My new McClung

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  • 09-19-2008
    ptwood
    My new McClung
    So since throwing down my deposit back in May and waiting patiently for Don McClung #49 to come to life it has finally begun...

    In another 3-5 weeks it should be ready to go to Spectrum and then the trail hopefully before the snow gets to deep! I am off to see if Shelman has started my wheels. I am trying to document as much of the build as I can and will post photos as they come up.

    Cheers, P.T.
  • 09-19-2008
    D.F.L.
    Wow. I knew Don was old-school, but brazing parts by heating them with wood stove is... Neanderthal!

    Bonus points for the 'Stone Light empties!
  • 09-19-2008
    ~martini~
    OH! Yay! Keep posting to this thread, eh? Excited to see it develop. McClung is verrrry high on my 'lottery' list.
  • 09-22-2008
    ~gomez~
    I second what Martini posted.....
  • 09-25-2008
    benwitt11
    I love plate forks. Those bikes are sweet!
  • 09-25-2008
    ptwood
    I will try to get some updated photos this weekend, I've been working overtime to pay for this so I haven't had a chance to take photos for a bit... If you have a chance to visit Salida anytime soon you should, the trails are in great shape and the Aspens are going off!
    PO
    PT
  • 09-25-2008
    PBR Streetgang
    I love that old motorbike style he uses. Does he have a website? How much do they cost? ("If you have to ask . . ." is true in this case)
  • 09-25-2008
    slingshot
    1 Attachment(s)
    this one costs $750,000
  • 09-25-2008
    PBR Streetgang
    That doesn't seem worth it.
  • 09-25-2008
    29bri
    Wow,

    Can't wait to see the end result. Keep the pics coming.

    Brian
  • 09-29-2008
    ptwood
    A quick update My Fork is mostly done and Don is started on the main triangle...



    Also I stopped by Sub Culture Cyclery and Jason laced up my wheel set.









    So day after tomorrow we are of to Utah for a quick white rim trip and I am hoping when I return I can get a few photos of the frame starting to come together...

    Cheers
    P.T.
  • 09-29-2008
    ptwood
    My buddy Joel just got his built and I don't think he'll mind if I post a picture here.





    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 09-30-2008
    ~martini~
    hmm. maybe I should just put my name on his list...

    Thanks for the update pt.
  • 10-06-2008
    ptwood
    It is almost looking like a bicycle now!



    The chain stays are bent and ready for the dropouts...





    So maybe this week the whole diamond will come together!

    Cheers,

    P.T.
  • 10-14-2008
    ptwood
    Getting close Don said possibly by the weekend!



    and then its off to Spectrum for color...
    :D
    P.T.
  • 10-14-2008
    PBR Streetgang
    Nice!
  • 10-15-2008
    sevencycle
    A True Colorado Native!!!!!!!!
  • 10-16-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sevencycle
    A True Colorado Native!!!!!!!!

    Me, (most of) my bikes and my kids...:thumbsup:
  • 10-20-2008
    ptwood
    the last few details





    :thumbsup:
  • 10-20-2008
    ink1373
    I'm in love with this thread, and maybe Don McClung a little, too.
  • 10-20-2008
    sean salach
    ptwood's bike is giving me FT wood.
  • 10-21-2008
    n8whitie
    I love the old Keystone beer can crunched up in the corner of the first picture. Its the sign of a true master craftsman. These bikes are amazing..... I would love to own one of these bad boys.

    Congrats on your new rig.
  • 10-22-2008
    ptwood
    Mock-up a bit more polishing and then off to the springs for color...





    That maybe it for the pictures for a few weeks until it comes back all zinc yellow and oyster white ...

    http://www.spectrumpowderworks.com/spwdesign.php?section=bp&sectionpicture=1&fadeOut= false&whichPic=1&onEnterFrame=[type+Function]&fadeIn=false

    :D
    P.T.
  • 10-22-2008
    ia_ss157
    That should be a pretty classy color combo for sure. Make sure to get it posted up when you finally get it. I hate it when these awesome build threads die...
  • 10-23-2008
    ink1373
    are you planning to do the typical mcclung bar setup? i've often dreamed of a mcclung with dirt drops...
  • 10-23-2008
    ptwood
    I'm going pretty traditional all the way around, although I agree drop bars could be sweet.

