Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Vanmoof No. 3

Vanmoof No. 3 spotted near the Bike Boom shop. 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.
I have seen this unique Vanmoof a few times but only managed to take photos of it recently as I was shoppping for groceries in Porter square. Vanmoof is a dutch company making dutch style urban bicycles  with aluminum frames and unique features such as the integrated front and rear lights in the oversized top tube. they also have another bike the Vanmoof No. 5 with an integrated lock. both of these bikes have a solar powered LED light system built in the tubes and they can also be charged using a USB cable. WOW!
I think this is their OTT or over the top model with the 3 speed shimano nexus transmision, coaster brake, and roller brake in the front.
With Trek integrating bicycle computer sensors in their frames and shimano's DI2systems, it seems like the bicycle world is finally embracing technology. I wonder how well these gizmos will survive years of use (or lack of) and whether they will be adopted by other bicycle manufacturers. 






Fuji Crosstown






Saturday, February 25, 2012

1997 Cannondale H500

1997 Cannondale H500 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 1997 Cannondale H500 hybrid was made in the USA in the heyday of Cannondale which was still enjoying a huge success based on their mountain bikes. The 1997 Cannondale H500 we are featuring here was probably brought to the Boston area by a foreign student as this model only came in grey in Europe. This cannondale was also well loved as it has been updated with high quality shimano Deore derailer and crankset. Used hybrids are hard to come by as they are pretty modern bikes, the first ones were produced in the late 80's. Most bike companies started offering several models  in the early 90's. They are considered all around bikes and it seems like they are probably the best selling bikes right now. They are so popular that people who don't even know what  a hybrid bike is, still want one. Hybrids rarely stay in our shop for more than a couple of days and larger hybrids such as this 20" Cannondale 1997 H500 usually don't survive 24 hours in the shop in the bikeing season as usually the first person to try them will make a purchase. This specific bike was brought to the shop in the morning, fixed in the afternoon and sold in the evening. A young lady was looking for a light hybrid, we offered her a couple but they were not light enough or in her size. We took her number and once this cannondale was finished we called her first. She bought it on the same day. 1997 Cannondale catalog (European version) here















Thursday, February 23, 2012

1997 Diamond Back V-link 1.1

1997 DiamondBack V-link 1.1 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.
Last week we featured one of the first mountain bikes ever produced, the 1982 Diamondback Ridge runner. 15 years later, diamondback produced the v-link series which and were considered high end bikes at the time, here's  the link for the original specs and price and a page with more info on the diamondback v-link bikes. . Throughout the early nineties many companies tried to come up with the best rear suspension design, the customers were aware of that and waited on the fence for a reliable suspension design. Full suspension bikes were rare, unreliable and expensive. The late 90's were exciting times for mountain biking, by 1997 the market has settled down with most of the bikes having either a single pivot or the 4 bars design, which basically reflects today's market as well. Every bicycle company had at least one full suspension bike in its arsenal, it was obvious that full suspension bikes were here to stay and sales roared. Full suspension bikes do not age well for two reasons. The first is that full suspension bikes are meant to be ridden hard and thus do not make a great used purchase. Technology changes constantly and bike riders push the limit of bikes on a daily basis, one always wants to try a steeper hill or a more rocky terrain or a steeper descent. In the full suspension world this usually translates to more travel. Travel is the term used to describe the range of compression of the shocks from complete rest to full compression under load. Long story short, a bike which was used for down hill and aggressive trail not more than 5 years ago is now considered a light trail, cross country rig. Just look at the archives in the specialized website. A Bike which was considered "all mountain" 5 years ago now carries  a different name but similar geometry and travel and is considered a cross country bike. The 1997 diamond back v-link 1.1 was considered a cross country (XC) bike with a single pivot design with the Shimano STX  mid range group and Rock Shox judy fork
We purchased this bike set up as a commuter with slick and narrow tires it was in great shape with low miles and a very tight rear end. (always check for play in the rear end pivots as this is a good indication for high usage or sloppy maintenance). The integrated shifters were toast  which is common for bikes which have not been used for a long time so we put a brand new set of shifters, brake levers, cables and brake pads. We had it in the shop for quite some time in that set up until a nice guy from out of town came with his girlfriend and was looking for an affordable mountain bike to ride the trails around Boston. His girlfriend  attends one of the numerous colleges around Boston and he was looking for a way to pass the time while she was in school. We ended up replacing the tires to proper wide and knobby tires and the guy was super happy as the price was also very good for a bike in that caliber.  








Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Schwinn Paramount Tandem

Schwinn paramount tandem spotted in front of the Bike Boom shop. 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.
We ususally post here pictures and info of bikes we either refurbished or belongs to friends or customers of the shop. This Schwinn paramount tandem belongs to none of the above. It was spotted on a sunday, just as i was about to open the shop, i managed to take a few photos and when i came back to admire it, the schwinn paramount tandem was already gone. I'm guessing it belongs to a local couple who came to dine in one of davis squares numerous joints. Here is another schwinn paramount we featured in the blog, that post has lots of info, links and history about the paramount brand and waterford plant.  







Monday, February 20, 2012

1992 Bridgestone BB-1

1992 Bridgestone BB-1 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 Bridgestone BB-1 is a great example of an affordable and reliable commuter. we get to refurbish a lot of rigid mountain bikes and we try to use the mountain bike platform and adapt it to a commuter city bike. this is achieved by replacing the tires to a smooth and round profile tire and sometimes we change the stem and/or add a riser bar. the BB-1 is unique since Bridgestone designed to be a city bike to begin with. It was meant to be a an all around bike that can do a bit of everything. The model name was only used in 1992 and was called the Bridgestone CB-1 (city bike) up until then. It has a more upright riding position than the famous Bridgestone MB series ( MB-0, MB-1, MB-2, MB-3 etc,). In the 1992 Bridgestone catalog they even mentioned how the BB-1 is similar to the CB-1 and that they still had 4500 units left of the 1991 CB-1 model for a cheaper price. Bridgestone definitely had a different view of the bicycle retail world as nobody else especially today would be that honest with his customers or dealers.  







  



Sunday, February 19, 2012

1974 Gios Torino Super Record Revisited

1974 Gios Torino super record 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
As you might remember we sold this gios torino super record wit full campagnolo nuovo record in "as is" condition. A few weeks later, the new owner, Adam has dropped by with the Gios torino super record after a good cleaning and a few updates. 
A new brooks saddle, tape, cables a new freewheel and reproduction campagnolo hoods have been added and according to Adam the ride is very enjoyable. Even though most of our customers are looking for solid, ready to ride commuters we are going to add more vintage high end road bikes to our collection and make an effort to stock them more regularly as the Cambridge, Somerville and Boston crowd , has an ongoing interest in these amazing riding machines.





Thursday, February 16, 2012

1982 or 1983 Diamondback Ridge Runner


Diamondback Ridge Runner we had 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 Diamond back ridge runner is a recent find of our good friend Curtis and has yet to be refurbished. One day when people start collecting mountain bikes more seriously like the guys at mombat.org  the museum of mountain bike art & technology, the diamond back ridge runner is going to be a must in any serious collection.
In 1991 specialized made the stumpjumper and had great success. In 1982 centurion released the ridge runner as a super high end mountain bike featuring a lugged frame with ornate lugs, top of the line Suntour components and high end Tange 5 double butted chromoly tubing. Diamondback didn't save any money with this bike and the later 1984 model wasn't as  high end as this one. The diamondback ridge runner featured ultra long wheelbase and shallow angle head tube and seat tube as they were meant mainly for downhill. The funny thing is even though they were built as sturdy bikes for dirt riding they share a very similar geometry with the English cruisers like the Raleigh tourist (DL-1) and sports and even turn of the century bikes which were meant for street riding.
 The bike is currently for sale. I had it in the shop for a few days and every day I found another interesting feature on it. The bull moose handlebar with the angled tubing are quite unique also the ornate lugs and especially the Superbe tech derailer. The superbe tech was suntour's top of the line derailer and debuted in 1982-1983. it had a unique design with a sealed paralelgram and had a unique cable pull but in reality the design failed and was a huge humiliation for suntour which was then the world's leading bicycle components manufacturer. More about the superbe tech derailer in disraeli gears a very informative site with great pictures that concentrate solely on rear derailers and another beautiful and restored 1982 diamondback ridgeline.