Sunday, January 29, 2012

1996 Cannondale H200

1996 Cannondale H200 Hybrid 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 bicycle repair services.
This Cannondale H200 hybrid was manufactured in the hey days of cannondale. Cannondale had  huge success  with it's mountain bikes in the 90's and started making hybrids as well as this market segment was growing fast as it appealed to people looking for a sturdy frame and upright rising position but were also looking for a road bike since most of their riding would be on paved roads rather than single track and dirt. 
this Cannondale H200 was a typical find for us, it was stored for a long time and bought from an elder guy who rarely ever rode it. We replaced the bottom bracket, which is usually where manufacturers save money but apart from a few cables and brake pads (these tend to dry over the years and become hard as stones) and a dtandard tune up,  it was good to go and snapped by a gentleman who drove from a suburb about 45 minutes away from the store looking for a bike he could ride with his son on weekends but didn't wan't to buy a new bike for a dozen rides a year. When we started selling bikes we thought our customers will be only commuters, students and young professional but as the word got out, we started selling used bikes to family people from the over hundred suburbs around Boston  who couldn't find a decent used bike near them and were not interested in buying a used bike and fixing it buy themselves. for us, it;s a great segment of intelligent, educated and experienced individuals who truly appreciate our work and see Bike Boom for what it really is: Honest, affordable, safe bikes and a great alternative to buying a new bike.  







Friday, January 27, 2012

Early 80's Univega Super Ten

Early 80's Univega Super Ten 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 bicycle repair services.
this bike is a typical restoration, a low mileage bike with great paint. we often change the original wheels with brand new alloy rims which give the bike a whole new life and help reducing the weight.
Steel rims usually develop dents in the rim wall which are hard to get rid off and we often end up replacing both wheels, even if only one is damaged. We also replaced tires, tubes, cables, brake pads, seat and tape.
Univegas were very popular in the east coast and we find and refurbishe a few dozens every year. they were well built machines, the oldest ones are from the late 70's and most of what we refurbish are from the early 80's. Univega was a a brand of bikes made in japan and strictly imported to the american market by Ben lawee who was the importer of motobecane. When motobecane ceased production ben lawee started importing bikes from Italy under the italivega brand and later imported bikes from japan under the univega name. They are always great bikes to work on. All the parts are standard threaded, parts are readily available and interchangeable with modern ones. They are also well made and lots of great specimens are out there. Once restored they are beautiful and reliable bikes. later models, of mid 80's have very nice geometries resulting in a great fast commuter. The older ones such as this univega super ten have a comfortable touring geometry. Bought by a Tufts student looking for a fast bicycle to commute to class.






Sunday, January 22, 2012

1994 Cannondale M300

1994 Cannondale M300 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 bicycle repair services.
This is one of my favorite refurbs we did this year. Throughout the Ninties,  mountain bikes based on this frame brought cannondale it's fame among mountain bike riders and later to the road bikes scene. Admitedly, cannondale started i'ts bicycle business with road bikes (they made trailers and riding gear at first) but were a very small bicycle company before the mountain bike boom of the 90's. More on cannondale's history from MOMBAT.  Cannondale has a huge following and a vintagecannondale.com is great website with old brochures and serial numbers info, a must for every vintage cannondale fan.
This M300 was cannondale's entry level mountain bike and when we received it, we were not surprised to observe that most of the original, low end parts have been replaced over the years with mid end ones. The famous fat tube frame though was in perfect shape, with just a few marks. We ended up replacing the cockpit (stem and handlebar) to a more upright riding position and replaced the rear wheel with a brand new one and a newer matching front wheel. Finally , new 1.5" semi slick tires were installed, which resulted in a fast, light and upright, effortless riding position. A great bike for a short (2-5 miles on average) daily commute, campus ride or "ride to the subway station and park" kind of bike. Most of our customers commute fits this description, and being our most affordable bikes makes them very popular around here. Modern mountain bikes are considered slow for road riding since they are heavy due to the thick tires and suspension but also because they are equipped with a small front chain rings (crank). In the late 80's and early Nineties  they lacked suspension forks and came equipped with a relatively large crankset (48, 46  or 44 teeth count on the large chain ring)  compared to modern mountain bikes from the late 90's and on with only 42 teeth on the large chain ring. this means these bikes, though not racers can actually achieve relatively high speeds. 
Today, a proper mountain bike must have at least 3" of front suspension , so the new version of these rigid mountain bikes converted to city bikes are called by the leading bicycle companies, "city commuters" or "comfort bikes", which are basically a hybrids with round profiled mountain bike wheels (26", instead of 700c) What can I say, Marketing can perform miracles.



     

Thursday, January 12, 2012

1974 Gios Torino super record

1974 Gios Torino super record bike we sold 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 bicycle repair services.
Most of the bikes sold at the Bike Boom shop are fully refurbished with new parts and tuned up but on occasion, we have customers who are interested in restoring the bike themselves, choose their own color combinations, components and style. We have many bikes that are waiting for their turn to be restored and we invite you to call and ask about any bikes as your future projects. we can also customize any bike according to your specs. This Gios torino super record is an example for one of these projects.  
This is one of our finest finds up to date, apart from the hubs, It is fully equipped with Campagnolo Nuovo Record, the wheels which originally were nuovo record laced to nisi or mavic sew ups have been replaced with Suzue hubs and wolber super champion gentleman rims. We suspect it has been updated in the mid-late 80 to the current continental clinchers. This wheelset was a good value item back in the day. Cinnelly stem and handlebar and cinelli unicanitor suede saddle and a super nice gios torino pantographed, engraved campy nuovo record seat post. Another interestong feature is the gios torino lettering on the bottom bracket Admittedly, this is no garage princess, it had been serving it's purpose and the frame and components show it but it was super straight and had no major rust issues apart from some scrapes in the paint. We chose not to refurbish this Gios and let the happy owner make it his own. more gios torino pictures here and an elaborate history source here. The Owner promissed to drop by with the bike once he is done restoring it and we will revisit this exquisite bike when he does. 



















Tuesday, January 10, 2012

late 80's Schwinn Paramount

Welcome to the Bike Boom blog. 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.
Today we chose to show a beautiful bike that belongs to a fellow biker who came by the shop to inquire about a "snow bike". In Boston, it's quite common for bikers to have a nice bike for the sunny months and a winter beater for the snowy, freezing salty, grimy months. When you own a bike of this caliber you can appreciate why it's smart to buy another one to ride only 3 or 4 months a year.
This red beauty is a waterford made schwinn paramount made with columbus SLX tubing and fully equipped with vintage Dura ace, according to the owner, he pieced it together from parts he found on the web, mainly Ebay. Paramount was schwinn's high quality division for many years until in 1992 schwinn lost it's assets including the paramount name. More about schwinn paramounts from the waterford website , form sheldon brown here and classic rendevouz here. I forgot to ask the year and model but I think it's a late 80's, early nineties model.