Recently, that day came: her husband Roger gave her a gorgeous bike he customized himself for their 10th anniversary. We should all marry such a man. ;-) Emma kindly shared some pictures of her new ride with us.
Emma rides in the LA suburb of San Pedro, just a mile from the ocean. As a freelance writer, she doesn’t have much of a commute, but she does plan on using her new bike to go to local coffee shops, where she writes and holds business meetings. Emma explains, “I’ve ridden a few miles along the coast thus far and I’m really pleased with the way it rides. And of course I’m completely in love with riding. Most things one enjoys as a child lose their charm in adulthood; riding a bike seems only to have gotten more charming.” Definitely a sentiment I can get behind.
Here’s what her husband Roger had to say about how he built the bike:
I started with a women’s multi-speed Schwinn cruiser 26″ (Target). I stripped and painted it, and replaced everything on it except the frame, the handlebar stem, the crank, the chain guard, and the chain. The performance parts and various “lady-bike” parts came from my local bike shop, Amazon.com, eBay, Velo Orange, Woody’s Custom Cycling Fenders, and a California farms textiles collector.
We managed to save a lot of what was invested in this by doing the work ourselves (my brother and I). i.e. the wrenching, the painting, the fabricating (most of the hardware had to be machined to assemble all of the parts since most nothing fit due to these parts coming from all over Europe and Asia), and the tuning (though my bike mechanic gave it the once over to check for quality and safety). Oh, and my mom converted the vintage Kokuho Rose rice sacks into a really slick basket liner.
What a neat way to build a really special bike. Thanks for sharing, Emma!