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 10-23-2008
    BlueMountain
    Amazing!!
  • 11-01-2008
    ptwood
    built!
    I drove down to the Springs on Thursday and picked up my freshly painted Bike!! Thanks to JT and Liz at Spectrum for getting it done so fast and the awesome job.
    Friday Jason down at Subculture Cyclery help me scrap together a bottom bracket, cranks, a stem and tires to use until the ones he ordered for me arrive. Then he pressed the headset in and put the bottom bracket and cranks on for me, after that it was off to my living room for a few beers and some assembly... this morning I took the nearly built bike down to Dons shop to get the final seat tube fitting done.
    Right after that I headed up to ride Cottonwood it was better than I could have ever hoped!
    So here you go... and yes I know the tires are on backwards, you know a few beers pressure to finish and get to Anna's halloween party etc. I'll fix that tonight.

    getting close...



    done, post ride this afternoon









    holes for the head badge when it arrives...









    and all cleaned up and ready for tomorrow



    Next week the rest of my parts should be here and hopefully I will have settled on a stem size.

    I really need to thank Don McClung for sharing his incredible knowledge on an amazingly wide range of topics from bikes and bike history to brazing and blacksmithing and a hundred other topics.

    I will post pictures when I get my parts on and when the head badge shows up.

    Cheers and thanks for looking,

    P.T.
  • 11-01-2008
    sean salach
    16.5" chainstays??

    looks purtiful. thanks for sharing.
  • 11-01-2008
    ptwood
    yes 16.5" chainstays 40.5 inch wheelbase...
  • 11-02-2008
    ~martini~
    That is just so damned good looking. Just looks right. Ride the hell out of it, eh?
  • 11-02-2008
    PBR Streetgang
    My bike is all of a sudden looking like crap.
  • 11-02-2008
    Linoleum
    Wonderful craftsmanship and paint. Very unique lines, not sure if its my cup of tea.
  • 11-02-2008
    luckylarue
    Beautiful bike, indeed...just a little curious as to why the platforms? All (three) photos I've seen of McClung's have had platform pedals. Got me thinking of changing out my clipless & trying some nice platforms.
  • 11-02-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by luckylarue
    Beautiful bike, indeed...just a little curious as to why the platforms? All (three) photos I've seen of McClung's have had platform pedals. Got me thinking of changing out my clipless & trying some nice platforms.

    Pretty steep hills around here so tennis shoes are easier on the hike a bike sections, it is traditional as well although most around here have broken form the helmetless tradition:eekster:

    Cheers
    P.T.
  • 11-03-2008
    Loudpawlz
    Another beautiful bike from Salida.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ptwood
    Pretty steep hills around here so tennis shoes are easier on the hike a bike sections, it is traditional as well although most around here have broken form the helmetless tradition:eekster:

    Cheers
    P.T.

    You should post some photos of properly attired McClung riders.
  • 11-03-2008
    ia_ss157
    Hey I have a question. I was out in Colorado Springs about three years back and saw my first two McClungs before I had ever even heard of them. It was at Brians Bicycle Repair. It is right down by the train depot right next door to Charmichael Training Systems. One thing I've noticed on all of or most of the bikes are Mavic Open Pro rims being used and either Shimano DX pedals or just nice flats. The V-brake thing is perfectly understandable, but I'd like to be clued in on what the deal was with these common details.

    I'll have to grab my old computer to post some pics of those two older machines.
  • 11-03-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ia_ss157
    Hey I have a question. I was out in Colorado Springs about three years back and saw my first two McClungs before I had ever even heard of them. It was at Brians Bicycle Repair. It is right down by the train depot right next door to Charmichael Training Systems. One thing I've noticed on all of or most of the bikes are Mavic Open Pro rims being used and either Shimano DX pedals or just nice flats. The V-brake thing is perfectly understandable, but I'd like to be clued in on what the deal was with these common details.

    I'll have to grab my old computer to post some pics of those two older machines.

    The yeah the Open Pros are what almost everyone I know is running on their Don, lite, narrow and not to expensive. Plus if your brakes wear through them in a year you know your getting out enough ;) . The flats for comfort, and steep hills...

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 11-04-2008
    Loudpawlz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ia_ss157
    Hey I have a question. I was out in Colorado Springs about three years back and saw my first two McClungs before I had ever even heard of them. It was at Brians Bicycle Repair. It is right down by the train depot right next door to Charmichael Training Systems. One thing I've noticed on all of or most of the bikes are Mavic Open Pro rims being used and either Shimano DX pedals or just nice flats. The V-brake thing is perfectly understandable, but I'd like to be clued in on what the deal was with these common details.

    I'll have to grab my old computer to post some pics of those two older machines.

