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Old 10-26-10, 09:16 AM
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Simply awesome!
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Old 10-26-10, 01:27 PM
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I love that the day I decide to peruse these forums for the first time, is the same day a friend mentions my "work" bike
funny how things work out that way, huh? anyway, welcome! great to have another neighborhood friend on the forums!

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Xtracycle in use w/ my Craigslist found BAW trailer and kayak! Made it comfortably through Harvard Square to the Charles for a beautiful paddle.

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Southpaw- I do enjoy how wonderfully small the world can be!

Thanks for the compliments (Hamanu as well) it's amazing to be able to get to the water by bike. The trailer will accommodate a 2nd kayak if they're both on their sides. I'll have to try that next. It's so much easier and more secure to load a boat on a trailer rather than lifting it onto the top of a car--to say nothing of how much more efficient it is to get the boats close to a put-in.

Riding a 25' long rig through the city is also kind of a terrific adventure as well

Fun to see all the vintage bikes, many of which I used to drool over in my youth, keep it up!
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Old 10-26-10, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by eddubal View Post
Here's my Ride. '87 Peugeot Cannonball Express.
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I pulled the larger Biopace chainrings and replaced them with Sugino Round ones. I also swapped the original Biopace 28 with a 26. All of the Deore components are original first Generation XT.
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Originally, the bike came with aluminum stem and handlebars, but was replaced with steel ones once I bent the others. Now it's an all 4130 bike.

It's a bit of a hard ride, but works well on the Jersey roads. (Motto: When you have roads like ours, who needs offroad?)

I need to do a tear-down/rebuild this winter and get rid of some rust and clean it up a bit. I have to look into repainting too. It's been pretty beat up over the years. There are a lot of chips, rubbed areas and some surface rust to deal with but all in all fine condition. I'm looking forward to getting several more years of service out of it.
I have a soft spot for these old Peugeots - I happen to have an 85 Canyon Express found at a thrift shop several years ago. One of my most favorite bikes of all time ever.
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Don't mean to hijack your post, but it looks like it happened anyway. Sorry.
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I love that the day I decide to peruse these forums for the first time, is the same day a friend mentions my "work" bike For the record, it did apparently take me a day to register and (hopefully) figure out how to post photos effectively!.....
Xtracycle conversion w/ Fat Franks, fenders, cruiser bars and a thumbshifter (Folding stoker bar & footsies not yet installed)

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Welcome JonnyM - Great to see you here... After Southpaw mentioned your bike I visited the xtracycle site - I think they could easily use yours as the "poster bike" for their enterprise.

It is a clever idea though and I like the fact that it is basically a bolt on , so the frame is in no way compromised.
The 95 Pine Mountain is probably a good platform for any/all your chores - It's a very light and very well-made steel frame. Certainly one of the better MTBs ever.
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake View Post
I have a soft spot for these old Peugeots - I happen to have an 85 Canyon Express found at a thrift shop several years ago. One of my most favorite bikes of all time ever.
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Don't mean to hijack your post, but it looks like it happened anyway. Sorry.
Meh. It happens. How can you compete with something as wild as an Xtracycle with a kayak in tow.

It looks like YOU got a nice find. It looks like it's in great condition. I remember wrenching on many Canyons while I worked at the shop where I got my Cannon Ball.

Mine. It was ridden hard in the first few years, but kept well. It's been the last several where it's sat more than rolled that did the damage. I can say thought that as humble as it is, it's served me well and will serve me well for many years to come.
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Structurally its fabulous. Cosmetics, well, not so much. But I only paid 40 bones for it and have been trying to find another since with no luck.
What is the first year for the Cannonballs? I've never seen or heard of them outside of yours.

I think it was 88 or 89 I bought a brand smackin new Tundra Express for the princely sum of somewhere around 400 dollars. It was a pretty low end model with tigged plain gauge cromo (Tange 5, I recall) tubeset. It was the super cool black chrome finish. Man I loved that bike, but due to the low quality components, I replaced everything on that bike but the frame....

Good times!
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My Cannonball is an '87. I think it was the first year for it's two year reign as Peugeot's top-of-the-line MTB. The '87 had a chromed TIG-welded frame with a red paint job fading into the chrome on the seat and chain stays. It was equipped with the first gen Shimano Deore XT components. That's the main reason why I bought it. I could get an employee's discount on it and get top of the line componentry. I figured if the frame sucked I could transfer the components on a better frame. The frame was large and steep, but performed well, especially on tight single-track.

The '88s went to a lugged frame that was simply painted metallic green and still had the Deore XT componentry. The geometry relaxed a little bit too. There was also a more race oriented version with a Browning Automatic transmission driveline. I never got to play with one of those, but the regular Deore XT outfitted ones rode nicely.

After that if I remember correctly, Peugeot pulled out of North America. Word on the street was that there was some sort of problem with my former employer. At the time, the bike was listed around a grand so it wasn't a big seller. We only sold a few and most of them to employees or friends. The Tundras and the Canyons were our biggest sellers. The black chrome was a cool finish. You had to be really careful with it though. Otherwise, the black would come off. Painting over chrome is a very iffy prospect. I'm not sure how the cannonball paint job did so well. I do know that it's a fully chromed frame because where chips and wear goes through to the metal, it's as bright as when I got it. There's no rust at all in those spots.

