Bikes

My collection, as a set, is a dynamic group and ever changing. Despite my best efforts to “keep the herd small,” I’ve still managed to stumble across some fun frames that appeal to me, usually when I’m not in any sense actually looking for anything new. A couple of readers have asked for a run down on what I’m currently riding, so without further ado this is my bike collection as of today’s date. (Updated – yet again! – January 2015)

Boulder Brevet, 2012. This is my hands-down favorite bike. ’nuff said.

 

The 2014 Cycles Toussaint Velo-Routier is the 650B member of the herd.

 

1971 Raleigh International. Ground up creative restoration, reimagined as a three-speed road bike. And what a road bike this is!

 

1966 Paramount. I’ve seldom – if ever – ridden a cozier “fast” bike. This one will likely be with me forever.

 

ca. 1984 Katakura Silk. What can I say? I’m a sucker for chrome plating.

 

1982 Gazelle AA Champion Mondial Special, my current favorite “fast” bike.

 

1989 PDG/Waterford-built Paramount.

 

ca. 1988 Freschi Supreme Super Cromo, a very beautiful bike with a beautiful ride.

 

The “mystery bike” – an unknown, ca. 1970’s hand brazed touring frame that is my bold ground up restoration experiment in bringing something crusty and dead back to life, in this case reimagined as an elegant black “townie.”

 

1946 Hobbs of Barbican. In progress as of this writing.

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Other bikes that have been members – albeit briefly at times – of my collection:

1949 Elswick Hopper Light Roadster

1981 Holdsworth Professional, the most recent of my builds, set up specifically for short errand and lunch rides from my office.

1984 Peugeot P8, my venerable commuter, repurposed from a POS frame I found at the end of a guy’s driveway, set out for the trash.

1960’s era Follis, model unknown.

1972 Peugeot PX-10 – need I say anything more about this? (As it turns out, a Postscript is necessary. A few days after posting this, I sold the frame set to a rider in North Dakota.)

ca. 1980’s Bob Jackson. Simply love this bike, but I recently decided to part ways because it is just too small. Dammit. (Perhaps, I can find someone to trade me a 60cm frame.)

ca. late 70’s/early 80’s Raleigh Rapide. This is my neighborhood and “tweed” rider.

1984 Centurion Turbo

 

Shogun 300, converted to a three-speed randonneuse.

 

1973 Raleigh Carlton Super Course

 

1985 Shogun 2000 touring bike. I still miss this one. (A lot.)

 

Bottecchia Special with a repaint.

 

Colnago Super Sprint

 

1989 Peugeot Touraine semi-course randonnee

 

1988 Schwinn Voyageur touring bike

 

1980 Azuki Sebring, repaint and rebuild

 

1971 Mercier – another one I sort of which I’d held on to.

 

1976 Centurion Super LeMans, comfy but heavy and very slow.

 

1972 Paramount. Yes there are days I miss this one, but it was a size too small and it’s in good hands these days.

9 thoughts on “Bikes

    • Good morning, Marty, and thanks for the compliment. No, my Bob Jackson has been gone for a while now and I’m still actively on the look out for a slightly larger replacement – I really liked that bike a lot, and wish it had been another size or two larger. If you’re interested in British bikes of similar heritage, I will let you know that I may be interested in letting go of my Holdsworth Professional – I’ll send you an email about that. A couple of frames I hang on to as “trade bait,” in the off chance of coming across a Toei or another Bob Jackson, maybe a Jack Taylor or even another Paramount.

  1. SilverFox says:

    I stumbled across your blog and took to browsing your lovely collection of bikes which I am somewhat envious of. I wonder if you don’t mind me asking about the bag you have mounted on your Boulder. I have a pretty little Stella SX-73 which has a rack on the front similar to some of yours and I have been looking (not very hard admittedly) for a bag to sit on it. Your’s seems exactly the right thing and I wonder what it is and where you got it.
    Thanks

    • SilverFox, I don’t mind sharing that information at all. I use a Swift Ozette Rando Bag, and have nothing but good things to say about both the bag itself and the folks who make them. First off, unlike some other boutique makers, there’s not a long wait or having to race to the order queue when the maker (briefly) has an available spot. Swift bags seem to be custom made for you in just a couple days time. Secondly, I’ve been using this bag for many thousands of miles now and it’s holding up very well. In fact, other than the color fading from exposure to the sun, it seems as good now as it was the day it arrived. Durable, pretty light, multiple pockets, nice balance, and plenty of room for all of the crap I tend to carry around with me!

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