Friday, September 23, 2005

The Bluebird's long-lost sister?

You meet the nicest people if keep a bike blog. This is from a man in Sydney, Australia who sells great bike trailers. Buy one if you can. You can get them in the U.S. as well. See his web site for details (just don't expect to find any els on his CTA). I don’t have one yet. But I’m sure it’s just a matter of time before I will.

He also built a bike. I like the old parts, rear brake placement, and mixte (lady’s) frame. That’s the kind of frame that I was looking for for Zora’s Bluebird bike. But I couldn’t find one when I was looking. They’re easy to find everywhere in Amsterdam and around the world, but for some reason much harder to find in America. This style has two smaller parallel bars that make up the cross bar.

In fact, add fenders and this is pretty much exactly what I wanted when I started thinking about Bluebird. A wonderful simple light 6-speed lady's bike. But then, being a novice and being lazy (or at least as lazy as someone willing to build a bike can be) and feeling flush because I just started getting a regular paycheck, I went and bought a lot of new parts and put together a much more expensive bike than I originally planned.

I finally after months of house renovation have had time to get my wife's mixte back on the road. It is pretty much as bought except for the Brooks saddle, Sakae peddles, and a new stem. It went into serious disrepair during construction due to improper storage. So I waxed the frame and overhauled the bearings all around. I took the wheels apart, buffed up the chrome steel rims and hubs(old Shimano high flange steel) and rebuilt the wheels with the old steel spokes. That was fun. They came up really well.

So here is picture I took tonight while on a test ride -

It ride like a Cadillac. Very plush, great cruiser.

Thought you might like a picture.

Of course I like a picture. Thanks. And he even waxed the frame. I’ve never even thought of waxing a frame. I don’t do anything to my frame. Or care if it gets scratched. Maybe that’s because I think it’s less likely to get stolen. More likely it’s because I just don’t care. I like to think I look for inner beauty.


AV said...

Hello--I just logged in to update my blog (my Surly's home! woohoo!) and yours whizzed by as one that had just been updated. I'm really excited about my bicycle. But I brought it home and the landlady (who si the landlord's sister) was like, "you can't have a bicycle here." And she _insists_ that I didn't mention, while I know that I clearly stated that I had a bicycle. Maybe she understood that I just had a bicycle in general, and not that I would be having one here? Sigh.

Fotaq said...

I don't understand why some people are so fundimentally bothered by bicycles. It's like it offends some inner sense of... something. I could understand buildings or transit or people saying you can't bring something of a certain size in, but often the "rules" are simply writen to exclude bicycles. That's why I have a giant bag I can but my bike into. It looks even bigger then, but as long as people can't see it's a bike, they don't have a problem with it. You can always tell people (with a straight face) that it's not a bike. It's art.

P. Lynn Miller said...


Thanks for the great little write-up.

Unfortunately, no 650B wheels yet. I had Velocity roll me a stash of 650B rims, 28H to 48H, but like the cobbler's children, I have not yet had time to lace them up. Should be done in the next few weeks.

The bike will be going through quite a few upgrades over the next few months. I will keep you posted.

P. Lynn Miller
Sydney, Australia