World Sport that we actually had lined up for a build.

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We brought both home but not before stopping at Mike’s and buying white CST 700c tires, new white wrap, a new freewheel, a new chain, and tubes for the Red Schwinn. We got started on the bike quickly and finished the following day.

Very nice look to it but I am sort of growing tiresome of this color scheme. Probably because every red bike I end up somehow gets contrasted to white immediately. In this case, I have an abundance of white saddles so in an attempt to get rid of one, I decided to use it on this build and go with an appropriate color scheme for the rest of the accessories.

We sold a red Schwinn Sprint with the exact same color scheme with the same size frame so I am hoping that the few guys who responded to the ad for the Sprint, are still looking for a single speed.

Either way, this is a pretty enough bike to sell itself but I promise, the next red bike I build will have a different scheme. Promise.

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This Bicycle arrived in our garage after being saved by my grandfather from local scrappers.

Im not sure if he gave them a few bucks or if he was given the bike, but regardless, Its very unique. We have dealt with 1 or 2 Puch’s in the past but I honestly don’t remember them. We nearly forgot to finish this bike if it wasnt for our last sort of ‘inventory check’. The bike was given to us complete, with 26inch wheels and a malfunctioning 3speed Sturmey Archer hub. We felt it would be to much of a hassle to rebuild the 3speeed so we removed them, overhauled the frame, wrapped the handles with leftover Cinelli cork wrap. It sat that way for nearly 3 months until we traded a Takara for a fixed gear a few days ago. After harvesting the wheels from that trade, this is what he ended up doing with them.

I really love how this bike turned out. I always found Austrian bikes to be very lovely. I am so glad we remembered because we were able to allocate those oddly hub colored wheels to a bike that accepts them.

They are a sort of weathered set of Weinmann DP18s with formula flip flop hubs. They still have great integrity but they have scratches and some blemishes that wouldnt look good on a cleaner frame.

We also finally found a build that was worthy enough for the vintage Brooks we had laying around. Like so many other bikes, Ill miss this one.

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My father and I took a trip up to Mundelian, IL to checkout a few vintage bicycles our new friend Derek had. Saw a few eye-catchers but ended up deciding to by a dirty Takara men’s bike.

We bought it as a complete bike but after overhauling it, the bike sat as a frameset with misc components on it. I personally had plans for the bike. Nothing out of the ordinary, just cork wrap, flip flop 700cs with gum wall tires, and our new re-upholstered beige suede saddle. It was going to have very classic aesthetic but I never got a chance to delve into the bike. We were given a proposition to trade a vintage lugged frame (preferably Japanese) multispeed for a black single speed with deepv flip flops. We agreed with intent on harvesting the components of the trade in but I was still somewhat upset I was parting with the Takara.

We quickly rebuilt the Takara as a multi-speed and rushed it to the trader, reluctantly, without taking photos. She was very pleased with the bike and how quick we were. We later took our new bike home and assessed it. It was an Origin 8 Del Pasado with weathered Black Weinmann DP18s with Gold Formula Hubs ( flip flop ). It had a tacky pair of fat bullhorns with electric tape looking wrap and the frame was covered in actual electric tape to make the bike look less eye-catching. It was also very dirty. We dismantled the bike, gave it a good bath, and decided to use new, somewhat high end components on it.

We swapped out the wheelset for a new custom handbuilt (by our wheel builder George) silver Weinmann 700c rims laced to new Formula loose bearing hubs, a used Scott saddle I won on Ebay, a Specialized stem he held onto, a nice pair of Ritchey Ergo handlebars, Sugino crankset, new CST white walls, and threw a fixed cog on the rear and called it complete.

I like the look of the bike. I am honestly not a fan of Origin 8′s framesets. Not because of any lack of quality but because of how run of the mill they tend to be. I admire the geometry but like so many other ‘fixie’ bikes/framesets, its just another hi ten steel frame to add to the many others. Regardless, the bike is fine and will surely be used for its purpose especially with a new life we’ve given it.