While I was on my break from MTBs, I got into restoring vintage road bikes. This one is my favorite, it's an early 1960s Pierce Arrow road bike, dated as best I can tell to the early '60s based on the model of Huret Allvit components it had. It had aluminum Atom hubs and Weinmann rims and brakes.
Pierce Arrow originally made bikes (and cars) in Buffalo, NY, but this one was from after the naming was sold to another company, and this bike was made in France. Information on the internet about these bikes seems to be non-existent, and the local bicycle museum and Pierce Arrow museum could offer no information either. Basic tubing and no lugs, this was a middle of the road bike, but from before the 70s bike boom when lots of garbage started coming out.
I found it in the basement of a local bike shop, and embarked on a winter project. It had obviously been sitting for a long time, and the paint was heavily oxidized. Though it was rather dirty, most of what you see is oxidization. The original Brooks saddle was dry-rotted beyond repair.
I did restore all the original components and put them aside, but decided to make it an interpretation of an old track bike with modern wheels to make it more functional. Finding a square taper bottom bracket spindle that would space modern cranks correctly and fit within the french bottom bracket cups was quiet a search. It took days of polishing to bring the paint back, and some of the original pin striping is still visible. It came out fairly light at 25lbs, and rides great, although the track bars make longer rides a chore.
The bike still has its original bike shop sticker, S. Bellitte and Sons, reportedly the oldest operating bike shop in the country.
Its not a Reynolds-tubed Campagnolo Super Record bike, but I'm very happy with how it turned out and I've never seen another one, anywhere. Anyway, thought I'd share.
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