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    Post Your Retrotecs!!!

    I wanna see all them Retrotecs out there, built up or frames.
    Bust em out, we know you got them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by
    I wanna see all them Retrotecs out there, built up or frames.
    Bust em out, we know you got them!

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    Here it is.... Phil wood hubs, profile cranks, azonic bars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Here it is.... Phil wood hubs, profile cranks, azonic bars...

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    Nice, sir. I am thinking about getting a Half. I especially like that design.
    I bet that thing weighs a freaking ton!!! I heard, er read, you were putting it on a diet. How much does that badboy weigh? And, where is it going to be after the Low Carb week?

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    Weighs a ton?

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    Nice, sir. I am thinking about getting a Half. I especially like that design.
    I bet that thing weighs a freaking ton!!! I heard, er read, you were putting it on a diet. How much does that badboy weigh? And, where is it going to be after the Low Carb week?
    Unlikely. Curtis built mine out of extra stout tubing because I drop stuff, derby and basically mistreat the hell out of my bikes.

    My bike weighs in a little bit above 25 pounds. Francis' is lighter weight due primarily to lighter weight tubing and is sub 25 pounds, I suspect.

    It looks heavy because it looks like an older (heavier) cruiser, but Curtis uses morden materials and frame building techniques. Hence the name, I suppose.

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    I really miss my old retrotec. had an original i order at the raccoon ralley in 96' directly from the owner of cool tool/retrotec, himself. can't remember his name, at the moment. I rode that bike for four years, and not before or since have i ridden a bike frame for that long. heck, i don't think ive kept one much over a year. the powdercoat was flakin' off, i spraybombed it to keep the rust at bay, and rode it all the time. In a moment of poverty, i unloaded it to Jeff from First Flight. Last time I spoke with him, it was his townie. I sure hope he is enjoying it as much as I did.

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    bob seals?

    Quote Originally Posted by olds_cool
    I really miss my old retrotec. had an original i order at the raccoon ralley in 96' directly from the owner of cool tool/retrotec, himself. can't remember his name, at the moment. I rode that bike for four years, and not before or since have i ridden a bike frame for that long. heck, i don't think ive kept one much over a year. the powdercoat was flakin' off, i spraybombed it to keep the rust at bay, and rode it all the time. In a moment of poverty, i unloaded it to Jeff from First Flight. Last time I spoke with him, it was his townie. I sure hope he is enjoying it as much as I did.
    now why do i keep these things in my memory?

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    now why do i keep these things in my memory?
    THAT'S IT! that was driving me nuts. got to ride around on his litespeed built ti retrotec that weekend. he talked me out of one of those because of the lack of suspension geometry. seem to have a sad disposition about him regarding the future of the sport and what was happening to the simple machine called the bicycle. wasn't long after that, that i read he sold the fort and left the sport all together. thanks for remembering his name.

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    Retrotec 29 SS

    Retrotec 29 SS: KM, King, RF 180, Spot 32:18, Brooks, Dyads" width="549">
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    your old school retrotec at FFB

    Quote Originally Posted by olds_cool
    I really miss my old retrotec. had an original i order at the raccoon ralley in 96' directly from the owner of cool tool/retrotec, himself. can't remember his name, at the moment. I rode that bike for four years, and not before or since have i ridden a bike frame for that long. heck, i don't think ive kept one much over a year. the powdercoat was flakin' off, i spraybombed it to keep the rust at bay, and rode it all the time. In a moment of poverty, i unloaded it to Jeff from First Flight. Last time I spoke with him, it was his townie. I sure hope he is enjoying it as much as I did.
    We are still taking good care of the retrotec and get lots of comments on it. That powder coat was hell to get off. Hope it makes you feel a little better that it taunts me to ride it everyday as all the other bikes we have do.
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    good to hear!

    Quote Originally Posted by timbercomp
    We are still taking good care of the retrotec and get lots of comments on it. That powder coat was hell to get off. Hope it makes you feel a little better that it taunts me to ride it everyday as all the other bikes we have do.
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    it must have been the dollar store spray paint that was holding that powdercoat on so well ;-) glad you dig the ride.

