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Old 11-25-23, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by clarkbre
A new project has fallen into my lap!

Talking with my coworker about a recent Trek Antelope 830 build, he offered me his old MTB but couldn't remember what it was. He brought to work and its a fairly stock, '97 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo. From looking at the catalogs, online pics, etc., it appears to be a large frame. The stem and handlebars have been swapped and the stock bar-ends are gone. The original 3x8 drivetrain is complete and the hubs and rims run smooth and true. The headset is wobbly and appears to be missing the top cap (I've got a new one ordered). My plan is to dismantle, clean, lube and reassemble.




Nice bike I have the same one in the roughly same size in dark Blue but it will upgraded with XTR/XT 30speeds, race face crank, easton stem, easton bar, continental tires, and mavic D521 rims and hope hubs
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1990 Trek 970 Singletrack

Picked this bike up a few weeks ago, I believe the previous owners rode it a few times and it never saw the light of day again. After a full tear down, polish, wax lube, buff, and a little grease I built my winter commuter while I determine what my next move will be. Keep it as it was meant from the factory with full Deore DX and 21 speeds or modernize the bike with a 1x10 and clutched RD.

As it stands the bike is set up 36/17 singlespeed with studded 26x2.2 tires for my winter commute. Itís a fun bike to ride and look forward to riding it for many years to come.



Admittedly not my greatest photo but was too excited mot to share.
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Originally Posted by Tango1
Picked this bike up a few weeks ago, I believe the previous owners rode it a few times and it never saw the light of day again. After a full tear down, polish, wax lube, buff, and a little grease I built my winter commuter while I determine what my next move will be. Keep it as it was meant from the factory with full Deore DX and 21 speeds or modernize the bike with a 1x10 and clutched RD.

As it stands the bike is set up 36/17 singlespeed with studded 26x2.2 tires for my winter commute. Itís a fun bike to ride and look forward to riding it for many years to come.



Admittedly not my greatest photo but was too excited mot to share.
Nice ride, I have one. A shame to run it as a winter bike though..in Canada. Constant exposure to salt/wet will be its demise . Lots of old, lesser bikes out there to use (up).
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1994 Specialized S-Works M2 that received some upgrades. The additions include:
  • RockShox Recon fork (replaced the original FutureShock Ti/CF fork)
  • NOS Shimano XT brake/shifter assemblies
  • Ergon grips
  • New Albion Crankset
  • RaceFace Chester pedals
  • Origin 8 Stem (removed 130mm Ti)
  • Specialized Fast Track tires
  • XTR brakes (on it when I got the bike)

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Old 11-26-23, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by fishboat
Nice ride, I have one. A shame to run it as a winter bike though..in Canada. Constant exposure to salt/wet will be its demise . Lots of old, lesser bikes out there to use (up).
Iíve been back and forth on if I should ride this bike in the winter, for the time being still on the hunt for another bike.

The bike is in great condition, no rust at all
with minimal paint worn away from poorly mounted fenders.
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Originally Posted by Tango1
I’ve been back and forth on if I should ride this bike in the winter, for the time being still on the hunt for another bike.

The bike is in great condition, no rust at all
with minimal paint worn away from poorly mounted fenders.
I'm a big fan of the 'run what ya brung' concept. Go for it; ride the bike you have.
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Originally Posted by bOsscO
I'm a big fan of the 'run what ya brung' concept. Go for it; ride the bike you have.
Iím normally of the same mentality but after seeing all the salt and debris collected on the bike after a 15km ride Iím thinking the Trek is going to be a summer bike. I canít believe the city put that much salt down after a single snowfall!

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Oh thank heavens. There aren't that many 970s left in the world, and they're worth treating well. @Tango1, maybe an 800? Not junk but not super nice either.
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Not old compared to road bikes but it’s an absolute antique in mountain bike years…2003 S-Works Epic FSR. Having a javalean.

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Old 12-02-23, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Not old compared to road bikes but itís an absolute antique in mountain bike yearsÖ2003 S-Works Epic FSR. Having a javalean.

It is one the very best specialized bikes ever made
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Originally Posted by georges1
It is one the very best specialized bikes ever made
Yup. Iíve got 2 of them and a spare frame.
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Old 12-02-23, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by Tango1
Iím normally of the same mentality but after seeing all the salt and debris collected on the bike after a 15km ride Iím thinking the Trek is going to be a summer bike. I canít believe the city put that much salt down after a single snowfall!

