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Old 12-03-13, 03:28 AM   #1
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Should I let this be?

I bought this a few days ago and posted in "post your rigs" as you do.

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I actually want to turn this into a touring rig, ditching most of it except the frame, my dilemma is that this is completely original from 1994 except for the grips. it's also only done about 20 hours as far as I can tell from the rim wall/gear wear, etc.

Am I destroying a valuable/important relic? Should it be preserved so we can all see where the commercial side of MTB started out. Or am I clearly delusional and in dire need of good long ride somewhere nice on my soon to be custom tourer?
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Old 12-03-13, 04:12 AM   #2
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If you wanna preserve an Iguana go for one with the cool olde typeface.

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Old 12-03-13, 07:01 AM   #3
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ride it adjust it to your tastes. While a cool old MTB it is still an old MTB which I do not think has allot of value other than being used
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I don't think the museums are looking for these at this point.
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Old 12-03-13, 09:23 AM   #5
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Giant Iguana - Wild Paint Job

If you're turning an Iguana into a touring bike you should start with one that came with a really cool paint job This is a project that I just started and it will be a touring bike when it's finished. To me it's all about giving an old rig a new useful life.



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I don't think the museums are looking for these at this point.
+1. One of the most-produced models by the largest bicycle manufacturer in the world is not likely to be a prized rarity.
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If you're turning an Iguana into a touring bike you should start with one that came with a really cool paint job This is a project that I just started and it will be a touring bike when it's finished. To me it's all about giving an old rig a new useful life.



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What frame is the guy in the background holding?
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Schwinn Homegrown

The frame in the background is far sweeter and more collectible. It's a Schwinn Homegrown aluminum frame with a bass boat orange paint job. They were manufactured by Yetti out of Durango,CO and the Homegrown name meant it was made in the US. It was during the Schwinn Revival period when they were based in Boulder, CO and the Homegrowns were a statement about frames being outsourced to Taiwan by the big manufacturers. I bought it on Ebay and decided to buy all of the parts to build it up on Ebay mainly used. It has been an awesome bike. The photo below was taken on the Colorado Trail in Durango:



Yes, I'm wearing a GT shirt. I had a GT Karakoram but the frame got bent in a fall on the Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab and this was one of the replacements. I also have a Schwinn Homegrown 4 Banger full suspension bike which has a story all its own.



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Meh, nobody loves it. In itself there's no way it's rare, but it is increasingly rare to find one so unmolested.

But the court of public opinion has spoken, off with its bits! It's going to make a great touring/commuter rig to replace the Carrera katalyst based one stolen from my front yard.




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That Carrerra was sweet! Dang, A POX on bike theives everywhere, especially one who would take such a unique ride. Nice collection you have there. Seems that you are drawn to the "Classics?"
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The frame in the background is far sweeter and more collectible. It's a Schwinn Homegrown aluminum frame with a bass boat orange paint job. They were manufactured by Yetti out of Durango,CO and the Homegrown name meant it was made in the US. It was during the Schwinn Revival period when they were based in Boulder, CO and the Homegrowns were a statement about frames being outsourced to Taiwan by the big manufacturers. I bought it on Ebay and decided to buy all of the parts to build it up on Ebay mainly used. It has been an awesome bike. The photo below was taken on the Colorado Trail in Durango:



Yes, I'm wearing a GT shirt. I had a GT Karakoram but the frame got bent in a fall on the Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab and this was one of the replacements. I also have a Schwinn Homegrown 4 Banger full suspension bike which has a story all its own.




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Nice Schwinn and Durango, CO. I used to live 50 miles away in New Mexico. How I loved and hated the Colorado Trail. La Garrita section beat me to pieces.
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Old 12-03-13, 05:36 PM   #12
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Don't get me wrong, I love high end tech but I cant justify it for my skill/ability level so "classics" and home builds is where I live. Plus I enjoy the building and coaxing something unique out of other peoples rejects.
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