Gallery: Chris’ Civia Bryant

Chris' Civia Bryant

I’ve been wanting to build up the ultimate commuter for some time now. Originally, I was stoked on the Civia Hyland. When I was ready to pull the trigger, they stopped producing it. This changed my direction to the Bryant. It was the most bang for the buck and is an attractive bike too. I fashioned the front end after Gier Ander’s Civia Hyland. I really loved his use of the rack to mount a front light and a basket. Gier’s advice on how useful a simple basket can be, had me sold. There’s a basket on the way, but I haven’t mounted it yet. An Alfine 11 speed was considered but it was too much for the budget right now. I’ll probably want it in the future for the hills of Encinitas, CA. Otherwise, I’m stoked on everything else. It rides like a dream and I can’t wait to put many thousands of miles on it.

Chris' Civia Bryant
  • Frame & Fork: Civia Bryant 54mm
  • Wheels: Velocity reflective Dyads
  • Front Hub: Alfine Dynamo
  • Rear Hub: Alfine 8 speed
  • Brakes: Avid BB7 disk
  • Tires: Schwalbe Marathon 32mm
  • Stem: Performance Forte 90mm
  • Handlebars: Salsa Bend 2 23 degree
  • Seatpost: Civia
  • Saddle: Soma Ensho
  • Cranks: Civia w/ 42T
  • Pedals: Performance cheapies
  • Rear rack: Civia Market
  • Front rack: Racktime Topit
  • Front light: Busch & Muller Lumotec IQ Cyo R N
  • Rear light: Busch & Muller Top Light Line Plus
  • Fenders: Civia Market


Gallery: Mark’s 1974 Raleigh Sport

Mark's 1974 Raleigh Sport
Mark's 1974 Raleigh Sport

I purchased this 1974 Raleigh Sport from a man who hadn’t ridden the 3-speed since moving from the flats of Virginia Beach to the hills of Charlottesville in the early 1980s. It sat rusting with it’s original Norfolk and Richmond bike license stickers. After a complete rehab – tires, bearings, new chain, cables, rust removal and polishing – it now serves as my main commuter for a ~5-8 mile / day daily trip through downtown Charlottesville where the limited gearing span is no problem. The fenders, chain guard, and upright stance make riding in a suit and tie feasible. For nighttime visibility, to supplement my helmet light I added an old Royce Union dynamo and light set (rigging up the broken taillight with a salvaged LED, resistor, and a red reflector cover from a jogging blinky light), an old Cateye headlight, and a new Planet Bike fender-mounted blinky light. I indulged in a new Brooks saddle and bought a way-too-robust double-legged kickstand. Although not a pristine restoration, the chipped patina, in my opinion, is handsome and ensures that I will not sweat if someone dings it a bit in the inadequate bike parking at my workplace. Next step: an vintage-appropriate back cargo rack so that I don’t need to wear a backpack.


Gallery: Steve’s Town Bike Project

Steve's Bike
Steve's Bike

This is my beloved townie that sits behind my desk at work and ventures out on a daily basis to fetch lunch, groceries and general duties. Like most things it’s still a work in progress and I plan to tidy it up a bit more over time. The frame is an ex local postal service unit that I purchased from a market and that’s where the project started. I had the frame powder coated by a local cycling friend who owns the business and understands how to get a high quality finish. It’s truly an outstanding job. The stem, bars, chain guard, stand and rack are all sourced from Velo Orange. Seat pole is a generic BMX post as I struggled to source a good quality 25.4mm unit at the time. Saddle is Brooks and cranks are Shimano 600s. Wheels are generics I picked up cheap and the basket is from the local office supplies store spray painted black. Finally the fenders are second hand units I sprayed myself. I knocked the whole thing together but over time it will evolve. Someone at work asked me if I was going to grab a bottle of red wine and a breadstick! I guess that sums it up.

Steve O’Brien
Melbourne, Australia

Gallery: Anthony’s Kogswell P/R


Spring ride on the Hockanum Rail Trail in central Ct. Kogswell P/R, 650b, TA cranks, Phil hubs, Brooks Pro saddle. My true companion!

