His Own Personal Tango
The guy owns a bike shop or two…or three. He has an eye for quality–after all he is “passionate about bikes”– and he has some nice bikes in his stable. But the bike of choice for getting around these days, commuting and wandering on a dirt road, is something Dennis Pontius pulled out of the trash. Really. But…he did have it repainted by a master frame builder from right here in Michigan, Scott Quiring. And, he did have Scott Q. add braze-ons for the Paul cantilever brakes.
The bike, Dennis says, is nothing special, but he likes it. The new lime green paint job is eye-catching and Dennis found a place that recreated the decals for this Swedish-made wonder. One website says Crescents were fairly common in the US in the ‘70s. I grew up in the quiet north under a rock, so I wouldn’t know. They don’t stand out in my memory. Back then, I rode a Schwinn Collegiate 5-speed and a Fuji 10-speed. I worked in a bike shop that sold Vistas. They were not high-end, but those brands I do remember.
This Crescent is kind of sweet, though, especially with the refurbished look, the fancy racks, and the shiny chrome fenders. My first impression was that it had to weigh a ton, but I was surprised to find that it comes in at 26lbs., racks, fenders and all. Not light, but not particularly hefty, either.
The bar-end friction shifters look pleasantly retro. And, the geometrically squared-off burnished Paul brakes lend an interesting look as well. You can imagine a Swedish professional in the saddle, rolling through the streets of Stockholm on the way to work.
The Nervex lugs add a classic aura to these frames. These lugs were used on all kinds of bikes from the 50’s up to about the early 2000’s. For much, much more info about Nervex, go here. You’ll become a Nervex scholar.
I’m not sure what pedals Dennis uses, and I don’t think these are the wheels he has on the final build of this bike. The rest, though, is the bike he’ll use as an all-around, don’t-worry-if-it-gets-dirty-roll-anywhere model.
Sure, there are “better” bikes, Dennis says, but they “wouldn’t make me any happier” than this Crescent. It’s made of Reynolds 531 steel, it rides comfortably and he doesn’t have to worry if it gets a little grimy now and then. That’s what he says (and I’m going to try to believe him). There are a lot of bikes he could ride on a daily basis (and maybe he does when I’m not looking), but this is the bike that he had Scott Quiring paint and fix up with braze-ons, so it was worthy.
Now, if you want to talk about even more really cool bikes, go to Scott Quiring’s web site. I drool over his frames. I drool over the titanium frames because if I drooled over the steel frames they’d eventually rust. His bikes are beautifully crafted, and made to order for each purchaser.
He recently moved his operation from Charlotte to a place up north on US-31 between Manistee and Ludington. I spent a week up at Nordhouse Dunes this summer and I didn’t know that he’d moved up there. Wish I did, I would have dropped in and purchased a couple of frames…but now I’m no longer up there. I only buy things on impulse. You go, though. You’ll want to buy one of his hand-made frames.
Frame: 1970 Crescent – Reynolds 531 Steel
Fork: Reynolds 531 Steel
Bike Weight: 26lbs., with racks and fenders (no pedals)
Shifters: Shimano bar-end friction levers
Brakes: Paul cantilever
Brake Levers: Dura Ace
Cassette: 10 speed
Rear Derailleur: Dura Ace
Chain Rings: FSA 50/34
Cranks: FSA Gossamer compact
Pedals: It’s a secret. Shhh.
Tires and Wheels: 700c
Color: Vibrant Green