Here at the shop we work on a lot of really neat bikes. We’ve become the go to guys for quality repairs and restorations. We work on a lot of modern bikes and the vintage bike owners know to come to us since we have a lot of knowledge and a ton of tools that are no longer available and very hard to come by. You can say we’re just as nerdy about tools as we are about steel bikes. Working on old bikes is a passion for sure since the classic’s are so much more difficult than modern bikes. When we repair modern bikes it’s an absolute pleasure, everything is so easy about them.
We are going to start doing a lot more blog posts like this one going forward. Up until now we have been saving our blog posts for really large significant things but in doing that we miss out on putting up so many rad photos. Now we will post a lot more of the day to day happenings while still keeping our blog to mostly all original content which people respect about us.
So, what do we have in this blog post? Well these are two of Chris Kostman’s bikes of AdventureCORPS recent projects which we helped him with. Chris is also the man behind the XO-1 website and endurance events such as the Badwater Ultramarathon, Furnace Creek 508 and a handful of other big events.
The first bike is a custom Raleigh 3 speed fixed. The Sturmey Archer 3 speed fixed hub is pretty cool and really fitting with this build. It’s actually inspired me to do a similar build for myself on a Hetchin’s Italia frame that I have kicking around. Along with endurance race promoting Chris is a huge fan of 3 speed bicycles as well. This is partially why he jives well with our shop, we take the same approach to cycling. Having all kinds of bikes to do all kinds of different types of rides. Keep it fun and fresh. There will be much more on the incredible history of this frame soon.
The second bike is a customized Rivendell Roadeo frame which he’s been riding for a while now. We installed the Honjo fenders for the anticipation of a wetter than normal riding season here in So-Cal. This photo was taken before I added an additional fender-stay to the forward edge of the front fender. Installing Honjo fenders correctly is a lot of work. We have taken the time to learn how it should be done and we take a lot of pride in this. We have also customized a few tool’s for the task too. We have only had one customer come into our shop with Honjo’s installed correctly so it’s a skill few know and sadly most bike shops fall into the “don’t know” category. Done right it’s a 2 to 3 hour job. It’s almost like wheel building for me in that it’s kind of a pain but for some reason I love doing it. The pride in the finished product is something I get a kick out of. The funny thing is after asking around I’ve realized that I’m likely the only person that likes installing Honjo’s. To be honest it’s nearly impossible to explain to customers why it costs so much to install these types of fenders since the labor is more than the cost of the fenders themselves. The funny thing is I know a whole slew of bike shops that have been taken by surprise and charged the same labor rate they would for any other fender. They will install it incorrectly and loose a lot of money in the process not realizing how much labor they actually take. Luckily customers like Chris know how Honjo’s should be installed and understand the related labor costs.