Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Website back up!

     Website is back up thanks to Joel Flood! Not updated, but plenty of stuff available for purchase. Please email at: bikeville@gmail.com with any inquiries. Sorry if you tried to place an order and were unable to.
Bikeville website

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Awesome customer's bike: 1919 Black Beauty trotter made by Haverford Cycle Co.

     This is bike that belongs to a friend of ours / client of the shop. It is a 1919 Black Beauty Trotter model made by the Haverford Cycle Co. that was based right here in Philadelphia, PA. The owner is an equestrian, so the bike has multiple levels of interest to him. When I was in middle school I read the book Black Beauty by Anna Sewell which was first published in 1877. I always liked the story because one of her intentions with Black Beauty was to 'induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment of horses'. I did a book report on the book and received an A grade. One of  the last high points of my earlier schooling!
     Anyway, this bike was totally overhauled by us and came up quite nicely. My favorite part is the head badge and really cool paint scheme. I always associate this "flashing" motif with six day bikes. It just looks really fast and sharp to me. Very cool chain ring pattern, similar to the Harley Davidson bikes in my mind. Also of note is the raised center portion of the outside of the fork leg, pretty nice. Check out this link to a 1917 catalog which features the Trotter model: Haverford Cycle Co. catalog 1917  Thanks for trusting us with servicing it and we are glad it has a great home. Enjoy the photos!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Repro jack pot! AKA small parts you might need for a project.

     I have not posted anything here in a while, sorry about that. I have been working on the ground floor of the shop diagnosing and selling bikes like crazy! We have been getting a lot of cool stuff this season so far to be offered for sale here soon. I will start with this new batch of repro small parts we got made. Hopefully they fill a need for some of our readers!
     First: I got a new batch of the repro suntour bar end / bar con shifter hardware assemblies! These were quite popular the first time around and I sold out quickly! Now is your second chance! They are made from stainless steel and are exact reproductions of the original assemblies. cost is $20.00 a pair with free shipping within the USA. international S/H is $12.00.  See photos for reference. SHIFTER IS NOT INCLUDED AND IS ONLY PICTURED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES.

     Second: We had a batch of Repro chain ring bolts for 5 pin steel BSA cranks made. These are for attaching chain rings to the drive side crank arm. See photos for reference. They are also made from stainless steel and are exact replicas of the originals. Cost is $40.00 a set (5) bolts. Free Shipping within the USA. $12.00 International S/H. CRANK IS NOT INCLUDED AND ONLY SHOWN FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES.

     Third:  Next is a repro crank lock ring for Iver Johnson cranks. Originals are difficult to find and these are exact replicas of the originals. Not sure if these can be patina'd in an oil bath or not cost is $20.00 shipped within the USA. $12.00 S/H International.

     Fourth: Last  but not least are repro 2 pin  crank dust caps for Stronglight 49D cranks. These are 23.3mm size and are made out of aluminum. They can be easily polished up for a brilliant finish. These are not quite as domed on top as the originals, see photo. Originals of these are also quite rare and often damaged when you can find them. Excellent finishing touch for your Rando project! Cost is $40.00 a pair shipped within the USA and $12.00 S/H International. CRANK IS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE AND IS ONLY USED FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES.

                                        Please contact me at: bikeville@gmail.com to order or with questions. I have multiple quantities of all above items! Stay tuned for more goodies!

Friday, May 20, 2016

1976 Atlantic City pro Am race program

     Being originally from the Atlantic City area and being born in 1975 this caught my attention today. Photos are of front and back covers. Cool to see all the local sponsors listed inside and area bike shops of the era. Neat piece of local history for me!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Video about J.P. Ryffranck

     When I checked my email this morning I go a nice surprise. It contained an email from Guy Otsieguy informing me about this short film he made about J.P. Ryffranck. Below is a portion of the message:

    " J.P Ryffranck started building bikes in the 70s, part time. By the 1990s, it seemed every one on the local racing team had one of his bikes, including me. He left his job as a tool maker at 58 years old to pursue bike building full time, until 2011. He his 86 today and when I went to meet him (in early may 2016) he was working in his trusty old shed, tuning up a client's bike. He his a very interesting character and I tried to capture this in my interview with him.  He talks about his beginnings, the templates he made during his many years of bike building and brazing among other things. I still own my Riffranck bike, which he made to my specifications 25 years ago, and I show it off a bit in the video. " 
     In the video he mentions Bill Vetter who was a small builder in Vermont. We had a really nice Vetter touring bike here at the shop which sold a little while back. It is one of the only other times I have heard mention of Mr. Vetter. Enjoy the video! Thanks to Mr. Otsieguy for making and sharing it with me and the world! 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

For Sale: Unknown track frame and fork 56CM

     Yes, I know it has the Gios Torino decals on it, but this is NOT a Gios. Who made it it is a mystery to me. It is a really nice frame and fork that needs a good home. Gios bikes have a very distinct seat stay cap 
that is flat and then bulges out like the one in the photo below:

The seat stay caps on this bike are flat (see photos). Also, Gios lugs do not have window cut outs like on this frame and the bottom bracket shells also have the Gios name cast into them with long cut out slots, this frame does not.
     All that being said, it is a still a nicely constructed bike! It has Campagnolo track drop outs and fork tips and the fork crown and rear bridge are NOT drilled for brakes. The fork is biult with nice beefy round blades and classic flat fork crown. there is a Columbus stamp on the steerer, so I assume the rest of the tubing is Columbus as well. The bottom bracket is English threaded as well as the steerer.
It takes a 27.2 seat post size.
There are two dents in the top tube, small one on the non drive side and a litlle bit larger one on the drive side, not bad about the size of a dime (see photos).
The frame has a serial number of: Z5757935 stamped on the rear non drive side drop out. 
Not sure if this is original paint or not, I think not.
Seat tube measures 56CM CTC
Top tube measures 57CM CTC.
Stand over height is 31" (without headset and air in tires)
Please see photos for reference.
Contact me at: bikeville@gmail.com with ant questions.
Cost is $425.00 plus shipping.