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Old 03-29-24, 06:32 PM
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As found with dried rubber and seat post firmly stuck facing backwards. Love the outcome.
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
One nonprofit I work with (Recycle Your Bicycle for Foster Kids) was making room in one of their storage lockers today, and I was there to help and to transfer bikes as needed to the Rusty Spoke co-op who I also work with. Lots of bikes, but we found a few that may not be perfect for the kids but might be good for the co-op. In this bunch were three bikes that fit this thread nicely.

First up: a matched set of pink and white 1986 Trek 850s. Suntour XC stems, derailleurs, and sealed bearing hubs, power ratchet friction shifters, rollercam rear brakes, Specialized triple cranks, wide-range Shimano 5-speed freewheels. Other than the tires, in decent shape too. These may get rebuilt as city bikes, unless we find someone(s) who want them in their current two-wheel time capsule condition.





Next up: an 80s Schwinn Sierra with a double-clamp stem, a friction Shimano drivetrain, and cool white high-flange hubs. This particular bike was promptly confiscated by a co-op staffer for one of their future projects.



A long day, but not a bad one.
What does Trek call that paint scheme? The only thing that comes to mind is Pepto Bismol.
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Old 03-29-24, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by d2702
It warms my heart to see an unwanted 80s Stumpjumper find a loving home. Good find!
No such thing as an unwanted Stumpy.

Maybe temporarily lost or houseless, waiting to be saved.
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Originally Posted by cjefferds
What does Trek call that paint scheme? The only thing that comes to mind is Pepto Bismol.
It coats, soothes, and relieves.

I'm working on one of them right at the moment. Unfortunately, there have been a couple times that the bike has induced some distress. But things are looking pinker.
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Buying spare parts for the Trek Fuel 100 and the spare parts for all my roadies but also planning on how to park all my bike projects once they are done in my garage . Will have to also buy spare parts later since with components prices have skyrocketed.
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. . . components prices have skyrocketed.
Especially tires!
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Originally Posted by cjefferds
What does Trek call that paint scheme? The only thing that comes to mind is Pepto Bismol.
If you want Pepto Bismol, here is Pepto Bismol (not my photo nor my bike but I wish it was…1985 Team Stumpjumber from Mombat collection):
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Originally Posted by Markeologist
If you want Pepto Bismol, here is Pepto Bismol (not my photo nor my bike but I wish it was…1985 Team Stumpjumber from Mombat collection):
Whoa!! Just noticed they also have an 86 Trek 850 in the collection as well…

I wouldn’t turn down either of them!

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Old 03-30-24, 12:32 PM
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Originally Posted by daywood
Especially tires!
True but luckily for me I have bike 24 where I purchase mostly Continental Cross King or Mountain King tires at correct prices
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A friend gifted me a similar vintage Grizzly he had converted to SS (no cable stops were harmed in the process). I put fenders on it and regifted it to a coworker who lives only a mile from work. She loves commuting on it! We’re on the same route so I often see her (if I start early enough!).

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Old 03-31-24, 11:31 AM
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Posted elsewhere yesterday but here is my 1985 Fisher Comp at the Marinenduro festivities in Fairfax, CA. I didn’t see another C&V bike but a lot of people stopped by to ask about it.
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Originally Posted by Markeologist
Posted elsewhere yesterday but here is my 1985 Fisher Comp at the Marinenduro festivities in Fairfax, CA…
Safe to assume you didn’t race on that?

Are those vintage Ground Control tires?

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Originally Posted by cjefferds
Whoa!! Just noticed they also have an 86 Trek 850 in the collection as well…

I wouldn’t turn down either of them!
Here's the interesting thing: the MOMBAT site lists the 1986 850 as being full Reynolds 531. However, the 1986 Trek catalog lists the tubing as "special lightweight MTB double-butted chrome-moly".

The tubing decal on the bikes I have matches the catalog, not the MOMBAT.



Although this doesn't have the cachet of full 531, it still seems like a decent tube set, hence my reluctance to toss or downgrade the frames, in spite of their... unique hue.

