I like inventing words. NoMotos is pretty self explanatory. Things that we can ride or otherwise propel us forward but have no motor. The following pics are a couple bicycles that are upcoming projects. The first is Bridget’s old fixie from her days in Brooklyn.
She hasn’t ridden it in a while since she normally rides her Specialized Sirrus and we have moved around a lot in the last few years so the Italvega was in storage for some time. It only needs some basic lubing and cleaning and a wheel/tire check to get rolling again. This one I will be able to get to soon. If it was a large enough frame size for me I would get to it sooner….
Next is a pair of old three speed internal hub commuters that I picked up a couple years ago for literally nothing. They both need a lot of work before they are ready. The men’s bike is a Columbia Sports III that I have had for about 3 years awaiting RestoRevival.
It was in working order when I got it but had a couple broken spokes. The shifter worked fine and the brakes were usable, but the tires were about to burst at their seams. I rode it around a few times for fun. It needs a good cleaning and lube, and probably new cables to be sure. Waiting in the basement.
Next to it is a cute little Bay Pointe 3 Speed that I picked up for Bridget’s birthday about three years ago, bringing her bike stable to four, compared to my three.
It needs about the same stuff as my Columbia, but since the paint on it is an almost exact match to my ten year older 3 speed I couldn’t pass it up. I like to think they will make a nice his and hers set.
Vintage commuters are making a strong comeback right now. There are some that are more desirable than others of course, but these guys in San Diego are making a very strong case for the classics. I like to go check out whatever they’re working on when I visit my brother.