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.