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    My Dream Bike...18 years later

    Back when I was a starving student, the bike I wanted and could not afford was a Rocky Mountain Blizzard. I have never owned one...until now.

    A colleague at work told me today that he had a 1994 Blizzard that he has not ridden in years and no longer has space for. He told me that it "needed some love" but that it was mine if I wanted it. And as I never owned one, I am going to take him up on this offer.

    The plan is to restore this cutting edge piece of mid 1990s mountain biking techology. I am not the greatest bike mechanic but what better way to learn? Pictures of Project Blizzard to hopefull follow (assuming my work colleague has not come to his senses...). Stay tuned...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Back when I was a starving student, the bike I wanted and could not afford was a Rocky Mountain Blizzard. I have never owned one...until now.

    A colleague at work told me today that he had a 1994 Blizzard that he has not ridden in years and no longer has space for. He told me that it "needed some love" but that it was mine if I wanted it. And as I never owned one, I am going to take him up on this offer.

    The plan is to restore this cutting edge piece of mid 1990s mountain biking techology. I am not the greatest bike mechanic but what better way to learn? Pictures of Project Blizzard to hopefull follow (assuming my work colleague has not come to his senses...). Stay tuned...
    That was my first love to. There is a Hamiltonian on here, by the handle Bagpipes, who is the master of all thing Blizzard. He may, or may not, still frequent mtbr.

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    1994?! Holy crap, that's old! I still have my 1997. It's my winter bike.
    Have fun if you get it. Looking forward to seeing it.

    Edit: Hey, I had a 1994 and it was stolen. It should be sorta grey with a rigid fork. Mine had a one piece bar with bar-ends. I loved that bar.

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    I love stories like these. Please post pics!!

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    My Rocky Mountain Blizzard was stolen around 1994... I always thought it ended up in Igor's chop shop. What colour is your "new" Blizzard?
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    Good for you. Have fun with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLNC View Post
    My dream bike from back then was a Mountain Cycle San Andreas.
    I had a 1992 San Andreas with the rubber buggy baby bumper suspension with 1.5" of travel and the Suspenders inverted elastomer fork. It garnered a lot of attention in those days, and it did smooth out trails in a sproingy sort of fashion. It also sounded like a skate sharpener on Caterpillar tracks on the trail as the floating discs rubbed all the time and the monocoque frame amplified chain noise and everything else. But just about any FS bike I've owned with real shocks and forks actually rode much better.

    A 1994 Blizzard would actually be a better buy than a San Andreas that old.
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    Nice!

    My dream bike from back then was a Yeti ARC. I sublimated that desire years later by getting an ARC-X.

    I still have my '97 dream bike, a Trek 9800 OCLV. It's mostly retired now but I still love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    My Rocky Mountain Blizzard was stolen around 1994... I always thought it ended up in Igor's chop shop. What colour is your "new" Blizzard?
    cyclicious, I haven't seen the bike yet but as I am getting it from a guy who is over six feet tall, I would be surprised if it was your old bike. Of course, if it is, I will be happy to reunite the two of you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    cyclicious, I haven't seen the bike yet but as I am getting it from a guy who is over six feet tall, I would be surprised if it was your old bike. Of course, if it is, I will be happy to reunite the two of you...
    I had my hopes up for a reunion... but the odds are pretty slim
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    I had a 1992 San Andreas with the rubber buggy baby bumper suspension with 1.5" of travel and the Suspenders inverted elastomer fork. It garnered a lot of attention in those days, and it did smooth out trails in a sproingy sort of fashion. It also sounded like a skate sharpener on Caterpillar tracks on the trail as the floating discs rubbed all the time and the monocoque frame amplified chain noise and everything else. But just about any FS bike I've owned with real shocks and forks actually rode much better.
    Sounds like it would still have been better than my CCM Excel from the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XLNC View Post
    Sounds like it would still have been better than my CCM Excel from the time.
    Surprisingly it only weighed 30 pounds which was the same as my 1988 Mongoose rigid steel MTB.
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    If we're going to turn this into a throw back lovefest, I'll show my cards.

    Although not quite of the same vintage (this was more 97-98) I always had a thing for that Cannondale P3000. You know the one. Team issue blue. Yellow accents including a yellow accordion cover over the headshok. All decked out in XTR.

    When I was an undergraduate in Ottawa, a guy came riding by me in Gatineau park on exactly that bike and I ... well... you know...

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    My Dream Bike...18... 11-14-2012 10:07 AM pretty dumb, to imply it's your stolen bike.


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    Cool!
    My dream bike was a Richey Commando, I think this was around '87, I used to ogle it over at McBride cycle. I just couldn't afford it though, and settled for a Rockhopper (which was a really good bike, and I was happy with it, I still ride it in the winter).
    My next dream bike(yeah 10 years later!) was a Proflex 857 - red with yellow highlights, loved that Girvin fork Couldn't quit afford that one either, and I ended up getting a Cdale SuperV - (what a pogo stick), it now hangs on the wall in the basement.

