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    Senior Member randyjawa's Avatar
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    Increasing Interest in Vintage Mountain Bikes...

    I know a little bit about vintage road bicycles, but almost nothing about older mountain bicycles.

    I have started looking a bit more closely at the old mountain bikes that come my way and the more I look, the more interesting they become. I presently have a half dozen or so tucked away in The Old Shed.

    My most recent found at the Dump bikes is a very nice GT Timberline that needed next to nothing to make road worthy and safe to ride (pump up the tires, lubricate this and that and a bit of minor tuning).

    I think I will make the GT my winter ride. Does anyone know anything about this bike? Without any serious investigation of its age, my quick guess of vintage would be 1988.

    Have a peek and I will likely write an article about it one of these days...

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    Bianchi Goddess Bianchigirll's Avatar
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    '88 sounds about right as it still carries a U brake (UGH) rather than cantis on the seatstays. I think the Timberline was near the lowerend but still carried a ChroMoly fork.
    nice triple triangle frame

    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    '88 sounds about right as it still carries a U brake (UGH)
    I <3 my mtb with ubrake.. i like the clean look of the naked seat stays and the rear ubrake is much better than the front canti brakes. I ride my mtb as a city bike though, not sure how it would work as well in the mud

    My Diamondback gets much more use than my Ironman... it's so much more suited for riding in the city. I wish i could buy up a ton of nice mtbs and turn them into nice lightweight city bikes
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    Nice score Randy! It appears to be in excellent condition. I find the old GTs to be well built and very well finished. There were desirable new as well as now for collectors. I think you're going to enjoy yours. I really like my restored '91 Tequesta.
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    Randy, Oh how I wanted a GT back when I was shopping for my first mountain bike, I just couldn't get a decent fit. I thought I'd have a second chance for one in the garage when my younger daughter wanted a mountain bike. She was just too taken with the paint job on a Diamondback Wildwood (someone else also as it was stolen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantik View Post
    I <3 my mtb with ubrake.. i like the clean look of the naked seat stays and the rear ubrake is much better than the front canti brakes. I ride my mtb as a city bike though, not sure how it would work as well in the mud

    My Diamondback gets much more use than my Ironman... it's so much more suited for riding in the city. I wish i could buy up a ton of nice mtbs and turn them into nice lightweight city bikes
    Dear lawd you must be joking. The ubrake on my Maruishi is the biggest pain in the rear (no pun intended).

    Randy, Oh how I wanted a GT back when I was shopping for my first mountain bike, I just couldn't get a decent fit. I thought I'd have a second chance for one in the garage when my younger daughter wanted a mountain bike. She was just too taken with the paint job on a Diamondback Wildwood (someone else also as it was stolen).

    Brad
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