Sunday 13 December 2009

Dad's Old Bike

Ayisha needed a bike. The frame had been rusting away in her uncle’s garage, it used to be her father’s bike. Together with parts from another bike the brothers found by the side of the road I pieced this single speed. It holds sentimental value but has been given a new life. A new set of 27” wheels, tyres, tubes, cables and cages. The saddle is from a very large Peugeot sitting in my back yard and the pedals I found in a yoghurt container nearby. Mauve leather basic recovered saddle with cross stitch and matching toes straps. The old Nitto bars are wrapped in cotton twine and herringbone tape. The test ride was nice, I could do with one of these myself I think.

Add to the Quiver

SJ’s new fixie conversion just finished today. The brief was to create a bike reminiscent of her late seventies surfboard collection. Somehow I think the outcome is almost a decade out with it’s almost neon ‘sunny green’ frame and hot pink brake cable. The saddle, looking further back in surfing history, bears some likeness to a blonde wood Malibu in its uncoloured kangaroo hide stretched over the original saddle from SJ’s other bike, a Surly Steamroller. It’s a summer beach bike that was initially supposed to be coral coloured. Most parts are reclaimed from my collection of bits and pieces, the crank spider has been trimmed, removing the built in chain guard and permanently attached large chain ring. The wheels are factory built Deep V’s, new BB, brake calliper and pedals. Toe straps in matching kangaroo, bars wrapped in cotton twine and herringbone tape. A touch of coral in the left side of the bottom bracket.

Wednesday 2 December 2009

The SMP meets the BMC

James sent over this picture of his assembled bike last night. He's paid so much attention to every detail of the bike and has been extremely patient waiting for all parts to arrive. More photos here.
What about something like this Nghi?