    Side note - there used to be a really cool bike shop that carried the Proflexes and Bontragers among others, it was either on Mt. Pleasant or Bayview above Eglington, anyone remember the name?

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    I remember the ProFlex. That was very popular for a couple of years. I wanted a Ritchey Plexus. I still think that's a cool bike.

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    I think I must have been very much a teenage boy up until my early thirties. I lusted after every other bike that I saw. My Rocky Mountain pinup would've been a Hammer Race though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    Side note - there used to be a really cool bike shop that carried the Proflexes and Bontragers among others, it was either on Mt. Pleasant or Bayview above Eglington, anyone remember the name?
    I remember that place! I think they carried Mantis too. They stuck with thumb shifters for ever in that shop. The name escapes me though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I remember that place! I think they carried Mantis too. They stuck with thumb shifters for ever in that shop. The name escapes me though...
    Was it Cycle Logic or something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Was it Cycle Logic or something like that?
    That was indeed the place. Best selection of "high end" boutique MTB frames in the city at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    That was indeed the place. Best selection of "high end" boutique MTB frames in the city at that time.
    Yep. I also remember them being really snobby and unwelcoming. Wonder why they went out of business?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Yep. I also remember them being really snobby and unwelcoming. Wonder why they went out of business?
    Your post above seems like a self-contained Q&A already! I didn't frequent the shop and so I can't comment on whether your experience was common, but IMHO it's tough sell to build a business model primarily around boutique level products. Not impossible, but certainly difficult. Maybe as more of the populace with solid disposable cash flow keeps shifting from golf to gran fondos, and expanding the cycling culture in Canada that is changing, but 10-20 years ago that would would have been much more challenging.

    To the best of my knowledge most other LBS draw heavily on the non-enthusiast segment (casual commuters, family bikes) for revenue including service. The enthusiast customers probably allow them to maintain the "halo" product ranges which give the shop a diversified presence, but in reality I'd guess this upper tier customer group is often more difficult to deal with being regulars that may expect some (reasonable?) discount, savvy on prices, often interested in special order items, know how to shop online sources, can do much of their own labour, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Back when I was a starving student, the bike I wanted and could not afford was a Rocky Mountain Blizzard. I have never owned one...until now.

    A colleague at work told me today that he had a 1994 Blizzard that he has not ridden in years and no longer has space for. He told me that it "needed some love" but that it was mine if I wanted it. And as I never owned one, I am going to take him up on this offer.

    The plan is to restore this cutting edge piece of mid 1990s mountain biking techology. I am not the greatest bike mechanic but what better way to learn? Pictures of Project Blizzard to hopefull follow (assuming my work colleague has not come to his senses...). Stay tuned...
    This is great news. Retrobike UK and the Vintage forum here on MTBR are great places to get info on vintage bikes. Though the guys on Retrobike do tend to take it overboard.

    I built up a 1993 Kona Explosif a few years ago:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/3453260553/" title="Purple Kona by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3551/3453260553_cbe69872b5.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Purple Kona"></a>

    You know how your Dissent is forgiving on the trails? A 90's fully rigid mtb is the exact opposite of that. But fun. I would still rather ride this bike (over any other bike) in the pines at Puslinch - bend it around the trees. In the rocks at Puslinch? Not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Your post above seems like a self-contained Q&A already! I didn't frequent the shop and so I can't comment on whether your experience was common, but IMHO it's tough sell to ...
    ... know how to shop online sources, can do much of their own labour, etc.
    I think a lot have closed over the years, Peddler at Avenue & Davenport (I met bike snobbery there - although not from the mechanics) Bloor cycle, McBride as mentioned. A really cool shop on the Danforth that carried Intense, others. The only ones that I've dealt with over the last 25 years that are still around are Dukes and Silent Sports(I am sure there are others, I've just never dealt with them).

    Realize I am getting off topic here - very cool project Unglued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    A really cool shop on the Danforth that carried Intense
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    Realize I am getting off topic here - very cool project Unglued.
    Hey, a sprawling nostalgic thread never hurt anyone. Just to circle back around, one of my best riding buds back in ON had a lovely Blizzard, white with a bit of blue droplets in the paint IIRC for a snow/ice Blizzard effect. Along with the rigid fork of course, and mix of vintage Syncros parts It even had a u-brake in the rear! That bike was passed along still in near mint condition to one of his friends who brought it out to ride laps for Albion Hills 24hr events up to very recently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smarty View Post
    This is great news. Retrobike UK and the Vintage forum here on MTBR are great places to get info on vintage bikes. Though the guys on Retrobike do tend to take it overboard.

    I built up a 1993 Kona Explosif a few years ago:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/3453260553/" title="Purple Kona by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3551/3453260553_cbe69872b5.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Purple Kona"></a>

    You know how your Dissent is forgiving on the trails? A 90's fully rigid mtb is the exact opposite of that. But fun. I would still rather ride this bike (over any other bike) in the pines at Puslinch - bend it around the trees. In the rocks at Puslinch? Not so much.
    Full Disclosure: my next dream bike was the Klein Mantra. When I got my first grown-up job, I bought a 2000 Klein Mantra Comp, which I loved and rode regularly until 2009. I regret selling it to this day.