I've got a gallon jug of the Star Brite Salt Off product. During the winter, I keep a spritzer bottle of the stuff, for zapping the bike, paintwork on the car, etc. Helps neutralize and get rid of the worst such stuff, during a wash. Though, like you, I wonder where it all gets ... even when washing it off soon after accumulation.

I wonder if there's some sort of surface treatment we could spray onto our bikes, on all of the parts, that'd protect against 99.999% of such contamination during a rough winter. Some sort of spray over the rims, spokes, hubs, head unit, frame, bars, nuts/bolts. (I'm sure a company or someone has figured out something.)
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Originally Posted by Clyde1820
I've got a gallon jug of the Star Brite Salt Off product. During the winter, I keep a spritzer bottle of the stuff, for zapping the bike, paintwork on the car, etc. Helps neutralize and get rid of the worst such stuff, during a wash. Though, like you, I wonder where it all gets ... even when washing it off soon after accumulation.

I wonder if there's some sort of surface treatment we could spray onto our bikes, on all of the parts, that'd protect against 99.999% of such contamination during a rough winter. Some sort of spray over the rims, spokes, hubs, head unit, frame, bars, nuts/bolts. (I'm sure a company or someone has figured out something.)
seems like a million dollar idea!
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1983 Ross Force 1



Acquired today from the original owner. Rear hub and freewheel have been replaced as have the chain, seat, post and grips. Canít wait to get it out for a test ride.
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Is there any risk of damaging the finish to the bike? I can't really think of what part of a boat is nicely painted and then clear coated like a bike is.

Maybe an underside oil spray like we do with our cars? How messy would that be?
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I think that most of the more effective formulas they tested were on the waxy / sticky side, so you probably wouldn't want them on your bike, anyway.
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Originally Posted by Tango1
As it stands the bike is set up 36/17 singlespeed with studded 26x2.2 tires for my winter commute. Itís a fun bike to ride and look forward to riding it for many years to come.

If itís is in nearly new condition, I would hate to see it rust away as a winter commuter.

The early 90ís 900 series were the last of Trekís lugged MTBís. That looks like it might be the largest size (tall guys motor things like that). I have a smaller, much more abused 950 that I left for my daughter in college. They are nearly indestructible.

Whichever way you go with the build is fine, so long as you ride it!
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Originally Posted by cyccommute
Not old compared to road bikes but itís an absolute antique in mountain bike yearsÖ2003 S-Works Epic FSR. Having a javalean.

Interesting sculpture in the background; "Spinning" is an art form, takes years to master:
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1393686324813054

This is my vintage Specialized.
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Found at a local bike co-op:

1986 Specialized Rock Hopper. First year of their Taiwanese bikes; last year of the Deer Head line. Also, Flag cranks.




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^^ Looks like it fits right in with the stable! Nice bike.
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Picked up this 1996 Univega Alpina 500 last week. Another case of where the coating of dust protected the finish over the years. Bike actually looked more green prior to cleaning. Not ridden much at all, I think it's all original, nibs still on some of the tire lugs. Needs new cables and brake pads, shifters are a little stiff.
Came with a Gary Fisher Micro pump, Blackburn tank bag (with an unopened patch kit inside!). 22.5" frame is too big for me, so this won't be staying.


Bottle Cage Mount before cleaning


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I was lured out into the country today (literally next to a town called Timbuctoo) by a pic of Mt. Fuji among a lot of other bikes. The Fuji was nowhere to be found, sold at a swap meet apparently but there was another bike that I could see in the pic that had bullmoose bars, Suntour Power thumbies and lugged fork crown. That bike was still there and had a very nice Sugino GT (48/42/34) with 170mm cranks (my favorite size) and some bear trap pedals. Not familiar with the frame maker, Procraft; seems they were know for BMX but also dabbled in MTB for a time. Will fix it up and decide if it's a donor or a rider. Either way it was a bargain and I'm scratching the itch to get a 26" bike back in the stable. For a few extra bucks I grabbed an '85 Nishiki Bel Air frame because I liked the measurements.

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1993 Rockhopper Sport

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Crankset: Shimano Altus A10
Wheels: Sun Rims 0į Lite
Hubs: Bontrager
Tires: Schwalbe Billy Bonkers 26x2.1
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore RD-M5120
Cassette: Shimano CS-M4100
Shifter: Shimano Zee SL-M640
Seatpost: Specialized Pro 2 Alloy
Handlbars: Contact Brut 30mm Rise
Headset: Origin8 Pro Threaded
Quill Adapter: Origin8
Stem: Specialized
Chainring: Deckas
Brakes: Shimano Alivio BR-T4000
Brake Levers: Shimano Alivio BL-T4000
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