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'95 Gary Fisher Grateful Dead Hoo Koo E Koo

Old 03-06-17, 04:00 PM
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'95 Gary Fisher Grateful Dead Hoo Koo E Koo

Hey all,

I just picked up this well worn, but serviceable relic. I remember a bike store owner back in '95 showing me a new one with the blonde tires. I was drooling over it. I now get to possess one, yet a bit worn and weathered.

It's at a shop at the moment. I stripped all the bits off the frame, but the seat post wasn't coming out. First shop couldn't do it and recommended a machine shop to hone it out. 2nd shop is going to soak the post and try to extract it tomorrow. Send your bike frame healing vibes it's way!

I'm not sure if the pics I linked to are on some delay or just not showing up??




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Cool headbadge, good vibrations issued.
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in homage to Ron "Pigpen" McKernan you should change your handle to "Easy Wind"....and no I can't view the pictures at this time, but would LIKE to.
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Good for you!!! Sending lots of good and healing vibes for the seat post and bike! I have been watching the same model on the local Craigslist for a year now started at $800, now at $450. I Would love to see some of Bobby Weir's mountain bikes

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Bound to cover just a little more ground.

Interesting Dead Head head badge.

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I had the standard green '95 or '96 Hoo Koo E Koo back in the day; good bike. Also rode that trail once or twice back when you could ride mtb in Marin.

That's definitely a keeper bike. I remember someone asking about one in the valuation thread not long ago, had a pretty steep asking price if I recall. Enjoy and good luck with post! I'm humming some "Sugar Magnolia" for some vibes for ya.
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What a super cool MTB!! That just put a grin on my face viewing the pics and decals. Too cool, man. Best wishes on the seat post!
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Very cool --- was this bike a GAry Fisher, - or a Fisher(pre-Trek buy-in) ?

Either way, super cool bike, --- Fire up some spleef in appreciation (or not, but as Seinfeld said - "not that there's anything wrong with that" )
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Did you bring that bike by the Marin Museum of Bicycling? If you didn't, its twin was there on Saturday.
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Originally Posted by restlessswind View Post
Hey all,

I just picked up this well worn, but serviceable relic. I remember a bike store owner back in '95 showing me a new one with the blonde tires. I was drooling over it. I now get to possess one, yet a bit worn and weathered.

It's at a shop at the moment. I stripped all the bits off the frame, but the seat post wasn't coming out. First shop couldn't do it and recommended a machine shop to hone it out. 2nd shop is going to soak the post and try to extract it tomorrow. Send your bike frame healing vibes it's way!

I'm not sure if the pics I linked to are on some delay or just not showing up??




Which shop?
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Very cool --- was this bike a GAry Fisher, - or a Fisher(pre-Trek buy-in) ?

Either way, super cool bike, --- Fire up some spleef in appreciation (or not, but as Seinfeld said - "not that there's anything wrong with that" )
It is a 95, Trek Gary Fisher bike.
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
Did you bring that bike by the Marin Museum of Bicycling? If you didn't, its twin was there on Saturday.
That was me. Hi Charlie!
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Which shop?
I tried City Bicycle Works. Someone tried the post in a vice, but it wouldn't budge. ( I tried that too) That tech referred me to a machine shop, and said it can be done by honing it out (sounds pricey).

I stopped over at Mike's Bikes after, and they have it right now. They are soaking the post with some lubricants. I will hopefully get a good news phone call today!
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Originally Posted by restlessswind View Post
I tried City Bicycle Works. Someone tried the post in a vice, but it wouldn't budge. ( I tried that too) That tech referred me to a machine shop, and said it can be done by honing it out (sounds pricey).

I stopped over at Mike's Bikes after, and they have it right now. They are soaking the post with some lubricants. I will hopefully get a good news phone call today!
I've been pleasantly surprised with how good the head mechanic is over there.
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Bill Walton would approve.

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Oh man, "What a Long Strange Trip its Been", this is exactly what I would look for in a mountain bike. Great find, kudos.

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Update: Bike shop can't remove post. Machine shops I contacted can't remove post without destroying paint. Only bit of advise I got is to find a steel rod with the same diameter as the inside of the post. That will keep the post round as an attempt to twist it out while keeping the post from collapsing.
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I would suggest ammonia and patience (there is a thread about stuck seat posts on the forum). Maybe listen to "Ripple" a few times while waiting for the ammonia to do its work. Sorry it is such a PITA.
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I've heard some people have had luck with a hacksaw cutting stress lines into the post from the inside.
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I would suggest ammonia and patience (there is a thread about stuck seat posts on the forum). Maybe listen to "Ripple" a few times while waiting for the ammonia to do its work. Sorry it is such a PITA.
The post is in deep. Over 200mm. I soaked in ammonia and bike shop soaked with their lubricants for a few days. I also emptied an entire can of liquid wrench prior. Bike is fully disassembled.only thing on is headset cups and post.

I also tried to hacksaw. Again, too deep. The saw won't cut down past 100 or so mm well.
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you have a tough one there given the deep insertion of a long Mtn. bike post! I have been lucky with a long "metal-specific" sawzall type blade held in a handle made by Stanley, but you have to be really careful AND lucky.
If you are extremely fastidious you could try a LYE solution poured into the inverted seat tube held over a bucket with a solid plug in the top (now at the bottom) and using a flexible snout funnel...but you better wear rubber gloves, eye protection and a rubber apron!
in time that lye will dissolve the aluminum but won't harm the steel...but any that gets onto the paint will RUIN the paint so ....beware!
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