    Here's a picture of Old Faithful (I name all my bikes) in action, circa 2003....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
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    Hey, a sprawling nostalgic thread never hurt anyone.
    I think they used to carry Thin Blue Line too, IIRC.

    Spinning Wheels up on Carleton was a great little place too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I think they used to carry Thin Blue Line too, IIRC.
    I always used to think of TBL as coming from Silent Sports. Did they actually start distributing through other shops at some point? Someone else will have to answer that. I'm not sure.

    Trailblazers carried quite a few lines though. They were also the Turner dealer for GTA when Turners were still very rare (Turner Burner, O2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Full Disclosure: my next dream bike was the Klein Mantra. When I got my first grown-up job, I bought a 2000 Klein Mantra Comp, which I loved and rode regularly until 2009. I regret selling it to this day.
    Oooh... I really wanted a Mantra way back when.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post

    Someone is very serious on Eastern Canada!
    At least it hasn't seemed to hurt your "rep"! That may take a major slander campaign....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Oooh... I really wanted a Mantra way back when.
    I used to compare my Mantra to a mid-1980's Porsche 911. Ahead of its time when it was new, a little dated now, but still with that certain je ne sais quoi. The only snag was that it was as mechanically finicky as a 1980's Ferrari - all I had to do was look at it funny and something would go out of whack. There were maybe four rides a year when everything on the bike worked perfectly, and those four rides were worth all the hassle.

    Not co-incidentally, when I was done with the Mantra, I moved to a rigid singlespeed. G o figure...
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    I've got a 1996 Proflex 756 with the Girvin fork in my shed. Replaced the elastomers but haven't really rode it.

    My first MTB was a Nishiki Bushwhacker but it was replaced by a brand new 1986 Cannondale SM500 from Maple Cycle in Dundas.

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    ah, i remember my first mtb... a 2006 ironhorse warrior. man, those were the days.
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    Are you building up your Blizzard to be more or less period correct or are you putting modern parts on it?

    My dream bike back in the day was the Norco Team Ti, yeah, good luck affording that one as a 13 year old kid. Then it was the Kona Explosif, which I now have. Also wanted the mid 90's Rocky Mountain Altitude TO, which I guess is best described as an upgraded Blizzard.

    Quote Originally Posted by smarty View Post
    I built up a 1993 Kona Explosif a few years ago:

    You know how your Dissent is forgiving on the trails? A 90's fully rigid mtb is the exact opposite of that. But fun. I would still rather ride this bike (over any other bike) in the pines at Puslinch - bend it around the trees. In the rocks at Puslinch? Not so much.
    Friend of mine has a 94 Explosif with a Judy SL, handles about the way you've described. My 96 Explosif with a 100mm travel fork isn't quite as nimble but it's a heck of a lot more stable in the rough stuff. Pretty retro build with nothing newer than 2000 except for the fork.


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    Slingshots were cool bikes too. I almost got one of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post
    Are you building up your Blizzard to be more or less period correct or are you putting modern parts on it?

    My dream bike back in the day was the Norco Team Ti, yeah, good luck affording that one as a 13 year old kid. Then it was the Kona Explosif, which I now have. Also wanted the mid 90's Rocky Mountain Altitude TO, which I guess is best described as an upgraded Blizzard.



    Friend of mine has a 94 Explosif with a Judy SL, handles about the way you've described. My 96 Explosif with a 100mm travel fork isn't quite as nimble but it's a heck of a lot more stable in the rough stuff. Pretty retro build with nothing newer than 2000 except for the fork.

    I'm thinking period-correct but that will in part depend on how many of the existing parts are still serviceable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post


    Friend of mine has a 94 Explosif with a Judy SL, handles about the way you've described. My 96 Explosif with a 100mm travel fork isn't quite as nimble but it's a heck of a lot more stable in the rough stuff. Pretty retro build with nothing newer than 2000 except for the fork.

    Ah the good old Kona hardtail built to survive.

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    Bought this frame/fork on MTBR after lusting for one the year it came out. Got it moderately close to a stock, period-correct build. Subsequently raced it, beat it up, got over my infatuation, and sold it cheap to a co-worker.



    @Smarty: That Kona looks amazing! And ride description sounds not too far off from my current 26" Unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth View Post
    @Smarty: That Kona looks amazing! And ride description sounds not too far off from my current 26" Unit.
    I remember the first time we got a Unit in our store around 10 years ago. We had an Explosif in the shop at the time and we were looking back & forth between them going "hmmm...this is like the exact same bike...other than the paint and dropouts..." I didn't get to ride the Unit off road but it sure felt snappy when I took it for a spin around the block.

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    The Blizzard is coming home with me tomorrow after work. I will post pictures over the weekend. I have decided to name it "Frosty". I think I will start a new thread so folks can follow the restoration/renovation.
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    Here are my 2 old school cdn dream bikes I own.

