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my bicycles

I have been a bike rider since I was a kid. So, who wasn't? I just can't give it up and I have been collecting bikes for that long as well. At times my collection swells and sometimes I just need to get rid of 'em. I happen to have about 10 right now. I've enjoyed buying, selling, restoring and modifying them. I love to have a selection of different bikes for different days or purposes. I ride to shop and go to the library, visit friends and just for recreation. It and walking are my main modes of transport. I'm not so pure though that I don't have cars as well. So, here are some pictures of them for anyone who cares. Feel free to email me if you have any questions on anything relating to these. I do research as much as I can on each manufacturer and model I run across. Perpetually curious.

I will continue to fill in more technical detail, precise dating and perhaps some detailed close-ups on some. For now here they are singularly.

1970's Windsor

La Quinta, CA

I got this bike in the mid 70's, used, when it was a ten-speed. Made in Mexico, it was designed to be a take-off on Cinelli designs of that time. I stripped and repainted it fluorescent orange and equipped it with SunTour Superbe group at that time. After years as my main ride, I decided to turn it into a single speed. I stripped the paint off, applied a clear-coat enamel and her it is, my desert flier.

Columbus tubing with beautifully chromed lugs, forks, head tube and chainstays. Suntour GS forged dropouts. Campy headset and seatpost, classic Cinelli stem and bars with sewn-on leather covers, SunTour Superbe pedals and front brake, Brooks Swallow saddle, Sugino cranks, Shimano bottom bracket and rear coaster brake, Weinmann DP18 rims with Vittoria Open Extreme 700-20c tires. Gearing is 52/18.

1980's Raleigh Technium

Seattle, WA

The frame and forks were free. Came with chipped paint which I promptly removed. This is one of the first made by Raleigh USA and uses aluminum tubing for top tube, seat post and down tube with steel chain stays and head tube. They are bonded with a high tech adhesive developed by Boeing for their aircraft. I have it clear coated to show off this cool metal work. Its fitted with a Sturmey Archer coaster brake and 27" wheels. It is geared for Seattle's hilly terrain, 46/20. Brooks B17 saddle, Tectro front brakes.

1977 Schwinn LeTour

La Quinta, CA

This was my first desert single-speed. 25" lugged steel frame with 34" stand-over height. Original Kool Lemon paint and many unique vintage features including original cranks with "LeTour" forged in and Schwinn Approved hubs etc. This bike was one of the lines made for Schwinn in Japan by Panasonic (run by Konosuke Matsushita, bike enthusiast who started National (Panasonic) He was a demon for quality and detail).

Has nice horizontal rear dropouts, perfect for the single speed conversion that includes a re-dished rear wheel and new 17T freewheel. Chainring is 52T, geared for blasting around the desert. Alloy bars are flopped and chopped with original DiaCompe brake levers mounted. Side-pull front and center pull rear brakes with recently new pads. Selle San Marco Ponza Lux saddle. All bearings (bottom bracket, pedals, headset, hubs) repacked with Phil Wood grease.

Only a few nicks, unusually clean, straight and shiny for a bike of this age. In keeping with the Matsushita style, new Panaracer Patella 27 x 1" tires on alloy rims. This bike is sweet to ride -- and, its for sale. Ready to go in high style as-is or easily convert to a fixed-gear or -- just park in your space for its cool-factor looks, just the right combination of patina and bling. $275 USD.

1976 Schwinn Superior

Seattle, WA

This bike was manufactured in the same assembly shop at Waterford as the Paramount and has hand filet brazed joints and Reynolds 531 chrome-moly tubing. The Paramount and Superior were the top-of-the-line. Due to its interesting historical significance, I left the chipped up paint as-is, just cleaned it up. Fitted with Campy bottom bracket and crank, SRAM Spectro S7 internally-geared rear hub laced to new polished 27" Mavic rim (my first wheel building project), original alloy stem with Nitto moustache bars, Brooks Swallow saddle. This is a really fun bike for in-town riding. The range of gears allows fast hill climbing and tall enough to jam downhill and on the flats.

1990's Miele Invictus

La Quinta, CA

This interesting brand was made in Canada by a cycling enthusiast/entrepreneur. I got this one in 2008 and basically just cleaned it up and put on a new set of tires. The frame is a little short for me but it came with one of those weird adjustable stems (ProMax). That and a longer seatpost got me set up just right. The fork crowns have a deeply embossed logo in keeping with Miele's worship of Colnago whom he was looking to emulate. A light, nice riding steel frame; Columbus tubing, Sikkens enamel (with a sticker to prove it, ;-), Shimano600 group, MKS platform pedals and (not shown) a Brooks B17 saddle. Gearing is 52,39/12,14,15,16,17,19,21

Schwinn Super Sport

Seattle, WA

I got this from the original owner, a former bicycle mechanic who was using it with a trailer attached to haul home building supplies. I stripped off all the gearing stuff, lights, etc. and made it a single-speed. I remounted one of the racks and the original Speedio leather seat. It runs on Weinmann 700c concave rims with Continental 25c tires. Original stem with flopped and chopped alloy bars fitted with Tectro bar-end brake levers. This is my errand bike for those longer trips up and down Seattle's hills.


La Quinta, CA

I got this old English bike as a 3-speed in 1976, and immediately put on a new set of wheels with a coaster brake setup and rode is as an intense single-speed workout ride. I wrapped the shortened bars with leather steering wheel wrap, and added a Swiss (ooh!) Pletscher rack. More recently I refitted another 3-speed coaster setup (Shimano) and a DiaCompe front brake. Its my garage sale and grocery ride.

Schwinn Jaguar

Seattle, WA

This classic middle-weight cruiser was, when I got it, a rusty beater that the owner used for bar hopping in Seattle's northend. The only things I replaced were the tires and seat-post (I've got long legs). The seat (not shown) is an original Messinger saddle. I spent weeks removing rust. I stripped and repainted the frame. It came without the original fenders or hand brakes. It has the original Red Band Bendix single speed coaster brake rear hub. I refinished the factory-painted rims with Hammerite silver. I am amazed at how rideable this is considering its 42-pound weight, even with Seattle's many hills. Just like when a kid, you just stand up to go uphill. Love it.

Mongoose MGX

La Quinta, CA

An aluminum, full-suspension mountain bike with all the standard cheap stuff. Scrappy old knobby tires and a refitted cushy seat make this thing great for blasting around the streets here in the desert and smoothly bouncing over the rain gutters without feeling any pain. It sees some occasional trial riding, I do prefer hiking to trial riding.

1991 Titan 1/2 Trac

Seattle, WA

A unique mountain bike frame with a dual elevated chain stay made from powder-coated True Temper tubing. This was a break through in the year I got it, featured in Mountain Bike magazine. Titan was famous for their BMX bikes. It has one of SunTour's last great groups (don't recall the name) and runs slick tires for city jamming. All original except for the tires, an oversized seat post and bar extensions.

Centurion 'David Scott' IronMan

Seattle, WA

1987, can you tell by the colors? A great classic 14-speed with DuraAce group. Ended up with that ugly black seat post in a parts swap with one of my other bikes. This is my favorite ride on the Burke-Gilman trail. Light and fast, a lot of fun.

Cannondale R500

Seattle, WA

This beautiful bike was stolen in February 2010. Aluminum frame with Shimano DuraAce group, blue Vittoria tires, black and red Liberator saddle, no-name alloy pedals with black toe-clips and that ugly black & blue bar tape. If you catch someone on it, beat them with something hard. I'll miss this light weight responsive ride.


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