Friday, September 30, 2011

HI-E aluminum crank

 I recently ran across these pages ripped out an old cycling magazine, and loved the engineering of the crank. The caption speaks of the pedals, which are unique, but those cranks are funky. I can't really see how it is attached to the spindle. Anyone out there know? Or even better,  have a picture?

There is limited information on Hi-e still on the internet, I guess at some point, someone will invest some time and webspace for a history including pictures, or maybe I am missing the website. Here is a collection of information found on Classic Rendezvous website.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Campagnolo / Super Champion Wheelset for sale

In excellent condition, true and bearings feel excellent. Appears to have very little use, no wear on the braking surface.
36 spoke front and rear. with Campagnolo quick releases. Standard English threading for freewheel.
27" rim size. I don't know what the tires are, consider them a gift, one is newish and the other should be replaced as the rubber looks a little dry.

$200 for the set.
Email me if interested.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

1960s alloy bells for sale

We stumbled upon a box of anodized aluminum 1960s-1970s German bells. new old stock. They are $20 each. Appropriate to mount to the stem of your vintage racer and they have a great tone.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Some bikes & frames that are for sale

I will soon do individual post for each of these items, this is a preview of some of the items we will be selling in the near future. If you are interested in something beforehand, just email me at bikevilleatgmaildotcom

Teledyne Titan
(one of the first production titanium frames from 1970s)
Raleigh Tourist
1980s Kas Vitus bike
(Sean Kelly rode on this team, definitely not his bike)
super mint Raleigh Sports
early 1980s Bianchi Campione

Monday, September 26, 2011

Hill Cycle Shop Bell for sale

Bike Shop bells would be an interesting collection to see.This is from Hill Cycle Shop, that was located in Chestnut Hill, in Philadelphia. 


Thursday, September 22, 2011

One of the Top bicycle shops in America

Via Bicycle was just listed as one of the top bicycle shops in Bicycle Magazine. We are all pretty happy with that. Maybe we will get a party????? curtis??

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Homemade front hub

David Perry (of Bike Cult and Bike Work NYC bicycle shop) recently showed this hub. It is cartridge bearing and looks not to difficult to machine. Anyone know more about this hub?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Johnny Coast bicycle in progress

Johnny Coast makes beautiful bicycles in Brooklyn, NY. I happen to see this bike at an open house at Jamie Swans shop a couple weeks ago. Interesting solution for a front bag support. I really liked the Grand Bois rims as well.
This is the new Nitto stem available now. very nice.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Art Stump dropouts

Art Stump dropouts seen at on Long Island, NYC . These dropouts were super lightweight
Can you guess what the one unusual dropout is for?

For information about Art Stump on the Classic Rendezvous website.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Biking lets me run

well not very bicycle related, but I just completed my first half Marathon today. That was all because of Paris Brest Paris endurance.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Racing for Profit prewar cycling catalog

This 1930s bicycle catalog is a valuable source to see what was available here in the United States before World War 2 for racing bikes. I didn't photograph the whole catalog, also available was a derailleur, all the bits and bobs to build frames(fittings and tubing), tools, tires/rims, and other miscellaneous and sundry.

This photograph is from an exhibit at Sportsman Show at Grand Central Palace, New York City, in 1936.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Pbp performance?

I was looking around on the internet this morning and stumbled upon this posting on . I thought it was funny that the time it took for me to finish riding 750+ miles was brought up, when I posted pictures of some bicycles I thought of as ridiculous for riding a comfortable Paris Brest Paris. At no time during the ride did I think I was not going to finish the ride in the allotted time. I took hundreds of pictures and would stop and take corny scenic pictures with my bike. I even stopped and ate frittes at some random village party outside of Loudeac, that ended with Karaoke and I saw a drunken fist fight. This ride was anything but a race for me, and a lot of other riders I knew riding it. And sure, many were riding the exact bikes I thought were ridiculous, but we all had one goal, finish the ride comfortably. I knew I had another week in France and I did not want to be hobbling around or laid up in my apartment. I finished the ride Thursday and by Friday morning I was completely recovered physically, and even went for a very nice bike ride that Sunday in Bordeaux.

So, for people to look at my time and say it was close to the cutoff, they should know that my last day was filled with casual riding, meeting a like minded Italian rider named Fabio, and lots of pictures and video taking. Oh, and a wrong turn. And would I do PBP again? yes, and maybe slower!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Orange Jamie Swan bicycle

Recently I visited Jamie Swan and was taken back by his work shop and his bikes. I had seen them in passing before, but an afternoon really gave me time to see that they are some of the finest crafted frames handmade today.

I love the use of spokes and nipples as the rear cable hanger.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Early 1900s bicycle ridden on PBP

Yes, this bike was ridden the whole route of Paris Brest Paris. It is a single speed with an Eadie coaster brake rear hub, plunger front brake and leather saddle, that has seen better days.
Early bicycle tax plates are visible on the headtube. As cool as this bicycle is, I was happy riding my bicycle with some gears, and proper brakes. Well done to the British rider who completed this ride, PBP he rode a Hirondelle retro-direct, and before that a triple seat tandem, and I think a more conventional road bicycle on his first Paris Brest Paris.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

A couple Bilenky bicycles on PBP

There were more Bilenkys on Paris Brest Paris, like Christine's orange Bilenky, and think another bike, but I was not the best at photographing, but I tried.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Cherubim seen on PBP

Great looking bicycle, I have never seen one in person before. Cherubim is a Japanese built bicycle. I wish I took more photographs of it.

more information is on their website.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Bike Philly on Sunday 9/11

Philadelphia's largest annual bicycle ride is a family-friendly morning of relaxed biking on Certified Car-Free Philadelphia streets.
  • Bike car-free 10 or 20 mile loops.
  • Bike a challenging 35-mile loop on shared roads for experienced riders.
It is a great ride to get to know the different areas of Philadelphia and do so without pesky cars around. And it helps out a great cause.

More information here on the Bicycle Coalition website.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Rebour drawing page from 1952 Le Cycle

I was lucky enough to locate another set of Daniel Rebour drawings during my travels in France. Unlike my other sets of Rebour drawings, I also have the page from Le Cycle magazine that the drawings were used for. Win-Win!! I now have to have my friend properly restore and make the drawings archival.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

My Hanford during PBP

(photo taken during PBP, I was taking pictures ala Peter Weigle)

My Hanford rode perfectly. The only mechanical issue was a puncture(slow leak) that happened on the way back from Brest to Carhaix. I was able to pump it up to pressure and ride it to the controle to change the tube there. I remember marveling to myself how the bike just became part of me, as it was never an issue. It was a delight to ride and ascended as well as it descended.
One note was how many bikes participating in PBP did not have fenders and how I appreciated the full fenders during the rainfall and after the rainfall.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Late 1940s Alex Singer

as seen in the showroom of the Alex Singer store in Paris. I inquired about it and was informed it is a late 1940s Singer that had been retrofitted at some time in it's history. Yes, it does have delrin Simplex stem shifters with Huret Allvit derailleurs. The Stronglight crankset appears to be original, as does the riveted large flange Maxicar hubs. I really love the rake on the fork.
it was not for sale.