    This interview from 2004 provides a bit of insight - http://www.dirtrag.com/print/article...egory=web-only
  • 11-04-2008
    ia_ss157
    Thanks guys. That is some good info. I definitely always liked my old 517's for holding a true forever even with revolution spokes. I still can't imagine going back to my flat pedals though.

    By the way I love the look of the bike! I have never really liked the look of the cruiser style frames, but McClung definitely captures a piece of nostalgia for when I first started riding. I know that was only 1998 but mountain biking had such a different feel back then at least for me.

    Thanks for the article as well. I think that good old Don might be a little more modern in his thinking than he figures. Being a mechanic the last thing I want to do when I get off work is get on my bike and realize I need a new chain, cassette or that it has been 150 hours of riding since I overhauled my fork and it feels like crap.
  • 11-04-2008
    Orkje
    A truly wonderful machine. Enjoy it!
  • 11-06-2008
    Pottser
    This is indeed an amazing beautiful and interesting bike. The story is great. Don is definitely one of the interesting builders for me. Enjoy the ride and I never get enough of these pictures. So more please....
  • 11-07-2008
    ptwood
    Last Saturday #49s first Bear Creek ride, I'm sill sportin the Halloween comb over!





    Yeah that is Micheal Phelps.

    Have I mentioned how much fun this thing is to ride? Wow...
  • 11-07-2008
    sevencycle
    What... a McClung with no kickstand and coaster brake. Whats the world coming too ;)
  • 11-11-2008
    al415
    Hey PT, beautiful looking frame. How about a nice detailed ride report? ;) I'd be most interested in how it feels in tight and technical conditions compared to a traditional diamond frame bike. Any standover issues at all?
  • 11-12-2008
    al415
    I've never figured this out... Anyway, my original post got stuck somewhere in the middle of the thread... yesterday! My question for you was about standover and how it handles tight and technical singletrack? It's a beauty by the way!
  • 11-12-2008
    PBR Streetgang
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415
    I've never figured this out... Anyway, my original post got stuck somewhere in the middle of the thread... yesterday! My question for you was about standover and how it handles tight and technical singletrack? It's a beauty by the way!

    Switch to "linear mode" (see upper right of page) and you'll see both of your posts at the bottom of the page.
  • 11-12-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415
    I've never figured this out... Anyway, my original post got stuck somewhere in the middle of the thread... yesterday! My question for you was about standover and how it handles tight and technical singletrack? It's a beauty by the way!

    Yes you are correct the stand over is fairly tight, although it has not been a problem so far. From a technical point of view I am sure there is a reason for the high stand over either raising the head tube or lowering the seat stays(?), I will have to ask Don about that. As for how it rides, I haven't ridden a standard diamond frame in years (93 stumpjumper M2(3?) ) so not sure I can give you a fair comparison, the other Mt. bikes I ride currently are a Yeti 575 and ASX, as well I am not the best at descriptive writing sooo, with those qualifiers I will try to answer your questions from the original post.

    Climbing, one word WOW, fast, efficient, really locked to the ground I am enjoying going uphill as much as I every have. The 32-18 is a bit much on really steep hills but I will be going to a 32-20 soon and hope to build a bit more power in to my legs.

    Descending, again WOW I assumed that going from my 575 to fully rigid I would slow down on the descents, I was wrong, while I am not able to just mindlessly bomb straight down the hills anymore #49 is so tight and quick to react that finding the smooth fast line is not only no problem but what I want to do. I guess the best analogy is that it is like it is on rails or perhaps like carving turns on groomers skiing. It is however just about always ready to punish me for not paying attention, It definitely rewards with amazing precision and flow.

    Cross country, on flat to rolling terrain I feel like I am flying I simple can't get enough it just feels great, I have a hard time stopping,

    Off the top of my head I can count ten friends that I really respect as Cyclists that own Don Bikes. The one common thread I always heard from them when asking about their Dons was once I got my own I would get it and I guess that is the best description I have heard yet. It truly is a whole other experience that I really was not expecting to be as good as it is...

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 11-12-2008
    big_slacker
    OMG! Thank you, I've been on this site for years and the threads have always bothered me. Don't know why I never bothered to RTFM, living up to my handle I guess.....

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by PBR Streetgang
    Switch to "linear mode" (see upper right of page) and you'll see both of your posts at the bottom of the page.