    The rocky I got from a dentist in Alberta who had it set up with a kickstand and parts were mine from back in the day. ( I know the chain is not through the der in the pic )

    The brodie was passed on to me after a good friend who passed away ( dathan r.i.p. ) and we restored / repainted her to the original specs and glory days....
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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    I think I must have been very much a teenage boy up until my early thirties. I lusted after every other bike that I saw. My Rocky Mountain pinup would've been a Hammer Race though.
    My primary bike is a '97 Hammer Race. It's currently set up as a rigid single speed, but still an awesome ride 15 years later

    If only it had discs, it would be my perfect bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g-t- View Post
    The brodie was passed on to me after a good friend who passed away ( dathan r.i.p. ) and we restored / repainted her to the original specs and glory days....
    Assuming we're talking about the same Dathan, a friend and I rebuild one of his old bikes with a few of our spare parts for a co-worker that couldn't afford a new bike. Small world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-t- View Post
    Here are my 2 old school cdn dream bikes I own.

    The rocky I got from a dentist in Alberta who had it set up with a kickstand and parts were mine from back in the day. ( I know the chain is not through the der in the pic )

    The brodie was passed on to me after a good friend who passed away ( dathan r.i.p. ) and we restored / repainted her to the original specs and glory days....
    I don't know Dathan, but if his taste in bikes is any indication, I would have liked him immensely
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Assuming we're talking about the same Dathan, a friend and I rebuild one of his old bikes with a few of our spare parts for a co-worker that couldn't afford a new bike. Small world!
    yup same Dathan. he has a huge collection and we collected together pretty religously and go back to Trail Blazer online pre Danforth.

    I dont ride the Brodie though I want to keep it like it is but it did see a event or 2 post paint before the wall but I framed it up along a mechanic shirt from him and I see it everyday this way. last itme it was out was at that mudfest point to point race from beaver valley to Blue mountain a few yrs ago.

    Dathans brother Juice and i built the tioga disc for the rocky, sourced out the original spec NOS mavic 261 and have the tigoa gumwall tire as well as the wheel bag. Spins butter smooth.only thing I regret gettign rid of was the syncros revoloution cranks with the crank o matics's.... it would have completed the bike oh and the lawwill leader 3 fork

    Gotta love old bikes no matter what they are !!!!

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    Great thread, looking forward to see the build. I just about got onto a vintage Vertex this summer, for all the same reasons, but couldn't quite reach a deal with the seller.

    Got my first bike at Cyclelogic... don't recall much attitude per se though I knew nothing about bikes and bike stores at that time. They gave me free bearings and free spoke tension tune-ups here and there. Heck I just remembered I was in there once and John (the owner I think, big tall guy) saw that the cheapo $10 saddle that came with my bike was slightly bent so he gave me a Bio turbo saddle, which I still have today on my commuter... It wasn't just boutique brands there (Cameron, Mantis anyone ever see one lately?)... they were probably one of the first stores to go with frames/brands direct from Taiwan (which is what I bought), and of course there was Proflex.

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    kay too funny you would mention the Cameron brand. I am not sure if he still lives at Donalds and Mortimor area but the massize raw aluminum bannister with the down tube decal is still on the front step of the house. Thats a blast from the past !!!!

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    I'm driving through the neighbourhood every week for skating at Ted reeve... will take a look perhaps!

    Lawill Leader... oh ya. The mechanic in the shop at the time, Mike I think it was, had the Cameron bike with that Lawill fork on it. I knew it was a cool rig, just never occurred to me as a beginner to think of owing something like it (even if I had had the cash!). My interest in the topic of vintage bikes now stems in part from that oversight years ago.

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    Note: This wasn't my "dream bike" per sť. It was the one I was able to afford and being that it replaced the already mentioned CCM Excel it was quite an upgrade at the time. Anyways here's my blast from the past - 1996 Giant ATX 870 right outta the barn last March.

    I swapped the bar when I got it because back then my buddy and I would depart on our bike rides at 9 sometimes 10pm. So I had some fancy light system too that I hung off the front of those bars. That lighting system was the best... I don't remember whatever happened to it, but the battery was huge and weighed a ton.

    It's underwent a "restoration" of sorts this summer for another friend to use on trips with his family. The RS Q5 shock was destroyed - the elstomers disintegrated (mind you I think it was 'destroyed' in other ways back in 1996 too) so I found a Judy with the canti brake stop integrated in the fork brace (which I think was available on the 880 model) and had it installed plus it got a tune-up and other than a brake cable that needed to be replaced the bike is arguably "period specific" as there it sits pretty much the same as it was back in 1996.
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    And just to put things in context, when the 1994 Blizzard was a new bike, I was riding a 1990 Tech Badlands. We're talking Suntour X-1 gruppo, rigid fork, fluorescent orange steel (hi-tensile, not chromoly BTW) frame. Probably weighed 40lb. It is still hanging in my parents' garage as my dad uses it on occasion. It will be interesting to ride the blizzard then ride the Tech back to back to see how they compare. I think I will be amazed at how far ahead of its time the Blizzard was...

