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Old 11-20-21, 02:22 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
What a beautiful bike! If this thread were illustrated by one single image, I can't think of one better than this.

The reason I love this thread so much is because these are the bikes that fulfill the bicycle's ultimate purpose: Useful Transportation

Utility bikes are awesome, but one-dimensional. You wouldn't take one on a ride just to ride (if that makes any sense).

I don't need to inform you on the limitations of Italian/French/British racebikes.

And the "Touring" roadbikes are wonderful for the sort of slim, lightweight athletes who buy them and promptly put on hundreds of miles.

For the rest of us, the lightweight chrome-moly frames, sturdy geometry, and massive gear range of the vintage rigid MTB is the perfect recipe for a bike that could actually serve as a sole mode of transport, in the right circumstances.

Got a family? Build or buy a trailer, mount seating on it, and a roof of some sort, and you have your basic family carriage. The strongest son or daughter gets the honor of driving! How's that for self-esteem building?

I'm just woolgathering here. But if our destiny involves travelling by people-power; the vintage, rigid, ATB/MTB is a perfect platform on which to build. Lighter, stronger, and faster than the old gas-pipe classics, I believe they are the ideal transportation for a diminished fossil-fuel future. Even for old-farts like me!


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useful transportation.... exactly. Bikes should be able to perform some sort of work, whether it's just a small basket on the front or all racked out. I completely agree as well that the old mtb is a great building platform for cargo / work / commuting bikes. I have a few myself and they all started the in that fashion. Happy spinning
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Old 11-20-21, 02:50 PM
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Speaking of mustaches (SOMA Mustache II, actually) - Here are some better pics of the Wheeler:








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great looking ride
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Old 11-21-21, 12:32 PM
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great looking ride
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Old 11-22-21, 10:52 PM
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1992(?) Trek 7000 Kid Hauler




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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv View Post
1992(?) Trek 7000 Kid Hauler
Two things:
1) How do you like those tires? I've never seen them before, had to look them up. Eastern "Growler" tires, about $30 apiece?

2) I like the way you mounted the fenders - rather than trim the fender stays by cutting them to length, you bent them back to (guessing) provide static retention in case of fastener loss or failure?

Very cool bike!
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I hear you. I finally noticed that they're threadless stems; I prefer quill. It's semi-custom; I'm sure I could find something amongst the 20 sizes they offer. Doesn't matter, I'm getting this beautiful, rare, Araya mixte for a lot less.

Very beautiful and unique bike. Congrats!
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Old 11-24-21, 02:22 PM
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As most of us age, we either move our drop bars up or we swap them out for bars that allow for more of an upright posture. We are blessed to have so many options as we do. There's probably a combination for every situation, every bike and every owner. The trick of course is in finding what works for yourself without having to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars!
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Old 11-24-21, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by oldtimeyirv View Post
1992(?) Trek 7000

Nicely done.

I had that exact same model Trek 7000, same color but in a 22", I think.

I think its a 1990 model.
Trek brochure can verify if that's correct.

l wouldn't mind having it back.

I thought it was a relatively light aluminum frame.

It would take plenty fat tires which gave a great ride.

I stripped mine completely of paint and entertained ideas of polishing the aluminum to a shiny finish.

Finally I brushed on a burnt orange funky type of paint that actually dried pretty smoothly.

It was recommended to me not to powdercoat it for reasons of the heat from the process might effect the glue used on the lugs and tubes.

I liked the sturdy , industrial grade looking seat stay / seat post lugs they built it with.

Pic of mine is earlier this thread in the orange color.

https://www.bikeforums.net/20198925-post70.html
Enjoy.

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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
Two things:
1) How do you like those tires? I've never seen them before, had to look them up. Eastern "Growler" tires, about $30 apiece?

2) I like the way you mounted the fenders - rather than trim the fender stays by cutting them to length, you bent them back to (guessing) provide static retention in case of fastener loss or failure?

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Thanks! I like the tires just fine. They are pretty sturdy BMX style tires. TBH I haven't ridden it enough to be critical of them, but they are big and squishy. Perfect!

I bent the fender stays because I didn't have the appropriate tool to cut them. But it worked out! Could probably still fit them to another bike if needed also.

Happy turkey day!
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Originally Posted by cooperryder View Post
Nicely done.

I had that exact same model Trek 7000, same color but in a 22", I think.

I think its a 1990 model.
Trek brochure can verify if that's correct.

l wouldn't mind having it back.

I thought it was a relatively light aluminum frame.

It would take plenty fat tires which gave a great ride.

I stripped mine completely of paint and entertained ideas of polishing the aluminum to a shiny finish.

Finally I brushed on a burnt orange funky type of paint that actually dried pretty smoothly.

It was recommended to me not to powdercoat it for reasons of the heat from the process might effect the glue used on the lugs and tubes.

I liked the sturdy , industrial grade looking seat stay / seat post lugs they built it with.

Pic of mine is earlier this thread in the orange color.

https://www.bikeforums.net/20198925-post70.html
Enjoy.
I really enjoy riding it and I love the funky 90s paint job. It feels slightly cramped for me bc of the old school geometry. Might find it a new home in the spring.

I have had a few Cannondale frames powdered, but they are welded. Someone told me about aluminum lugs and heat. Thankfully the original paint is in good shape still.
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Panasonic Mountain Cat H
Short stem, alloy atv handlebars, odi grips...
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seat was lowered soon after...




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