  • 11-12-2008
    p nut
    Noobie question here. What is the piece of tube that goes from the front axles to the top of the headtube?
  • 11-13-2008
    al415
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ptwood
    Off the top of my head I can count ten friends that I really respect as Cyclists that own Don Bikes. The one common thread I always heard from them when asking about their Dons was once I got my own I would get it and I guess that is the best description I have heard yet. It truly is a whole other experience that I really was not expecting to be as good as it is... P.T.

    You're a better writer than you give yourself credit for. Thanks for taking the time. I've sent a letter to Don, we'll see how it goes. I've been singlespeed only, in the woods, for a while now. My regular ride is a 96 Bontrager. I drank the big wheeled kool-aid a while back and bought a haro mary ss. I gave the Mary away and started shopping nice custom frames. Since I've become enamored of the cruiser style bike my main concern is whether or not they have to compromise the handling of the bicycle in any way to allow for the right "look". I doubt guys like McClung and Tony Pereira would allow form to dominate function in such a way, but it’s something that has been on my mind. Thanks again, and you should keep this thread alive for as long as possible: “Cleaned # 49” “Put air in tires”…

    PS Hey PBR' thank you!
  • 11-13-2008
    Timmy
    Talk to them...
    I went through this a year ago; wondering whether the vanity of a custom cruiser style frame would translate to a bike I'd love to look at but wouldn't ride. I looked long and hard at Retrotec, Don and Tony's work. It wasn't until I spoke with Tony that I actually made my decision. To begin with I preferred the form of Don's and Tony's bike relative to Curtis'. I ultimately opted to have Tony do the build for a couple of reasons primarily related to options.

    First, I really like the lug work that Tony does on the middle tube, not to mention the internal hose routing, and from a performance point of view, the discs. Tony has been great to work with, very thorough, always answered my (sometime ignorant) questions. The hardest part is the wait. The actual build has gone quickly once my name popped up in the queue and the bike is currently at the paint shop with delivery anticipated around Thanksgiving.

    BTW-The original is Tony's personal bike so I'm sure he could describe in detail the handling characteristics relative to a typical frame. I believe mine is only the second one he has ever built and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

    Good Luck.

    TCN
  • 11-13-2008
    al415
    Timmy, you'll have to start a "My new Pereira" thread when it arrives!
  • 11-18-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by p nut
    Noobie question here. What is the piece of tube that goes from the front axles to the top of the headtube?

    Ahh yes the struts, as I understand it, because Don uses a fork tube designed for road bikes and puts a pretty radical bend close to the bottom (for flex and vibration dampening) the struts become useful for extra reinforcement, plus they look sweet. Of course For the real scoop you would have to ask Don.

    Cheers
    P.T.
  • 11-18-2008
    ptwood
    a few more pictures...

    this weekend high above Salida looking for a new winter loop...



    Today after a quick late afternoon Silvercreek Rainbow in the mud and snow...



    and with #49s friend #14(13)...



    Cheers,
    P.T.

    ps Timmy looking forward to seeing pic of your new ride.
  • 11-18-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415
    You're a better writer than you give yourself credit for. Thanks for taking the time. I've sent a letter to Don, we'll see how it goes. I've been singlespeed only, in the woods, for a while now. My regular ride is a 96 Bontrager. I drank the big wheeled kool-aid a while back and bought a haro mary ss. I gave the Mary away and started shopping nice custom frames. Since I've become enamored of the cruiser style bike my main concern is whether or not they have to compromise the handling of the bicycle in any way to allow for the right "look". I doubt guys like McClung and Tony Pereira would allow form to dominate function in such a way, but it’s something that has been on my mind. Thanks again, and you should keep this thread alive for as long as possible: “Cleaned # 49” “Put air in tires”…

    PS Hey PBR' thank you!

    al415 I really don't think you can go wrong with one of Dons bikes as for handling and performance what more can I say I think my Yeti 575 is going up for sale....

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 11-19-2008
    al415
    Great pictures. My trails are dark, wet and covered in leaves at this time of year. Not that I'm complaining.

    Hey someone earlier in the thread asked for pictures of properly attired McClung riders, I agree. I've just started wearing vintage wool knickers (like golfers and XC skiiers used to wear). They are perfect at this time of year: Wool, short, not skin-tight and with a pair of bike shorts underneath they are very comfortable. Anyway.
  • 11-19-2008
    al415
    Oh and one more thing...
    Do you have a picture of the headbadge yet?
  • 11-19-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415
    Do you have a picture of the headbadge yet?

    I have seen the drawing, pretty much the same as his t-shirt (a pretty rare commodity) if I can get a photo i will post it.