I've searched online for other Cannonballs, but they all seem to be 88 models. Some have the original paint job, some have new paint, but they are still in full use. I'm still contemplating whether or not to turn it into a more specific use bike, but I'll have to find a beater before I do that.

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Old 10-30-10, 10:48 PM
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wOw ...amazing bikes guys
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A recently restored 1991 GT Tequesta, in "Moody Blue" paint scheme. A few modifications, but mostly stock.


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Your GT Tequesta's paint scheme reminded me of the Univega Aplina that I rode for about 2 years and sold last fall. I wish now that I had hung on to it because the big framed mountain bikes are hard to find.

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JonnyM, welcome to Bike Forums and C&V. Nice to have another Massachusetts member.

I've always thought about getting some kind of rig to get my surfboards back and forth to the beach. Beach parking is expensive, residents only at times but thank god they always let bikes in for free.


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Old 11-03-10, 08:29 AM
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Your GT Tequesta's paint scheme reminded me of the Univega Aplina that I rode for about 2 years and sold last fall. I wish now that I had hung on to it because the big framed mountain bikes are hard to find.
+1

Just for the record, what were the ST and TT measurements on that one?
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The seat tube was 24", and I believe the top tube was 24" also.

I always liked th GT's frame design, quirkey in a cool way.
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That's one TALL Univega!

I also like the triple triangle design. Here's a close up of it which also shows how well the paint has held up over the years.
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Originally Posted by JonnyM View Post
I love that the day I decide to peruse these forums for the first time, is the same day a friend mentions my "work" bike For the record, it did apparently take me a day to register and (hopefully) figure out how to post photos effectively!

Auchen, I still love my Pine Mountain frame and frankly never expected anyone to consider it "vintage!"

Yours is remarkably original, I began monkeying with mine at day one...

I bought mine as a pro deal in the summer of '95 and immediately swapped a few things; suntour xc pro 8 speed thumbies and a Girvin Vector 2 fork were the biggies that I remember.

Its been through a few lives, here are the two most recent:

Single speed w/ Tnt cranks, riser bars, meaty knobbies and a lucky gear ratio



Xtracycle conversion w/ Fat Franks, fenders, cruiser bars and a thumbshifter (Folding stoker bar & footsies not yet installed)



Xtracycle in use w/ my Craigslist found BAW trailer and kayak! Made it comfortably through Harvard Square to the Charles for a beautiful paddle.

That's fantastic.

I wonder if I could fit one of the kids' small sailboats on a rig like that?

Yet another project for this winter I think.
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JonnyM, welcome to Bike Forums and C&V. Nice to have another Massachusetts member.

I've always thought about getting some kind of rig to get my surfboards back and forth to the beach. Beach parking is expensive, residents only at times but thank god they always let bikes in for free.


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Sorry that i might be bending this thread..... solution to surfboard rack on bike. Convert a mtn bike into a beachcrusier & apply rack. Seen many dozen bikes converted this way in the Mid Atlantic Coast beach communities. Keep bike frame & components simple as RUST will appear soon enough.
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Sorry that i might be bending this thread..... solution to surfboard rack on bike. Convert a mtn bike into a beachcrusier & apply rack. Seen many dozen bikes converted this way in the Mid Atlantic Coast beach communities. Keep bike frame & components simple as RUST will appear soon enough.
Thanks Xprop .. I've seen those for relatively shot boards, my problem is that I have a 11', 4" thick, 35 pound longboard to get around .. Not a problem once it's floating, just a bear to get around ..

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I also like the triple triangle design. Here's a close up of it which also shows how well the paint has held up over the years.
GT never seemed to skimp on anything with their frames and finshes and having seen hundreds of old GT's would say their finishes rate very highly on the longevity scale... bet there's a pound of paint on each frame and they are reminiscent of the upper end Kuwaharas from the 80's which also had nearly bombproof finishes.
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This could, should have been posted on the 'Dump Find' thread; but I think it's pretty sweet, warts and all. Preface: I've been working in the Northern region of the U.S. where there is snow on the ground at this time and I've been living in a hotel for a couple of months. I was originally looking for a vintage road bike find, but at $15 at the local thrift store, I couldn't pass it up. The thing that got my attention was the complete Deore XT group.

This is a KHS Montana with True Temper OX Ultra 22 frame. I don't know the year, but I'm guessing late 80's early 90's with a very fresh feeling Manitou fork. This must have been the bees' knees at the time, or at least the ankles. I'm in a hotel, so there's not much major I can do, but I brought a bike tool (of course) and bought some Tri-Flow, so I'm going to get this bike ready for some snow riding.

P.S. The saddle is mine, I bring a WTB Pure V where ever I go, just in case.
P.S.S. Does anyone want this frame. I can't see shipping the whole bike, so I'll probably strip it and return the frame to the thrift store.

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Old 11-11-10, 09:57 PM
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Great bikes on this thread...

