Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bike 8: SE...twice

I took a picture today of this fair looking SE single speed.  It had a flip-flop hub and was respectfully on the fixed side.  The chain was slightly rusted and definitely needed some chain oil and a scrub down.  The bull horn bars are cool. The alexa rims, tektro breaks and levers are stock.   The track style rear drop outs are excellent. So, I got in and opened up the pics and realized that I had taken a pic of this bike only three months ago.

The seat is totally different, perhaps for comfort reasons. The sheath on the top tub pad is gone,sadly. A water bottle cage and fenders have been added. The glass jar filling in for a water bottle has GOT to be replaced.  Dude, if you hit a bump and that thing jumps all over the place; And it will probably be in a bike lane where another rider could flat from your glass; And you yourself could get cut from glass in a crash. 

The owner is pretty obviously a local commuter/rider and seems to be riding it hard and putting it away wet. 

Friday, October 9, 2009

Bike 7: Torker U-District

Not much to say about this one, plus I dont have much time to write today.
I saw this single speed bike  locked up near Free Street. I have never heard of Torker. The Alex rims and matte black paint were the notables on this machine.  The front brake had been removed  and the cable wrapped around the bars.  It looks like a some what sketchy set up but may just be temporary until a repair can be made.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bike 6: Motobecane Mirage

Eric let me shoot a pic of his Motobecane Mirage, reconfigured into a single speed, in front of One City Center recently.  The bike had been his mothers but was much too big for her. The 52x16 chainring and cog looked big to me so I asked how he liked the set up.

'Well, its really good on flat roads and ones that have a slight decent.'

I bet it does.  Thanks Eric.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Bike 5: Jamis

Location:  Exchange St. area, Tommy's Park

Bike: Jamis Earth Cruiser

Comments:  A chill, comfortable looking bike that is probably owned by a girl (note basket).

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Bike 4: Schwinn Suburan

Location: corner of Milk and Exchange Street

Bike:  stock, late 70's (~77) Schwinn Suburban

Comments:  A well used bike that just needs a good cleaning.