    Cheers,

    P.T.
    ps we have a pretty good size rally of folks riding dons going on a mini epic tomorrow so I will try for the photo of those with proper attire.
  • 11-20-2008
    Timmy
    Geez, I miss....
    Colorado.

    Seeing that bike in the context of those "hills" makes me very jealous.

    As for the Pereira, absolutely. Although it is going to start out life geared (yeah, yeah sacrilege I know). So maybe on the 29er page. Regardless, I'll be certain to post a few.

    BTW. I'd love to see lots of bits from the "mini epic". I never get enough of these bikes.

    TCn
  • 11-21-2008
    al415
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    Colorado.

    Seeing that bike in the context of those "hills" makes me very jealous.

    As for the Pereira, absolutely. Although it is going to start out life geared (yeah, yeah sacrilege I know). So maybe on the 29er page. Regardless, I'll be certain to post a few.

    BTW. I'd love to see lots of bits from the "mini epic". I never get enough of these bikes.

    TCn

    The closest I have made it to CO, is New Mexico. The army used to send me to the desert there in the 1990's. I've always had an affinity for the place though... Yeah these bikes, and Tony's Pereira's bike, combined with the Colorado backdrop just make me feel good about mountain biking in general. I have no problem with gears, shoot me a PM when you start your 29er thread (I don't get over to that forum much)... As for the pictures of the mini-epic, it's been a day. I'm thinking bear attack or avalanche.
  • 11-21-2008
    ptwood
    No bear attack or avalanche mostly bad weather everyone but Matt and I wimped out and it was way to cold to take pictures but non the less a great bike ride was had. I did go into one corner a bit hot near the end of our ride and went down HARD #49 suffered her first scratch and I bent a brake lever but it was a pretty worth crash so I can accept the minor cosmetic damage.
    The weather is looking much better for tomorrow so hopefully a more fully documented adventure will ensue.

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 11-22-2008
    Timmy
    Pereira Teaser
    Tony Picked it up from paint yesterday.

    It is perfect. The link to his photos is below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pereira...7609680893487/
  • 11-22-2008
    Singlespeedpunk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    Tony Picked it up from paint yesterday.

    It is perfect. The link to his photos is below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pereira...7609680893487/

    Damn thats lovely! Amazing colour, great forks...makes me want to build another bike! Be sure to post some complete pics ASAP.

    SSP
  • 11-22-2008
    Pottser
    I love this thread. Showing the most beautiful bikes around. Keep them coming.
  • 11-22-2008
    al415
    More hand made goodness.
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    Tony Picked it up from paint yesterday. It is perfect. The link to his photos is below.

    That's stunning. Tony really is a craftsman in the truest sense. This is my all time favorite MTBR thread! May it live forever :D
  • 11-22-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    Tony Picked it up from paint yesterday.

    It is perfect. The link to his photos is below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pereira...7609680893487/

    A beauty indeed and the King BB wow I'm thinkin #49 would love that bit of jewelry!

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 11-24-2008
    pint
    WOW! McClung and Pereira make some of the most amazing bikes in the world! Keep this fantastic thread going!
  • 11-24-2008
    Timmy
    Thanks All!
    I'm incredibly pleased with the way the frame, fork and stem turned out. Tony really out did himself on this build. Definitely worth the wait.

    Both of these builders are exceptional in their own right and it's great to see the bikes side by side in the same thread. While the frames have a similar form they each have distinctive personalities.

    I'm going to be completing the build and will be certain to post images of the final product once completed.

    Thanks again,

    TCN
  • 11-25-2008
    ptwood
    A few pics from Saturdays ride...

    Near the Top of Cottonwood with Methodist in the back ground



    About to start the fun part of Cottonwood. Still looking across the valley at Methodist mtn.



    Looking at Salida from the north side of the valley



    Looking at the second half of the ride about halfway up the mountain across the valley



    The fellows waiting for me at the top of Bear creek and the start of the Rainbow trail, 3 McClungs,1 Black Sheep, 1 Pereira, and a couple of Jamises



    Matt sporting the Classic look



    And looking the other way across the valley from the south, pretty much all downhill home from here

  • 11-26-2008
    al415
    Nice...
    That looks like a fun time. I've started to gather parts for my Don bike. I picked up a set of Phil Wood SS hubs the other day. Guess I need to source some Open Pros now...
  • 12-07-2008
    ptwood
    So #49 got out with #10 and #46 for a loop this weekend ....







    got to love ski season in central Colorado :)
  • 12-08-2008
    al415
    Awesome!
    Don should have my deposit by now. I doubt there are too many of them here in the East. When I rode yesterday there was snow on either side of the trail and nice frozen mud underneath my tires.
  • 12-08-2008
    CJones
    Sweet bikes and ride shots!