It also raises the question as to whether the MOMBAT model was a preproduction or special one-off for someone of importance.
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I don't know about you, but I've seen very few 850s; 800s and 820s are everywhere, but 850s seem fairly uncommon.

I'm just glad these are several sizes too tall for me.

Originally Posted by RCMoeur
Here's the interesting thing: the MOMBAT site lists the 1986 850 as being full Reynolds 531. However, the 1986 Trek catalog lists the tubing as "special lightweight MTB double-butted chrome-moly".

The tubing decal on the bikes I have matches the catalog, not the MOMBAT.

Although this doesn't have the cachet of full 531, it still seems like a decent tube set, hence my reluctance to toss or downgrade the frames, in spite of their... unique hue.

It also raises the question as to whether the MOMBAT model was a preproduction or special one-off for someone of importance.
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Originally Posted by Korina
I don't know about you, but I've seen very few 850s; 800s and 820s are everywhere, but 850s seem fairly uncommon.

I'm just glad these are several sizes too tall for me.
According to the catalog, they only came in 18", 20", and 22". The 22" is huge, the 20" is plenty tall, and an 18" would still probably be too tall for me (I have a 29" inseam). I seem to recall that frames back then were speced by former NBA players or something.

The only MTBs in that 1986 Trek catalog were the 850 and 830, with the 850 being the top of the line offering (as reflected in the component selection).
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Finished up the 84 stumpy sport today!

I had toyed with the idea of parting it out for use on another build and selling the frame but thought better of it. This bike was purchased from the original owner and is all original including saddle and peddles. Even the tires and grips are original and still have some life left in them!



All it needed was new cables, oversized brake cable housings and a new chain Oh and a NOS Shimano freewheel.
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Originally Posted by cjefferds
Finished up the 84 stumpy sport today!

I had toyed with the idea of parting it out for use on another build and selling the frame but thought better of it. This bike was purchased from the original owner and is all original including saddle and peddles. Even the tires and grips are original and still have some life left in them!

All it needed was new cables, oversized brake cable housings and a new chain Oh and a NOS Shimano freewheel.
Beautiful old Stumpy, well done, and glad you kept it whole.
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
Although this doesn't have the cachet of full 531, it still seems like a decent tube set, hence my reluctance to toss or downgrade the frames, in spite of their... unique hue.
That "unique hue" constitutes the better part of this bike's value. It's obviously original, and likely much more rare than the dark green/olive, which was the other option that year. Certainly its "beauty" is in the eye of the beholder, but declining to keep it would be equivalent to painting a Delorean, putting a steel body on a Corvette, or black powder-coating a Miami Vice Ironman.
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I think that many of these vintage MTB's make some of best city/urban/commuter bikes around. They're indestructible.
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Originally Posted by Maxey
Beautiful old Stumpy, well done, and glad you kept it whole.
Thanks, should be good to go for another 40 years! Hoping to get it back out on the trail soon.
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Originally Posted by Korina
I don't know about you, but I've seen very few 850s; 800s and 820s are everywhere, but 850s seem fairly uncommon.

I'm just glad these are several sizes too tall for me.
Here’s a tall one. 90s vintage I believe. As you said, I’m glad it doesn’t fit me!

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Originally Posted by cjefferds
Finished up the 84 stumpy sport today!

I had toyed with the idea of parting it out for use on another build and selling the frame but thought better of it. This bike was purchased from the original owner and is all original including saddle and peddles. Even the tires and grips are original and still have some life left in them!



All it needed was new cables, oversized brake cable housings and a new chain Oh and a NOS Shimano freewheel.
Glad you ditched the other project because it got my disapproval. lol
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Originally Posted by Lamont Cobb
I think that many of these vintage MTB's make some of best city/urban/commuter bikes around. They're indestructible.
Many were originally called All Terrain Bikes - from roads to gravel to paths to singletrack - they could handle what was out there at the time. (Not so much with today’s six foot drops, black Diamond rock gardens, etc., but I can’t do those on any bike!) They will survive the zombie apocalypse. They’re like the cockroaches of the bike world, except way sexier.
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What did that group at the cafe say about your Fisher Comp surrounded by all those new 29er bikes?
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