There are two men who dabble in bicycle restoration in Gilberts, IL. My dad and I have bought quite a few bikes from the two of them but their collection is usually hit or miss. They seem to be bent on the whole ‘Classic American Schiwnn’ stuff that usually encompasses Pixies, cruisers, and a dumb sissy bars but from time to time you will they will have some worthwhile rides.
Every once in awhile we will stop by to see what they have piled up along the side of their garage, the bikes that obviously are not ‘Classic American Schwinns’. We once found a beautiful Raleigh Wyoming frame that we rebuilt properly about a year ago but mostly its just rust buckets or frames that are missing components. Anyway, on this visit we found a Panasonic Sport DX 25 inch. We quickly worked out a deal and bought the bike. I believe we pulled the original wheelset from the bike and used it else where. Frame was made up of double butted Tange tubing, paint job was in great shape, and both my dad and I really wanted to see the frame converted to a single speed. And that’s what we did!
We got a good deal on a black rimmed flip flop wheelset that was pulled from a display bike. The front rim had some brake wear but nothing to complain about. Black Formula hubs and clean silver spokes. Perfect for the frame. Since the frame had already been stripped and gone through rebuilding the Panasonic was quick.
We had a nice vintage racing saddle that had been reupholstered by Pancho and already had most of the components on hand, Salsa chainring, Nitto bars, and Dicta freewheel. Once the build was prepped we brought it over to Mike for cabling and bar wrap.
The bike turned out nice and clean like we envisioned it.
We are still waiting for a tall rider to purchase the bike but until then, its nice to look it.
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 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!
A couple friends and I went to Madison on a whim to get pizza and hang out for an evening a weekend ago and I was able to snag this beauty. Since we were going I decided to jump on Madison’s Craiglist market to see what bikes were out there. I managed to find this interesting road bike for sale in a town just northwest of Madison called Verona.
The bike was set up as a mutlispeed and from what some of the other pictures conveyed, it look like it was well maintained. It had a pair of Continental Tires (Im keeping them) Tange 900 frameset, like new bar wrap, and nice alloy wheelset. I bought it that evening and started overhauling it the following day.
It took about an 30 minutes to just remove the pedals. They must have been placed on incorrectly because it after using brut force we were able to pry off each pedal and inspect the problem. They left pedal was on the right and vice versa. The threading was completely stripped after prying the pedals off so we tossed them. We repacked & regreased the bottom bracket and dressed the bike up with new components and set it up as a single speed.
Most of the components were bought from Yojimbo’s Garage which has been slowly becoming our “go-to-B&M”.
I really like how the Dorado turned out and plan on riding it until it sells. Id consider keeping it but like any other time, I need the money!