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Old 01-21-13, 04:05 PM
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Purple and white peril

^^ Nishiki Aerial, an opportune time to post this given its' Cascade "cousin" above , a different color peril. Got it on CL last week. The reflective purple tape has been removed but nothing else done to it. Maybe a drop bar for it, don't recall seeing one of those in the "drop bar" thread. I think its an 89'. The fork states it a "linear blade" and surprisingly it is a very nice looking fork with the comparatively small tapered blades to what would follow in the next few years. DX gruppo which is pretty nice.


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Old 01-21-13, 04:48 PM
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I LOVE me some E-stay Nishiki's! I've owned and regrettably sold a: 1993 Aluminum purple Alien, a 1992 cromo Ariel, and a 1990 cromo Pinnacle with the killer crackle paint, outfitted with XC Pro and a sweet Tange Switchblade fork. Wish I still had that one.....
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Old 01-23-13, 04:33 PM
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A recent beater build... made the mistake of riding it after putting it up on craigslist. Now I think I need it in my life.

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Old 01-24-13, 05:20 AM
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That very model was my first real mountain bike. Bought it in about 1988 or so, I believe. Rode the wheels off it and eventually replaced every component except the frame, BB, and crank. Yours is only the 2nd one I've ever seen in the wild...
Yes, you do need it in your life!
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Old 01-26-13, 11:55 PM
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Not mine, but posting it here because I'm too lazy to find the "bikes in the wild" thread... Spotted this on the train platform Saturday afternoon, and although the "Boulder Bicycles" brand was not on my radar, I took a closer look and could see it was clearly a thoroughbred.

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Here is a Schwinn Paramount PDG 70 series. I picked up yesterday. the original fork has been swapped for a marin and the original cani brake is gone in favor of a V looks like the stem has been swapped as well as the front wheel. probably a crash. but it was cheap and the frame looks undamaged. it is light and fells very quick. I'm contemplating a Drop bar conversion. I'll mull things over until spring and ride it some before I decide.

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Old 01-27-13, 11:47 AM
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here's a 1989? bianchi super grizzly i grabbed for a great price. original handlebars are the same splatter paint. needed a new seatpost and saddle and full teardown, but was in great shape. enjoy, and sorry for the picture quality, it's cold out there and i didn't want to mess around with the camera.





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Old 01-27-13, 02:04 PM
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I found this old Spalding Dynasty ATB being tossed out on the side of the road a while back and gave it to a friend. I think he did a great job bringing it back to life.


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Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
Prestige + XT + celeste splatter paint job = great score!

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I found this old Spalding Dynasty ATB being tossed out on the side of the road a while back and gave it to a friend. I think he did a great job bringing it back to life.

How does he like those vuelta zerolite wheels? I've thought about ordering them to get a lighter wheelset on my cimarron, but I was wondering if they were worth it.
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Old 01-27-13, 03:03 PM
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Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
How does he like those vuelta zerolite wheels? I've thought about ordering them to get a lighter wheelset on my cimarron, but I was wondering if they were worth it.
Great wheels for the money! Certainly a decent quality budget set for street use. Not sure how I'd feel about them off road as they're 24 spoke.
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Old 01-27-13, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by mainstreetexile View Post
Prestige + XT + celeste splatter paint job = great score!
thanks man, i found it on craigslist with a horrible description and lousy picture. i just saw celeste green and took a chance...and scored!
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Old 01-27-13, 05:41 PM
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Originally Posted by likebike23 View Post
thanks man, i found it on craigslist with a horrible description and lousy picture. i just saw celeste green and took a chance...and scored!
Great score, that's the way to do it!
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Originally Posted by cobrabyte View Post
I found this old Spalding Dynasty ATB being tossed out on the side of the road a while back and gave it to a friend. I think he did a great job bringing it back to life.
Cool, looks like he put some thought into it

That is the first Spalding model I've seen that wasn't named "Blade." They used that name on everything from road bikes to MTBs to 3-speeds.
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Old 01-28-13, 09:08 PM
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that bianchi is pretty sweet

took a pic of my 86 Diamondback Apex with fenders



my other mtbs are both drop bar conversions




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Old 01-29-13, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
that bianchi is pretty sweet

took a pic of my 89 Diamondback Apex with fenders


Frantik,
Which of these three is not like the other. I can tell its possibly on the small side for you. Its not set up like the other two. The other two even though different sizes have same exact setup seat to pedal, seat to stem etc. Unless it serves a much different function, or more laid back dimensions.

