Monday, September 29, 2014

bicycle handlebar conversion

Recent Handlebar Conversion

New NITTO bars belong on almost any bicycle including this Nirve Cruiser..

NITTO handlebars

Soma Head Light

Rear Rack

Upgrades include:

NITTO handlebars
         Resulting in a more comfortable hand position allowing the rider better handling.
         The NITTO bars are in better proportion to our customer's physic too.

Soma Bullet head light
          It's Fall baby and those dark streets need illumination after dinner out.

Rear Rack
        Just in case.

Whether you choose to buy a bicycle from Queen City Cycle or not we most certainly can customize your ride.


Friday, August 8, 2014

XtraCycle Upgrades

It happens,
Life rolls along and boom big changes occur.  Hopefully your life changes have been positive ones such as marital status, babies, new job...
As shop owners we observe these changes through our customer's bicycle habits.  As one would expect happy changes translate to more bicycle riding. For example, one of loyal Boulder customers moved to the northern reaches of his city a year and half ago. In anticipation of this move he had Ethan perform a longtail, XtraCycle conversion on one of his steel bicycles knowing that he was going to be commuting up and down several hills to get to his office, to shop, and to take his daughter to school.

In due course components have worn and need to be replaced. Meaning he and his family have been riding their bicycles and having fun in their new neighborhood!

The Upgrades

Velocity rim, Phil Wood Hub, IRD freewheel

The problems started when our friend wasn't able to shift gears properly.

Ethan replaced his shifters better quality IRD trigger shifters. Then during the course of it's tune-up Ethan discovered that the rear rim was cracking and the rear cassette was missing teeth.

After deliberating several options our friend decided to have Ethan build a new rear wheel with double butted spokes, a Phil Wood hub, and an IRD freewheel.

This wheel was built for strength because our customer is still transporting his growing daughter up and down the hills of North Boulder.

New NITTO seatpost
 As long as his bicycle was in the shop we recommended
a new NITTO seatpost. This seat post is elegant and holds
it's position.
One or our favorite custom Surly Long Haul Truckers.

a rear light was added,
IRD Power Ratchet Friction Thumb Shifter,
IRD freewheel,
Velocity rim,
Phil Wood rear hub.

Not bad for all the fun that this ride provides.

Keep on Trucking!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

custom Soma Saga

We are pleased as punch that Soma Fabrications has made their iconic Saga touring frame set available as a complete bike build this year.  But sometimes, when a customer wants everything just perfect for their brand new bike the custom route is the way to travel.

Pictured is a great Saga build that we customized for one of our Denver customers. This Saga will be used as a commuter, a road bike, and a touring bike or concisely put, an all-around steel road bike.

After our initial interview with the owner of this Saga, Ethan determined that this gent was seeking a comfortable yet sporty ride. He needs to be able to dismount quickly in traffic therefore platform pedals. Flats are a big prob. here on the front range so EverWears with thorn-protection built in were chosen. Every little piece of this component package were carefully chosen just for him.

Highlights of this build:

  • ChroMoly frame set
  • Velocity rims
  • Sugino triple crankset
  • MKS pedals
  • Brooks Saddle
  • NITTO grand rando bars
  • IRD stem and headset
  • IRD front derailleur
  • STI shifters
  • Soma EverWear tires....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Schwinn Tandem ridable again

A true story;

Not very long ago, a young couple, who loved one another very much, decided that they would take the leap into marriage together. They planned a simple ceremony to include their closest friends and would then depart off into the sunset on their vintage Schwinn Twinn tandem.

But one night before their marriage someone stole their Schwinn tandem. The groom-to-be scoured their small town for their bicycle to no avail. Even the local news station picked up their story of romance. 

Lo and behold, on the morning of their wedding the Schwinn tandem was parked on their front lawn without a note or explanation. They were able to ride to and from their wedding on their prized bicycle! In celebration of their union this young couple has traveled the country with their tandem in tow. 

Unfortunately, upon arriving to Denver, their bicycle broke down.  They took the tandem into a NW Denver bicycle shop to be repaired.  The bicycle shop, who shall remain unnamed, looked upon this old, beat up bicycle and immediately sent the newly weds to another bicycle shop. For they were unable or unwilling to fix such an old machine. The out-of-towners were then sent to another bicycle shop and then back to the second bicycle shop where they were turned away yet again. 

Dejected and sad the newly weds found themselves telling their woeful story to some locals in a NW Denver coffee shop. The coffee-drinking Deverites said, "haven't you been to see Ethan at Queen City Cycle, he's the mechanic who can fix your tandem!"

So after traversing the Queen City of the Plains this young couple brought their tandem to Ethan who had in riding order in no time. They are happily on the road again with their very ride able bicycle aboard.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"The Song of the Wheel," is sure to inspire one to ride.

Libraries are wonderful societal institutions. One can go in with a specific research goal and come across something totally different that could unexpectedly brighten the day. This happened to me recently I was going about my business at the library and my eyes fell on a bound volume of journals from the 1970’s.  Within this volume there was a historical piece about bicycle’s place in American society during the late 1880s.

The topic of this article was quite enlightening and may be a subject for me to explore within this web log soon enough but I was especially entertained by a song highlighted at the end of the scholarly tome. Here it is and I do hope some of you will be as delighted as I was upon my discovery.

The Song of the Wheel
Whirl and click of sprocket and chain,
            Shimmer and flash of steel,
Throb of pedal, and saddle-creek,
            This is the Song of the Wheel.
Think you, you of the shoulder-shrug, you of
            the scornful glance,
That I am only the season’s fad, slipped into
            vogue by chance,
Toy of the moment’s childish whim, ‘til next
            year’s  fancy? Nay,
I am the balanced, whirling, swift, still Spirit
            of To-day.

Tyrant am I of the woodland, road’ Mercury
            of the street,
Slipping soundless athwart the rush, fragile,
            elusive, fleet,
Whispering over the asphalt, ghost-like I glide
            elusive, fleet,
Whispering over the asphalt, ghost-like I glide
            through the Park,
Flickering my firefly light along the driveway
            in the dark…

Pleasure hath drunk the draught of haste, and
            learned to laugh to scorn
All the sauntering ease and free of a leisured
            are outworn.
Tense, speeds! Imperative her clanging
            summons ring!
I am the Spirit of To-day-and I am Pleasure’s

Whirl and click of Sprocket and chain
            shimmer and flash of steel,
Throb of pedal and saddle-creek,
            This is the Song of the Wheel.
                        George Lynde Richardson
                        in Outing Magazine, 1897.