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Old 09-09-22, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by sbarner View Post
Here's one of the few mountain bikes I have that is NOT a Fat Chance. The backstory is that I bought a 1992 Schwinn 'Paramount' (those in the know will understand the single quotes) PDG90 in close to brand new condition for my wife several years ago. The PDG90 was a very high quality Japanese-made frameset, done in Tange tubing, and was certainly the equal in terms of workmanship and ride quality of most high-end, American-made bikes of its day. She already had a Fat Chance that I bought new for her in 1986 to match mine, but she wanted a bike specifically for our dirt road, and that was just before the gravel craze spawned a new generation of bikes. I really liked her bike with its Suntour XC Pro group, funky MicroDrive gearing, and GreaseGuard components. Imagine a mountain bike with a 24-tooth large cog! Yet, it worked, considering the gearing of the day. A couple years later, I spotted this well-worn twin of her bike and jumped on it. Its most notable features are the Amp Research fork, which works surprisingly well, and its retrofit rear disc brake, with a Brake Therapy torque arm braced to an unused cantilever stud. I believe these are the very first hydraulic brakes that Hayes made for mountain bikes and they still work quite well. This bike often comes up in my off-road rotation and I always enjoy banging around in the woods on it. The trails I ride most often are really hiking trails, steep, rooty, and rocky, and this bike handles them as well as anything else with its 9-speed SRAM mechs and twist-grip shifters. The paint was called Purple Freak, and it shifts from pinkish to purpleish depending on the light. The dropped right chainstay was a Schwinn feature to reduce chain slap.




What a cool piece of mountain bike history! What looks primitive by today's standards was what made for what I'm sure was a very trick bike back in the day. I really like this. Awesome bike. How does that front fork ride?
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Old 09-09-22, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by stucon View Post
Almost all original except maybe the tires and grips


My first mountain bike - a '98 Schwinn Homegrown XT in bassboat orange. I loved that bike, and was a very aggressive, nimble hardtail.

My main squeeze right now is very similar, with an interesting story. I was at the old 'Derailleur Bicycle Collective' at 411 Lipan St (Denver) back in the day. I volunteered at another co-op and also ran a bike building program with at-risk youth in the area, and as such had amassed a big collection of parts, that I was never going to use. So I decided to donate it to DBC, and while I was dropping it off, I took a swing through the boneyard (their backyard/junkyard area from which they pulled their 'build-a-bike' projects) and spotted a bare frame. I looked at it a bike closer and noticed the unmistakable milled out chainstay bridge - it was a Schwinn Homegrown! A bit of a 'grail' bike for me, since I think I had already sold my previous Homegrown at the time I had found it. Upon closer inspection, one of the legs for the rear dropouts was bent inward - where the derailleur hanger normally would have been, so it was thinner/weaker than the other side. The frame was raw, and my thought about the whole thing was that someone at the factory had dropped it, and given that the frame was now bent (and aluminum) it could not be built into a 'new' bike and sold that way. Cheaper to discard than to fix. Hence it ended up at the co-op. I pointed out the damage and asked if they minded if I kept it and tried to do something with it - they happily agreed. I took it, filed away the bent metal, got the right derailleur hangar (took a while to find!), installed and filled the bent gap w/ epoxy, and have ridden it ever since! I found another really nice vintage MTB (Gary Fisher) at a thrift store w/ all XTR and a 1st or 2nd gen RockShox SID. Transferred most of the parts to the Homegrown. It is a mix of retro and modern, but it is a killer mtb. Right now I have it setup as a 1x8 w/ a granny front ring (just for experimentation) and I actually like it a lot! It is a bit low (think it is a 22t or 24t) and really needs to be more like a 28t, but what a fun bike! It has a 'placeholder' fork on it for now (Manitou), as finding parts to refresh the SID is very difficult (I have some new bushings, just no cartridge).

Neither of my Homegrowns was a Yeti (people tend to think that every HG was made by Yeti) but made by Anodizing, Inc. Still an awesome mountain goat of a bike.

