Favorite Christmas Tree Ornament Road Bike

I was looking at the tree and thought I should go ahead and share my favorite ornament: Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s a road bike and it’s yellow, kinda like my 74 Schwinn Le Tour…  This is made by Old World Christmas Creations from glass.  They use a technique that was developed in the 1800’s.  MoltenContinue reading “Favorite Christmas Tree Ornament Road Bike”

Surly Cross Check Frameset Drop Bar Bike Build

I’m in search of the perfect bike and am hoping it will be the Surly Cross Check.  I really like the ride and look of vintage bikes, but I prefer the shifting and drivetrain of newer bikes.  Hopefully I can combine these with this Surly frame.  I’ve heard lots of good things about Surly andContinue reading “Surly Cross Check Frameset Drop Bar Bike Build”

Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 Rear Derailleur Images and Manual

The Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 rear derailleur for road bikes.  This is an older model and at the time it was the second-best road derailleur in the Shimano line up right behind Dura ace.  I’m not completely sure about production dates for this model, but the one pictured came on my 2008 Fuji Cross Comp.  StillContinue reading “Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 Rear Derailleur Images and Manual”

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”

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”

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”