In this new section we take a closer look at the many classic styled and vintage bicycles/components that come through our old wooden doors…
Picked up from Jitensha Studio in Berkeley, CA. More of a loving tribute to the mechanical wonder of the bicycle/art gallery, than a traditional bike shop.
Established in 1982 by Hiroshi Iimura, Jitensha ("bicycle" in Japanese) offers the fully custom "Shula" where every frame is designed personally for a customer’s specific build. Each frame is built in Japan by an expert bike builder of Hiroshi's choosing. Inspired by traditional French cyclotouring, they are usually built with accompanying custom racks.
Jitensha only puts the Shula name on the builds that satisfy his obsessive eye for detail. This rare beauty is impeccably spec'd out with the cleanest set of Shimano Tri-Color I've ever seen. Just look at those clean brake levers!
These frames aren't flashy or encumbered with extraneous features. Rather, the well-crafted simplicity of the tubing and lugs are refined to perfection and speak for themselves.
Currently up for consignment by one of our long time customers with an eye for classic bike beauty.
Come by sometime to set up a test ride or just gawk at it. We won't be putting this guy on the floor for its own protection, so ask for the Shula by name.
Rides like a 56-57
This next gem you may have seen on our floor or on our Facebook page. A used bike that isn't going for that much, but deserves hi-res glamour photos.
This is one of the most pristine Shogun frames we have ever seen, decked out with a gorgeous 2 x 8 friction-shift, Shimano 600 arabesque groupset. Renowned for its intricate design, the group set marks one of the last times Shimano tried something truly flourished, gilded with intricate engravings. A real class act.
Uncommon in Shogun frames that typically come through our doors, this one has all its original decals and has almost no scratches or dents. Same with the group, little wear, practically new old stock.