Internally Geared


We got Detroit Bikes! Aside from being a nice get around town bike at a nice price these bikes are also made in Detroit, MI, USA.

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They came in boxes, white boxes, and it must be the box that is fragile, because it isn’t the bike.

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Our first build, built. The Detroit Bike is the A-Type and it comes in one color and one size. What you see there is what you get. This is a super smooth and smart city bike. Steel frame, bolt on wheels, internal 3 speed hub, chainguard, fender and rack.

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Reflector on the fender, and a nicely done cut out graphic on the rack.

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If that still is not enough for your A-Type bike vision check out the valve caps!

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These bikes even come with a real non-generic (yet black and white) illustrated owner’s manual. With the attention to detail it seems Detroit Bikes has maybe some Type A personality folks that designed the Type-A? Well, we are excited to have them in stock and have special introductory pricing also so come on in and have a look!

The Next Year is in full swing now, and boy isn’t January just doing a great job of making 2014 memorable? We are working between shivers and here is some of the new stuff that has hit the door so far This Year.

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We got in some retroshifters to help with a retro Motorbacon build.

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Okay so it’s not really retro with that frameset and a Rolf wheel but it does have a Stronglight crankset. That’s soo retro!

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We have also seen our first of the new Arkel bags show up. Lots more to come, but these City Baskets are in the new colors. Not retro.

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Last new thing to report for now, we just placed our first Detroit Bikes order! The Type A shown above is a decked out city bike and it is MADE IN THE USA. How retro is that?!

From their website: Our mission is to encourage cycling by making an accessible, enjoyable bicycle while continuing Detroit’s legacy of quality manufacturing and design. Detroit Bikes are built in a city with manufacturing prowess and deep traditions of bicycle production, touring, recreational riding, commuting, and racing. We are located on Detroit’s west side. In our 50,000 square-foot factory we have the capacity to produce 100 bicycles a day, marking the return of high-volume US frame manufacturing.

Excited to get the Type A in and on the floor, should be next week!

The drivetrain goes to 48. Look, right across the board, 2 by 3, by 8. And most bikes go up to 24? Exactly. Does that mean it’s faster?

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Well, it’s one faster isn’t it? It’s not 24. You see most blokes, you know, will be pedaling a 1x3x8 drivetrain. Your in 24th gear there, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up you’re in 24th on your bike. Where can you go from there? Where? Nowhere. exactly.

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What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff you know what we do? We add a second manual shift chainring  for 2x3x8. This one goes to 48!

Been breaking in the new shop truck, the Edgerunner from Xtracycle.

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Recycling hauled over to City Carton.

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Also a couple of cycles to be re-cycled and box of parts to the Bike Library. This new design taking the low to the cargo is great and rides super stable, even with a heavy load just on one side, which of course we have tried. Looks like the Bikes at Work trailer will even be able to hitch on there, turning the shop truck into the equivalent of the shop aircraft carrier.

Had a few interesting bike projects roll out of the shop this week.

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First up we rebuilt the rear wheel for this amazing bike, and yes it is the one you see around town all the time even in winter with the kids sitting up in the front.

We also had a couple of dynamo hub projects. First we swapped the Rolf wheels out for a Son generator up front and White Industries in the back.

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And then wired in the headlight and taillight.

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This is a pretty awesome set up, ’nuff said.

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We also wired the same model taillight into one of the dyno systems we installed on a Disc Trucker project.

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He already had the amazing Luxos U lighting his way and now he can let go of his superflash when the batteries go out.

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And here is the Civia we raffled off for Bike to Work Week moments before it was ridden off into the wilds of Iowa City to seek it’s fortune and save it’s new owner a fortune on car maintenance and parking and insurance and gas and etc. These are what sport utility vehicles look like!

Built up this 2 speed kick back coaster brake wheel. Twice!

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Had to build it twice because the first hub had issues with the braking surface of the hub shell. Fun! The wheel, and the curvey cool Schwinn Paramount Sprint that it was built for, look pretty comfortable even in a snow pile. And how great is it that we finally have a shop snow pile! Woo-hoo for winter.

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According the serial number and my interpretation of it this frame was the 15th built in January of 1975. Amazing that it can handle a 700×35 tire! And fenders and a seatpost rack and a handlebar child seat, too.

This is one of the last cool bikes we will work on this year because:

We are closing early December 24th & will not reopen til Monday, January 14th!!

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But we are still on normal hours today and tomorrow, and there is lots of good stuff on sale down here, so drop in and check it out if you need snowshoes, or studded tires. Or lights, or a new bike! Or a used tandem? Or even an old chain for an art project or a box of old tubes for a gardening project or something. Or a new bag or even some gloves. Or just to say hi!

Thanks for a great year everyone, it’s been great working for you, and if we don’t see you before our break we will see you:

Next Year!

What’s the big deal, what can you do with 2 dollars anyways?

You can score an amazing condition 3 speed Raleigh at a garage sale, that’s what. Throw a new chain on it and relax the gearing (16 tooth switched out for a 21), overhaul the hubs, the headset and the bottom bracket, put on new grips and brake pads.

The tubes are even still good, and although this one is not a Raleigh original like the front it was made in the USA. Priceless.

We inherited a few too many doors with our expanded shop space.

After looking at them for 8 months we decided to move them out so someone who could actually use them could have them. We also had a bit of recycling that needed to go, so loaded up the Xtracycle, hooked up the Bikes at Work Trailer, and made for the Iowa City ReStore!

Right up to the donation doors, luckily they accepted them – but who can pass up a Porsche / Quaker State poster?

Then over to the recycle bins to unload some more.

 

Always rock star parking for the bikes. Got some bike hooks at a great price, and a new door, (sigh), and got to ride it all back to the shop in the pouring rain. Door to door!

Too busy to blog around here, so we will just share some photos of the happenings!

Xtracycle on a Klein? Yes!

Beauty! Michelin World Tour tires, natural cork grips and a shiny WALD rack.

Full custom install, drilling holes, cutting stuff, drilling other holes.

Our bigger space is filling right up, today we are building new Bacchetta recumbents to take up even more floor space! These will be in stock and on the floor, so if you are interested in recumbents come take a test ride.

Brooks saddles last a long time. But not forever. If and when the sides start to flare out you can lace them together to pull them back where they should be. Some of their new saddles come with holes all along the edge and all you have to do is get a lace, run it from side to side, pull it to the tension you are after and tie it up. If yours does not have holes you can either punch them or drill them. Or we can do it for you!

There are lots of webpages that show you how to do this, but most of them are boring, frankly, with pictures of drills and markers and stuff. So here we present the Brooks saddle in question with an exploded Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub to class it up a bit.

Speaking of class, here we have the same Brooks saddle, now with 6 holes drilled per side, plus a can of champagne. How did we do it?! We used a caliper to reference the first hole on each side from the rivet on the nose, and then evenly spaced them back, about a centimeter up from the bottom edge. The holes are just big enough for the lace to pass through. *WARNING*: Don’t drink too much coffee before performing the measuring or drilling step! As to how we got a can of champagne, it was a shopwarming gift form our friendly neighborhood bar.

Finished project, should provide a few more miles, or years, of use for it’s owner!

Back on an old English lightweight, looking like it owns the place. Class dismissed.

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