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Old 01-20-22, 03:49 AM
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Hello from the 1990s

Hello All,
I've been lurking in the forum for a long time and have finally decided to get active.

My addiction to bikes is about evenly divided between riding and building/restoring bikes. I ride and work on both mountain and road bikes, mostly from the early to mid 1990s. I am proud to say that all my bikes are steel, only one of my bikes has a threadless headset, and all but this one have 1-inch steerers.

Anyway, thanks to everyone for all the knowledge gathered here, I've profited from it immensely. Looking forwards to contributing in the future.
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Old 01-20-22, 05:29 AM
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Old 01-20-22, 06:01 AM
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Welcome. Iíve found good help here for bikes of the same era.
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Old 01-21-22, 06:19 AM
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Thanks so much for the warm welcome!
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I also like the vintage MTB stuff. My current ride is a 97 GT STS DH Thermoplastic Carbon
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Old 01-27-22, 07:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Desert Ryder View Post
I also like the vintage MTB stuff. My current ride is a 97 GT STS DH Thermoplastic Carbon
I briefy rode a welded carbon fiber WCF Diamondback which I purchased in 96, I think.

My current mountain bike is a steel Corratec 2005 from 1992.
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Old 01-27-22, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Desert Ryder View Post
I also like the vintage MTB stuff. My current ride is a 97 GT STS DH Thermoplastic Carbon
To be honest, today, new carbon scares me and vintage carbon even more. Similar with vintage bonded aluminum, although I would love to own an Alan or Vitus just for kicks.

You feel comfortable riding your vintage carbon? How do you maintain it?
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Old 01-27-22, 04:50 PM
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Welcome, I always felt like someone was just watching us.
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Originally Posted by Frkl View Post
You feel comfortable riding your vintage carbon? How do you maintain it?
The same way you maintain any bike.
no crashes
no storage damage
inspect the frame & fork periodically.
Ride expensive tubulars.
Upgrade components to please
Campagnolo
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Originally Posted by Desert Ryder View Post
I also like the vintage MTB stuff. My current ride is a 97 GT STS DH Thermoplastic Carbon
I was working in a GT dealership right around then, but I don't remember a carbon MTB in the lineup. I do have a memory of a guy coming into either that shop or another who worked for a carbon fiber fabrication company----he wanted to educate us on the difference between thermosetting and thermoplastic carbon fiber structures and ask whether we thought that our customers would be open to the idea that thermoplastic carbon bike frames might have advantages over thermoplastic carbon frames.

Sorry for the detour.
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Old 01-28-22, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
I was working in a GT dealership right around then, but I don't remember a carbon MTB in the lineup. I do have a memory of a guy coming into either that shop or another who worked for a carbon fiber fabrication company----he wanted to educate us on the difference between thermosetting and thermoplastic carbon fiber structures and ask whether we thought that our customers would be open to the idea that thermoplastic carbon bike frames might have advantages over thermoplastic carbon frames.

Sorry for the detour.

No no, cool, thanks. I am really interested in different alternative techs and why they do or don't get adopted. Especially the ones that don't catch on.

This is one reason i like vintage MTBs-- there were just so many different possible ways to make a MTB back then.
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trying to hit my 10 post mark to post links and pics.......
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Originally Posted by Trakhak View Post
I was working in a GT dealership right around then, but I don't remember a carbon MTB in the lineup. I do have a memory of a guy coming into either that shop or another who worked for a carbon fiber fabrication company----he wanted to educate us on the difference between thermosetting and thermoplastic carbon fiber structures and ask whether we thought that our customers would be open to the idea that thermoplastic carbon bike frames might have advantages over thermoplastic carbon frames.

Sorry for the detour.
My 1997 GT STS DH Thermoplastic Carbon. 5 posts per 24 hours sure is a discussion damper.....
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Old 01-29-22, 11:30 AM
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Thought this was an ode to those born in the 90s haha . Great post tho frames where also great looking in the 90s
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Old 01-29-22, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by SoulAmazing View Post
Thought this was an ode to those born in the 90s haha . Great post tho frames where also great looking in the 90s
I was born a bit earlier than that ... But with a few exceptions, I do think that bike "development" could have stopped in the 1990s and everyone would be just about as happy with a lot more money in their pockets.

But that's just because the 90s saw a lot of bikes that are great for what I like to do. It'll be different for everyone!
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