    After the Tech, I bought a 1996 Trek 970 (LX/XT drivetrain, Rockshox Quadra21R fork - remember those?), which was the closest thing to the blizzard I could afford. That lasted me until 2000 until I got the Mantra, and the rest, as they say, is history...

    The blizzard and the cannondale Flash 2 29'er that is coming in the spring will put me to 7 1/2 bikes (the half being a unicycle). Too many? Nah - I still need a dirt jumper and a fatbike....
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I think they used to carry Thin Blue Line too, IIRC.
    I'm almost sure that TBL was Silent's house brand... although I think TBC did have some used bikes at one point late in their existence.
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    Since I was also a silent sports customer, yes I think that's correct. They were being sold alongside rocky mountain in the shop at the time I believe and were clearly intended to compete on price. There was one frame which was made domestically I believe (CO2 max) and the rest were catalogue frames from Taiwan, which is what I got... Tange ultralight tubing and a mishmash of stuff, partial XT, gripshift, the Judy XC, sugino crankset, cantilevers rather than the newer v-brakes... in retrospect it seems a bit of a franken-bike, but it served well enough. Rode the cheakamus challenge the first year I had it, did ok for an easterner.

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    Yes I am 99% sure that TBL was only available via Silent it was their house brand.

    Only bike I can really remember lusting after was the early DeKerf bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    ...the cannondale Flash 2 29'er that is coming in the spring...
    If you don't mind my prying - when did you have to order this?

    I'm seriously considering the Scalpel 3 and if it's that's the amount of time it's going to take, I should make up mind, SOON!!!!!
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    If you're thinking about buying anything from Cannondale you should ask your local store for the expected delivery date.

    and then add another month. Cannondale are notorious for being slow to deliver their bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XLNC View Post
    If you don't mind my prying - when did you have to order this?

    I'm seriously considering the Scalpel 3 and if it's that's the amount of time it's going to take, I should make up mind, SOON!!!!!
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    Introducing Frosty...

    Here she is...

    Not in bad shape at all. A couple of spots of surface rust on the frame, and some of the hardware (bottle cage bosses etc) is rusty. A new chain is definitely in order, and probably some new cables, but on the whole, not bad at all...

    I am a little disappointed that the decals are so worn. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get a set of 1994 Blizzard Decals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    I had a 1992 San Andreas with the rubber buggy baby bumper suspension with 1.5" of travel and the Suspenders inverted elastomer fork. It garnered a lot of attention in those days, and it did smooth out trails in a sproingy sort of fashion. It also sounded like a skate sharpener on Caterpillar tracks on the trail as the floating discs rubbed all the time and the monocoque frame amplified chain noise and everything else. But just about any FS bike I've owned with real shocks and forks actually rode much better.

    A 1994 Blizzard would actually be a better buy than a San Andreas that old.
    Here's my 1992 San An.

    Always wanted a 4 Banger, such a blast to ride. Even better with 6" travel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Here she is...

    Not in bad shape at all. A couple of spots of surface rust on the frame, and some of the hardware (bottle cage bosses etc) is rusty. A new chain is definitely in order, and probably some new cables, but on the whole, not bad at all...

    I am a little disappointed that the decals are so worn. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get a set of 1994 Blizzard Decals?
    Looking good! All it needs is a little TLC.

    Are you thinking of refinishing it? The powder coating at True North is quite nice and has held up really well on my diSSEnt.
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    Omigosh. I love those bar ends. Classic.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Here she is...

    Not in bad shape at all. A couple of spots of surface rust on the frame, and some of the hardware (bottle cage bosses etc) is rusty. A new chain is definitely in order, and probably some new cables, but on the whole, not bad at all...

    I am a little disappointed that the decals are so worn. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get a set of 1994 Blizzard Decals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    .

    Are you thinking of refinishing it? The powder coating at True North is quite nice and has held up really well on my diSSEnt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I am a little disappointed that the decals are so worn. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I can get a set of 1994 Blizzard Decals?
    Bagpipes was making vintage Rocky decal sets but I haven't seen him on the MTBR forums for a couple of years now. When Rocky moved the paint shop from Delta, BC to St.Georges QC, a lot of the vintage decal and paint masking stuff were cleaned out and didn't make the move so Rocky won't have anything laying around.

    Here's a screen cap from the 1994 brochure

    That's likely an earlier frame than 1994 as the wishbone seat stays were gone by 1993. The 1992 Blizzard looks closer from a frame layout point of view, although the rear seatstay wishbone meets the seat tube higher on your frame.


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    You might be able to get some vinyls done if you can come up with the artwork. Not perfect but not bad either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    You might be able to get some vinyls done if you can come up with the artwork. Not perfect but not bad either.
    Any idea where?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Any idea where?
    Peter has been known to work for beer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Peter has been known to work for beer.
    The other option is to paint it like last year's thirtieth anniversary blizzard, and see if I can get decals for that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Omigosh. I love those bar ends. Classic.
    ^^ Fully agree.

