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Old 01-09-14, 10:52 PM   #1
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Caught the Vintage Lugged Steel MTB Bug...

I ride with my 86 year old father and family friends when I go home to visit.....he usually blows me out of the water on 20 mile rides. Quite amazing. But this year I borrowed his friends Trek Singletrack 950 circa 1992 and fell in love. So now, thanks to CL, I have a very affordable family of vintage lugged steel. Primarily flat trail riding in Florida, paved and off road, 10-20 miles. Also some 3-5 mile loops around the neighborhood at night when it is quiet, no traffic, and still 82 degrees. Great to get in shape again and have a blast. These bikes fly. Considering some 1-3 day bike tours in Florida. Lots of great rides on acres of public lands with camping and beach trails.

I'm sure I'll catch the vintage road bike bug, and maybe the entry level current road bike bug, but for now, I'm happy to be a vintage steel mountain bike cult member.

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Old 01-09-14, 10:55 PM   #2
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I've got an old flame that lives down there in Tampa and the pictures she posts of the beaches and screenshots of the weather/temps make me envious.
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Old 01-09-14, 11:14 PM   #3
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It's worth a trip. Check out some of the Florida State Park books, so much to explore here
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I also have a 950 trek lugged(but had non lugged 900 series-can't really tell them apart ride wise)
Yes I like the 900 series Treks-used to be easy to buy for $120 or so-now they are more appreciated-and are a little more expen sive-maybe 175-$200
Great DB steel frames-nice do everythiong bikes
I also have an older 750 frame-it will become my "poor mans 29er"
Yeah-fun bikes-put wide lugged tires 50psi on for dirt grass or smooth 75-90-psi tires for pavement
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Welcome to Bike Forums! Yes, it's VERY easy to catch the vintage bug...have you gone by the classic and vintage area we have here? For sure you'll be addicted.
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Old 01-13-14, 01:48 PM   #8
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Old 01-13-14, 01:56 PM   #9
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I put Schwalbe Marathon Plus touring tires on the 750....didn't want to deal with the "flat thing" when out on the trail. I had wanted more of a road tire, but they were out of the size I needed. Got them on their 1 day sale before Christmas and I couldn't be happier. Makes the bike somehow faster and way more fun. Great bike to take a quick fun spin around my neighborhood, or do a quick 10-15 on the trail.

The 950 has TIG weld but is TB and super light.....frame in mint condition. Just found a great Terry saddle for it on closeout. Now just need to get the shifters tweaked and it should be good to go. It's got 26X1.5 Vittoria's on it and I think I'll keep it for a fitness ride bike. The other two have the wide MTB tires on them and go anywhere. Here in Florida you can go from paved to sand in an instant and I never have to worry.
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Old 01-13-14, 01:58 PM   #10
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not sure how to get there from the log in. I have visited the archives for a lot of great info on everything from tires, to frames...I've got some questions so I'll have to get on there and figure it out!!
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Vintage MTB's are the best! They make the best commuters. BOMBPROOF and cheap to restore.
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