I'll take a pic of it and post it in this thread.
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Yup, those were nice, had a '97 in black that I built up from the frame. It was stolen in 2001.
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Not enough Ritchey bikes

I thought I'd posted some of my bikes here before. Anyway, here are a couple of mine.

My first Ritchey was ordered in the Spring of 1981. Build # 2R133. It was stolen out of my Bangkok flat in the mid-90s. I still really, really miss that bike.

So, in the meantime:



I have a clean set of repop decals, but I haven't been able to bring myself to remove the originals.


I consider this one as my "pickup truck".
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Originally Posted by LeicaLad View Post

I have a clean set of repop decals, but I haven't been able to bring myself to remove the originals.

Why would ya?
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Dipping another toe into the vintage MTB game; my flea-market find Ď89 KLEIN Pinnacle

I wasnít really looking for a rigid 1980s MTB, but you donít walk away from a $100 Klein.
With no real plan, I decided to have some fun with it: a BMX/Klunker style build featuring moto bars, big fat slicks and a 40t 1x crank.
It turned out to be a fun city bike, that you can still throw around in the park or on trail.
Plus, it gets a lot of attention



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Old 09-15-22, 09:59 AM
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Sorry for the repeat if anyone saw my recent post about it in the ĒYour Catch of the Day / Saved from the LandfillĒ thread. Iíve had my eye out for a vintage MTB project, and I recently found this Ď94 Trek 920 Singletrack at a pawn shop.

I updated and restored it (including repainting) to tailor it for how Iíll use it while also trying to retain the zeitgeist. Itís my first vintage MTB although Iíve updated and tuned up a few for friends. I think Iím hooked now. I think you guys might be onto something. 🙂


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Betty Bleu Again, Taken Just Minutes Ago

A quick lunchtime ride yielded a few more decent pics of my 1984 Peugeot Canyon Express. What a plush ride she is!






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Old 09-23-22, 11:31 AM
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I hope everyone likes my classy display stand...

This will be my snow and ice bike.
Meaning salt.
It'll be trash in a few years; anyway, the parts will be.

Is it wrong to ruin the Suntour X-1 group like that? I don't speak mountain, so I have no idea.

The bike was cheap, but it's in really good shape...I probably want to go 3speed IGH again, great in winter, but why not run it like this first, add studded tires, and see how it goes?

cheers -mathias
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Originally Posted by steine13 View Post

I hope everyone likes my classy display stand...

This will be my snow and ice bike.
Meaning salt.
It'll be trash in a few years; anyway, the parts will be.

Is it wrong to ruin the Suntour X-1 group like that? I don't speak mountain, so I have no idea.

The bike was cheap, but it's in really good shape...I probably want to go 3speed IGH again, great in winter, but why not run it like this first, add studded tires, and see how it goes?

cheers -mathias
Mathias, it all comes down to the kind of terrain you ride. Why expose a complicated drivetrain to all that corrosion if you don't have to? IGH, whether 3, 5, 7, or 8, have been proven to work just fine in most winter applications, and are much simpler to keep clean and maintained. I'm telling you this while I am looking at my winter bike: a `90s Diamond Back Apex with a 21-speed Deore LX setup, wishing that I had the wherewithal to do the 7-speed Nexus swap to a 26" wheel. So I understand your reluctance as well.

Years ago, I had a newer Scott Sub-10 with an aluminum frame, belt drive, disc brakes, and an 8-speed Alfine IGH. Here's the only shot I can find of it now, I wasn't terribly impressed with it's rolling sculpture artitude:



That would have made the perfect winter bike! But I traded it for something sexy and classic/vintage, like we all know and love. Shoulda kept it for winter... sigh.
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Suntour X-1 is very good stuff; no reason to ruin it. But that doesn't mean you can't use it in the winter. I've ridden a couple old HardRocks / Rockhoppers in plenty of snow/ice/salt over the last several winters. I bring out a bucket of hot soapy water and slosh it around on the bike after each ride. Run in and get a bucket of hot rinse water and slosh it on. Bring the bike in before it cools/dries, let it drip-dry on some newspaper. No rust so far.