I just picked this up today, off of craigslist. It's a 1988 Miyata Terra Runner. Triple-butted "splined" chromoly steel, 19.5" frame, full m60 Deore group. This one has much of the original parts, but the pedals, BB, tires, rear rim, and saddle are all "upgrades", most of which i don't like much. (The BB is cool.) The pictures show it just as I got it, except i took off the rack and bell, and retuned the derailer cables.

The bike isn't worth much, and i certainly overpaid, but I simply had to have an old japanese-made mtb with the "shark-fin" chainstay-mounted u-brake. That this one was a town over and quite affordable, in my size... well, i couldn't resist. The paint is scratched and the right shifter is missing its faceplate, and it's a little rough, but i'm stoked. I intend to clean it up, tune it up, switch the brake pads, and practice polishing old ish. Ride it like that for a bit, then mess around with upgrades/refinishing. Oh, i did score a NOS cromo nitto bullmoose stem/bar combo on ebay last night. Buying parts for this thing before i even test-rode it. =P



From the '88 catalog: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img164.jpg

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Great bikes on this thread...

I just picked this up today, off of craigslist. It's a 1988 Miyata Terra Runner. Triple-butted "splined" chromoly steel, 19.5" frame, full m60 Deore group. This one has much of the original parts, but the pedals, BB, tires, rear rim, and saddle are all "upgrades", most of which i don't like much. (The BB is cool.) The pictures show it just as I got it, except i took off the rack and bell, and retuned the derailer cables.

The bike isn't worth much, and i certainly overpaid, but I simply had to have an old japanese-made mtb with the "shark-fin" chainstay-mounted u-brake. That this one was a town over and quite affordable, in my size... well, i couldn't resist. The paint is scratched and the right shifter is missing its faceplate, and it's a little rough, but i'm stoked. I intend to clean it up, tune it up, switch the brake pads, and practice polishing old ish. Ride it like that for a bit, then mess around with upgrades/refinishing. Oh, i did score a NOS cromo nitto bullmoose stem/bar combo on ebay last night. Buying parts for this thing before i even test-rode it. =P



From the '88 catalog: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_whtVpXkKwl...0-h/img164.jpg

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it might not be worth much, but it is one heckuva nice bike, and the M60 group was second from top at the time and damn nice. i'd bet everything works very nicely on it! i'm looking for something similar in my size to keep at my summer house up in the mountains.
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it might not be worth much, but it is one heckuva nice bike, and the M60 group was second from top at the time and damn nice. i'd bet everything works very nicely on it! i'm looking for something similar in my size to keep at my summer house up in the mountains.
With a wee bit of tuning, everything works nicely. I discovered, to my delight, that the freehub body was updated to hyperglide. There's a 7speed cassette on it now, so i'm running the shifters friction (they're indexed for six). I tried putting a 8-of-9-on-7 cassette on there, just to see how it does. No go; the innermost cog rubs. No biggie. In time, I'll probably either build up a new set of wheels on the old hubs, or save the old wheels and buildup a whole new set of wheels on road hubs. (the frame is spaced 130mm.) I found this bike almost immediately after i decided i needed a truly-old old mtb (my turn-of-the-century cromo kona doesn't cut it, in terms of oldness.) I'll bet you can grab something for your cabin pretty quickly, too.

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this mornings flee market score

1986 schwinn high sierra, schwinns top mountin bike of that year

full shimano deore, nice suntour high flange sealed bearing hubs, braze-ons galore, fillet brazed headtube and suntour roller cam brakes

the downside, someone got a little rough with the top of the seat tube at the seatpost clamp and it may need some file work

its also way to big for me at 22 inches so this will most likly get flipped or posted in for trade thread,

any of you big guys have a vintage mountain bike thats too small?


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My 1987 Shogun Prairie Breaker PRO.

I've been riding this hard for 23 years, and it is still a joy to ride. I've ridden it off road extensively in the Wissahickon and Andorra areas of Fairmount Park in philly (mostly back in the late 80s and early 90s, before mountain biking became so much of a fad, the trails were crowded).

I used it as a commuter when I worked downtown for several years, about 10 miles each way, with the Manayunk Wall as my last big climb before getting home at night.

Now it's my all-around beater, snow bike, and horse around with my kid bike.

What attracted me to the Shogun, when all my buddies were buying stumpjumpers and hoo koo e koos, was the short wheelbase for the Shogun.

It is a little too twitchy to ride with no hands for any length of time (5 seconds is long enough for the level of balance-concentration required), unlike the other bikes I mentioned especially the looooong stumpjumpers, but the Shogun is nimble as a mountain goat on technical, rocky trails.

My wife is out riding it in Ridley Creek State Park this afternoon.







Detail showing the accursed U brake (mud magnet) that was all the rage with manufacturers in 1987.


Hite-rite, down & lock for descent, up & lock for climb......Tange MTB dbl butted cro-mo steel.......... Made in Japan...
...back when the evil Japanese were buying up property in the USA and destroying our auto industry... and were going to own us all by the year 2000!. [gasp!]........... ah, the good old days.





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