Saturday, October 12, 2013

Photo Collage of Vintage Mountain Bikes restored for Riding, by Rideon

Some vintage mountain bikes or frames that I have restored over the past few years.  I enjoy working on bikes and continue to keep my hobby shop for tinkering on bikes I find which I consider to have some sort of value.  I often look for these older steel frame styles as they usually have braze on fittings for attaching racks and fenders for bike touring and commuting.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

My Touring Bike featured at The Loaded Touring Bike Photo Gallery

Picture of touring bike featured at The Loaded Touring Bike Photo Gallery
Photo created near Kemah along Texas Gulf Coast and feature at The Loaded Touring Bike Gallery Site
Photo displayed here was created on a very early evening near Kema along the Texas Gulf Coast.  I was hoping to get a good enough photo for The Loaded Touring Bike site as I have much respect for the folks who travel the world on two wheels and take time to share their photos.  What a cool site full of very interesting loaded touring bikes from all over the world.  If you would also like to share photos from your own bike travels visit The Loaded Touring Bikes Page on Facebook.

The Loaded Touring Bike Site is one of the most visited bike touring sites and has been providing a place for fellow bike touring folks to share scenic photos of their bikes since 2005.  Described as "A Tribute to the bicycle and its ability to take us far away".

Bike in photo is of an inexpensive Nashbar touring frame I built mostly from parts available from my bike shop after closing the business for good.  I was initially very disappointed with having to sell most all the inventory including my '83 Bianchi Steel Lugged Touring Bike complete with original front and rear racks, such a beauty!  I had converted the bike to a twenty four speed with integrated aero levers and mountain bike gearing.  When I sold that bike on ebay for close to a thousand dollars I promised to build myself a bike that I would like just as well if not better than the Bianchi and still make some money from the sale of the Bianchi.   It was a good, if not mandatory financial decision at the time and glad I was able to walk away with at least one bike.

Some highlights from the build are Velocity Dyad Wheelset, Ultegra bar end shifters, Schwalbe Marathon tires and Selle Anatomica saddle.  That was the first year of the Selle Anatomica Titanico and I love that saddle.  Avid Shorty cantilever brakes and FSA triple crankset have provided me with years of dependable use and I have been very pleased with the Nashbar touring frame's geometry.  It was hard on me to go through the loss of my bike shop and there were a lot of other folks disappointed to see the coffee commuter bike shop close.  Yes indeed they were some very difficult times so that what the bike represents for me is new beginnings, moving forward and carrying on.  Happy to see it featured at The Loaded Touring Bike Site.

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