Four part series of Midwest bike-related businesses that keep me and my bike rolling without hassle.
When the two seat stays became disconnected from the seat tube, I brought my bicycle to my local shop and asked for help.
I’m pretty sure at this time I had no idea what anyone could do about it, nor did I know that Owen Lloyd, the co-owner of Blue City Cycles, could fix it himself. He transported the bike to the Lloyd Cycles “shop” at Bubbly Dynamics (actually a shared space with shared equipment, 1048 W 37th Street). It was fixed by cutting off the existing seat stay cap, removing the seat stay cap still attached to the seat lug, inserting a brand new seat stay cap, and brazing this onto the seat lug.
Thank goodness it all worked out. I didn’t have to hunt down a new frame, or transfer my components onto another bike. Three days later and I was rolling on a slightly more durable bicycle.
Here’s what it looked like broken.
Here’s what it looks like fixed. A fixed fixie!
A Lloyd Cycles bike for sale at Boulevard Bikes,Â 2535 North Kedzie Blvd.
More in this series
- UV Metal Arts – Read it here
- Lloyd Cycles -Â You’re reading it!
- Kozie Prery – coming soon, and with a contest!
- Planet Bike – coming soon