My Vehicles

2004 Ford F-150

Pictured April 2017

- Belonged to a close friend Ian's father since new. He bought a new truck and didn't want to bother posting it up for sale, and also knew that I loved the truck so offered it to me for a very low price. Surprisingly, I got the green light from my parents and we drove it home. 
- 5.4-liter V8, 24v SOHC. 300 hp/365 ft-lb. Crew cab, 5.5 ft bed
- Been with me since May 2017

Pictured June 2017

Ideal commuter bike, v2.1. Started with bare Tange chrome-moly mixte frame in near mint condition. Built up as a 3-speed for the first year of ownership, re-rebuilt May 2017

- Weinmann 650b rims, Panaracer Col de la Vie tires, Shimano Alfine dynohub, 1970s Sturmey-Archer high flange rear hub, DT double-butted stainless spokes
- 1986 Suntour 14-30t 6-speed freewheel, Shimano Tiagra 4601 GS rear derailleur, Shimano Claris 2403 front drailleur, Sugino XD 170mm cranks, 30-40-50t Sugino+Specialized chainrings, Wellgo folding pedals, SRAM PC830 chain, SunRace friction bar end shifters (left side for both sides), Shimano UN55 68x113 mm bottom bracket
- Nitto Technomic 70x180mm stem, Origin8 42 cm handlebars, Tektro RL340 brake levers, Schwinn Approved Weinmann LS2 brake calipers (front filed for more reach), Kool Stop Eagle gray brake pads, Sturmey-Archer stainless brake cables, Jagwire L3 shifter cables
- Brooks Cambium C17 saddle, Herrmans H-flow headlight and H-track tail light, Planet Bike Eco Rack, 1960s Falter aluminum fenders

Gareth, pictured October 2016

- Rescued from the dump - all was functional and nearly original except for tires, grips, late '50s shifter, and saddle. Original and functional rear wheel with threaded-driver Sturmey-Archer AW 3-speed hub being kept in storage.
- Still has Ann Arbor registration stickers from 1959-64
- Additions : 1953 Sturmey-Archer FG Dyno-Four rear hub with DT stainless spokes, 1940s lamp bracket, period lights, Schwalbe HS180 tires, newer Brooks B66 saddle, 1970s Raleigh stem and handlebars, Minniehaha medium canvas bag with alloy support rack, Dia Compe gray matter brake pads, Tornade alloy frame pump
- Rear rim, front fender tip, and seat post from 1969
- Been with me since October 2016

Gwendolyn, pictured May 2016

- Rare Sturmey-Archer SW 3-speed gear hub. Generally regarded as fragile and unreliable but has been working well. Hub has been rebuilt mostly for kicks.
- "2328" high tensile tubing - not sure how/if it differed from the Raleigh's later standard 2030
- Optional factory installed 6-volt 1.8-watt Dynohub generator and headlight.
- This is THE bike that got me into cycling after saving it from the dump. Still an absolute delight to ride, was the primary commuter from 2013-2015
- Updates: Aluminum rear rack, Kool-stop Continental salmon brake pads, "Schwinn Approved" mattress saddle, XGEN2 voltage regulator with Nicelite LED light bulb, cosmetic restoration summer 2014, 21t rear sprocket, replacement Buchel pedals, old style reproduction grips and decals. 
- Been with me since November 2013

Pictured January 2017

- Made by Raleigh, 3-speed Sturmey-Archer internal gear hub, 46/20 tooth gear ratio
- Velo Orange Model 5 leather saddle, SRAM brake cables, Dia Compe Gray Matter brake pads
- Michelin World Tour 26x1-3/8" tires, 1971 Raleigh pedals, KMC Z410 nickel plated chain
- Been with me since June 2016

1965 Hercules "Sports" 2-speed

The 2werkules, pictured August 2017

- Sturmey-Archer S2C 2-speed kickback coaster brake hub, Sheffield 90mm front hub, 46/21 gearing
- Weinmann DP18 700c rims, Continental Ultra Sport 700x25c tires, DT Champion stainless spokes with yellow nipples
- KMC Z410 NP chain, 1970s Brooks vinyl mattress saddle, 1976 Raleigh handlebars and stem
- Been with me since April 2017

