Well, I started riding again after a hiatus of over a decade. A few friends of mine and I decided it was time to get back to the trail after putting on a few extra pounds after marriage and a few kids.
So I pulled out my old ride, a late 90ís Avalanche. The polished finish was less then polished so I pulled out a can of Mother's aluminum polish and ordered a new sticker kit. The Avalanche was cool when I got it, but that was long ago and now it is very outdated. Cycling has really changed during this time. I wanted to try a 9'speed setup so I found a nice set of XT shifters and derailleur locally. Other upgrades included a new cassette and chain to a Sram 9-speed, the front brakes to a set of Avid BB7 (had to upgrade the front wheel as well), added a Marzzochi Marathon Race along with a slew of other small parts.
I plan on getting a new bike this summer or fall. For now, these upgrades have really changed the characteristics of this bike and allows me enjoy the trail much more. Here are a few pics of the bike after with the new parts installed. Sorry for the poor quality, hard to take good pics without sunlight.
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