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Old 12-06-08, 10:49 PM   #2601
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Better pic of the ass kicking ice bike... check.

That's a hardcore Sheldon machine there, hoss!
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Tell me... is there anything better than building up a bike for someone you love ?

That is a sweet looking ride.
Thanks Sixty, and no...I don't think there is.

I could've easily bought a new bike at EP pricing, but for the purpose of a gift of my labor, plus the bonus of depleting the bike boneyard, plus recycling in the purest sense, plus keeping the looks sedate enough to hopefully keep it from being stolen...no, I don't think a new bike would've been any better.

The frame does have some scratches, long rusty ones across the top tube. I think it's cool to have a bike with a history that shows, and having a few battle scars out of the way allows one to actually use the bike with no regrets. It's already been thrown in a ditch a few times. It's good to go.
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Old 12-06-08, 11:03 PM   #2603
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That's a hardcore Sheldon machine there, hoss!
That may be one of the nicest compliments I have ever gotten...

Like so many, I credit Sheldon Brown as my source for so much of my information and the inspiration for many of my little projects.
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That may be one of the nicest compliments I have ever gotten...

Like so many, I credit Sheldon Brown as my source for so much of my information and the inspiration for many of my little projects.
What a nice man...he answered so many of my moronic queries with a wit and patience that never ceased to amaze and overwhelm me. I'd say you are keeping his work alive very nicely indeed.

And Wordbiker, your work in fixing that Hard Rock up makes it a billion times more specialized than any new bike could ever be. Custom Spec'd and accessorized too
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Old 12-07-08, 11:08 AM   #2605
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New fenders. Plus several other things the bike didn't have last time I posted it.

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Old 12-07-08, 11:23 AM   #2606
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Lampy - That may be a better looking bike than your Univega.

I know... how could that be possible ?

So..how does it ride ?
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Old 12-07-08, 11:36 AM   #2607
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Lampy - That may be a better looking bike than your Univega.

I know... how could that be possible ?

So..how does it ride ?
Thank you. It is a very comfortable ride, and the bike is extremely versatile, but as far as pure riding experience it still doesn't compare to the old Univega.

BTW, your ice bike is awesome, but it reminds me of the other day when I had to cross some ice with my slick Panaracers.
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Old 12-07-08, 11:48 AM   #2608
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Thank you. It is a very comfortable ride, and the bike is extremely versatile, but as far as pure riding experience it still doesn't compare to the old Univega.

BTW, your ice bike is awesome, but it reminds me of the other day when I had to cross some ice with my slick Panaracers.
The LHT is a brilliant idea...

I figure that for as long as I can find bikes like these old Kuwaharas I won't have to drop that kind of coin as they are very similar bikes as far as materials and geometry goes... the frames are beautiful.

I saw another Shasta yesterday (identical bike to mine) that had been completely rebuilt with a Nexus 8 and a Shimano hub generator... it was farking beautiful.
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Old 12-07-08, 01:18 PM   #2609
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The LHT is a brilliant idea...

I figure that for as long as I can find bikes like these old Kuwaharas I won't have to drop that kind of coin as they are very similar bikes as far as materials and geometry goes... the frames are beautiful.

I saw another Shasta yesterday (identical bike to mine) that had been completely rebuilt with a Nexus 8 and a Shimano hub generator... it was farking beautiful.
Yes, your average bike (especially MTBs) from the 80s are considerably more useful than the average bike today. I have a run-of-the-mill, entry level Mongoose mtb from 1988, and it has brazeons for everything imaginable! Unfortunately it's too small.
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Old 12-10-08, 11:34 PM   #2610
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Old 12-10-08, 11:42 PM   #2611
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nice bikes LL and Danni!

I've been riding nothing but my heavy MTB commuter for weeks, I am itching to take the road bike out
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Old 12-10-08, 11:44 PM   #2612
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Thanks, after my ride in the rain and hail with it, I took 3 hours to do a thorough cleaning of the bike.
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Old 12-10-08, 11:50 PM   #2614
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Beauty of a bike, Dan...
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Old 12-11-08, 08:44 AM   #2615
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Old 12-11-08, 04:45 PM   #2616
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I had some time today so I stripped the decals off the Pisgah. A dremel with a nylon brush wheel did most odf the work, scotchbrite pad did the rest.




A few of the white parts are selected, as well as a few brown accents. The plan is to turn it into a townie cruiser that I can possibly take on light trail rides. I also have a NOS Girvin fork that I hope will fit.
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Old 12-12-08, 09:23 AM   #2617
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After deliberating over parts for the Pisgah for the past few days, I decided to forego some of the swanky white parts. There's lots of cool stuff available, but the price was getting a bit out of hand for a bike I don't plan to ride as a primary.

The plan now is to get it together affordably, then once I ride it, see if I want to do any more to it. Parts will be predominantly Deore with a singlespeed setup, option to add gears later.

I did get the Girvin Crosslink applied today.





Believe it or not, this was a good fork around 1997-99, right at 4 lbs, though many found it ugly and when Girvin crashed, support for it disappeared. I bought it NOS a few years ago for a chopper project because I found the girder design interesting, just never used it. I checked today and if I like the way it rides, Risse Racing still makes an air shock upgrade for it that has better performance and knocks about 1/2 lb off the weight.

I should have enough parts by next week to have something rideable...even if the weather doesn't allow it.
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Removed the no brakes logo and the pista lettering off the top tube, and added on red anodized chainring bolts.
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Love the forks!
I do too, but my work partner thinks they're doofy.

Meh, some people won't like them...but they won't be riding it.
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Removed the no brakes logo and the pista lettering off the top tube, and added on red anodized chainring bolts.
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Oh, that's always a possibility.
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