1969 Raleigh Sports (DL-22L)

Judith/Marco, pictured July 2017

- 24-34-42t triple crankset, square taper bottom bracket adapter spindle, Diamondback Bigfoot BMX pedals
- Alloy drop bars, Schwinn Varsity stem, and SunRace friction shifters from the Ross (see bottom)
- Alloy rims, Kenda K146 tires, 1969 Schwinn brake calipers, 14-32t Shimano 5-speed freewheel, Shimano Tourney rear derailleur, Topeak Explorer rack, Planet Bike Comfort Classic saddle

Gilbert, pictured March 2017

- Original 3-speed Sturmey-Archer AW, front Dynohub 6v 1.8w generator, XGEN2 voltage regulator, reproduction keys for fork lock
- 1973 Sturmey-Archer headlight and tail light, 1972 Brooks B66 saddle, Pletscher rack, Minniehaha canvas barrel bag
- Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires, KMC gold chain, Dia Compe brake pads
- Built up in 2015 with new Sturmey-Archer 5-speed & dynamo drum brake hubs, returned to original in 2016
- Been with me since January 2015, one of the regular commuters.

Pictured December 2017

Snagged one when they were going at a massive discount! So far no modifications.
- Sturmey-Archer RS-RK3 3-speed hub, mechanical disc brakes and eccentric bottom bracket
- 700x45c Kenda tires, soon to change. Gyes GS-14 saddle with Raleigh branding.
I'm not usually a fan of new retro stuff, but they did a great job on the details here.

Sir Wild Toad, pictured August 2017

Very used frame (Reynolds 531), fork, and bottom bracket purchased from U.K. for a very reasonable price. 
- Re-purposed old parts: crankset, bottom bracket spindle, Huret shift lever from 1971 Raleigh Sprite 5-speed. Mafac Racer brakes from a 1977 Peugeot UO-8. 39 cm drop bars from 1986 KHS Gran Sport. Zefal frame pump (to be repaired) and rat trap pedals & clip straps from 1980s
- New parts: Sun Venus rims, DT Competition double butted spokes, Pure RT-100 hubs, Continental Sport Contact II 700x28c tires, Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow saddle, MKS toe clips
- SunRace 11-34 tooth 10-speed cassette, Shimano 105 5800 SS derailleur, SRAM PC-1031 chain
- Nashbar Softgrip tape, 50 mm stem with threadless adapter. 
-Total weight 21 lbs when first completed, minus fenders, pump, and lights
- Been with me since February 2017

Pictured July 2017

First Raleigh purchased brand new. 
- SRAM Rival 11-speed rear derailleur, 40t chainring, hydro disc brakes, dropper post!
- DT Swiss M1900 Spline 650b wheels, Schwalbe Thunder Burt 27.5 x 2.1" tubeless tires, SunRace CS-MX8 11-speed 11-44t cassette, WTB Speed V saddle, Nashbar Double Track pedals, Planet Bike ATB 29er fenders, Topeak Explorer ATB rack
- Been with me since July 2017

Pictured September 2016

- Sturmey-Archer AWC 3-speed coaster brake hub in 700c deep V rims
- 1963 finned front fender, hand brakes removed, shifter cable routed through front braze-on
- 700x35c Kenda Cosmo tires, 46/22 gearing, Linus North Road handlebars, Schwinn Varsity stem
- Been with me since June 2015

Pictured June 2017

- Original 3-speed Sturmey-Archer AW hub laced into Sun CR18 20" alloy rim, Biologic Joule front 20" dynohub wheel
- 152 mm crankset, 36/13t gear ratio, Schwalbe Marathon tires
- Kool Stop Vans brake pads, KMC chain, Wellgo folding pedal/nylon pedal, Brooks B66 Champion S saddle, 26.8 x 450 mm alloy seat post
- New riser stem with upside down chopped drop bars, brake levers with upside down cables
- '80s KF BMX fork with Velo Orange headset
- Herrmans dynamo LED lights - headlight has been stuck into old headlight housing. Nashbar trunk bag
- Been with me since May 2016

