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Last Wednesday, someone donated three older bicycles to me. They were grungy, and felt like they had a major film layer of coal or sap or some kind of odd mix of the two; as if they were in someone’s basement for forty years. Well, to my surprise, they were in pretty decent shape. The tires were not dry-rotted and held air. I thought, “Hey, this will be a good project to work on!” as I looked them over. The main problems were to update the brake cables, housing, bar tape, and clean up the components.

ross bicycles, allentown, pa, pennsylvania, road bike, classic brakes, drop bar, american made road bike

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I used a lot of steel wool and Simple Green to remove the gunk from the frames, and even more steel wool to polish the rims, and any other chromed parts that started to have rust blemishes. Hard work (2+ hrs, each), but the shine was totally worth it.

ross bicycles, allentown, pa, pennsylvania, road bike, classic brakes, drop bar, american made road bike

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ross bicycles, allentown, pa, pennsylvania, road bike, classic brakes, drop bar, american made road bike

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ross bicycles, allentown, pa, pennsylvania, road bike, classic brakes, drop bar, american made road bike

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ross bicycles, allentown, pa, pennsylvania, road bike, classic brakes, drop bar, american made road bike

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I ended up repacking all of the bearings on the hubs and headset, and luckily didn’t have to pull the bottom brackets… I don’t even think I have the tools needed to pull a one piece crank from the frame… *Pfew*

The gearing on two of the road bikes were massive. like a 44/53 tooth chainring. We are in West Virginia, not Florida… On a cruising-style road bike, there is no reason for such huge gear combination. The cables in these two bikes were also rusted, and I didn’t want to spend close to $20 replacing cables, let alone housing. I had an idea… Why not just make the bikes a single speed bicycle by toying with the limit screw on the rear derailleur?

Brilliant! Since these bikes are meant for town cruising, a 44/18 gear ratio is fantastic. I’m sure whoever I sell these bikes to are not going to go try out all of the local hills, so having them not have to worry about shifting or derailleur adjustment will just make their life easier too. The bikes also looked a lot nicer with two less bunches of housing on them. Very Chic~

montgomery ward, open road, classic road bike, vintage road bike

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The cruiser bicycle had a seized seatpost. I hate when this happens. It also kept the seat in place with one of those old, outdated clamp-on seat clamps that also clamp to the tube at the same time… Ugh… Why? Eventually I got it to move around, and get it to a very generalized height. Good enough. I hate seized seatposts… Ugh… I even hate saying seized seatposts…

Murray, nassau, cruiser bike

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So luckily enough, in between running errands, hanging out with friends, and going on a small ride, I was able to clean up and restore three bicycles over the weekend. I have about three or so hours worth of labor on each one, but I am not trying to become rich by selling old bikes; I just want people to afford and enjoy some pedal powered activities…

If you know anyone who wants a classic bike, let them know I have a couple for sale!

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All erection puns aside, I want to get around to reviewing a new saddle I purchased from Fyxation

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Not sure if you have noticed, but Fyxation has spot-on made a saddle that is pretty classy with it’s leather cover, but also has a somewhat regale shape that we have seen before. There have been a few tweaks to this saddle to save weight and increase comfort compared to other riveted, leather saddles, and Fyxation succeeded in nearly all categories.

First of all, let’s talk about the quality. While this saddle is probably made by Velo, or some other large Asian component manufacturer; it has the craftsmanship of a saddle from a mid-to-upper range company, as you would expect to see in Cannondale or Specialized saddle group. The leather is very typical and soft, but this is not a negative attribute. Your rear end will feel very welcome here. The rails are Cr-Mo, and not attempting to be lightweight for the urban/fixed gear crowd, but are still nothing to skoff about. The shape of the saddle is slightly pliable around the edges, somewhat giving in the middle (which is fantastic for those longer rides), and has held up well to use and weather conditions. The rivets on the rear of the saddle are crome plated, and have a somewhat brass-colored metal under the gloss. I found this out when I received the saddle from Fyxation, and saw that all of the rivets had light scratches or scuffs on them. I’m sure this is normal, and happens in either the manufacturing or distribution process, but it is something to warn you about if you are an OCD perfectionist.

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat, classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

After spending some time with this saddle, I have placed it on my touring/cyclocross bike due to the long-lasting comfort, and lack of concern for weight for these types of rides. At $65, this classic styled saddle with leather and rivets is hard to beat. Fyxation found a way to take an old product, make it cheap, comfortable, and still look pretty classy. It’s hard to do that in the modern world, and still have your products come out this well.

Final suggestion? Buy it if you are looking for comfort and classic styling, while trying to keep a hold of your wallet.

Pros:

  • Quality Leather
  • Classic Styling
  • Comfortable Design

Cons:

  • Weight
  • Marred Rivets – This may only be on the saddle I received.

3/4 Stars.

Photos by N-Bomb

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