Bikehand bicycle repair stand review

One of the first tools I bought when I decided I was going to do most my bike repairs was a stand.  I didn’t want to go super cheap, but I knew I wasn’t going real expensive either.  After searching around and reading reviews I landed on the Bikehand repair stand.  Here are some picsContinue reading “Bikehand bicycle repair stand review”

South Shore Cyclery Bike Shop and Museum Cudahy WI

Last week I found myself in desperate need of a 25.4mm seatpost preferably in silver.  I looked around at all the websites for the local shops and found that South Shore Cyclery in Cudahy had one.  It’s a little bit of a drive so I called ahead, and somebody answered quickly and confirmed it wasContinue reading “South Shore Cyclery Bike Shop and Museum Cudahy WI”

1974 Schwinn Le Tour Kool Lemon

I saw this bike and just had to buy it. This is my 1974 Schwinn Le Tour painted in kool lemon.  A cool yellow Schwinn bike made in Japan with a French name.  Here it is just after I brought it home: I haven’t done much except add a saddle and post.  It needs aContinue reading “1974 Schwinn Le Tour Kool Lemon”

List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands

USA Centurion – founded in 1969 in Newbury Park, CA. Vintage brand ended in 1990, Germany company continues the brand now. Coast to Coast – Coast King and Marquis brand.  Private labeled bikes for Coast to Coast hardware.  Generally budget bikes.  Ross made some of the early models.  Out of business. Colson bicycles – OhioContinue reading “List of Vintage Bicycle Manufacturers and Brands”

Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges

One of the things I love about the old English bicycles are the really cool badges they all had.  Here is a collection of some of these badges and a little info about the company: Raleigh Founded in 1887 and started with a small shop on Raleigh Street in Nottingham, England.  They would go onContinue reading “Vintage English Bicycle Head Badges”

Antique English Bicycle Wrenches

I’ve been looking for a good deal on some of these old English bicycle wrenches ever since I got my Raleigh bikes and finally found some.  Check these out: From my vast amounts of research, I have found out that these are basically old school multi tools you would get with your bike purchase.  EachContinue reading “Antique English Bicycle Wrenches”

Costco Freetown Lumiere 2 Bicycle Helmet Review

Check out this nice bicycle helmet I picked up at Costco for only $20: This one is the blue helmet, but it also comes in white and black.  Think I got a steal price on this, but the normal price in store looks to be $30.  This one I bought for my daughter who likesContinue reading “Costco Freetown Lumiere 2 Bicycle Helmet Review”

A simple and brief early history of bicycles

The history of the bicycle is traced back to 1817 when German Baron Karl von Drais invented the running machine called the Draisine, or velocipede.  This was a steerable, human propelled machine nicknamed the hobby-horse or dandy horse.  It didn’t have a chain or pedals you sort of sat on it and walked or ran. Continue reading “A simple and brief early history of bicycles”

1971 Hercules Bicycle Ladies

This is my friend Glen’s ladies Hercules bike we believe is a 1971 based on the Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub.  He happened upon this bike after some maniac threw it in the garbage.  After some care and cleaning it’s a beautiful bike and fun to ride.  Believe it to be all original with theContinue reading “1971 Hercules Bicycle Ladies”

Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels

I recently purchased two 1974 Raleigh Sports bicycles that needed a lot of cleaning and a good refresh to get back on the road.  This involved cleaning up the steel wheels which were quite dirty and had bits of rust on them.  I wasn’t too sure how to go about cleaning these up, so IContinue reading “Cleaning Up Vintage Steel Bicycle Wheels”