Friday, November 20, 2015

Graham's Marinoni Pista

     This bike belongs to my colleague Graham. He runs the front end of the shop handling a multitude of responsibilities, from customer service, to selling bikes, and diagnosing repairs. He also does all our product ordering. Graham also has an ever expanding stable of fine bicycles. This is one of his newer acquisitions. Really clean Marinoni pista frame and fork that he built up with stuff from his parts bin. These are made in Canada, near Quebec. Here is a link to the Classic Rendezvous page about the marque MARINONI.
     I believe this was built in the 1980's, mostly because of the checkerboard fade paint job. A personal favorite of mine. The chrome is pristine. It is built with Columbus tubing and Campagnolo pista drop outs and fork tips. Also of note is the Mavic 310 headset, I think they are really slick looking. They are also smooth as butter, however, they require the specific wrench for adjustment and are a bit of a rarity these days! Really beefy round fork blades and nice semi sloping crown with the "M" cast into it. Not drilled for brakes, this bike is designed for one thing, speed on the track! Enjoy the photos!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Awesome Customer's bike: Raleigh Track

     This bike belongs to a repeat customer / client of ours. It is a super cool Raleigh Track bike. I am a bit perplexed by it though because of the paint. I have never seen an emerald green one like this. I assume it was re-painted and decaled at some point in its life. It has the older type flat fork crown. It does not have the chromed "socks" on the rear triangle or fork blades though. Also, usually the rear drop outs are drilled, these are not. all that aside, I really love the paint on this bike, metallic emerald green! It sparkles like crazy in the sun. The rear wheel does not go with the bike. I put that one in just to take photos. We are calculating spokes for a wheel matching the front. The customer is handling the build. Also of note is the matching green spoke nipples on the front wheel (last photo), very sharp.  Enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

1954 Schwinn Panther we recently sold

     This is a really clean 1954 Schwinn Panther we recently sold. All original paint, tires, racks, tank, and saddle. Stunning radiant Coppertone color. Not a scratch on it! The bike looks as if it was purchased, rode around the block and hung up in the garage never to be touched again. This is a rare time capsule piece. Enjoy the photos.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Philadelphia Bike Expo 2015

The Philadelphia Bike Expo

The Philadelphia Bike Expo is this weekend Nov. 7-8th at the Philly convention center. an event not to be missed! It gets bigger and better every year! the above link gets you to their web page with all the details regarding tickets, exhibitors, and activities. do yourself a favor and go!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Yamaguchi Clothes Hanger

I was told that Mr. Yamaguchi did in fact make these.It is a rim section and a spoke. Random things I find around the shop.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Awesome Shop Bike: Bob Jackson racing trike

      This is a bike / trike that I am surprised never made it to the blog yet. I was reminded of it because earlier in the week a similar trike came to my attention offered for sale on central NJ Craigslist. My size even! Here is a link to the listing. Bob jackson trike craigslist

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      The above photo is of the one for sale (no affiliation to us).
     Ours is roughly from 1974 and the shop has owned it for close to 15 years. It is left hand drive, set up for British roads. Below is an explanation of the difficulties one can encounter riding such a set-up on American roads / tracks.
   A single-sided drive trike -- especially a British single-sided driven by the left rear wheel -- presents problems, (or let's say potential challenges) to an American riding it on the right-hand side of the road. A left-side driven trike, in Britain, would tend to push one up out of the shoulder of the road surface toward the crown of the road -- a good thing -- compensating as it were for gravity and road surface. However, the opposite is the case if ridden on the right-hand side of the road, where the machine would tend to pitch one down the camber of the road into the margin, so that, to stay out of the shoulder, one would be constantly correcting against the mechanical impulse of being driven doward. With a one-wheel drive you're correcting anyway, but if you're also correcting for having a "wrong-side" drive, it's much more pronounced. 

     While I am not an expert on all the details of trike differentials, a differential will help compensate for the difference between the two rolling rates of the the rear wheels whilst turning and so provide better tracking around the bends. As you no doubt know, turning at speed on a trike is a tricky business to begin with! (taken from an email on the CR list regarding British trikes in the USA)

 Ours is built from Columbus tubing, of note is the dual front brake set up and the unusual front brake cable hanger that mounts to the stem clamp. another detail at the back end is the use of Bottom bracket cups for the rear axles and the indented chain stays (as if a single rear wheel would be used !?). Very cool / rare piece that needs to be ridden more. Enjoy the photos!