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Old 07-01-09, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDL View Post
Woah, what is with that driveside chainstay? Is it supposed to be like that?
Both chain stays. They had a few models like that for maybe three years. My touring bike is built on a 91 (I think) Impact Pro frame with the same stays, pretty sure the High Sierra had them too in the same years. I suppose it was intended to give a little bit cushier ride.

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Originally Posted by amillhench View Post
...anyone have any info on Balance?
Awesome! I remember oggling the Balance catalog around 93 or 94. That is a really good looking ride for sure!

I also remember a brand called Barracuda. I LOVED those, but I've never seen one. Anyone got one?
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Those chain stays were, I believe, left over fork blades. The intent was to eliminate (or at least reduce) chain slap (and possibly chain suck, wherein the chain got sucked between the tire and the stay - Shimano addressed this with the infamous "Shark Fin") when traversing rough terrain. Giant did something similar only from the other end of the stay, by lowering where the stay attached to the dropout. I think the Schwinn design was more elegant than both the Giant and Shimano's Shark Fin, for that matter. Now, had Schwinn used curved, or "banana", seatstays I imagine the ride would have been very compliant indeed.
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Old 07-04-09, 05:46 AM
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Fresh from the dump, Ross Mt. Hood:



Neat Shimano U-brakes:



Now I can compare these against Biopace!



Most likely I'll strip out the drivetrain and send this back from whence it came.
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1993 Specialized M2 Stumpjumper.

7 speed XT drivetrain with a Campy crank.



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Old 07-04-09, 08:43 AM
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Originally Posted by top506 View Post
Your stem wins for the most phallic bike component ever.
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Old 07-04-09, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by eogie View Post
Your stem wins for the most phallic bike component ever.
Good thing he didn`t get the matching seatpost.
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Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
Good thing he didn`t get the matching seatpost.
Feel free to yard the thing out of the dump and take whatever bits trip your trigger.
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1989 nishiki kodiak.
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1993 Bridgestone MB-3

Bouncy


And not bouncy
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I just picked this little guy up. It's all original except the seat and tires. It's one year off of my dream bike. This is a 1983 Stumpjumper. Eventually I'll find a nice 1982 Stumpy.







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1995 Trek Antelope.... she's ugly but she's mine.
she has a new seat, seatpost, gear shifters, new fenders, a rear rack and panniers.

i suppose by the time i finished there won't be much original on her.

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Originally Posted by kevinsubaru View Post
Awesome! I remember oggling the Balance catalog around 93 or 94. That is a really good looking ride for sure!

I also remember a brand called Barracuda. I LOVED those, but I've never seen one. Anyone got one?

for info about Baracuda, check this out: http://old-metal.blogspot.com/2009/0...a-by-mark.html

some pictures of the bikes in my livingroom





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Old 07-24-09, 07:04 PM
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Our local 'transfer station' has a new policy that I really like. You are encouraged to leave 'useable stuff' on the ledge by the recessed dumpsters for recycling. Anything that sits for more than a few hours is tossed in by the crew. On Wednesday morning I drove by on the way to work, and a bright red bike caught my eye, so I pulled in.

My 'prize' for being observant was a 1996 Scott Arapahoe. It is too small for me (19" frame) & had two flat tires, but is otherwise shiny, rust free and complete! CrMo tig welded steel, mostly mid range Shimano components, non-suspension, 21 spd. Pictures to follow.
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Old 07-24-09, 07:53 PM
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Vintage Mountain Bike:
1987 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo e Koo

Future Vintage. Near future. Mutant GT with Girvin.



Just how old does a MTB have to be to be vintage. Right now I'm thinking anything steel, rigid with Cantis or U brakes is certainly in. When do we allow V-brakes? Front Suspension?

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Originally Posted by Ronsonic View Post
Just how old does a MTB have to be to be vintage. Right now I'm thinking anything steel, rigid with Cantis or U brakes is certainly in. When do we allow V-brakes? Front Suspension?

These are certainly qualified, and nice ones to boot! I think that the danged things are evolving so fast that "vintage" may be last year, in some categories. I just completed a ride which included plowing headlong into a newly developed rock garden way, way too hot. It would have killed me, literally killed me, on my 2005 Stumpy, but the 2008 mojo sucked it all up and didn't even waver.

