Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fuel: Pedersen Bicycles

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fuel: DIGnGO Gourmet Bike Tours

GPS guided bicycle tours through the French Countryside? Check. Wine tasting at semi-private wine cellars? Check. Luxury chateau accomodations? Check.

They're called "Gourmet Bike Tours" and here is where you can book your very own...


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SOLD - 1967 Schwinn Stingray Custom Lowrider

It's safe to say that this bike is pretty gangster. The buyer, Corey Roth (pictured), reserved the bike almost as soon as I found it. Corey is rebuilding a 1967 Mercury Cougar hot rod and wanted a lowrider to match his car.

The previous owner had allowed his grandkids to go nuts on the bike with two cans of spray paint: metallic green and orange construction marking paint. I took it down to bare metal and repainted in satin black paint to match Corey's car.  
Then I went nuts ordering parts from a lowrider shop in L.A. New parts include springer forks, fenders, seat, tires, and skull valve caps.  Everthing else is orginal and cleaned up nicely. As you can tell from the pictures, this thing rides dangerously low. There is a bit of a learning curve when you first hop on but once you get accustomed to it, it is really fun to cruise on.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

SOLD - 1982 Schwinn Caliente Custom Single Speed

This is my favorite bike that I've done so far. Tons of new stuff: paint, straight bars, fenders, rims, tires, single speed freewheel hub, brake, and seat.

The buyer, Brian Flinchbaugh, was involved in the conception of this bike and he earned status as the patron Saint of Patience as the bike went through several evolutionary changes.

More specs: 60cm steel frame, 27" rims, Origin 8 seat and bars.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fuel: Lee's Univega Nuovo Touring

My friend Lee is a bike messenger in Cleveland. Over dinner last week he told me about a great bike he had found, this Univega Nuovo Touring cycle, and promised to send pictures. It seems to be from the early 80s. Mint condition. I like understated bikes like this. Well built, simple, not too flashy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Au Point Photography

All the pictures of five and dime bicycles are courtesy of Au Point Photography:

Click here to see all of our collaborations.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Fuel: A Piece of History

So many lovely features on this bicycle from the doubled up top tube and handlebars to the full base kickstand. I snapped this picture while touring the Cockayne house, a historical preservation project in my hometown.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


A family of four embarks on a record setting, three year journey from Alaska to Argentina - on bicycles!
Follow their adventure here: http://familyonbikes.org/blog/

Thursday, June 24, 2010


While enjoying a few afternoon libations at Bodega's in Columbus Ohio's Short North district, I kept noticing this bike zipping up and down High Street. I eventually caught up with the bike, and it's owner, Pelham. Pelham has put a lot of TLC in to this rebuilt machine. He started with a vintage Raleigh frame, built in the original Nottingham factory. He borrowed the fenders from another old bike, and added a brown leather Brook's saddle and matching hand grips. The track bars and headlight add a distinguished touch to the front end. Pelham had the frame powder coated and to protect the finish, he fashioned elk skin washers to provide a buffer between the hardware and the fresh paint. That is dedication, my friends. Cheers, Pelham!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


This is Ian. We met him at this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. Ian rode his vintage Schwinn single speed all the way from Michigan. As the festival wrapped up on Sunday, Ian looked for a little help in getting back home.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Linus Bikes

My wife tore out some pages from a fashion magazine spread that featured models riding Linus bikes. Call me weird but I was more impressed with the bikes.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Drag Bikes

Yep. That's a bicycle. Custom made by Gaskill's Hop Shop. If I were a bicycle, I would hate to meet this guy in a dark alley.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

SOLD - 1976 Fuji Sports 10

This used to be my personal bike.
Now it's in the loving hands of Pittsburgh Web Developer/Programmer, Micah Smith.
First night with the bike has Micah saying, "Just finished whipping around downtown on my new five and dime bicycle. Amazing. People definitely hate bikers."

Well said, Sir.

For the velo nerds: 1976 Fuji Sports 10; 62cm lugged frame, 27" rims; all original Shimano components; refurbished "rat trap" rack


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Google Maps is now offering bike route directions!
Check out the maniacs rounding the corner at :10!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


Way to go Pittsburgh! This is how it should be done.
Local Cyclists Organize Hot Metal Bridge Snow Clearing Party
Check the full story at the BIKE PGH Blog

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Idiot of the day: Fairfax Virginia County Supervisor John Cook
In response to proposed expansion of D.C. area bike trails and lanes he said, "I don’t believe a bicycle is a transportation device. I think it’s a recreation device."
Full story here.

Monday, February 22, 2010


Hoima Bicycle
This documentary follows the custom design and build process for a bike that can withstand heavy commercial use in Uganda. A wonderful venture and a great depiction of how bicycles can make a big difference in communities facing transportation challenges.
Part One:
You can watch more of this short film on this YouTube channel.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


The Fender Blender
This is too cool. Totally human powered. You can even purchase additional attachments like a coffee grinder and food processor. Check out rockthebike.com for more details.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Seven Year Old Charlie Simpson Rides His Bike to Raise Over $160,000 for Haiti

I nominate this kid for Sainthood status!

Monday, January 25, 2010


Viktor Predan - From Sweden to Singapore on a Bicycle

An amazing accomplishment. Viktor documented the whole trip on his blog.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Relive Adam Greenfield's adventures of going no-car/all-bike last year.

Check it out here.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Upcoming Five and Dime Bike Projects:

- 1967 Schwinn Stingray (custom rebuild)
- 1954 Evans Colson Cruiser
- 1968 Hercules British 3 Speed
- A bunch of 1970's - 80's Schwinn 10 Speeds
- 1955 Skyrider Cruiser