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    how do you...

    get a hold of retrotech? phone #, email, website? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka AK
    get a hold of retrotech? phone #, email, website? Thanks

    check out www.bikeschool.com, go to links. it is under ingles/retrotec. don't know the address for it, but it will link you on over.

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    Retrotec

    Bob Seals is still lurking in the background of the bicycle industry. Expect his name to pop up a few more times when you least expect it. He still has his property, and Chico State holds their annual DH race there. Last time I saw him (last fall) he was big into the recumbrant thing, and working on a special metal water bottle...

    Curtis Inglis is doing good here in Napa. I see him a couple times a week and we chat about his current projects, as well as classic/unique cars (you should see his BMW Isetta). Very cool guy and fun to hang out with.

    Curtis stands by his products, both his Inglis bikes as well as the Retrotecs. The classy frames are built to your specs and for your riding style. He just finished up a frame for one of the shop mechanics. A full Retrotec, built with a long effective top tube but high (over 13") BB, and suspension corrected geo to fit his Z150. The bike is perfect for urban jumping and technical riding. I can't wait to get one.

    Hopefully Curtis will update his site soon and show off the pics of his recent bikes, including the Retrotec Recumbrant.

    -B

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    half...

    full custom half, very nice ride.....
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    Here you go....

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    http://www.ingliscycles.com/

    Tell Curtis I said hello.

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    Not mine, but really sweet....

    Quote Originally Posted by
    I wanna see all them Retrotecs out there, built up or frames.
    Bust em out, we know you got them!

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    Freeride Retrotec designed around the Z-150.
    Check it out here:
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    heh, I posted that on Ridemonkey. We rode it on Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukeduke
    full custom half, very nice ride.....

    Damn, that's a gorgeous bike <drooling>.............I put my order in for a Half a couple weeks ago. Can't wait for it to arrive............I'll post mine when I get it built up.
    Earn the descent.

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    spicer retro tech 29'er

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    Finally...

    Took a while, but worth the wait..........
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    Now, I am going to have to order one. Post some more pics, if ya got em.
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    Retro Retrotec

    Here's Mine. a vintage 94, Pre Inglis, Bob Seals built
    I use it as a commuter, thus the lame tires and rack. One of you MTBR'rs need to make an offer on this bike and give it some love. I've had it for a decade now and need room in the garage.
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    Retrotec just repaired...

    Hi all,
    I've just finished repairing a Retrotec frame. The whole story is here...

    Cheers,
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    Looking for cheap Chris king or Syncros 1", threaded headset, Mary or Mungo bars, ENO eccentric Hub...

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    Long overdue, but more pics....

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    Are you sure?

    Quote Originally Posted by festus
    Here's Mine. a vintage 94, Pre Inglis, Bob Seals built
    I use it as a commuter, thus the lame tires and rack. One of you MTBR'rs need to make an offer on this bike and give it some love. I've had it for a decade now and need room in the garage.
    I was in Chico hanging out with Curtis at Bob Seal's ranch in the summer of '93 or '94.. I think '93. Curtis and I were mechanics at a shop in Napa in '92. He built the Retrotecs in the mid 90's and then moved to San Francisco. I know he was doing some Retrtec stuff then but was mostly focussing on Inglis Cycles. He and Bob struck some kind of deal a couple of years ago for Curtis to start building the frames again. Something about a 6 pack of Molson Golden going to Bob for every frame Curtis builds.

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    Almost 2 years later...

    from my original post, and she's done. The bike rides like a dream. Put a 31.8 bar on and makes all the difference in the world. Set up as a SS. Some low resolution pictures to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aka AK
    from my original post, and she's done. The bike rides like a dream. Put a 31.8 bar on and makes all the difference in the world. Set up as a SS. Some low resolution pictures to follow.
    Daaaaaag! That's nice. I just put in an order for my girlfriends X-Mas present (Brown and Pink Retro - Half). I'll be putting my order in as soon as I sell my Fisher.

