Technically speaking, EVERY bike at bikes@vienna belongs to Tim, but here we're talking specifically about his personal collection of bikes, which is pretty extensive. If you'd like to know more about his bikes, send email to . In no particular order, here are some of Tim's bikes -
We'd been a Brompton dealer for about a year when I got this bike, and since then it's probably the bike that I've ridden the most number of times (as opposed to miles) since then.
I rode the 2009 Brompton World Championship and the 2010 and 2013 Brompton US Championship on this bike, placing firmly in the middle of the field each time (I'm not fast, but I'm not THAT slow).
It's great for getting around cities, combined with public transit, and I've also taken it on many trips by plane, bus, train, car and cruise ship. A terrific way to explore a new location.
I bought this bike new, back in 1980, from College Park Bicycles. Oddly enough, that's the last time I bought a new bike.
In 2006 I went to United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, OR, to take one their bicycle frame building classes, and this bike is the end product of that.
And as a finishing touch, it now has a head badge that was custom designed by Christiane Minnick and fabricated by Laura Crawford. And the name Goshawk? Well, I'm a big fan of raptors, and if I were to start a frame building business, I would use the name Goshawk Cycles. Maybe one day...
This is my loaded touring bike these days. I picked up the frame in trade for some random spare parts I had, from a guy on the Internet BOB list.
Aside from the sentimental attachment to the Trek above, this is my favorite all around bike. The "if I had to pare it down to one bike" winner, if it weren't for having had so many good times on the Trek. It's set up with mostly late 80s/early 90s Shimano components, as well as some spiffy gold fenders and racks. I liked the bike so much that when I had a chance to build a custom touring frame myself, I based it on the Miyata.
A less expensive sibling to the Miyata 1000 mentioned above, I transformed the 210 into a “beater” grocery getter and winter rider. Set up with a Shimano Nexus 8 speed internally geared hub, it's a great all weather bike. Baskets front and rear, dynamo lighting system, and for winter, studded tires complete the package.
Oh, and the under seat bag looks like a rhinoceros... all part of the “cover it with stickers and weird stuff and maybe it won't get stolen” theory. So far, it's worked.
I used to be assistant manager of a non-profit shop in Portland, OR, where we took in donated bikes and fixed them up for sale or for any of our various programs in the community. A local commercial shop would often bring us bikes that their customers wanted to donate to a good cause, and one day, waaaaay at the front of their truck, buried under a variety of Huffy's and such, I saw a bright metallic orange road bike. Long story short, I bought it for a song and it's one of my favorite bikes. Very eye-catching, it rides like a classic road bike of the 70s, very Italianate in appearance, but built in Japan.
It's probably no surprise that the guy so fond of classic old bikes would own the classic, even iconic long wheelbase recumbent from Easy Racers.
Designed by the late Gardner Martin, the Tour Easy in many ways paved the way for widespread sales of recumbent bicycles in the US. The original design grew out of cannibalizing a pair of road bike frames and adding some additional tubing, and if you look closely at the bike you can still see those roots in the layout of the bike. The great thing is that Gardner got it right, and after more than 35 years the design still holds up as a great riding, comfortable recumbent.
Growing up in Bowie, MD, I used to hang out at many of the bike shops over that way, and one of my favorites was Proteus Design. In addition to being a bike shop, they had a bicycle frame building operation they ran as well, producing some lovely hand made frames and bikes. As a teenager, I had the impossible dream of a) owning one of their bikes and b) taking their frame building class to build my own frame. Finally, in my late 40s, I got my hands on this wonderful bike, which fits me perfectly and rides great. Decked out in mostly Campagnolo components, this was definitely a higher end machine than I could have bought in my teens. And as noted above, I finally took a frame building class in Oregon in 2006.
When I wasn't gazing at Paramounts in catalogs, I was thumbing through the Raleigh catalogs, wishing for a Professional, International, or Competition. I briefly owned a Competition in high school, but it proved to be too small for me, so I sold it. Thanks to a guy on the Bridgestone Owner's Bunch list, I got a Competition Mk II about 10 years ago.
I rode it as a fixed gear for a long time, but am now in the process of converting it to a light weight 3 speed with Sturmey Archer internally geared hub. The goal is my own version of a post WWII “club bike,” much like the Lenton Tourist mentioned below.
The most rare and collectible bike I own also the oldest. This is what used to be known as a "club bike" in postwar Britain, and very few were sold in the US. I lucked into this one at the Portland shop, where everyone thought it was "just some old three speed". It is an old three speed, but one with alloy wheels and components and a Reynolds 531 frame. I got it for next to nothing, and just need to spend a chunk of time getting it road worthy. A project that keeps getting put off, but I hope to get it rolling soon. It's just too unusual to not get it up and running!
A more “race” oriented model from the early days of Trek, this 530 is set up with the Shimano 600 “Arabesque” component group (for the most part), a really elegant looking and smooth working set of components from the late 70s. Built with the same tubing as my 414, it's interesting to feel the differences in handling brought about by different frame geometry. Definitely a more nimble ride than the 414, but not as racy feeling as my Centurion Professional or Bridgestone RB-2.
Purchased used as a frame and fork, built up with a mix of more or less modern but classically styled parts... in other words, modern bar end, indexing shifters (I don't care for integrated “brifter” brake/shift levers), and good lightweight but sturdy wheels. A very nice example of a steel road bike from the 90s... light enough and stiff enough for my tastes, and very sharp looking in purple. A bike I grab when I feel like riding “fast.”
