Single Speed to 5-speed

by michelle bontrager


It happens. Love at first sight, we can't help it, we are only human created from uncontrollable desires and emotions. After a few furtive glances, you don't think about consequences, you jump in.  But after a few weeks reality sets in, this isn't what you imagined at all but then who was thinking?

Queen City Cycle of Denver may help with your new Bicycle Blues dilemma. It is common to ride a new bicycle from the showroom totally in love with your purchase. But then after a few weeks of riding you may notice an annoying rattle, your seat may be causing pain, or there isn't the gearing that you need to accomplish hills. Generally there  is a fix, here are a few examples we encountered last week...

As an under-appreciated single speed

As an under-appreciated single speed

 

This Bianchi single speed just wasn't getting out, not because she wasn't handsome enough because she does indeed cut a fine figure. No it was because 1-gear can be intimidating day after day after day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bingo, Sturmey Archer 5-speed hub with barend shifter, Clean!

Bingo, Sturmey Archer 5-speed hub with barend shifter, Clean!

 

We built a new pair of wheels with a Sturmey Archer 5-speed hub, added a Brook's leather saddle, matching leather bar tape and voila.

 

 

 

 

 

This Breezer was stuck inside all Summer long until it's owner decided to ask us our opinion.  

 

not a good handlebar choice. 

not a good handlebar choice. 

 

It's a good looking 3-speed made for city riding but the previous handlebar conversion, preformed at a different bike shop, certainly did him no justice.

 

 

 

 

Elegant bars offering a natural hand position.

Elegant bars offering a natural hand position.

A second handlebar conversion was completed with a NITTO Albatross bar. This NITTO bar adds an elegant pizazz AND the rider has a most comfortable hand position while cruising our beautiful Highlands neighborhood. disclosure **I have NITTO handlebars on most of my personal rides.**

 

If adding a few upgrades to your current bicycle helps it's ride quality why wait? We are happy to give you a few suggestions at Queen City Cycle.