These are the bikes that I regularly ride. As you can see, each one features a different wheel size, and none are 700c. I built all of these bikes from the frame up, integrating my favorite components and augmenting the bike’s natural strengths. I sometimes will build my own wheel set unless an appropriate solution already exists in the marketplace.
This is the latest addition to my line-up: a 1980 Meral sport touring bike that I converted to 650b. The conversion went well, but I have since modified some of the accessories and changed out the tires and fenders. It’s a wonderful frame made from Reynolds 531 tubing, and is very comfortable on long rides. Weight as pictured 27 lbs. Information about this bike can be found here and here and here and here.
This is a mid-90’s Terry Symmetry Tange steel TIG welded frame (left over NOS – not previously built) that I built up using my favorite components, one of which is an early 80’s Shimano 600 crankset from my old Davidson that just keeps on going, mated to the matching Shimano 600 front derailleur. It gets ridden a lot because it handles extremely well, is fast enough, and can go over the occasional dirt and gravel roads I encounter on some of my commute routes. The frame had rack mounts, but no fender eyelets – an odd combination. I built the wheelset, converting its original intended wheel size to 26″ from 650c so I could run 32mm tires, but those tires did not provide clearance for full length fenders, so I solved that problem by mounting fenders over the top of the brake bridge and fork crown. Weight: 25.8 lbs as pictured (w/o bag).
This is a mid-80’s Guerciotti frame built with Columbus Aelle tubing. I converted it to 650c from 700c so I could run some fatter tires, but I haven’t been able to locate anything bigger than these Terry 28mm that I am using now. However, that’s better than the 23mm tires it was designed for. For the conversion, I used long reach Tektro brakes, which are working well. I sprung for a Campagnolo Record headset and bottom bracket, mated to a Centaur compact crankset (52/39), with good old reliable Shimano derailleurs. Weight 22.4 lbs (w/o bag).
This is a 1987 Panasonic MC 7500 that I converted to a winter/errand bike. It’s a fun bike to just hop on and ride, and I often chose it for gardening and shopping jaunts. To keep things simple, it is set up with a 1×7 drive train, and no expensive parts, so I don’t mind locking it with a cable lock when I am out running errands. It’s been through a few iterations, which you can read about here and here and here.
Here is a beautiful 1950 Raleigh Sports Tourist “C” model. It’s one of the first bikes I purchased as I was beginning my bicycle restoration endeavors. It is an amazingly well-preserved quality machine that required only modest attention to make it the delightful ride that it is. The Raleigh quality control of this era is, frankly, unmatched.