    They were actually the first thing I noticed. I want a set now! lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Bagpipes was making vintage Rocky decal sets but I haven't seen him on the MTBR forums for a couple of years now. When Rocky moved the paint shop from Delta, BC to St.Georges QC, a lot of the vintage decal and paint masking stuff were cleaned out and didn't make the move so Rocky won't have anything laying around.

    Here's a screen cap from the 1994 brochure

    That's likely an earlier frame than 1994 as the wishbone seat stays were gone by 1993. The 1992 Blizzard looks closer from a frame layout point of view, although the rear seatstay wishbone meets the seat tube higher on your frame.


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    It's definitely not a 1994 - no wishbone and Race Face cranks, but the decals (or what is left for them) are the same colour as the 1994 model, and the paintjob is the same colour. as the 1994 model. The guy I got it from bought it in September 1994 at a bike shop in Vancouver, but thinks it might have been a 1993.

    Anyway, pm message sent to Bagpipes. We'll see if he responds. Thanks for the lead...
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    Gil_m over on the Retrobike forums does a whole bunch of decal stuff for vintage bikes from what I've heard. I have a set of his decals for my Explosif, they came with the bike when the previous owner sold the frame to me, he got the decals from gil_m since he was planning on repainting the frame. Life got in the way for him, so I got the frame and the decals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    It's definitely not a 1994 - no wishbone and Race Face cranks, but the decals (or what is left for them) are the same colour as the 1994 model, and the paintjob is the same colour. as the 1994 model. The guy I got it from bought it in September 1994 at a bike shop in Vancouver, but thinks it might have been a 1993.
    The production year was usually in the serial number in those days, should be stamped across the bottom of the BB shell. .
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    Unglued, because I like ya, this thread may be of some use to Peter...

    anyone know Rocky Mountain font used?

    Contained within are secret musings of Rocky Uphill, Bagpipes and PeteyPete. Good stuff.

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    That's my bike! My old one anyway (1994). They only made that seatpost for a year? It broke. It was junk. I had the thumbshifters, the see through grips, that awesome bar... the toeclips! Hahahaha.

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    I still lurk around here from time to time .........

    PM returned

    And I'm not from Hamilton. (where did that come from)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpipes View Post
    And I'm not from Hamilton. (where did that come from)
    <with sheepish grin> I always thought you were one of the large contingent of Hamiltonians on here. Oops.
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    Ok...so I have the bike now and have realized that I don't know jack about restoring old bikes. My thought is to take all the parts off and then see about getting the frame repainted. Then inspect and clean up the parts, replacing as needed over time. Sound about right?

    Two questions. Firstly, what is the safest way to remove surface rust from the frame?

    Secondly most of the aluminum parts are kind of dull and I would like the, to be as shiny as the day the bike rolled out of the factory. Any suggestions as to how to get me shined up again?

    More pictures of the bike in its current state to follow. Probably not this weekend though, as it is still warm enough to ride and the Hydrocut is beckoning...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Two questions. Firstly, what is the safest way to remove surface rust from the frame?

    Secondly most of the aluminum parts are kind of dull and I would like the, to be as shiny as the day the bike rolled out of the factory. Any suggestions as to how to get me shined up again?
    1. If you're painting/refinishing the frame anyways, sand it. Or if you have the means to do it - sandblast it!
    2. Head to Canadian Tire and buy some Mag/Aluminum polish. My recommendation is Mothers, they make really good waxes/polishes.
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    Soda blasting or walnut shell blasting would be better than sand blasting for paint prep, a smoother finish surface and less material removal. If you were going to get the frame powder coated, the powder coater can likely do paint stripping and powder coat. Just pick a powder coater that has done bike frames before so they know how to mask the frame and plug the right holes.
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    If you plan to repaint / powder coat it, I would strip the entire frame. I've done tons of them with the help from a local guy. I have all my frames stripped in a dunk tank that removes absolutely everything including the rust from inside the frame. The guy who does it is dirt cheap (its a pay by the pound service) and when you get the frame / fork back it will be as clean as the day it was welded together. They make sure everyhting is gone and the frame is properly rinsed so there is no residual chems left over. The last frame / fork I had stripped cost me about $30.00. You'll spend more than that on sand paper and paint removers, a "few" hours of your time and it won't be nearly as neat/clean as this is. Best part is that you can do a proper and complete inspection of the frame this way too.

    If you want to get an idea as to how much elbow grease goes into stripping a frame by hand, start with the bottom bracket welds. try it with sand paper first, become frustrated, then spray it with paint stripper, clean that off and then remove the residual paint with sandpaper again. (you could spend hours just on those few welds alone ...........I've done it.)


    This obviously depends on where you live. But I have a feeling you're somewhat local to the GTA???

    This guy is located about 25 mins north of Hamilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie View Post
    <with sheepish grin> I always thought you were one of the large contingent of Hamiltonians on here. Oops.

    Nope. (I do work there though)
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    I was just going to recommend "electrolysis cleaning" if it was steel as well (aluminum CAN be done but reacts a LOT quicker so extra care must be taken). My brother and I restored numerous antique gasoline engines using this method.

