It’s refreshing to be reminded that the most admirable bikes are often those that have had the least amount of money and effort poured into them. It doesn’t take much to create a stylish and understated machine, as Chicago’s Adam Hoff demonstrates with his single speed Raleigh conversion.
Adam has been bike wrenching since high school, and is developing a strong style: classic, handsome, clean and simple. The Raleigh was originally a dumpster find, complete but in a sorry state. The paint was stripped and attacked with apple cider vinegar to achieve a textural patina. A new wheel set later, equipped with a White Industries freewheel, a Brooks B-17, Soma Silver Bullet rear light and a pair of white Vittoria Randonneurs and Adam has a perfect gentleman’s bicycle for cruising the streets of Chicago.