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    anybody mention a pink retro? this is my current commuting bike a classic mtb frame, just sent for respraying n set it up as my hybrid bike...now if only i have the money i would surely geet myself the 29er retro frame...
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    sooo sweet. what fork? fat? or on-one? or ... hard to tell from angle of dangle

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    Found this photo over in the 29er forum...


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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    sooo sweet. what fork? fat? or on-one? or ... hard to tell from angle of dangle
    dats an on-one fork...repsprayed the logo to pink...

    oh and dat 29er pink retrotec belongs to a strong ss rider here..he got in his stable a retrotec roadie bike slapped with full campy record on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankenbike
    Found this photo over in the 29er forum...


    this bike had more spring in the seatpost than my inbred. strange, anyway, i only rode it once in the trails

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    new whip! filet brazed half, dreamsicle paint, built light because I'm light. frame was just a hair under four pounds. here she is:
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    it's stamped #64 on the gusset behind the bb. i purchased it in 1992, iirc.
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    Retrotech Dirtcraft

    I stumbled across this thread today from work. I used to ride for Retrotech back in the day. I have one of the very few Retrotech Dirtcraft bikes, complete with all original equipment from that era of 1990-. Amazingly the frame has held up to this day, torsen cables and everything. I finally retired it 2 years ago. I'll post some pics when I'm off work.

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    Retrotec Half 29er convertible

    I've gotten a few rides in on this bike now... worked out the component bugs (still need to shorten the front brake hose)

    Here it is!
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    and now i wait...

    Just sent my deposit to Curtis. Now I play the waiting game (3 months approx).

    I am going with the double top tube and middle beauty tube style frame, like the baby blue one at Interbike 05.

    In the meantime, I'll check these nice bikes on this thread.
    I'd rather be riding my bike...

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    Found this older pic thread here for some more pics...

    Retrotec Picture Thread
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    Some photos I found online from ****Shifters:

    Incase image links below do not work, photos can be seen on the ****Shifters site here: http://www.****shifter.com/pictures/...rch=yes&type=t







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    Finally got around to shooting the bike.



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    More photos from other threads...
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    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
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    Nice MTP!!!
    I have to say, one of the best things I've ever done for myself was to give Curtis a deposit and wait!
    You will not be disapointed

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    More photos from other threads and the web...
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    this shows the pop of the orange pearl in sunlight a bit better than any of the previous photos:


    I like this bike better every time I ride it. unreal.

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    Very nice ahb. I'm going to have mine painted orange aswell.
    Last edited by meat tooth paste; 06-06-2006 at 01:51 PM.
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    My first attempt at getting a Retrotec

    Here is a photo from 2 years ago. It bought this 2004 Retrotec off of eBay and UPS dented the headtube during the delivery. From the looks of the box, it looked like a truck had backed it's bumper into it. Needless to say, UPS didn't pay for the damage.

    I ended up returning it to the seller for a refund because the cost of replacing the headtube and then repainting would have brought the used close to the cost of a new Retrotec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
    Here is a photo from 2 years ago. It bought this 2004 Retrotec off of eBay and UPS dented the headtube during the delivery. From the looks of the box, it looked like a truck had backed it's bumper into it. Needless to say, UPS didn't pay for the damage.

    I ended up returning it to the seller for a refund because the cost of replacing the headtube and then repainting would have brought the used close to the cost of a new Retrotec.
    WEAK!!!
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    Another shot I found on Flickr...
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    Quote Originally Posted by D@WS
    WEAK!!!
    At least your getting a new one now ...
    I thnk you'll be very happy with it.
    Yeah, it's all good that I waited til this year. I like 29ers and the newer parallel twin tube design that Curtis started making more recently. I orginally wanted a Classic style frame, but I dig this newer style much more.

    Been jonzing for a Retrotec since Curtis started making them again in 2001. Curtis has a couple frames on display in several Bay Area shops (San Francisco and San Anselmo) in case anyone wanted to see a frame in person. You can buy them too if you fit medium frames, no wait
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