    The problem is that is fairly advanced lending to the materials and set up and emissions caused by the process. However, if you're not concerned with doing the entire job by yourself and Bagpipes can set you up with that guy, $30 sounds like the way to go
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    I've been looking this bike over from the pics you've posted and I have to say it's not a definately not a 94. I think I may have even misundersttod your PM as i thought you said you were looking for 93 declas. Again it's not even a 93. It is most definately a 92 - far more sought after and in my opinion, a much better handling bike.

    I have no doubt that your friend may have bought it in 94 but it would likely have been a new old stock bike that never sold. I've picked up a few bikes that way over the years.

    Here's why I say its a 92 but I'd love to see some pics from the non drive side too.

    Those wishbone seat stays were only available from 91 and 92. The fork looks like a Tange "struts" given it's beefy legs and they way the ends appear to be just chopped off. Those were stock on the 92. The 91 had Syncros Powerlight (un-mistakable fork and would never be swapped out - they were that good). 93 and on - seat tubes all had clamping and removable collars for the seat post - this one does not. Cable routing is consistent with 91-92 and if you look behind the seat tube near the bottom bracket, you'll see a pulley. (I cant make it out too well in your pic but the cable appears to be running below the front der. and then should return back up via the pulley) This ended in 92. all 93's and on were direct pull FD's

    As far as the paint goes, I've seen a few now that were all white from 92. I know a few people who used to own stores back then and I was told that the frist run of Blizzards in 92 were all white ( prior to the brochure being released as they start buling them a few months prior to the previous year ending - and still do, much like car manufacturing). They later added the black and pumped out the rest of the years stock; presumably becuase they felt it was too plain??

    So the good news is for you - that's a way cooler, better riding bike than the 94 in my opinion. I have a few Blizzards and have always been keeping an eye out for 91 / 92. Those wishbone seat stays are fantastic. You're gonna love that ride. (minus the bar ends)

    A few more pics would be great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bagpipes View Post
    I've been looking this bike over from the pics you've posted and I have to say it's not a definately not a 94. I think I may have even misundersttod your PM as i thought you said you were looking for 93 declas. Again it's not even a 93. It is most definately a 92 - far more sought after and in my opinion, a much better handling bike.

    I have no doubt that your friend may have bought it in 94 but it would likely have been a new old stock bike that never sold. I've picked up a few bikes that way over the years.

    Here's why I say its a 92 but I'd love to see some pics from the non drive side too.

    Those wishbone seat stays were only available from 91 and 92. The fork looks like a Tange "struts" given it's beefy legs and they way the ends appear to be just chopped off. Those were stock on the 92. The 91 had Syncros Powerlight (un-mistakable fork and would never be swapped out - they were that good). 93 and on - seat tubes all had clamping and removable collars for the seat post - this one does not. Cable routing is consistent with 91-92 and if you look behind the seat tube near the bottom bracket, you'll see a pulley. (I cant make it out too well in your pic but the cable appears to be running below the front der. and then should return back up via the pulley) This ended in 92. all 93's and on were direct pull FD's

    As far as the paint goes, I've seen a few now that were all white from 92. I know a few people who used to own stores back then and I was told that the frist run of Blizzards in 92 were all white ( prior to the brochure being released as they start buling them a few months prior to the previous year ending - and still do, much like car manufacturing). They later added the black and pumped out the rest of the years stock; presumably becuase they felt it was too plain??

    So the good news is for you - that's a way cooler, better riding bike than the 94 in my opinion. I have a few Blizzards and have always been keeping an eye out for 91 / 92. Those wishbone seat stays are fantastic. You're gonna love that ride. (minus the bar ends)

    A few more pics would be great.
    The front derrailleur is actually a direct pull - no pulley on the seat tube. I'll post more pics over the next few days.

    I think I would like to paint it in the black and white, but no firm decision yet....
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    Does it have a place for a pulley to attach such as in this pic? It is possible that this isn't the original der. and they used a top pull as a replacement.
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    So...here she is, in her pre-restorative state. The pedals came off really easily and once I lubed the chain and ran in through a cloth the surface rust came right off. Hopefully I can save the chain, which would be best as a new chain may mean a new drivetrain.

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    And a few more shots I took, including one with my current mountainbike, which is also white. And rigid.

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    Definitely an old school ride. I like the Race Face Shoulder Holder on that seat.

    If you need replacement thumbies, I think I have a complete pair of 3x7speed XT shifters and a left side 3 speed Deore shifter lever assembly laying around. I might even have a couple of XT front and rear derailleurs laying around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Definitely an old school ride. I like the Race Face Shoulder Holder on that seat.
    I always thought those were a really cool detail on Rockys of that vintage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    Definitely an old school ride. I like the Race Face Shoulder Holder on that seat.
    There were many times when I really wanted one of those under my saddle during various Crank the Shield stages. A small U.S. company was making an aftermarket solution for a bit for certain saddles, and I probably could have just rigged something up myself with a bit of foam, but procrastination hit and I never did anything about it.

