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Old 12-05-18, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
I just received a call informing me that my friend who gave me this bike passed away this evening. It has now become even more special.
Sorry to hear.
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Old 12-06-18, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
I just received a call informing me that my friend who gave me this bike passed away this evening. It has now become even more special.
Sympathies on the loss of your friend and former employee. His two favorites rides have found a good home, though.
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Old 12-06-18, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by mixteup View Post
I wondered whether to post this here, or start a separate thread - But it IS a mountain bike,and it IS vintage, so ......

I'm blaming this acquisition on my wife -
We went up to the flea market again, yesterday, and there was a guy there with a whole bunch of bikes (I'm beginning to think this might be a trend?) -
He told me he picks up a lot of bikes and other stuff from police impounds.

Anyway, his bikes were mostly BSO's, with a couple entry-level hybrids thrown in - But there was THIS .......
My original intent was to just get a photo of it, for the record, NOT to buy it, but my wife ruined that plan -
I don't have a phone with a camera, but Patty always carries a little pocket camera in her bag.
I asked her for the camera, but wouldn't you know it - Dead batteries! And she couldn't find any more in the bag.........
All this time, the guy is talking away about his bikes - Blah, blah, blah, etc.
So I was frustrated, and about to walk away, and he says "You want to buy this bike? - Look, it has a pedal missing, so how about $20? "

So here it is, back at the car (where we found batteries) - A mid 90's, MacGregor Power Trac 2 wheel drive mountain bike. Made in Taiwan.
Aside from the interesting cable drive, the components are just base level Shimano stuff .
I weighed the bike this morning, and it busts the scale at 29lbs - Which is surprising, as thought it would weigh more.

The whole thing seems to work as designed, and looks like no to low mileage on the bike, although I think it should probably be taken down and the old lube cleaned out of the cable, etc .
I bet this could be just the thing, for commuting in the snow !
AND, it's got a cool crackle paint job !


Regardless of whether this is a practical design, I'd never even heard of it before, and at least I know I'm the only kid on the block with one - So I thought it was worth $20
I did some research, and virtually no info on it, except for this old article, about the inventor :
https://books.google.com/books?id=w8...20bike&f=false




The drive is pretty simple - Just a ring and pinion on the rear, then the big cable shaft -



And a front ring and pinion, with a freewheel hub .

Thanks for sharing. I dont know of the brand but certainly recall the 2WD conversion kit, likely the same on that bike.
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Old 12-06-18, 11:33 AM
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I didn't know there was a kit available - Learn something new every day
The bike I have was definitely NOT a kit install, though - The frame and fork have factory-welded brackets, to take the drive.
It obviously came that way.
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Old 12-07-18, 09:31 PM
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Cannondale Delt V mid 90s



Cannondale frame. Surly fork. Lots of stuff from the parts bin.
I stripped frame, polished with 600 or so grit. Powdered with a smoke clear.
A bit small for me so itíll be up for sale soon.
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Old 12-07-18, 10:21 PM
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'91 RockHopper ride last weekend. It rocked.









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Old 12-14-18, 03:15 PM
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Last shot of your RH is great! Been riding a new Regal on my 91 Montare and Stopped by our co-op for some bar ends. Also found a Vuelta leather saddle with beusage that's compatible with Montare's, so moved the Regal to my Bianchi Trofeo for now. Don
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Old 12-14-18, 05:37 PM
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new one in the stable:
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Old 12-31-18, 12:23 PM
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1991 Trek 970 Mountain Bike

Here is my Trek 970 Mountain Bike, all original except smooth tyres for road use and Brooks B17 Saddle and Bar Grips & Pedals. The Shimano Rapid Fire changers still work well and I located another set NOS in original box to replace them when they eventually give out. Paintwork is almost unscathed. I ride this bike a lot, one of my favourite rides. Repacked hubs recently and found no signs of wear. The Deore DX & XT components on this bike are such high quality.






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Old 12-31-18, 04:18 PM
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Gorgeous Trek! Those Deore DX derailleurs are some of the sexiest ever made IMHO. Now you just need some fenders
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Old 12-31-18, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Sir_Name View Post
'91 RockHopper ride last weekend. It rocked.
Did it hop?
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Old 12-31-18, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by mountaindave View Post
Gorgeous Trek! Those Deore DX derailleurs are some of the sexiest ever made IMHO. Now you just need some fenders
Thanks your approval, the rear carrier does most of the fender work. Yes the Deore DX are bullet proof, so well designed and made.
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Old 12-31-18, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Did it hop?
Quite!
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Metal "Rim Strips" ?

Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
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Nice Bike! I have a question about those wheels; do they have that "foil" strip covering the rim-holes like the 20"/BMX wheels did? I seem to remember them being red/gold or black/gold sided. When I worked in a bike shop way-back-when, those strips were always cracking and it was almost impossible to get new ones. Enjoy the bike!

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Old 01-01-19, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Bianchi84 View Post
Nice Bike! I have a question about those wheels; do they have that "foil" strip covering the rim-holes like the 20"/BMX wheels did? I seem to remember them being red/gold or black/gold sided. When I worked in a bike shop way-back-when, those strips were always cracking and it was almost impossible to get new ones. Enjoy the bike!
yes one rim still has the red/gold foil strip. the other has been replaced with a basic rim strip. i guess one could make a replacement by cutting a long strip from a heavy duty aluminum foil.
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Old 01-03-19, 02:17 PM
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Schwinn probe

As she sits... Barely rolls and wont stop. Now i want to ride it some more lol
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Originally Posted by PeterLYoung View Post
fire Here is my Trek 970 Mountain Bike, all original except smooth tyres for road use and Brooks B17 Saddle and Bar Grips. The Shimano Rapid Fire changers still work well and I located another set NOS in original box to replace them when they eventually give out. Paintwork is almost unscathed. I ride this bike a lot, one of my favourite rides. Repacked hubs recently and found no signs of wear. The Deore DX & XT components on this bike are such high quality.

The purple 970 is a 1992 model. The 1991 970 was black with white splash and the 1991 950 was purple.

The purple 1992 970 is one of the bikes in the color I am looking for (takes patience when you ride a 22"). My 1992 950 is the same frame with LX components (XT shifters), but black. They are great bikes.
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The purple 970 is a 1992 model. The 1991 970 was black with white splash and the 1991 950 was purple.

The purple 1992 970 is one of the bikes in the color I am looking for (takes patience when you ride a 22"). My 1992 950 is the same frame with LX components (XT shifters), but black. They are great bikes.
Hi: Yes they are great bikes and you are correct that my bike is a 1992 model but in fact I bought it in late 1991 and the same happened with my Trek 6500 which I bought as next years model at the time. Trek it seems did this a lot. September or October they would start producing next years bikes in the new colour schemes and shipping them out to dealers, just like car manufacturers do.I suppose it encourages purchasers who otherwise would wait till following year, though in my case I bought it because it was in the shop and I liked the look of it and it rode well. It was not a cheap bike, I think I paid around £800UK, can't remember exact amount.
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September or October they would start producing next years bikes in the new colour schemes and shipping them out to dealers, just like car manufacturers do.
Several bike manufactures still do this as well. I think it's to get you excited about getting the newest model. "My bike is so new that it's next year's model."

It's just marketing.
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HAD to pick this one up! Trying to save the bucks these days but for a couple of them, this one is mine. 1996 930SHX 18Ē MTB by Trek. Only thing not original is the cage, bash guard and air in the tires. Everything looks good. Itís just dirty. Tires holding air, seat isnít ripped, everything shiftes okay, back brake needs some attention.

This is how it came off the rack. Going to give it a complete tear down, clean, polish and lube for some spring time trails with the son. Size is spot on for my height.
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@3speedslow Love it.

I'm sure that stem would appreciate a trip to the hardware store and $1.50 spent on some stainless bolts to replace the rusty ones!

What kinda shape is the fork in?
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@3speedslow Love it.

I'm sure that stem would appreciate a trip to the hardware store and $1.50 spent on some stainless bolts to replace the rusty ones!

What kinda shape is the fork in?
Thanks!

Yes I have a thing about rusty bolts. I will OX them before making the replace decision. The SHX seem to be in great shape too. Plenty of firm response when I push hard on them. Travel is listed at 46mm

Checking the shop decal I think the store is still in business, in one form or another. Rhode Island! This probably came down with a Marine but stayed behind for me to find.

Tomorrow is tear down day. Bonus is the tire lever set which came in the frame bag
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Going to save the nobbies for trail riding so switched them out with Conti town and country tires. Enjoying the ride of this Trek last few days both pavement and grassy dirt trails. Need some new brake blocks, the original Shimano ones are dried hard.
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Looking good,Law!
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