I expect that they'll just fly over the crap by 2012...
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Here's a couple, stumpy is an 81



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Old 07-25-09, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by soonerbills View Post
Ok...it's ugly and cheap and not worth much but I'm still wondering when this thing was made.
It wieghs a friggin ton.









I don't know how much its worth, but I have seen another

http://www.firstflightbikes.com/1981_Murray_Baja.htm
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I would like to include my two bikes. I know I've pimped my crappy bikes all over but I am excited to be riding a lot again and think that these things are cool. The first isn't that vintage, but it's from the middle or late 90's. Froma what I can determine the Sorrento was offered in "DX" trim only in, like, '96 but I am prety sure I didn't buy this bike untill '98 or '99. I ride this most often, but almost all road miles these days since I am trying to shape up a little. I bought it new.




THIS one was in the basment of the house I moved into. It old. Really old. So old that I got into an argument wiuth the really old dude in the old bikeshop beacause I was telling him about my TEN speed Woodlands and he thought that they only came in TWELVE speeds. I have plans for this bike. I hope to fit it out to be a utillity bike for around town and grocery getting but I have to finish my Peugeot Project first.



Of the three bike I own I like riding this one the best. It's probably psychological (I only ride it for fun, not to get fit or check the quality of my wrenching skilz) but it does seem to be, well, nicer, than the other two. The Peugeot is much more twitchy and the Diamondback feels much less planted and stable and more mush, so to speak. IDK. It's all fun though and I ahve been riding more this year than since I was a kid. I hope that I can find tome to start thrashing that black bike nice and proper. Once the Road Bike is done I won't have to worry about breaking it.
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Originally Posted by EraserGirl View Post
1995 Trek Antelope.... she's ugly but she's mine.
she has a new seat, seatpost, gear shifters, new fenders, a rear rack and panniers.

i suppose by the time i finished there won't be much original on her.

Hi!

You ahve a couple nice bikes there. I live in the next town over and am curious what shop you use, especially since your bikes are "vintage" too. I'm not exactly over the moon about my most local of LBSs so I wanted to see who you would reccomend.

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Colnago MTB

Here is my "keeper" MTB. Anybody ever seen one before?
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Here is my "keeper" MTB. Anybody ever seen one before?
Pretty bike and its a Colnago!
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A 1983 Muddy Fox Monarch
Araya built cro-mo frame and fork
Full Deer Head except for Sugino AT crank
Suntour XC2 pedals

I cleaned it up, and added:
B17 Champion
Schwalbe Marathons
Bottles/Cages/Grips

Now has third bottle/cage and salmon Kool Stop pads!

Amazingly, they actually raced these things in the UK! I have it set up for expedition touring.
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Originally Posted by luker View Post
These are certainly qualified, and nice ones to boot! I think that the danged things are evolving so fast that "vintage" may be last year, in some categories. I just completed a ride which included plowing headlong into a newly developed rock garden way, way too hot. It would have killed me, literally killed me, on my 2005 Stumpy, but the 2008 mojo sucked it all up and didn't even waver.

I expect that they'll just fly over the crap by 2012...
The big hit bikes change daily. Pretty amazing what the downhill stuff is like now.

The most change is in suspension quality and of course XC bikes get lighter.
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Originally Posted by amillhench View Post
I just discovered this thread a few days ago. I read through it and then went back to perusing CL. I wasn't even paying attention but something reminded me of a bike I saw in this thread. Just went and picked it up!


XR550, anyone have any info on Balance? Not much on the web. I think it is a '94 as that is the only year not listed on bikepedia and it does not match any other year. Full STX "special edition", it is a really nice smoked chrome color on the cranks, derailleurs, and shifters. Any help would be appreciated!
I used to work for a dealer in '95 and picked up an AL550 then, I posted a pic a few posts back. It was a realtively short lived company it was new in '94. They claimed to be the NORBA downhill champions for 94.The paint jobs in '95 were a two tone deal fading from translucent colors (red, blue, purple) to chrome, that paint job continued until '96. I believe they went out of business shortly after that. They were built with Shimano Components, although in 95 they started coming with GripShift. Nice bikes, I love the way mine rides.
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