Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What are the chances...

What are the chances that any bike shop would have a Cunningham in for any type of service? What are the chances that there would be three Cunninghams? Pretty good if the shop is in Point Reyes Station. Last week was 'ham week at Black Mountain Cycles. The first 'ham was a late model Racer - and my size too! It's a beautiful bike that needed a basic tune and rear wheel rebuild.

The owner of the Racer also brought in an '87 Indian that is going to be restored back to its original glory. The third Cunningham is also an Indian that was boxed up and shipped to its owner. Here's some pictures because this post is worthless without them.

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Aren't there supposed to be three Cunninghams?
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The Indian that is going home has some ultra-trick parts that can only come out of Charlie's shop like this very early toggle-cam brake.
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Or how about this modified derailleur cable anchor that changes the leverage ratio and, hence, reduces the amount of throw in the shifter. Very precise!
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Heavily customized MKS pedals and toe-clips.
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Check out the filed-down chainring teeth that aid in quicker shifts. This was well before any of the modern profiled, ramped, and pinned chainrings.
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The Racer that was tuned.
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Brake springs profiled so it sits in the center of the stopper.
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Aluminum stopper that limits how far the bars will turn eliminating the potential for brake levers to bang into the top tube. The stopper bumps into the thickened gusset behind the head tube.
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Extra wide 118mm front hub. Makes for a strong wheel and one that is somewhat vertically compliant.
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Custom mud guard for the rear roller-cam.
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Sculpted dropouts.
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This Indian will be restored. I dropped off the fork and stem to Charlie yesterday to be repainted.
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5 comments:

cyclofiend said...

Mike.

You should set up a seating area and charge admission. Or a "Pay per view" video feed.

Awesome.

Thanks for sharing those.

- Jim

Oli Brooke-White said...

What beautiful bikes! The best shots I've ever seen of the workmanship that goes into these iconic rides. Good stuff, Mike - thanks heaps. All the best, Oli

Guitar Ted said...

I spy a Bomber Cage!

Nice day at work there, eh? Thanks for posting those.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is WOW!!!

laffeaux said...

Wow! The Indian that's being restore looks to be my size. Ask the guy if he wants to trade something for it. :)

Thanks for the pics.