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Old 06-08-15, 10:18 AM
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Here's my unknown model, unknown age Allentown, PA, built Ross.



A total mis-mash of parts. I bought it for $5 about 8 years ago, repacked all the bearings and replaced the cables and housings, brake pads and supplied the cheapo saddle, clamp and nice Specialized grips. I left it in my parents' garage for these kinds of visits.

I'd say it weighs around 28 pounds with the nearly rotten tires and steel bullmoose bars, which is kind of remarkable for a bike with stamped steel dropouts. It has a nice Takagi triple crank on the DS and some Sugino unit on the NDS. The Dia Compe moto-style levers are mounted on the wrong sides, and the SunTour ratcheting thumbies are pushing the cheapo Shimano SIS derailleurs about the toothy bits.

It's a great lock-it-and-leave-it bike, although the lock that fits that bracket is in use in Sweden, and the bracket will be going back with me. Should be an excellent platform for all different kinds of builds if I go that route in the future.
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Old 06-08-15, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
It's a famous bike, known as "Breezer #2 ," built in 1978 and one of the first bikes made for this new sport that did not yet have a name. Where is "Breezer #1 , you ask? In the collection of the Smithsonian, along with my club jersey from 1972.
I guess I just showed how much I know about vintage MTBs... and I was four when you started riding that bike... Thanks for sharing some history!
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Here's my 1983 Trek 850 'Rough Terrain' bicycle. Original owner, lightly ridden. Original water bottle and rare split gooseneck. The shifters were upgraded at the time of purchase from a plastic covered shifter to a full alloy model

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Old 06-08-15, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by velochay33
Here's my 1983 Trek 850 'Rough Terrain' bicycle. Original owner, lightly ridden. Original water bottle and rare split gooseneck. The shifters were upgraded at the time of purchase from a plastic covered shifter to a full alloy model

Wow. Awesome bike. This is heck of a first post.
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Old 06-08-15, 11:30 AM
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Wish I owned them, but I met a couple riding '84 Stumpjumpers in Glacier Park this weekend. They were in great shape and looked as beautiful as that Trek.
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1987 (?) Rockhopper Comp in "Di Nucci" Green










Scored at a thrift store down in the 'burbs where the money-folk live. All original except for the tires, seat, and rear deraileur. Somebody obviously loved this bike and rode it a lot once upon a time and even replaced/upgraded some components, but it had years of road grime and grease caked on it. Not a lick of rust though.

It needed a lot of work. More involved work than most people know how to do at home and it's not cool/trendy/valuable enough that someone would pay to have a shop overhaul it. The purgatory zone where bikes sit and wait to be resuced. To give you an idea... the front hub was all wonky, so I went to take it apart and found the locknut was only finger tight, and half the bearings had fallen out at some point

I've since added full fenders and a rack that I picked up at the local bike collective. Planning on doing some touring on it this fall!
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Old 06-08-15, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by peace_coast
...The purgatory zone where bikes sit and wait to be resuced. To give you an idea... the front hub was all wonky, so I went to take it apart and found the locknut was only finger tight, and half the bearings had fallen out at some point
Sweet score! I know exactly what you mean. My front hub was wonky as well. I thought it would need a repack. I started to take what I thought were cones out and discovered Sansin cartridge hubs. I tightened properly and was good to go!
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Here's one you don't see every day.



1988 Jeffrey Richman brazed frame and stem:










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Last thursday was a nice day. I found an ad regarding bikes for parts or repair in our local Craigs List equivalent. Calls the guy, finds out no one has contacted him.
Meets him and collects a 91 Diamondback Apex in pretty rough shape cosmetically, but structurally intact. Will need quite a bit of work, but will be a fun project. Maybe new paint and a set of drop bars since there is quite a bit of rust and paint damage and the left brake/shifter lever is missing. Other than that, components are Deore LX/DX.
Price paid $14.50.
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Originally Posted by fiatjeepdriver
Charlie one-ups everyone in this thread that bike. Once I get better at brazing I'm planning on making myself a copy of one of those Breezers.
If I had the disposable income, I would have someone build me a replica of Breezer #1 , just because I'm a historian at heart. Here's a guy who has built a replica but without the truss fork.

Breezer Mk1 1976 replica build | Levy Bike Works
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Re-building this one for a friend. Can't find any reference to this bike at all. Year? Origin? See earlier post. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-mtb-26-a.html

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Originally Posted by corwin1968
If I had the disposable income, I would have someone build me a replica of Breezer #1 , just because I'm a historian at heart. Here's a guy who has built a replica but without the truss fork.

Breezer Mk1 1976 replica build | Levy Bike Works

Thanks for sharing!
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I already had a thread about this bike, but I thought I would post it here too. My first vintage bike.

1987 Raleigh Teton Mountain Tour





Don't have any better pictures right now though.
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It's been a while since I posted this guy, but it is finally getting some use in a local short track MTB racing circuit. This thing is an absolute rocket, and is a blast to hammer around the course.

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The roller cam twins.,,,,BD

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Old 06-14-15, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Repack Rider
'78 Breezer, and the guy who built it for me.


Great pic, Charlie!
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Rad ride, too, of course.

Looks like you're wearing clickety shoes, what pedals you got on there?
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Originally Posted by browngw
Re-building this one for a friend. Can't find any reference to this bike at all. Year? Origin? See earlier post. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...-mtb-26-a.html


I think they only used that decal style in 1998-2000. Very lowend model, retailing for less than $300 USD.

I'd usually rather have an olde rigid $300 bike than an olde sproingy $500 bike, though!
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Old 06-14-15, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Great pic, Charlie!
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Rad ride, too, of course.

Looks like you're wearing clickety shoes, what pedals you got on there?
Pedals on that bike are "rat trap" BMX pedals.

I rode over to Joe's house for the photo on my OTHER Breezer, a 2014 "Repack" model which has SPD. Not nearly as classic, but here it is.

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My '97 Rock Hopper. I bought this bike missing it's wheels and with a trashed seat. I've replaced the wheels with a used a set I got on CL - a Deore hubbed rear, and Gary Fisher hubbed radial spoked front. I've also added a used titanium railed seat. The bike is amazingly quick, has a full double butted frame and is quite light as well - even saddled with the aftermarket suspension fork that's currently on it, which I'm in the process of replacing with a standard cro-mo fork with some rake.

I'm also planning on swapping out the grip shifters for something else, and several other parts as well. As much as I'd love to have the bike back to the way it came from the factory, that simply isnt gonna happen due to the PO swapping out it's factory fork, and losing the wheels to a bike thief.
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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs
Here's my unknown model, unknown age Allentown, PA, built Ross.



...a bike with stamped steel dropouts. It has a nice Takagi triple crank on the DS and some Sugino unit on the NDS. The Dia Compe moto-style levers are mounted on the wrong sides, and the SunTour ratcheting thumbies are pushing the cheapo Shimano SIS derailleurs about the toothy bits.
My bro-in-law has one of these. I'll have to ask him which model decal is on it but it matches your description. Probably a Mt. Hood, fairly low end for the mid-'80s. It had all alloy components, except for the bullmoose bar, but the frame was probably just Hi-Ten tubing and not CroMo.

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[IMG][Merlin by Mattballman, on Flickr[/IMG]

heres my '91 Merlin in the woods.
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Old 06-15-15, 06:45 AM
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[IMG][Merlin by Mattballman, on Flickr[/IMG]

heres my '91 Merlin in the woods.
LOVE. Really like the Headset.
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