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.
Well, this bike was actually built sometime ago for a good friend. I just have been so busy lately with other involving projects that I havent been able to post this build.
This project actually took awhile to complete for no particular reason. Started out with ordering a 56cm Vuelta frame from Nashbar. My friend, Kati, just wanted a solid black frame built up as a light/uncomplicated bike that she could ride around with her young son with. At the time, I didnt have a reliable powdercoated lined up so I just decided on ordering this frame.
For the price, it was an alright frame. What took me awhile was getting the bottom bracket and headset, as well as the wheelset. Kati wanted a blend of black and red but red is always a difficult color to get right. I decent to just use subtle hints of red, the headset, bottle holder, chain, and housing.
The handlebar set up was bought as a package deal (stem, bars, wrap, and lever). I just went with some George’s 700c single-walled Weinmann’s, bought new tubes/tires, and bought a lightly used caliper and called it complete. Id really need to install a rear for her since she is just riding single speed.
All things considered, it was a very simple build. I wouldnt mind doing taking on another.
We’ve been so busy with ongoing projects that I am actually a couple days late on getting this particular build posted. This build came to use from someone who had visited this blog and appreciated the work that was being done. He wanted a bike lined up for him when he returned to Chicago. Even though I wasnt entirely sure if I was going to be able to have it done upon his arrival (only a couple days) I told him that it wasnt going to be a problem, and it really wasnt. At the time (and currently) there are still projects that are weeks old at this point that are still active and oddly enough, I was able to finish this in a couple days, mainly because I had the majority of the components needed and the buyer was very easy to work with. I was able to sell him on the project with these two pictures:
I informed him that I wasnt going to use the tires that were pictured but wanted to illustrate what gumwalls were. The actual tires I ended up using were much nicer.
I was actually setting this frame aside to build up this way, which was why it was so nice working with this buyer because he allowed me to build this bike up the way I wanted. I was REALLY happy I didnt have to build this bike up with white accessories.
This bike has such a classy look. I am really happy with how it turned out. The cork wrap was affordable, I had the saddle reupholstered by our guy Pancho, and the tires were order through our friend Mike, in Berwyn.
Clean, classy, and fun.
Spring is officially here! Ive been fairly busy with ongoing projects, mostly build-to-orders but ones that have granted me some freedom to garnish these builds with my own taste. Like I explained in I bought this and a red Schwinn World from guy all the way down in Park forest. It looked like this:
Someone who had been monitoring our blog called me last week wanting to set up a build. He needed a 53cm and fell in love with this frame when I showed him. Very easy to work with and real nice guy. Just wanted something pretty to ride around with friends on. We situated him with this:
The build is eye popping. I love how it turned out. It was by chance that I used the gold stem, it was actually the only one I had in that size. It worked out because if you look closely there is subtle amounts of gold on the hubs and the chain, obviously.
Even though we didnt agree on gold I really think he will like how it ties the bike together.
This is definitely a sexy summer bike and makes me psyched for the upcoming season!
I won this bike off of Ebay nearly two months ago.
I contacted the seller and we had agreed on a local pick up. He wasnt in a rush to get the bike off of his hands which was good because I was fairly busy with other projects. I bid on the bike simply because its was close by (Woodstock, IL). When I finally got around to picking the bike up we realized it was a guy who had sold us a bike over the summer, ironically enough.
When we brought the bike home we honestly didnt pay too much attention to it. It sat in the bike rack for about two weeks before we got around to working on it. Initially, I wasnt sure what direction to take the bike. Continentals, like Varsity’s are a dime a dozen in the Chicagoland area so rather than trying to rebuild the bike as some exceptional aesthetically, I figured Id leave it a multispeed with a classic color scheme.
After overhauling the bike we admired how well kept it was. The was little to no surface rust anywhere and the componentry was very clean, almost polished.
It shifted well and rode smoothly. With winter finally breaking and spring on the rise, a nice, affordable, and fully functional bike should be out there. Makes me proud of the fact that we arent just flipping bikes but actually rebuilding/reconditioning them and bringing these bikes new life.
So even though this is our very first entry, this is definitely not the first bike we have rebuilt. I randomly decided on starting with this bike and figured it would be appropriate to give a bit of a back story on the brand and the bike.
Zebrakenko was a Japanese brand of mostly road bicycles introduced in America during the mid 70s. They were considered fairly dependable bikes. This particular Zebra wasn’t in bad condition at all. It was light, attractive, and road with ease. The group set was Sun Tour and was also original. We overhauled the it, gave it new pads, tires, tubes, cables and some cloth handlebar wrap.
We ended up selling it to a young man in college in the summer of 2011. Overall it was a nice find and easy project. It was just what the buyer wanted.