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Old 12-14-11, 04:31 PM
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About to got muddy.

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Old 12-15-11, 04:12 AM
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83/84 Ross Mt. Whitney
nice... i love mtbs with horizontal tt and super slack geometry
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Old 12-15-11, 11:34 AM
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Had to post my latest find - love the paint

Mt Fuji Ltd - around 1990


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Old 12-15-11, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by blilrat View Post
Had to post my latest find - love the paint

Mt Fuji Ltd - around 1990


Ya know, I always took that paint for granite.
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Old 12-15-11, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by CACycling View Post
Ya know, I always took that paint for granite.
As a geologist, I find this joke hilarious.

Cool Fuji, too.
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Old 12-15-11, 06:10 PM
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here us my all time favorite mtb... 91 Paragon. I love this bike !! I have a rigid fork but I need to get it treaded. 1 1/4

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Old 12-16-11, 08:10 AM
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here us my all time favorite mtb... 91 Paragon. I love this bike !! I have a rigid fork but I need to get it treaded. 1 1/4

NICE!

I like the short chain stays. Actually, I love the short chain stays.

Put a hite rite and a rigid fork on that baby, and you have achieved perfection.
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Old 12-16-11, 03:56 PM
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that bike looks like a lot of fun. i wonder if it would have a horizontal TT with a rigid fork
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Old 12-16-11, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by frantik View Post
that bike looks like a lot of fun. i wonder if it would have a horizontal TT with a rigid fork
I'm gonna say yes. In 91, IIRC, sloping top tubes, and shock absorber forks, were still a few years away.

I believe the rigid forks of the era, based on my shogun and others I've seen, had a fairly long rake, generally putting the axle farther forward than the nearly straight shock absorber forks do.

I have ridden both "rigid" forks (I put the word rigid in quotes because a good rigid fork is stops being completely rigid when it absolutely positively needs to flex, and you want it to flex), and shock absorber forks which treat every pressure to the front wheel like a blow that needs to be cushioned whether you want it to be cushioned or not.

I may be old fashioned, but I still prefer the "rigid" fork made of high quality steel or even CF over the squishy (IMHO) shock absorber forks.

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Old 12-16-11, 11:17 PM
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This is the oldest sloper I've owned. They took full advantage of the U-brake. No way you could ride this bike with cantis from back then - your heels would be bruised and bloody! Larger sizes of this bike had level TTs, though.


1988 Giant Iguana by Lester Of Puppets, on Flickr
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Old 12-16-11, 11:27 PM
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'88 Trek 900. Only year this model was made, actually. The frame and most of the components (but no wheels) were given to me for free via a Freecycle posting about 3 years ago. I recently got around to making a complete bike out of it. Stole the wheels from a Gary Fisher Wahoo that I had never been able to tweak to my liking. I'm fond of this one, though.

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Old 12-16-11, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
This is the oldest sloper I've owned. They took full advantage of the U-brake. No way you could ride this bike with cantis from back then - your heels would be bruised and bloody! Larger sizes of this bike had level TTs, though.


1988 Giant Iguana by Lester Of Puppets, on Flickr
Dayum. That's an early sloper.

I stand corrected about my "no slopers in late 80s, early 90s" claim. Hey, are you sure that's an 88?



Heh. So what good is a U brake if it isn't down where it can collect several pounds of mud samples every few miles?
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Old 12-17-11, 12:41 AM
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^^ That frame and fork looks identical to my 88 Raleigh MTB. Except for the rear U brake. ^^ Looks very nice.
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Old 12-17-11, 01:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Drummerboy1975 View Post
About to got muddy.

This thread just seems to get better and better every time I come back to it.
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Old 12-18-11, 11:21 PM
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See if you can guess what's under the mud. It is not exactly a mountain bike, but is trying to be one.



Edit: oops, didn't crop the pic enough. Well, it is an easy puzzle then.
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Old 12-19-11, 07:20 AM
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Bridgestone.

What did I win?
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Old 12-19-11, 07:25 AM
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I wanna know if you're running mustache bars for the mud rides!
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Old 12-19-11, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
I wanna know if you're running mustache bars for the mud rides!
I did that day. Didn't like it much, makes me wonder how fun a cyclocross bike with drop bars really is in the mud.

It isn't my "mountain bike", note the slicks. I just got suckered into following a friend down that trail.
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Old 12-21-11, 11:48 PM
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Old 12-21-11, 11:51 PM
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Someone just gave this to me but i dont know what it is. They said it was from the late 80s
guessing its worth very little



Photo Here:




http://www.flickr.com/photos/70680276@N04/6532765473/

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Another one I was just given

A Norco from 1999
Again, not sure what to do with it
but it was only used twice so its as good as new

http://www.flickr.com/photos/70680276@N04/6534911419/
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Someone just gave this to me but i dont know what it is. They said it was from the late 80s
guessing its worth very little
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Yeah, that's got a bunch of cheap parts on it. I turned a similar rig into a single speed. Fun to ride! The Norco's a step up but still kinda low end. Here's my single speeded department store bike:

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Old 12-22-11, 02:17 AM
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Originally Posted by bane View Post
As a geologist, I find this joke hilarious.

Cool Fuji, too.
As a Mr. Mom,so do I

And +2 on the cool Fuji
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Old 12-22-11, 02:49 PM
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Nice, yeah, thats about what I should do with this one ;-)


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