Anthony Spina

Gallery: Clancy’s Schwinn Deluxe Racer

Clancy's Schwinn
Clancy's Schwinn

I recently acquired this 1965 Schwinn Deluxe Racer in Radiant Coppertone. The rear hub is a Bendix 2 speed kickback- yellow band. Originally the bike had black grips and saddle but the previous owner found matching replacements. The Coppertone paint is stunning against the bright chrome parts. The frame is on the smaller side for me, but it doesn’t matter much for my rides to the local stores and work.

Clancy Anderson

Gallery: Matthew’s 1980 Schwinn World Tourist

Schwinn Bicycle

I thought I’d share some pics of my “new” bicycle. This is a Craigslist purchase I picked up over the summer – a 1980 Schwinn World Tourist five-speed. I wanted something I could have fun setting up as my ideal commuter/carrier/city bike without spending a fortune, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

I haven’t found much info on this bike, but it was evidently intended as a successor to the ubiquitous and indestructible Suburban after Schwinn began moving production to Taiwan. Given that it’s about to turn 32 years old, I’d say it’s proving every bit as solid as its predecessor.

It’s an absolute joy to ride. The bike itself is entirely stock: Giant-built lugged frame (mine is 23.5″), a mix of Shimano/Sugino components, 27″ wheels, fenders, chainguard, sprung saddle, tourist bars. It weighs in at a pretty reasonable 33lbs. It’s an incredibly comfy ride, and surprisingly fast.

I added Velo Orange racks front and rear. Though the geometry is not low-trail, I was encouraged by articles here and elsewhere to try a front porteur rack anyway, and I’m very glad I did. Initially, I thought I’d use it as a secondary rack on those occasions when I need to carry a little extra to/from work, for errands or shopping, etc. (and I do). But even when traveling light, being able to throw a regular old backpack or messenger bag on the front and strap it down is incredibly convienient. It hasn’t seen really heavy-duty loads yet, but thus far I haven’t experienced any issues with handling. Naturally, having the front rack was the perfect excuse for a Pletscher two-legged kickstand, and I added the wheel stabilizer for good measure.

Planet Bike flasher in the rear, and a USB CygoLite in the front – via the Gino Light Mount, which accepts the handlebar clamp (I have to mount the CygoLite upside-down, but the beam is uniform, so I don’t think it matters much). The bag is a Minnehaha Utility Pannier, which has D-rings for a shoulder strap, and is generally non-descript enough to be mistaken for an ordinary canvas messenger bag.

The tires are Michelin World Tour gumwalls, which – although labeled/spec’d as 27″x1 1/4″ – are considerably beefier than any other tire of this size. Anyone riding an older road bike with 27″ rims who’d like a slightly wider, more cushy tire would do well to give these a try. (Just be prepared to spend an extra few minutes wrestling them onto your rims.) They hold up well over city streets, have a classic look, and are quite inexpensive.

Speaking of which, after tallying up every dollar spent here, I’ve arrived at a grand total of $405.00 (excluding the front headlight and the bag – which I already had – but including absolutely everything else, from the bike itself down to the straps on the racks). In other words, over a single summer/fall of bike commuting whenever possible, the project has essentially paid itself off with respect to the cost of car/bus/train alternatives.


Gallery: Jake Dean’s Soma Stanyan

Jake's Soma Stanyan

This is my Soma Stanyan I’ve been building since I got back from Iraq (see: “why I ride contest”), and also the first bike I’ve built from the ground up. I went with the Stanyan because it was a reasonable price for a lugged steel frame. Obligatory Brooks saddle (I didn’t know about Selle Anatomica at the time), downtube shifters, Cane Creek headset, Panasonic tires, lots of Velo Orange shiny things, and a Klean Kanteen rounds out the look. The handlebars are upside down Nitto Northroads to give the “path racer” stance and the crank is Sugino. At the time this photo was taken, I was still waiting for the chain to come in the mail… but I couldn’t wait to take a picture of her. Here in northern Japan it is difficult to find a local bike store that doesn’t just make Japanese-style bikes, so a lot of the work was done watching a YouTube instructional video and a wrench in hand. It’s been lots of fun and I’ve learned a lot from this project. Looking forward to building the next one!

Jake Dean

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