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Hot water rinsing 5 days a week would be a bit much...my last bike lasted 14 years with little maintenance, but got nasty after about half that.
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Just picked this one up yesterday:

Don't really know what I'll do with it. Maybe save it for next years' Clunker Challenge? I believe its a 1997 Summit X.... In as found condition.
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1984 Schwinn High Sierra Build Thread

A couple months back, I bought an `84 High Sierra locally for $20. This bike was brought to my attention on the "Are You Looking For One of These?" thread by BF'er @Clang.

I have since opened a build thread on this project: $20 "Clang-Find", 1984 Schwinn High Sierra - Bike Forums

Here is a mockup I did of that bike yesterday:



Today I am going to strip it all back down and give it a nice, deep clean and lube. This bike was ridden extensively, and is utterly filthy in all the nooks and crannies. Most of the chrome shows surface rust, and the moving parts of the drivetrain are completely worn out. This is the last time I will post it on this thread until it is completed. I'm hoping to get that done, and get it out on the road, before the snow flies.
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Old 10-02-22, 06:35 AM
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I had converted mid-90's Bontrager for my (4;11") wife.
laced up some disc hubs to narrow 24" BMX rims, disc brake conversion, 155mm cranks, powdercoat orange paint, Penuts stickers.
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1984 Schwinn High Sierra "Beer Truck Bike"... She Lives!

The Schwinn High Sierra Beer Truck Bike, which I have named "Lotta Myles" because she was well-used by her original/previous owner, is now mission-capable. This afternoon we made our first supply run down to the local liquor store:

The perfect loadout: a 12-pack up front, and another in the rear.

I've posted the full update on my build thread, referenced/linked in post #8268 above. Here's another view:

As you can see, I've changed the handlebar setup to my favorite SOMA Oxford upside-down with Brooks Leather Ring Grips. The first setup was just too narrow.

This just goes to show how versatile these first generation MTBs are - and why they are my favorite bicycles.
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The Schwinn High Sierra Beer Truck Bike, which I have named "Lotta Myles" because she was well-used by her original/previous owner, is now mission-capable. This afternoon we made our first supply run down to the local liquor store:

The perfect loadout: a 12-pack up front, and another in the rear.

I've posted the full update on my build thread, referenced/linked in post #8268 above. Here's another view:

As you can see, I've changed the handlebar setup to my favorite SOMA Oxford upside-down with Brooks Leather Ring Grips. The first setup was just too narrow.

This just goes to show how versatile these first generation MTBs are - and why they are my favorite bicycles.
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funny I donít have a good pic of my regular rider, which is a different Ritchey Timberwolf, but it maybe doesnít look as proper with its fenders, child seat, handlebar bag, etcÖ




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Nice to see a couple of your other bikes Weaselshark , I know that Toad well

I've never seen a RM trials bike before very cool

Your Ritchey is amazing
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Originally Posted by cat0020 View Post
I had converted mid-90's Bontrager for my (4;11") wife.
laced up some disc hubs to narrow 24" BMX rims, disc brake conversion, 155mm cranks, powdercoat orange paint, Penuts stickers.
Can't believe I'm saying this, we need a good NDS pic of this, plz.
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Here's a close-up of the rear disc caliper mount.
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In 1988 I bought a Rock Hopper Comp from the shop I worked at. It's seen a few different configurations over the years but the sad fact is it is just too small for me. I started looking for a larger bike, maybe even just a frame/fork that I could switch my components over to.

Today I came home with the one in the stand. It's BEAT, but the frame and fork look good so what the heck. Spent too much but how many 34 year old bikes in the right size and color am I going to see for sale locally after all?



I tore it down right after this and some of the components are in even worse shape than I thought, but I've got a source for those... now the decision is do I paint it or do I run it in as-is condition?

Is there a source for the graphics on these things? I could swear I saw where someone had replaced them but I can't find the post now.

EDIT: I found a source for the graphics; https://velocals.com/specialized-198...oo-blue-frame/

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