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.
This beautiful bike was built in August of 2011. It was bought from a friend of my fathers and had decent components. We had just sold a number of bikes the day prior so we had a good amount of money to throw around.
We did our usual overhaul and then dressed the bike up with new handlebar wrap, a new Origin 8 White Saddle plus new tires & tubes.
The bike turned out to be gorgeous. I originally built it for a friend but recently sold it to a cute young woman in Lincoln Park and she looked great on it. If we had the money we would dress all of our women’s bikes up as nicely as this.
This bike was built for my friend Katie in the spring of 2010. She wanted something standard, simple, attractive and of course functional so she could ride with her boyfriend Jake who happens to be another good friend of mine and who we also built a bike for a year prior.
We chopped our own bullhorns, gave it some new tubes, tires, cables, and a chain. I really liked the crankset on this one.
She was very please with the bike and the three of us road around downtown Elgin most of that night. I really can’t wait for spring. So over winter.