Semi-Custom builds can be anything from swapping out a few parts on your bike to make it fit better and maybe add a little style all the way up to getting you a new frame, paint job, and a complete build up from the ground up!
Cara's semi custom 6mixtieB!
Cara is a friend of the shop and just happened to be looking for a bike right when i had a fun idea for a project.
I bought this little Miyata mixtie off craigslist. it was all original and in pretty great low milage shape. The bike was perfect other than having steel 27in wheels. I wanted to keep it as close to stock as possible with just a little bit of amazing detail.
We started by adding canti brake bosses to switch it to 650b wheels, added a few other braze ons and prepped the frame for a new powder coat. The custom details include modifying the cranks for a 1x6 drive train and then polishing them and the original seatpost.
The wheels are handbuilt by Stoic Wheels with NOS 126 spaced hubs to Velo Orange rims. The brakes have the logos polished off, and the rest of the build is stock parts or Velo Orange. It came out pretty nice!
This frame started as a used hand made StarMichael Bowman 650b Randonneur frame set. Luke picked it up from us and we did a custom build up with some sweet Sun XCD components and other neat bits. We swapped out the StarMichael Bowman stickers out for a Norther Head badge and decals, and ordered him a custom handlebar bag!
Anya's super cute Semi-Custom!
This is a great example of a simple Semi-Custom. Anya had a few bikes, but none of them fit her well or made her happy. They were all either too uncomfortable, or too upright and slow. We helped her find the perfect bike on Craigslist in this sized just right vintage Schwinn Voyager touring bike, then modified it with a new upright cockpit, cute tires and fenders and a rear rack. It's more relaxed than aggressive road bikes, but much more sporty and quick than full upright Dutch style bikes. Just right.
This bike didn't need any frame mods or fancy new paint to make her happy... although those things might be in store in the future, just for fun!
Chi Chi's family member.
Chi Chi has had this bike forever, since before I met her. It's her family and needed to be saved after years of everyday commuting wear and tear.
But, it's always been a little big for her, and she's never used any of the original braze ons as it was a cross bike originally, and she uses it as a pass hunter style commuter.
I removed all the old braze ons, and added new ones to make the bike work better for her. We moved the canti bosses from narrow 700c wheels to wide 650b wheels. And added a single shift boss and pulley boss to for the three speed shifter and cable, rack bosses and cable stops. I re-spaced the frame from 130 to 126 for a three speed hub and added a bridge and fender mount down by the bb shell, and wiring guides for a dynamo lighting system.
It will be built up with 650b wheels with 32c tires and 45mm hammered Velo Orange 650b fenders. The front wheel will have a SP dynamo hub, and the rear will be a vintage Sturmey Archer 3 speed.
The bike is off getting new color now, I'll post more picks once it's back and all built up!
Kerrie's Miyata touring!
Kerrie had this Miyata 610 touring bike he loved, but it was a little worse for wear. It had a broken chain slap guard, damaged top tube cable routing and canti studs placed placed much to narrow and for 27in wheels. It also ended up getting a crack in the top of the seat stay. We did it all to this bike, lot's of braze on changes a few repairs and then he got a new powder coat and some original decals off ebay! Now it's the sharpest Miyata ever!