Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Let's sneak one more post in here before Christmas!

Just got a couple more bikes to add to the collection!

1st one, Either 1996 or 1997 GT Performer (or GT Vertigo). Still trying to track down exact year and model of this bmx. Was in rough shape when I got her, but I put lots of elbow grease into it to bring it into decent condition.

See the photo? The left side of the fork is how I got it. The right side, after lots of chrome polish and steel wool.

And that's how it looks now, all shiny! Can't wait til Spring time to enjoy it!

2nd bike I got, is for a ladyfriend. Needs some (a lot!) of restoration work. From what I can tell, it's a late 80's Bianchi road bike, made in Japan, in Celeste paint. However, it's not the minty green celeste paint we all know.

What do you think? Came with the LG73 sticker!

Hope everyone has a great holiday, Merry Christmas! You know what I'll be doing...working on bikes!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Hello Bloggers!

Hope everyone had a spectacular summer, and got some riding in! I know I did! This fall weather came too soon in my opinion. Back to the regular grind, but going to continue commuting by bike as much as possible. Besides, Bike to Work Week is coming up at the end of the month!

Onto the bikes. The small blue bike below was finally sold to a lovely young lady, and she is enjoying it!

On my personal bikes, I finished off another 'project'. This was an old GT Arrowhead mountain bike. Nothing fancy at all, but it was in decent condition when I got it. I decided to turn it into a single-speed, and upgraded all the components. RaceFace bottom bracket & crank, Raceface seatpost, Raceface handlebars & grips, Bontrager saddle, Animal Pedals, Origin8 single-speed kit, KMC white chain, Tektro Canti brakes, and Avid 7 brake levers. In the end, yes, it did cost me a pretty penny for those parts, but I enjoyed assembling it. This will be one of my 'coffee' bikes, where I'll ride it to the coffee shop. (cafe racer?)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wow, it's been a while!

How time flies! We're here in middle of May already, and I didn't realize that I haven't updated this blog! Mind you, I have been reading all of yours, as they're absolutely more interesting than mine. Like many of you, I'm still waiting for rain to stop and the sun to shine, so I can really start riding my bikes! Yes, I have rode a few times in the rain despite...it is Vancouver after all.

Since the last post, I did acquire a couple more bikes! Don't tell my strata council, but the bike room I use, is almost full....of MY bikes. Don't worry, there are still plenty of other empty bike rooms that other tenants can use. I've been called a bike hoarder by my other half & co-workers, but I like to see myself as a collector or hobbyist! I'm not really emotionally attached to all my bikes, well, maybe just 1 or 2 of them. I can prove I'm not attached, as I'll even list one here that is for sale!

Anyways, onto the ad... It's a blue Free Spirit 12 speed, with brand new aluminum wheels/tires to replace the old steel wheels that were originally on there. Recently tuned, so it shifts and brakes well. Should fit any lady 5'-0"- 5-4" roughly. If you or know of any lady who would like to see it, leave me a reply or send me an email (dcee604@gmail.com). The bike is located at my parent's place in North Burnaby. Price wise, offer me what you feel is fair, I want to this bike to go to a good home!

Chrome is still nice and shiny!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Another Bridgestone!

Hmm, I just had to post this. Recently, I acquired a pretty rare Bridgestone bike (The WildWest posted earlier)...guess what? I got another rare Bridgestone! Consider myself lucky? Some history on the bike. This one belonged to my co-worker's wife. He brought it to work, hoping that I would work on it for him. Someone had apparently kicked it in, and the tires were flat.

Well, I finally had the time to haul it home and give it some attention. His wife no longer wanted it inside their apartment apparently. Much to my horror, it had 22" tires! No wonder my co-worker didn't want to touch it! lol... After some searching, I did manage to track down some 22" tubes. I was going to buy 24" tubes, and it would have worked, but I lucked out! (Thanks Bike Doctor on Broadway!). Changing the front tire was pretty simple, as it was just removing the basket and the wheel from the fork. But the rear wheel? OH MY...everything is attached to the single bolt, the fender, the rack, the kickstand, the chainguard...I had to remove everything before I could remove the tire and install the new tube!

Fast forward, I finished putting it back together and told him the bike was ready. He then told me, he didn't want it back! Well, score for me, as it's perfectly suited for my Mom! We've been looking for a bike that fits my Mom (she's quite small). I 1st bought her a small adult mountain bike. Too big. Then, I brought home a vintage cruiser with 24" wheels. Still too big! She was eyeing one of my BMX's by this point...I was like, um, uh, no...

So, this bike is also from Japan. Looks like a child's bike actually. It's called a Bridgestone Kal-Tec.I don't think it was ever sold in North America, so someone must have brought it over with them. It's in pretty mint condition still too. It's pretty unique, as it's got a rear drum brake!Okay, onto the photos!

This is my lovely lady-friend posing with the bike.

See how small the bike is?

This is what it says on the Chain Guard: "KALTEC leading the play star of the game"
Gotta love those obscure Japanese phrases!

On the seat tube, it reads, "the record breaker, Everyone's Hero!" Indeed!

And here's the final shot, the rear drum brake!

If anyone has any more info on this bike, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Happy New Year!

Okay, so I'm almost 2 weeks late, but I do wish everyone a great 2011!