The Univega Pro is still my favorite.

BTW - Level off the seats on the other two, or you'll be a "One Draw Mcgraw" in a few years.

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Old 01-29-13, 09:27 AM
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frantik, are you still having chain issues with the Apex?
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Old 01-29-13, 04:42 PM
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I already mentioned in another thread that I have just uploaded a new Vintage Mountain Bike section on my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS". Hopefully, some of you will find it interesting and fun to have a look at. I still have another dozen, or so, vintage mountain bicycles to write about and place on the website.

This old GT Karakoram will be seeing the cottage roads at my summer cottage this Summer coming. This is what the GT looked like the day I brought it home from the Dump...

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Old 01-29-13, 06:21 PM
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Frantik,
Which of these three is not like the other. I can tell its possibly on the small side for you. Its not set up like the other two. The other two even though different sizes have same exact setup seat to pedal, seat to stem etc. Unless it serves a much different function, or more laid back dimensions.
the blue/green Apex frame is a touch on the small side, but it's actually is the bike that gets the most use since it's my main utility bike. It brings home the groceries and pulls a trailer with ease.

The geometry of the fit between my 86 Apex and my Univega are almost identical. In this pic I overlaid the univega on top of the Apex, centered at the bottom bracket. You can see the saddle and bars are in identical positions relative to the BB



BTW - Level off the seats on the other two, or you'll be a "One Draw Mcgraw" in a few years.
I tilt the saddle like that to avoid crushing my man-bits. The 86 Apex saddle looks more level but the rear part is still tilted up and that's the part I sit on (you can it in the picture above actually) I'd love to replace the Univega saddle with an idential Vetta saddle but they are hard to find

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frantik, are you still having chain issues with the Apex?
Not nearly as often I as once did, but that is mostly because I learned to keep tension on the chain at all times, especially when going over rough terrain and when switching gears. Once in a while the chain will still come off the front ring though. The front ring is a bit wavy and also has short teeth to assist with changing gears. I think if I ran a totally flat ring with long teeth intended for single chainring applications that the chain issues would go away almost completely, though bumpy terrain might still be a problem

Sometimes I wonder if a short cage RD would help things even more but I'm not sure

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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
Not nearly as often I as once did, but that is mostly because I learned to keep tension on the chain at all times, especially when going over rough terrain and when switching gears. Once in a while the chain will still come off the front ring though. The front ring is a bit wavy and also has short teeth to assist with changing gears. I think if I ran a totally flat ring with long teeth intended for single chainring applications that the chain issues would go away almost completely, though bumpy terrain might still be a problem

Sometimes I wonder if a short cage RD would help things even more but I'm not sure
Try the short cage RD and remove a couple of links to increase the chain tension. I ran a 1x9 drivetrain off road and rarely had any chain drops with that combination.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
I already mentioned in another thread that I have just uploaded a new Vintage Mountain Bike section on my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS". Hopefully, some of you will find it interesting and fun to have a look at. I still have another dozen, or so, vintage mountain bicycles to write about and place on the website.
I wouldn't normally pick on spelling errors, but a history of mountain biking page should spell Ritchey correctly.
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My '85 Stumpy
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What's hard to find?

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the blue/green Apex frame is a touch on the small side, but it's actually is the bike that gets the most use since it's my main utility bike. It brings home the groceries and pulls a trailer with ease.

The geometry of the fit between my 86 Apex and my Univega are almost identical. In this pic I overlaid the univega on top of the Apex, centered at the bottom bracket. You can see the saddle and bars are in identical positions relative to the BB





I tilt the saddle like that to avoid crushing my man-bits. The 86 Apex saddle looks more level but the rear part is still tilted up and that's the part I sit on (you can it in the picture above actually) I'd love to replace the Univega saddle with an idential Vetta saddle but they are hard to find
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Very good choice for a keeper Randy, that's a great bike!


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I already mentioned in another thread that I have just uploaded a new Vintage Mountain Bike section on my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS". Hopefully, some of you will find it interesting and fun to have a look at. I still have another dozen, or so, vintage mountain bicycles to write about and place on the website.

This old GT Karakoram will be seeing the cottage roads at my summer cottage this Summer coming. This is what the GT looked like the day I brought it home from the Dump...

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