Rosalynn, pictured January 2017

- Low-mileage, fairly well preserved when I bought it
- 1961 3-speed Sturmey-Archer TCW coaster brake, 46/21 gear ratio
- Kool Stop salmon rod brake pads, Schwalbe Delta Cruiser tires, KMC Z410 chain, 1973 Brooks B72 saddle, Steco cargo rack, Paris Packs canvas bags, Gyes leather grips, Sunlite frame pump painted black, bottle generator powering halogen headlight and LED Herrmans rear light with standlight
- Been with me since July 2015

Pictured December 2017

Tange 4130 chromoly steel frame, surprisingly light frame with heavy wheels
- Fixed gear, 52/20 gear ratio for interchangeability with the 2-speed Hercules wheel
- 700x32c Continental Tour Ride tires, Weinmann DP-18 rims, Planet Bike fenders
- Profile quill-threadless stem adapter, Dimension 70 mm stem, 1970s randonneur handlebars

1960s Falter Star Rider

Pictured January 2017

West German full size folding bike with the following modifications:
- 26x1-3/8" steel wheels and Sturmey-Archer 3-speed coaster brake rear hub dated 1988
- Continental City Ride tires, 46/20 tooth gear ratio, KMC Z410 nickel plated chain, nylon pedal/Wellgo folding pedal
- Planet Bike Comfort Classic saddle, alloy seat post, 1948 Raleigh handlebars, LED light bulbs

Pictured May 2017

Something cheap and simple to see if I actually like doing this. The first bike I ever purchased brand new, but repainted with Duplicolor Ford Amazon Green. Also added a Retrospec Wide Urban saddle, VP retro BMX pedals, and swan handlebar grips. 

Notable Former Vehicles:

Pictured March 2015

- 3.0L (181 c.i.) Duratec V6, 24V DOHC, 200 hp @ 5750 rpm, 200 ft-lb @ 4500 rpm
- >157k miles, daily driver, engine ran like new when retired
- Michigan car, underside rusted pretty badly
- Repairs by me: Left rear door drunk driver dent (Feb. 2012), both rear brake lines, radiator hose, rear defroster, and many zip ties
- Dad bought it new prior to my beginning of pre-school (Aug. 10, 1999), ignition died days before university graduation (Apr. 19, 2017). I remember the day we bought it, learned the basics of car maintenance with it, first car I ever drove, got my driver's license with it. Emotional value >> actual value
- Retired since one thing after another had been going wrong; ironically, none of the things we thought were on their way out (transmission, brake lines, structural integrity of undercarriage) had actually failed yet. 

Pictured March 2017

I rode this one fairly often.  My any-weather, any-time, ain't-care beater that lived outside.
- Dying bike that I got for free and resurrected with junk parts that ran for a long time. 700c Matrix Vapor rims and 7-speed rear freewheel came on the bike. Only parts original to the frame left were seat post, handlebars(?) and crankset. 
- Planet Bike fenders and rack were free. Rear derailleur "upgraded" to Shimano TX-35, Sunrace friction shifters mounted as "brifters"
- Sunlite replacement fork and headset, '76 Schwinn Varsity stem, Continental Tour Ride 700x32c tires
- Rode surprisingly nicely and stood up to city abuse, curbs, dirt jumps, etc. Never left me walking.
- Been with me since September 2014, retired in March 2017 after drivetrain wore out (again) and seat stays started bending. I have kept the frame.

- 1977 Takara 10-speed built into a 2-speed retro-direct
- Alloy wheels and brakes from a 1986 KHS Gran Sport
- Using the 52t chain ring up front and two separate freewheels at 16 and 24 teeth
- Pedal forward for high gear, backward for low. I had it the other way initially. 
- Been with me since April 2016, parted out December 2017. Parts to be used later.