How many of us can remember our first bike? For many of us, learning to ride is one of our earliest acquired skills, so it’s not surprising to be able to recall small details about that first bicycle. Sasha Strickland, from Melbourne’s Pony Bikes, was presented with this 3-speed dragster by a customer who wanted her to restore it to it’s former glory and, ironically, it’s virtually identical to her firstbike.
Pony Bikes has now been established for over three years, and has developed a reputation for reliable, no-bullshit restoration and repair work amongst Melbourne’s cycling fraternity. I’ll assume Sasha had a special fondness for this customer’s order, which was in a sorry state when it was brought in for her attention. A cracked left-hand crank required welding, the forks were replaced, as was the sissy bar and banana seat. The hubs were rebuilt and shined, including the 3-speed rear hub, and thankfully the shifter was still in good working condition.
If you’re in Melbourne and need any repair work, mechanical assistance or custom work, contact Sasha through the Pony Bikes website. You can see another example of her work in the 2012 Cycle EXIF Custom Bicycle Calendar – her ‘Night Rod’ is Miss November.