Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1990 Trek 330

1990 Trek 330 bike we refurbished here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer professional bike repair services.
Here's the original brochure from vintage-trek.com a great website for info on classic steel treks.
We replaced the rear wheel, seat, bottom bracket, crankset (shimano 105) and the brake hoods and the standard stuff, tires, brake pads, chain and cables. it has a nice indexed handlebar shifter which was popular in that era and works great, I wish we could get these today. Even though it was is an entry level trek, it has  a Tange chromoly double butted frame.It is very light and nimble and gives a great ride especially due to the upgraded crankset. It was bought by a guy who's girlfriend bought a road bike from us earlier in the season. really nice couple. 









Monday, December 19, 2011

Bike Boom on Boston Globe's Best of the new 2011

We were voted "Best of the new 2011" on the Boston globe's Sunday magazine. Yeah !
http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2011/12/18/best-boston-shopping-and-services/I2euyEC0spDt8mQI9djPWL/story.html
The Bike boom team would like to thank all of our customers, we would not be here without you.
we are already preparing for next season with great new bikes and Tune ups for your winter beaters.
Lots of new and exciting plans and goals for next year !


Monday, December 12, 2011

Early-Mid 80's Takara Advantage

Mint Takara advantage touring bike we refurbished Here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer competitively priced professional bike repair services.
Great representative bike of the early 80's with a Lugged 4130 chromoly frame and alloy components with suntour shifters. Takara was an american company building bikes in japan to be marketed solely to the US cyclist, similar to nishiki, univega and shogun. They were not as popular as the univegas and shoguns here in New England but we still manage to find a few every year. They had a  whole range of models such as the prestige, custom 12 and others. 
From oldroads.com, probably the best forum for vintage bikes on the web: "Takara bicyles were made to spec for an Oklahoma firm, Takara Bicycle Co. The company survived well into the 80's and possibly beyond. Though not confirmed, the bicycles were probably made by Kawamura, the same company that manufactured Nishiki. Ads showed base and immediate models. Road rests from the period vary in opinion from "average" to "outright bargain", depending on the model, though they had nicer than average paint" .






Wednesday, December 7, 2011

1984 or 1985 Shogun 1500 touring

Beautiful Shogun 1500 touring bike we refurbished Here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer competitively priced bike repair services. 
Shogun was a bicycle company who operated during the 80's and manufactured bikes in japan to be sold strictly in the US, similar to Takara, Univega and many others.
A classic touring bike with a long wheel base and multiple brazeons for carrying heavy weight. Bicycle touring was very popular in the late 70's and early 80's. Every respectable brand built touring bikes at that era some of the famous models include the Trek 520, 620 and 720,miyata six ten and one thousand, univega grand tourismo, and motobecane grand touring, but also the raleigh alyeska, Bridgestone RB-T, T500 and T700. What makes a touring bike different from a road bike? the long wheel base and relaxed geometry plus a heavy duty frame, rear hub and rim which usually had a higher spoke count. In the early 80's they were the first bikes to be equipped with a triple crankset. Later, towards 1984, with the introduction of cantilever brakes, all  touring bikes were equipped with them to allow the use of fenders and wider tires. This beautiful, very good condition shogun 1500 had the Tange 2 chromoly tubing, and came with the shimano Deer head group which basically was the first shimano Deore XT (700 series). Bought from a gentleman who toured with it across Europe in the late 80's and decided to sell since he wasn't using it anymore. 
Very cool bike, bought by a Belgian students who came to study for a semester in Harvard.   







Tuesday, November 29, 2011

1987 Peugeot Iseran p6

Beautiful peugeot iseran P6 we refurbished at Bike Boom. If you are not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Somerville MA, close to Cambridge and Boston. More about Peugeot and a great source and catalogs here. This bike is slightly different then the one shown in catalogs, mainly the brake levers (non aero instead of safety levers) and shifters (down tube instead of stem mounted). We love the Peugeot for being lighter than any other brand, especially ones that were in the same price bracket and had similar components. Peugeot used its proprietary HLE and 103 carbolite steel aloys, they were not chromoly but are definitly lighter than japanese chromoly frames, even the double and triple butted ones. Peugeot used the Internal brazing technique without the added support and weight of lugs. This method saved the weight of the lugs and also gave a very clean finished look. Once refurbished, Peugeots rarely stay in the shop for more than a few days since the first customer who tries one will usually end up buying. sold to a student in MIT.  






Friday, November 25, 2011

mid-late 70's Raleigh Sprite

Beautiful Raleigh sprite we refurbished at Bike Boom. If you are not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Somerville MA, close to Cambridge and Boston. This bike was bought together with the men's version of this white elegant beauty. As sheldon brown says: The upright "all-rounder" handlebars, and mattress saddle made these something of a precursor of the modern "hybrid." but in fact these are relatively heavy bikes though steady and stable. Definitely one of the most elegant bikes I've seen. At some point in it's previous life Shifting was upgraded from clunky stem Shifters to early nineties thumb snifters, A trick we used on other sprites which modernizes them and creates a better user interaction. It's not a known fact but british raleighs had unique bottom bracket   thread per inch (TPI). Though there is a solution for the problem when you need to replace the bottom bracket or spindle, it still can slow down a project. We only buy when the bike is in excellent condition, meaning very low mile bike, such as this women Raleigh sprite example. Bought by a young Cambridge men as a gift to his girlfriend, super nice guys.  






Puch Brigadier Reynolds 531

Beautiful and unique Puch Brigadier we refurbished Here at Bike Boom. If your'e not familiar, Bike Boom is a used bike shop in Davis square, on the border of Cambridge and Somerville , near Boston MA. where we specialize in restoring and refurbishing used and vintage bikes and offer competitively priced bike repair services.
Puch was an Austrian company who manufactured scooters, motorcycles, cars and trucks, apart from bicycles of course. The late 70's and early 80's bikes were made in Austria and the mid 80's models were made in japan for Puch. This Puch brigadier is quite interesting since it is made of the famous and highly coveted Reynolds 531 manganese steel tubing which at the time, apart from Italian brands, every single brand used for their high end bikes. So why is it unique? well, the bike is equipped with mid end components, stem shifters and safety levers which are the mark of low-mid end bikes. My guess is that it was Puch's way to market their bikes in the heavily populated low-mid market of the bike boom, by offering high end frames with a mid end price tag. sold to a french exchange student in MIT. 







1971 Phillips English 3 speed








Friday, November 18, 2011

Early 80's Peugeot Corbier

Beautiful Peugeot Corbier we refurbished at Bike Boom. If you're not familiar, bike boom is a used bike shop in Somerville MA, close to Cambridge and Boston. the frame is made of the proprietary 103 carbolite Peugeot used for the entry-mid level road bikes and was surprisingly light. the bicycle looks welded but as a matter of fact, its lugged with inner lugs, a technique other french manufacturers used, especially motobecane. This produces very clean joints.Equipped with Sachs shifters and derailers and a nice Nervar alloy crank and weinman side pull brake.