Maserati MT-10 Restoration

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One of Vic’s favorite restoration projects this year was this Maserati MT-10, a straight gauge high tensile steel recreational machine. While the Maserati name is most commonly associated with a glorious automobile brand introduced in 1926, the company permitted the use of their name on motorcycles, and later on bicycles in the 1970s, and though volumes of information pertaining to the Maserati automobile exists, little is known about the Maserati bicycle. The Maserati MT-10 was an entry level bicycle and … Read More

J. C. Higgins Restoration

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Sears Roebuck and Co. was responsible for some of the most outrageous and sought after bike designs from the 1930s to the 60s. The Bluebird, Robin, Blackhawk, Flightliner and Spaceliner were all Sears exclusives. Sears used the Westfield Mfg. Co. and Murray of Ohio to manufacture their bikes. Sears bicycles sold before World War II were branded as Elgin and after World War II they were J.C. Higgins. In the late 1950s, when tailfins and extra chrome were all the … Read More

Jonathon Porter

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Jonathon Porter was hit by a car while riding his bike home from an election night watch party around 2 am, Nov. 9, 2016. The driver left the scene. The last thing Johnathon remembers is being almost home on W. Oak Street before crossing Dixie Hwy. His unconscious body was found around 5 am outside Hill Street Missionary Baptist Church, a mile and a half down Dixie Hwy., with a fractured skull and fractured ribs. The story got around on … Read More

Finding Mental Clarity, Physical Wellness Through Yoga

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Tab’s View is a great new online ‘zine headquartered in a restored historic storefront office in Germantown. Founder and publisher Tracy Beale has created a resource for locals who are passionate about life. Writer/photographer Nerissa Sparkman is an “artist, yogi, rebel, and activist with a gypsy heart”. In the first-in-a-series of stories on fitness and yoga, Nerissa drills down into the psyche of Victor Miller, to bring out his untold story. From a dysfunctional family as a child, then feeling … Read More

Wildcat I Restoration

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Schwinn’s Sting-Ray was known as “the bike with the sports car look” and it changed cycling when it was introduced in 1963, the model was made until 1981, Schwinn’s Krates were made from 1968 to ’73, the Schwinn Fair Lady for young ladies were produced from 1964 to ’82, and the Schwinn Mantaray was only produced for two years, 1971 & ’72. The bikes all featured a short frame, high rise handlebars and a long, bucket shaped saddle, all borrowed … Read More

Long Haul Trucker

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Surly’s Long Haul Trucker has a devoted following, known for its dependability, riding comfort, and ability to haul a bunch of stuff. Its low bottom bracket and long chainstays provide stability. There’s ample tire clearance for wider tires and room for fenders. The CroMoly steel tubing is thicker-walled and larger-diameter than standard frames, which is easily repaired if you crack the frame on a trek through outer Mongolia. The LHT has all the braze-ons, from rack mounts to water bottle … Read More

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