Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Winston's Tweed Ride in The Windy City!

A chap named Garth asked me to advertise this event:

Inspired by The London Fixed-Gear and Single-Speed Forum's Tweed Run and challenged by San Francisco's Thursday Tweed Ride, I would like to announce the 1st Annual Winston's Tweed Ride! This celebration of herringbone, hip flasks, and our noble steeds will be hosted by British Bicycles of Chicago, or the BBC.

Everyone is invited! If you have a Brit bike, do ride. If you don't,
but enjoy tweedy elegance, do ride. If you do both, CERTAINLY DO RIDE!!!

2 May 2009 marks the 80th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s invention of his exquisitely dry martini: gin poured over crushed ice while he observed the vermouth from across the room. The route, designed by the Right Honorable Lee Diamond, is 10 civilized miles meandering past (and into) some of The Windy City's
most infamous (and still open) speakeasies. Where else but in these
lively establishments would the ladies & gents find more bracing
refreshments and hearty victuals?

As with our fellow tweed runs, we hope to offer small, but significant, prizes for

Most Dapper Chap

Most Snappy Lass

Most Stylish Noble Steed

Most Inspired Interpretation of Tweediness

Best Mustache
(open to both lads and inventive lasses)

1963 Huffy Sportsman

I loved looking at your 3-speed gallery and thought I'd send along some pics of my 1963 Huffy Sportsman made by Raleigh. It was given to me and only needed to have some steel wool taken to the chrome, a wax job, new shifter, cotters, tires, tubes and cables and fresh oil in the hubs and bottom bracket. My son helped me and learned about the history of these all steel bikes as we disassembled and reassembled it. The old fellow rides like a dream and is really comfortable!

More here.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

updated photos

You posted my bike on December 1. Here are some fresh pictures from March 20 to put up on Old Three Speed Gallery if you would like. Note the new Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires.

A pic showing my view from the saddle.

Parked outside the pub.

They let me bring it inside.

And one of me riding it.


Paul H.

1973 Fuji 3sp conversion

My name's Matt and I live in Worcester, Massachusetts. I have a couple three speed bikes, including an old Raleigh I restored and then loaned to my father. This bike is something I had been thinking about for a while, after I saw some pictures of British club racers from the 1940s and 50s.

The frame is a 1973 Fuji S10S, the first successful Japanese road bike sold in the US. I stripped it completely, installed a sealed bottom bracket and headset, picked up a micro-adjust seatpost, and used parts out of my bin for the rest. The rear wheel is built up around a 1969 Sturmey Archer AW three speed. I put an additional spacer on both sides of the axle to fill out the 120mm spacing and laced it to a Sun rim. I used a high flange track hub up front. At first I used a Suntour barcon to shift, but the shifting wasn't great. I switched to flat bars for a while with a SA trigger shifter, but found the ride uncomfortable.

Finally, I removed the plastic face plate from the shifter and was able to mount it on the drop bar below the brake lever. It's not perfect, but it's the best solution I've tried. I spent a lot of time cleaning up this set up Dia Comp center pull brakes, but after putting the bike together, I realized the fork was bent (and the rear triange, but not as bad). I tried to straighten the fork but was unhappy with the results. Instead, I now have a Tange chro-mo fork with a modern Dia Comp side pull. The fork doesn't look as nice, and I can't run my original brake, but it feels a lot more like a modern road bike. So far, it's the lightest, fastest, best handling three speed I've ever ridden. I might upgrade to a lighter frame some day.