Monthly Archives: June 2012

A young guy by the name of Charlie contacted me through the blog and was impressed with some of the work my father and I have done. He had recently moved to Chicago and was looking for a light, simple, clean, and fun single speed to scoot around the city with. He was on a bit of a budget but proposed an trade.

We ended up meeting and he showed me his Giant NRS AIR XTC Mountain Bike. It was quite the bike. He had built it up with a friend out east where he only did light riding during the summer seasons.

The bike was insanely light. Definitely a bike for the serious mountain biker. We agreed on a even trade for a World Sport rebuilt as a single speed. Pretty good deal…

It did take me some time to get around to selling the mountain bike but once I did, it sold quickly. After that I promptly got started on his build. Turned out to be a pretty bike.

Ordered a pair of Weinmanns from Bells Bike Shop off Ebay followed by a collection of standard components.

Nice, clean, and fresh look. Charlie was pretty psyched upon completion.

It was a pretty good transaction and project over all. Hopefully more like this will come in the future.


We got a great deal on this bike. It belonged to a gentlemen from somewhere in the north shore suburbs of Chicago and he had a couple pressing bills to pay so he had to get rid of his project bike. Even though we didnt modify an awful lot to this bike, I still wanted to post it because it is so gorgeous.

After doing some research I found out that the company Fetish has since gone out of business but while active they made some well received frames. I found out that this frame was their Freccia model which was sold without decals at the buyer request.

The bike was dressed up with 105 components and mostly Forte components, undoubtedly purchased from Performance Bicycles.

Aside from that, it had Alex Rims laced to a couple Formula Hubs and a carbon fork by Tusk. Came together quite nicely.

Its a real shame he had to get rid of it. I cleaned the bike up, bought new tires, tubes, carbon grip tape, and had the wheels trued. Other than that, the bike was very well kept. If it were a tad bit smaller I would have had some fun on it.

A woman by the name of Doris had contacted me after seeing my blog and wanted me to help her replace her sons Schwinn Tempo that was stolen from campus. Through conversation, I suggested building him a functional commuter bike that will look on the less appealing side in hopes that it will be overlooked by thieves. He wanted a single speed set up for his commuter and I was able to whip together a single speed converted AMF road bike for him while I situated his second bike.

We decided on this frame:

It didnt have significant rust ware, mostly surface. A very good candidate for a powdercoating.

I quickly dropped the frame off at the Contagious Customs, same powdercoater I went with when I had the Schwinn World Sport powdercoated.

Like the Schwinn, the frame came out beautifully with the same exception…the threading inside the bottom bracket shell was again over sprayed. I again had to have the shell rethreaded, costing me $20 at The Bicycle Garage in Dundee, Il.

Contagious Custom’s explanation for the over spray was because of the fact that the color I selected was a multistage color, which compromised whatever protective measures they used to cover the threading. The owner at The Bicycle Garage told me that they could have used vasoline or something similar and that could have solved the issue but I didnt look into that method so who knows.

Aside from the flub, the frame’s coat turned out wonderful. Definitely a gorgeous color. My father and I put our finishing touches on the bike and brought it to mike for cabling, wrap, and pads.

It turned out stunning.

Before meeting with Doris and her son I was able to find a few murals on the far west side of Chicago.

Doris and her son loved the bike. It was set up as a single speed with a flip flop rear.

Nitto bars & stem, Origin 8 Chainring, Tange bottom bracket, Wienmann Single Wall 700cs, and Shimano calipers & 105 Levers.

Definitely clean and fresh ride for the kid.

Pretty excited to powdercoat more frames this summer.


Pretty ain’t it?

My dad somehow came across this bike a couple weeks ago and we finally got around to overhauling it. It was a rather clean bike so there wasnt much work that needed to be done.

We did our standard overhaul and then brought the bike over to Mike’s for pads, cables, and wrap.

We didnt have an issue selling the bike. It turned out very attractive.

We probably would have single speed the bike if we had redished/single speed wheels available but at the time we were at the mercy of what we had in house. Turned out just fine, though.


I had just pulled up to Jewel for some fruit and had pulled behind a truck with an enclosed bed. The sight of spokes jumbled about the bed caught my eye so I stepped out and took a closer look. There were two Schwinn Traveler II’s in the bed, both the same color, model, and nearly the same size (the one below being the smaller of the two). Since the truck was parked I hoped back in the car and began to write out a note to leave for the owner but was cut short when I saw the young man appear. He apparently tried selling the bikes at a pawn shop but was denied so I made him a fair offer and he agreed. I didnt have any cash on me so we made plans to meet up the next day.

My dad and I met the kid and his father at their home which was only 2 minutes away. We ended up buying a third bike, a Schwinn Le Tour, and left the door open for more bikes they may come across in the future.

I began stripping the smaller of the two Travelers but wasnt sure where or not to try and rebuild it as a multispeed or wait out for George to finish redishing a few alloy 27inch wheels for us. George unavailable for a short stint for medical reasons, during which time we focused mostly on multi speeds. George ended up recovering well and was able to redish a few rear wheels for us. I jumped on the opportunity and ended up converting the bike into a single speed.

The Traveler turned out gorgeous. Much prettier than I expected. The saddle was another one of Pancho’s reupholster jobs and even though vinyl was used it still looked great.

The rest of the white components were all provided by our friend Mike in Berwyn, Il who keeps a good stock/selection of components/accessories which always come in handy.

I kept the original crankset, chainring, stem, and seatpost but replaced the wheels, handlebars and obviously gave the bikes new wrap, saddle, tires, tubes, chain, and freewheel.

Turned out to be a real eye catching bike.

Hey, Everyone

After leisurely sifting through ads on Craigslist for potential projects, and coming up mostly short, this beautiful grape of a bike appeared.

My dad scheduled a time for me to meet the seller the following day. Upon arrival, the bike was fairly clean. We had only replaced the routine components like cables, housing, brake pads, chain, tires, and tubes.

I dont like the idea of selling 30 year old brake pads and tubes to someone as if they were new. Plus, people seem to appreciate our minimal effort to revive these bikes.

Anyway, the bike had a Super Maxy crank which was a cool feature, as well as the original leather saddle made by Bell. Japanese Brooks. It was a bit flared out and lightly broken in so we tightly wrapped the saddle with a cloth in an attempt to mold it back to its original shape. I think it worked.

Oddly enough, despite it being a 23 inch frame I was able to ride it around the block a couple times, semi comfortably. Rode smooth and shifted with ease. I ended up selling the bike to a friend who fell for the aesthetics. Cute bike.