Road Bike

I had bought this bike for a taller guy who needed a bike to perform triathlons more efficiently. He desperately needed a road bike of some sort because he was using his mountain bike to compete! Luckily I found him a Sirrus in his size.

The bike needed some care. New cables, chain, tires, brake pads, and a good wash. I was able to do most of it on the fly for him, he needed to train.

The frame fit him perfectly. He was finally able to train appropriate for that phase of the event and was very thankful for my help.

It was a pretty attractive bike as well. Glad I got to work on a second Sirrus.


I bought this bike of a young guy in Elgin who had the bike as a commuter for a couple months. It looked as if there was some work done to it, sporting a Sugino BT crank and Weinmann Wheels. It was fairly clean upon purchase but obviously needed a face lift.

I kept a great deal of the components on the bike. Just stripped it down, cleaned it, regreased and reassembled. Some new components/accessories but mostly just cosmetics.

Turned out very nice. Had a couple people who were interested in it but went with the most adamant. Yet another guy who needed a replacement bike because his was stolen.

Chicago has been hit was a lot of crime, aside from bike theft. Hit and runs involving cyclists as victims is steadily becoming a bigger threat now as well.

Strange times.

My father had bought two frames at the beginning of the summer that he intended on rebuilding up much sooner than later. Ended up not being able to focus on them because of our workload pulling us elsewhere so the frames sat.

Both of them were very summery frames that I wish we could have gotten to earlier but luckily were able to build the turquoise Sprint within August.

Nothing too special went into the execution of the build. Used a set of 27inch Araya’s George had redished and went with an appropriate color scheme that complimented the frame.

It sold almost instantly, partially because, in my opinion, there has been a serious drought of functional, attractive, affordable bikes on the market lately. Because of that, our bikes have been selling within a couple hours of being posted online.

We hope to rebuild the yellow Schwinn soon, before the allurement of summer colored bikes falls into autumn.

I received so many emails in response to the Fetish Cycles build that I sold nearly a month ago. After it sold, I tried my best to situate responders with frames that were somewhat similar to the Fetish frame but most were pretty far off. One the more adamanet responders, who happened to be a CPD Officer, wanted a frame rebuilt in a similar manner as the Fetish but also wanted it with a CPD Squad Car color theme or rather, the Chicago Flag which looks like such:

I was pretty excited regarding the opportunity to build a frame up with that particular theme so after situating the Officer with a frame in his size, I quickly dropped the frame off with a new powdercoater I had yet to try out.

I went with FreshStart Custom Coatings out of Rolling Meadows, Il. I briefed the owner of the operation with my concerns regarding overspray and other commons slip ups that previous powdercoaters had issues with paying attention to and he was more than confident that the frame will turn out first rate and to my liking. And it did.

The frame turned out beautifully and the bike dressed up so well. I was really pleased with the turn out.

The Officer was also thrilled to see the bike come together just how he envisioned it. He was very excited to show it off to the department and his family.

He told me that he had a brother in law who is a firefighter and that he may want to have a fire engine theme bike rebuilt for him. Cute ideas.

Im just excited to keep the ball rolling with these powdercoating projects. They turn out so good!

I responded to an add that advertised several bikes being for sale at Judson College here in Elgin, Il. Apparently, the two security guards on campus had been collecting bikes that the students were abandoning after their semesters were over and selling them out of a storage space on campus. My dad and I sifted through their collection but were only interested in a Kona MTN Bike and this Trek that had been rattle canned to death.

A woman who had came across the blog wanted an a bike built by us but really wanted the final product to pop. She was on the shorter side so this frame was ideal. Even though we really werent sure what model Trek this was, we were able to make out the writing ‘Ishiwata’ on the seat tube, I believe. That was enough to assure us that the steel was quality and worth using for a project. It took sometime to get rolling but once I took it over to the project was a breeze…sort of.

Out of the three frames we have had powdercoat for us, this frame turned out the nicest, in my opinion. My opinion is in regards to the color detail that the camera really wasnt able to capture. I really loved looking at the finish. It was a mesmerizing green. The only downsize to the job was their lack of masking. This was the third time I had to have the bottom bracket shell rethreaded, along with the eyelets and the bottler holder threads. Luckily, I was able to take the frame over to a friend who has been working with bikes for over 20 years so he was fortunately able to clean their mess up for me.

I dont want to bash their work because its actually quite good but having to have this extra work done just to reassemble the bike isnt worth our time.

Anyway, once the frame was ready to go I quickly assembled it and took some beautiful photos.

This was the clean and fresh look I had in mind.

I used a set of George’s 700c’s with some CST Super HP tires and a Shimano 18 tooth freewheel. Also used a pair of lovely Nitto bars, Nitto stem, and a beautifully riveted saddle.

The buyer was thrilled. She really had something completely different in mind but was extremely pleased with the turn out.

I am actually in the process of building her uncle a bike in a similar style. He also wants a frame powdercoating.

Such a gorgeous build.


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.

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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.