Tuesday, May 27, 2014

custom Soma Saga

We are pleased as punch that Soma Fabrications has made their iconic Saga touring frame set available as a complete bike build this year.  But sometimes, when a customer wants everything just perfect for their brand new bike the custom route is the way to travel.

Pictured is a great Saga build that we customized for one of our Denver customers. This Saga will be used as a commuter, a road bike, and a touring bike or concisely put, an all-around steel road bike.






After our initial interview with the owner of this Saga, Ethan determined that this gent was seeking a comfortable yet sporty ride. He needs to be able to dismount quickly in traffic therefore platform pedals. Flats are a big prob. here on the front range so EverWears with thorn-protection built in were chosen. Every little piece of this component package were carefully chosen just for him.

Highlights of this build:

  • ChroMoly frame set
  • Velocity rims
  • Sugino triple crankset
  • MKS pedals
  • Brooks Saddle
  • NITTO grand rando bars
  • IRD stem and headset
  • IRD front derailleur
  • STI shifters
  • Soma EverWear tires....

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Schwinn Tandem ridable again



A true story;

Not very long ago, a young couple, who loved one another very much, decided that they would take the leap into marriage together. They planned a simple ceremony to include their closest friends and would then depart off into the sunset on their vintage Schwinn Twinn tandem.

But one night before their marriage someone stole their Schwinn tandem. The groom-to-be scoured their small town for their bicycle to no avail. Even the local news station picked up their story of romance. 

Lo and behold, on the morning of their wedding the Schwinn tandem was parked on their front lawn without a note or explanation. They were able to ride to and from their wedding on their prized bicycle! In celebration of their union this young couple has traveled the country with their tandem in tow. 








Unfortunately, upon arriving to Denver, their bicycle broke down.  They took the tandem into a NW Denver bicycle shop to be repaired.  The bicycle shop, who shall remain unnamed, looked upon this old, beat up bicycle and immediately sent the newly weds to another bicycle shop. For they were unable or unwilling to fix such an old machine. The out-of-towners were then sent to another bicycle shop and then back to the second bicycle shop where they were turned away yet again. 





Dejected and sad the newly weds found themselves telling their woeful story to some locals in a NW Denver coffee shop. The coffee-drinking Deverites said, "haven't you been to see Ethan at Queen City Cycle, he's the mechanic who can fix your tandem!"

So after traversing the Queen City of the Plains this young couple brought their tandem to Ethan who had in riding order in no time. They are happily on the road again with their very ride able bicycle aboard.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

"The Song of the Wheel," is sure to inspire one to ride.



Libraries are wonderful societal institutions. One can go in with a specific research goal and come across something totally different that could unexpectedly brighten the day. This happened to me recently I was going about my business at the library and my eyes fell on a bound volume of journals from the 1970’s.  Within this volume there was a historical piece about bicycle’s place in American society during the late 1880s.

The topic of this article was quite enlightening and may be a subject for me to explore within this web log soon enough but I was especially entertained by a song highlighted at the end of the scholarly tome. Here it is and I do hope some of you will be as delighted as I was upon my discovery.

The Song of the Wheel
Whirl and click of sprocket and chain,
            Shimmer and flash of steel,
Throb of pedal, and saddle-creek,
            This is the Song of the Wheel.
Think you, you of the shoulder-shrug, you of
            the scornful glance,
That I am only the season’s fad, slipped into
            vogue by chance,
Toy of the moment’s childish whim, ‘til next
            year’s  fancy? Nay,
I am the balanced, whirling, swift, still Spirit
            of To-day.

Tyrant am I of the woodland, road’ Mercury
            of the street,
Slipping soundless athwart the rush, fragile,
            elusive, fleet,
Whispering over the asphalt, ghost-like I glide
            elusive, fleet,
Whispering over the asphalt, ghost-like I glide
            through the Park,
Flickering my firefly light along the driveway
            in the dark…

Pleasure hath drunk the draught of haste, and
            learned to laugh to scorn
All the sauntering ease and free of a leisured
            are outworn.
Tense, speeds! Imperative her clanging
            summons ring!
I am the Spirit of To-day-and I am Pleasure’s
            King.

Whirl and click of Sprocket and chain
            shimmer and flash of steel,
Throb of pedal and saddle-creek,
            This is the Song of the Wheel.
                        George Lynde Richardson
                        in Outing Magazine, 1897.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pitlock Your Bicycle Components


High Security German U-locks

I spent the first 19 years of my life living in the country. Not sprawl, not suburbia but true country living with gravel roads, fields of grain, and small dairy farms. I moved to the city the first chance I got and stayed put. But all is not paradise especially the maddening bike thieves. After having my bicycle stolen the first week I moved here I have been religious about locking my bicycles with a U-lock (or better).

Now that bicycle components are getting more expensive, and in turn bicycle thieves more evil, it is prudent to utilize additional locking mechanisms with your standard bike lock. A set of hand built wheels can easily cost $600 plus, a Brook's saddle another hundred or two, a Rohloff 14 speed hub $1850. High end brake systems also cost hundreds.

bike components at risk for theft

  •    Wheel sets
  •     Saddles
  •     Front fork
  •     Brakes disc or high-end V brakes
First every bicycle owner can plan to budget 10-15% of the cost of their bicycle towards an anti-theft system. A bicycle costing $900 would translate to an additional $100 for a lock(s). An investment for sure but a good lock will offer peace of mind. Bicyclists who plan to lock their bicycle outside of a shopping mall, school, place of employment, restaurant, or bar should especially heed these cautions.

Secondary locks are used protect your high-end components and should be considered part of your anti-theft system. Your auxiliary system may comprise a seat leash, locking skewers, or an extra cable looped around your wheels. At Queen City Cycle we use Pitlocks, a German system of skewers and bolts, to secure various bicycle components.

Pitlocks can secure:


  • wheel sets
  • headset
  • brakes
  • seat post
  • hubs


Case Study. We have installed multiple upgrades to this single speed in order to add convenience and safety measures for the owner. Since this bicycle is often transported to Boulder from Denver on RTD we have made several modifications with the light install. Pitlocks were added for extra security

Pitlock for headset top cap,
prevents thieves from stealing the fork and front wheel.

Pitlock for front dynamo hub

Pitlock for seatpost



dynamo rear light installed under saddle with custom mount

Headset spacer mount for dynamo headlight,
the Edelux is nestled under the handlebars for protection.

Secure, city commuter
entered by Michelle

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hey Denver Cyclists! Bicycle Tune up Special.


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Now-Feburary 28, 2014

Bicycle Tune up Special

Our Deluxe bicycle tune-up package is discounted to $85 from 125.

Let’s get your bicycle(s) ready for Spring!

Labor includes for:
Thorough cleaning of bicycle
Removal of drivetrain for complete degreasing
Lubrication of all drivetrain components and chain
Adjust brakes
Adjust derailleurs
Wheels are removed to true and tension
Adjust bottom bracket, headset, and hubs
Lube and adjust cables, brakes, and pivot points
Complete safety examination.

Once Ethan tunes your bicycle it will ride so well that you won’t be inclined to buy a new one!

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