Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    The Crazy Cat Lady of VRC
    Reputation: eastcoaststeve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,289

    CL Ritchey For Those Who Were Curious....

    If any of you guys saw the Craigslist ad for a Ritchey that popped up yesterday and were wondering if it was something sweet....


    Don't feel bad that you missed it. It was a hammered Aspen ('86?), not anything worth sneaking out of work for.



    Of course I "had' to bring it home for a bit of tlc anyway...


    I'll post a few pics and the serial number soon for confirmation from the real Ritchey guys.



    Steve

  2. #2
    The Crazy Cat Lady of VRC
    Reputation: eastcoaststeve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,289
    Pics for those who care:


    Parts might be salvagable to make it worth it:




    Made in Japan sticker...not what I was hoping for:




    Someone's been naughty to the seat tube:





    Serial number is: A5l00215
    From what I've found so far, that should make it about an '86 Apen?


    Anybody out there got a ride impression from BITD?


    Thanks for any input,


    Steve


    * Yeah, I know, I know, another beat old dog cluttering up the VRC forum, but somebody has to give these old strays a home and a chance to to turn a wheel in the dirt again...

  3. #3
    All Lefty's, all the time Moderator
    Reputation: MendonCycleSmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    12,413
    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Pics for those who care
    Sweetness. So there are west coast bikes, all the way out here in the east?

    Perhaps they migrated as a pack, some time in the mid nineties
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

    - FrostyStruthers



    www.mendoncyclesmith.com

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Linoleum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Posts
    837
    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    * Yeah, I know, I know, another beat old dog cluttering up the VRC forum, but somebody has to give these old strays a home and a chance to to turn a wheel in the dirt again...
    Maybe so, but its got more potential than most!

  5. #5
    John Galt
    Reputation: cegrover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,638
    Cool find with lots of potential. Most of the Aspens listed at OldMountainBikes are green, so that model fits (though color isn't the best thing to go by). From what I can tell, Aspens weren't around long and, while they were the overseas bikes, they're definitely part of Ritchey's history. Looks like it's not in bad shape...

  6. #6
    Built4Speed
    Reputation: vintagemtbr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    342
    Cool find.I'd like to see that bike built up.
    "Faster and faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."

  7. #7
    The Crazy Cat Lady of VRC
    Reputation: eastcoaststeve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,289
    Thanks guys.

    A couple more questions...

    * any idea what size seat post it's "suposed" to have, (tube is pretty flared)?

    * who made the frames for TR in Japan?



    Steve

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    211
    Neat pickup.....wasn't the seatposts suntour or strong? Maybe 26.8 or 27.2 .........but I don't know where you can pickup a "rectangular" shaped post!
    Post picks when you get it built up.

  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation: tductape's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    2,029
    There is a picture of my 86 Aspen hiding between all the Slingshots on last weeks Picture Friday thread. Think the seatpost is 26.8, I can let you know.
    Seek: Old Mtn. Goat Bar Stem Combo.

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    329
    I never got to ride a Ritchey, though their look always appealed to me: Clean, traditional lines. Ritchey and Breezer were the two bikes I "almost" bought several times in the early 90's. I ended up with Dekerf, Bontrager and Rocky Mountain instead.

    I like the Suntour pedals you got on your Ritchey. I still have a set (in blue) on my daily woods bike, can't beat em' with a big stick! Good luck with the rehabilitation

  11. #11
    Built4Speed
    Reputation: vintagemtbr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Posts
    342
    Ritcheys arre cool bikes and they do ride nice.Dekerf are sweet bikes tho I never rode one.A member here had a collection of Dekerfs.It was Jeroen.(sorry if I misspelled it)
    "Faster and faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."

  12. #12
    John Galt
    Reputation: cegrover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Posts
    1,638
    Funny - I run the same Suntour XC pedals on my '95 Ritchey and like them, too.

  13. #13
    Master of the Face Plant
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Posts
    2,815
    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Thanks guys.

    A couple more questions...

    * any idea what size seat post it's "suposed" to have, (tube is pretty flared)?

    * who made the frames for TR in Japan?



    Steve
    My Ritchey came with a Sakae post and I believe it is a 26.8. I may have a another Sakae or Suntour post that will work for you. Let me know if you can figure out the size and if I can find it you can have it.
    http://www.nbbikes.com/
    ^^^Best Bike Shop of MTBR 2008^^^

  14. #14
    Yo.
    Reputation: Slow Eddie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    465
    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    * who made the frames for TR in Japan?
    Toyo, I think.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    I am a poser. But forums.poser.com doesn't seem to exist, so I come here instead.

  15. #15
    Bird watcher
    Reputation: ckevlar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    876
    The front triangle and the fork are what was made in Japan. TR would always do the rear end, all the braze-ons, and final alignment himself. Or someone trained under his eye from what I've heard. Like um some dude named Steve Potts I think.

  16. #16
    Yo.
    Reputation: Slow Eddie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    465
    Quote Originally Posted by ckevlar
    The front triangle and the fork are what was made in Japan. TR would always do the rear end, all the braze-ons, and final alignment himself. Or someone trained under his eye from what I've heard. Like um some dude named Steve Potts I think.
    I thought TR finished some frames, and fabricated some frames entirely; they were distinguished by two different varieties of the "TR with welding goggles" decal on the ST. IIRC, TR didn't have anything to do with the actual fabrication of the Aspen frames.
    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    I am a poser. But forums.poser.com doesn't seem to exist, so I come here instead.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation: tductape's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    2,029

    Aspen

    Here you go Steve,
    When I got the bike it was only frame/fork/BB/HS. For the most part the rest came off a not so period correct or top shelf (DX) 90ish Yokota Yosemite. It's a rider though. All and all paint still looks decent.


    Attachment 457438
    Last edited by tductape; 02-29-2012 at 10:49 PM.
    Seek: Old Mtn. Goat Bar Stem Combo.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •