Monday, April 26, 2010

Off The Rack "Standard" Conversions

These bikes represent the "Standard" conversion that I produced under the Grinderbikes name. No powdercoat, whatever saddle, pedals, etc. I had handy. In other words, for the "budget-minded" customer. Typically, I would receive a message that the customer had added a favorite saddle, changed the gearing, or whatever, after receiving it.

I will probably go through these, later and add captions. Check back, if you are interested.

Triumph fixed gear. I got this one after I had built up my red version. I had this one powder-coated black, to build for myself. Then, I realized I really didn't need two Triumph fixed-gears, so I sold it.

American Flyer. Carol's original single-speed, the Hornet II. The frame got bent in a crash, and I built up another for her.

Specialized Sirrus

Sekai 1000. A yard-sale find. It was one of those bikes that you could tell, by looking, had never been ridden. Still had the OEM tires and Sekai-branded saddle. Nice little bike.

47cm Schwinn. Nice lugged early-90s frame.

Schwinn LeTour II

I bought this Ross off of eBay, because I wanted the leather sew-on bar covers. This was well before Velo Orange started selling their sew-on Elkhide covers. I cut the bar covers down to fit on a flop and chop bullhorn, and installed them on my red Triumph fixed gear. They were still on it when I sold the bike.

63cm Raleigh SuperCourse Mk II. I really wish this bike had been my size. I love the coppery orange color.

Raleigh Record

I painted the stays on this Raleigh, because the original paint had gotten knacked up.

Japanese Raleigh. 60 cm.

Peugeot UO-8, fresh from the powder-coater. This was the first bike to be built in my shop building. I wish the shop was that neat, now!

Another UO-8. This one was in Pittsburgh, when I bought it on ebay. My sister went and picked it up, then brought it to my parent's house, when we were both there to visit. The green paint is fairly rare, and it was a pretty good-looking bike.

A guy ripped this Peugeot picture off of my site, and used it to advertise a bike on craigslist. I emailed him about it, and he took it down. I've wondered, since, if he was trying to scam someone or if, as he said, he just didn't have a good picture of his bike. (Yeah, right.)

Peugeot Mixte. This bike eventually got re-derailleured for its new owner.

Peugeot UO-8, in black and white livery.

Motobecane restoration

Motobecane fixed gear

47cm Miyata. Small frames are hard to find, and always sold quickly.

I always associated Kuwahara with BMX. This road bike is one of two I've seen.

St. Etienne fixed gear. The St. Etienne region of France is a hub of bicycling manufacture. This would be like having an automobile company called "Detroit".

This Gitane was built in the St. Etienne region, for example.

I love the old Fuji road bikes. I really think that they are great quality, under-valued frames.

This Fuji still sports the original Fuji Belt saddle.

Centurion was the road-bike arm (leg?) of Diamond Back. Once they became one-word DiamondBack, they put the name on all of their bikes and dropped Centurion. Their upper-end frames are quite nice.

Bridgestone 300. Early Grant Petersen model.

American Flyer. Built as a match to Carol's, for a client who saw hers on the site and liked it.


S.H. said...

Dear Jon,

unfortunately I couldn't find any mail-address to reach you.
I have a question concerning this bike:

I have the exact frame which my grandfather used to ride back in the days. I want to convert it into a fixed gear/ssp bike. My question: what's the rim size? (My frame doesn't have anything left except the saddle post and the handlebars. Is it 27" x 1-17$ like some old road bikes or 28"? Thanks a lot for your help.
Please answer at sebastian_wgt [at]
Greetings from Austria.

Jon said...

Hi there. The bike originally had 27x1-1/8" wheels and tires. I replaced them with 700c wheels and tires, just to modernize it a bit and provide more choices of tires.

Unknown said...

hey bruh i was wondering if all i need to convert my sekai bike into single speed was a single speed conversion kit? do i need to get anything else? its a horizontal drop

johpao said...

hey i was wondering if all i needed to buy to get my sekai road bike to single speed is a single speed conversion kit... its a HORIZONTAL drop

Drew Mitchell said...


Email is overrated. I found an old St. Etienne bike like the one above. It's complete except for a missing rear wheel. Do you know anything about the dimensions of it? The 700c wheels should work (there's one on the front, and i tried one on the back, but it's geared for a 6 ring cassette, which is too wide.) I'll probably just fix it, for ease (though I'll lament removing those awesome shifters.)



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