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 asked me first. Surprisingly, 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 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 (not completed): 1953 Sturmey-Archer FG Dyno-Four rear hub with DT stainless spokes, period lights, Schwalbe HS159 tires, newer Brooks B66 saddle, 1970s Raleigh handlebars, Minniehaha medium canvas bag with alloy support rack, Dia Compe gray matter brake pads, Tornade alloy frame pump
- Rear rim, lamp bracket, 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 standard 2030
- Optional factory installed 6-volt 1.8-watt Dynohub generator and headlight.
- Accompanies me on my commute most days of most weeks. Tracks well in snow, too.  
- This is THE bike that got me into cycling after saving it from the dump. Still my favorite after all these bikes and an absolute delight to ride.
- Updates: Aluminum rear rack, Kool-stop Continental salmon brake pads, 1980s Brooks B66 saddle, Wald 582 basket, XGEN2 voltage regulator with Nicelite LED light bulb, cosmetic restoration summer 2014, 21t rear sprocket, replacement Buchel pedals, old style reproduction grips and decals, Vittoria Randonneur tires
- 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, front fork lock with keys missing
- 1973 Sturmey-Archer headlight and tail light, 1972 Brooks B66 saddle, 1969 Pletscker kickstand, 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



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 and rat trap pedals & clip straps from 1980s
- New parts: Sun Venus rims, DT Competition double butted spokes, Pure RT-100 hubs, Continental Tour Ride 700x32c tires, Brooks B17 Imperial Narrow saddle, MKS toe clips (NOS)
- 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, bag, and lights
- Been with me since February 2017



Pictured July 2017

First Raleigh purchased brand new. 
Stock:
- SRAM Rival 11-42 cassette & rear derailleur, hydro disc brakes, Clement Xplor MSO 700x50c tires, dropper post!
Modifications:
- SRAM 36t chainring to replace the 40, Nashbar Double Track pedals, Planet Bike ATB 29er fenders, Topeak Explorer ATB rack, non-disc (still fits on this bike)
- 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 June 2016

- 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


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.