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    Whoa, a Shoulder Holder! I haven't seen one of those in over 15 years!

    Man, I can't wait to see how your bike looks after a full restoration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    There were many times when I really wanted one of those under my saddle during various Crank the Shield stages. A small U.S. company was making an aftermarket solution for a bit for certain saddles, and I probably could have just rigged something up myself with a bit of foam, but procrastination hit and I never did anything about it.
    The under the saddle idea came about instead of doing the bike carry cyclocross style guys would hook the saddle nose on their shoulder. Keep in mind this was in pre hydration pack days. Think this solution for under the saddle came out in the early 90's

    The original carry strap was the Winchester and not of Winchester Arms. Mounted at the juncture of the top tube and seat tube. Had one for years and great for those long bike hauls through unrideable terrain.

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    Out of curiosity, have you ridden the bike? Do you plan to ride it, or is this a showpiece for the Unglued Museum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Out of curiosity, have you ridden the bike? Do you plan to ride it, or is this a showpiece for the Unglued Museum?
    I haven't had a chance to ride it yet but will probably take it for a spin this weekend. And the plan is to ride it occasionally. It's too awesome a frame to leave hanging on the wall....
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    "too awesome" is one way to describe it...

    I kid, I kid.

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    That is a sweet bike.

    Have you pulled the seatpost out... Can you even remove the seatpost? Hopefully it is not all rust inside the tubes.

    Don't forget if you are looking for new old stock (NOS) parts that are period correct, you can make a visit to Spokes and Slopes.

    I was there just last week while I was a conference in Milton. Matt still has NOS tioga wire wheels in original packaging!

    I shook my head and drooled. I contemplated buying it too, but I couldn't figure out how to lace it up and had no bike for the wheel to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers! View Post
    That is a sweet bike.

    Have you pulled the seatpost out... Can you even remove the seatpost? Hopefully it is not all rust inside the tubes.

    Don't forget if you are looking for new old stock (NOS) parts that are period correct, you can make a visit to Spokes and Slopes.

    I was there just last week while I was a conference in Milton. Matt still has NOS tioga wire wheels in original packaging!

    I shook my head and drooled. I contemplated buying it too, but I couldn't figure out how to lace it up and had no bike for the wheel to use.
    Yep, the seatpost comes out. The prior owner had the foresight to pull the seatpost out before storing the bike. Didn't think of Spokes n Slopes - thanks for the tip...I live in Oakville so it's a short trip for me.

    In other news, I followed Aerius' advice and contacted Gil_m at Retrobike who has a new set of decals in the works and Rocky Mountain says it's official - it's a 1992.

    I'm hoping to ride it this weekend on some trails local to my house (nothing too challenging). First ride report and photos to follow...
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    First Ride

    Too the blizzard for a little spin in the woods behind my house. I have not ridden a 26" bike since 2007, and for that matter have not ridden a mountainbike with gears since then either, so it felt a little weird. However, the bike is mechanically flawless - the gears shifted precisely, the wheels ran true, and there were not squeaks, rattles or other bad noises. The bike is not as fast or as responsive as my Misfit, but I would not expect it to be. However, it is rock-solid in the corners, has a forgiving ride, and sucked up the bumps even without a suspended fork. In short, it did not ride like a 20 year old bike. Now all I have to do is get it looking as good as it feels...
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    I had a RM Blizzard one time too and won my first race on it as well. I forget the year it was and not that I cared much at the time since I bought it from a friend. A quick look online and it shows it as a 1990 RM Blizzard.

    The pic of the bike isnt mine but its pretty well it since I remember having that fork. Which i tossed on a q21 and later a Marz.
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    Blizzard update: Have just booked the bike in to Velocolour to be painted. It will be painted black and white- probably black top tube and top half of head tube and down tube. I will probably offend the purists by incorporating a couple of maple leaf stencils into where the black paint and white paint meet, like latter-year Blizzards. There is a 3 month waiting list for the bike to be painted so it will not be ready for the Frostbike as originally planned, but it will be worth the wait. At least that will allow plenty of time for me to shine up and restore all the components...

    Next event of note will be the arrival of the decals. Stay tuned...
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    That's awesome Barry! Noah did the paintwork on my Steelwool and did a fantastic job. You won't be disappointed!

    Sorry for coming late to the thread, this is a really cool project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Blizzard update: Have just booked the bike in to Velocolour to be painted. It will be painted black and white- probably black top tube and top half of head tube and down tube. I will probably offend the purists by incorporating a couple of maple leaf stencils into where the black paint and white paint meet, like latter-year Blizzards.
    Dekerf still has some of the precut maple leaf masking for the 2000-2005 era leaf paint schemes, as they used to do all the wet paint of the scandium Team candy apple red and white paint schemes when Rocky went to all powder coat with the other frames, You might be able to buy a couple of those masking sheets from Dekerf. That's what they used when I had them paint my carbon Vertex in a retro paint scheme.
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