I had rebuilt a Puegeot Record Du Monde for a friend of a friend (who is now a friend!) back in June prior to my Portland vacation. She wanted a cool vintage single speed that she could cruise around the city with and keep up with her friends on. She was riding a slow and heavy mountain bike and wanted something swifter. I ended up building her this:

Unfortunately, after my vacation I got an email from her stating that she had a friend test ride the bike one evening and that test ride turned into an accident involving a motorist. Apparently her friend T-boned a car so hard that it shattered the cars window. The incident didnt substantiate to the point where the law needed to be involved but her bike was mangled. The fork was bent along with the front rim. The rear had a hop but I didnt trust it. She explained to me that her friend was offering to pay for the bike so she wanted to commission me for another build. I felt bad so quickly showed her this bike that I had picked up.

At the time, a friend of my dad’s had a guy who could get frames powdercoated for $50. He offered to hook us up and since that was such a good price I figured Id get the Fuji powdercoated for my friend, giving her a fresh look. The powdercoating job ended up taking FOREVER and costing $70. On top of that, there was some over spray issue. You get what you pay for so needless to say, I wont be going back with that guy. Fortunately, the bike turned out very nice.

(forgive me for these unbalanced photos, was standing on a curb two feet from automotive death)

I have a number of vintage grocery/wine crates that I have been dying to incorporate with these builds, wanting to play with the Porteur style bikes.

I really loved how it came together.

The great thing is, I was able to salvage some components from the Peugeot like the calipers, stem, handlebars, levers, hubs, freewheel, and chain.

Found some very nice faux leather wrap, nicely reupholstered saddle, solid Continental tires.

I went with orange just because the last frame was orange but it ended up being appropriate for this fall season.

I ended up not giving her the crate only because it was a bit over sized. When I delivered the bike to her I told her that she could have it though. She was extremely pleased with the finished product.



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.