Also bought as a frame and fork, it arrived looking rather beat up, but it turns out it was mostly years of accumulated dirt. A nice “all rounder” road bike, with clearance for 700x32 or 35 tires, so it's good for pavement and some light trail riding. I decided to try it out with Nitto mustache bars (which I'd used on other bikes) and like them so much I've kept them on. Not everyone takes to them, but I find they are great on a “mixed use” bike like this. An eclectic mix of parts, many older than the frame itself.
One of my most frequent “go to” bikes for running light errands or fun recreational riding when I might be on mixed surfaces.
A classic older mountain bike, seen by some as one of the first generation of modern mountain bike design. I don't find I do a lot of real "mountain biking" these days, so it hasn't seen a lot of miles in the last few years. Originally it would have had drop handlebars (one of the few production mountain bikes sold that way), but those were replaced by flat bars by a previous owner.
The classic black British three speed. Heavy, sturdy, and practical. Doesn't get ridden much, but I've always had a soft spot for this style of bike. This was the bike that was ridden by the guys that built the bikes in the Raleigh factory. In fact, watch any British film made or set in the 40s, 50s, or 60s, and you'll see these bikes everywhere. The Sturmey-Archer three speed hub is a classic design dating to the early 20th century, still made today.
A simple, reliable bike, perfect to just get on and go!
I've converted a few road bikes to “fixed gear” over the years, but always wanted to own an actual “track” bike, ever since reading about them in Dick Teresi's Popular Mechanics Book of Bikes and Bicycling. Fuji built this bike as a sort of “training” track bike, so it's not truly a high end competition machine. It was very popular back in the 70s and 80s, and when this one crossed my path as a frame and fork, I couldn't resist. Lots of fun for quick, vigorous rides on the W&OD, I really enjoy having the fixed gear as a change of pace.
For those of you who don't know, a fixed gear has NO freewheeling mechanism, so you can't coast... if the wheels are moving, so are your feet. It's a learned skill, but lots of fun once you get the hang of it.
I bought this bike when I was 16 years old... the first bike I bought with my own hard-earned money (mostly made in a small kite-making company I helped found at 14).
I'd read everything I could get my hands on, including the classic Richard's Bicycle Book, which gave glowing reviews to the S-10S. My first really “nice” bike, I thoroughly enjoyed it for 3 years, but then my eye was caught by the Trek 414 mentioned earlier, so I sold the Fuji to a friend.
Much to my surprise and delight, in the winter of 2011, my friend pulled up outside the shop with the Fuji and said he hadn't ridden it in years, and if I wanted it back, it was mine. Crusty and dusty from neglect, it took some work and some new parts to fix her up, but now I have her set up as a comfortable and stylish “city” bike for running errands and cruising around in comfort.
Another one of those “teenage dream” bikes. I used to look at the Schwinn catalogs with awe and longing, hoping to one day own a Paramount. About a year after starting here at the shop as head mechanic, Adam, my predecessor, came by with this bike with the warning “If you ride it, you're going to want it.” So, of course, I took it for a ride, and he was right. After a quick negotiation, the bike was mine.
In excellent condition, with mostly original parts, it's a classic example of the finest of Schwinn's production in the 70s. Hand built frames, mostly Campy parts, with the very rare Campy triple crankset.
An interesting tidbit of Schwinn history... most of the Paramount frames of this era were brazed by two women who worked in Schwinn's Paramount Division... unusual back then indeed. I have a set of reproduction decals, but have not yet found the time to apply them.
A classic road bike of the early 70s, second from the top of Raleigh’s line at the time. Not as race-oriented as their Professional model, it makes a great bike for long day rides in the country.
Another one of those “catalog gazing” dreams that finally came true. I bought the frame with some of the parts from someone through an internet bike group, and built it up with a mix of period or near-period parts. The metallic “coffee” color with the chrome accents really makes for a sharp looking bike, and the geometry makes for a very comfortable ride on a light weight bike.
At first glance, this could be mistaken for a Varsity or other low end “flash welded” Schwinn from the 70s. Closer inspection and a bit of knowledge tells you it’s actually one of the much nicer models where the frame tubing is joined by “fillet brazing”, where a brass alloy is melted at a relatively low temperature to fuse the tubes together. A somewhat tricky process, it’s not often found on production bikes, but it was a hallmark of some Schwinn bicycles for some time.
I’ve always been intrigued by these bikes, and the Sport Tourer is one of the nicer examples. With an interesting mix of Japanese and French components, the bike highlights a period where bike companies were beginning to source more of their product from the East and less from Europe. A very smooth riding bike, with mostly original parts, and in really remarkable condition.
I've wanted one of these "smoked chrome" Vent Noir IIs ever since I first saw one in the 70s as a teenager. Like so many of the "dreams of my youth" bikes, it took until I was in my fifties to get one. Better late than never, and I'm very pleased with this one.
I'm only the second owner, having bought it from the son of the original owner, and it came to me almost completely original... the only things that had been replaced as near as I can tell were the saddle (something squishy and ugly was on there), the bar tape, and the tires. I put on a Brooks B17, leather tape, new brake hoods, a set of 700x28 Panaracer tires and new cables and housing.
The finish isn't perfect and some of the decals are rough, but all in all it looks great for a 35 year old bike. And the ride is lovely.
I think it's a 1981 based on the crank date code and the A-D serial number chart on the CR site