    Question for all you McClung owners: Almost every McClung I've ever seen posted has flats on it. Were you running flats before your got your bike from Don or is it something that just goes with the bike so well that you switched after getting your McClung? Just wondering?
  • 12-08-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CJones
    Sweet bikes and ride shots!

    Question for all you McClung owners: Almost every McClung I've ever seen posted has flats on it. Were you running flats before your got your bike from Don or is it something that just goes with the bike so well that you switched after getting your McClung? Just wondering?

    I have flats on my Yeti ASX and clipless on my 575 so I had been going back and forth for a while but on the Don it really goes to tradition and I think the ribbing you might get if you put clipless on one. Other than that it is nice if you have to get off and hike to have tennis shoes on, but that doesn't happen very often;) ...
    We had a great ride up Bear Creek to the Rainbow today with heavy snow just at the end so maybe the last loop up there this season. Powder tomorrow? It's tough to find time to work around here.

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 12-08-2008
    Timmy
    2 Attachment(s)
    A few non-traditionals
    just for fun...

    TCN

    PS. love the knickers. I'm waiting for a three pin binding to appear on the flats for winter.;)
  • 12-09-2008
    al415
    I believe Don has started my seat tube / bottom bracket. I've got plenty of time, but I'm at a bit of a loss about what colors to go with.
  • 12-09-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415
    I believe Don has started my seat tube / bottom bracket. I've got plenty of time, but I'm at a bit of a loss about what colors to go with.

    That's a tough one I spent a lot of time looking at old bikes hoping for inspiration. I will try and get by the shop and see if I can't get a picture of the progress up here for you.

    Cheers P.T.
  • 12-09-2008
    al415
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ptwood
    That's a tough one I spent a lot of time looking at old bikes hoping for inspiration. I will try and get by the shop and see if I can't get a picture of the progress up here for you.
    Cheers P.T.

    That would be brilliant. I imagine it adds an entirely different dimension to the custom build experience if you can hang out in the builder's shop!

    As for colors. I keep going back and forth. I imagine I'll narrow it down eventually...
  • 12-09-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    just for fun...

    TCN

    PS. love the knickers. I'm waiting for a three pin binding to appear on the flats for winter.;)

    #41 I think, those crazy kids from Texas....
  • 12-10-2008
    ~martini~
    three Don's in one spot. I think I'm going to faint.
  • 12-10-2008
    dRjOn
    damn that cream front red rear one is noice...all nice!
  • 12-10-2008
    Bluebeat007
    Mcclung = My new obsession :)
  • 12-11-2008
    Timmy
    Help with colors...
    I don't know if this will help, but it was useful for me. Below is a link to Curtis Inglis' (Retrotec) flickr site. He has a great eye for color in these retro point masking formats. Browse through his sets. There are some great things in there.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21228831@N05/sets/

    Enjoy,

    TCN
  • 12-11-2008
    Mr. DiCenso
    All you McClung riders are badasses. I would never think of riding a full stiffy on anything but road. How do you fare trying to stay on the bike during the really bumpy downhills, with just platform pedals?!
  • 12-11-2008
    ~martini~
    Probably the same way these guys did:


    ^^stolen^^ from seekay's website. Visit it. http://www.sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/mtbwelcome.htm

    //on with the McClung show!
  • 12-12-2008
    pint
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Mr. DiCenso
    All you McClung riders are badasses. I would never think of riding a full stiffy on anything but road. How do you fare trying to stay on the bike during the really bumpy downhills, with just platform pedals?!

    True suspension has been around for less than 20 years, bicycles have been around for ??????
  • 12-12-2008
    mikesee
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ~martini~
    Probably the same way these guys did:


    ^^stolen^^ from seekay's website. Visit it. http://www.sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/mtbwelcome.htm

    //on with the McClung show!


    Nice pic Marty! Even if you done stoled it...

    I rode Pearl a buncha times when I lived there in the '90s. Most often it was ridden with a group on our 'regular' mtb's, but I did it once on a Scorcher and that changed my view of the 'early adopters' quite a bit. After that ride I understood why they self-medicated before every ride, and had safety meetings after every climb... ;)

    Say Marty--speaking of McClungs--send me an email when you get the chance...

    info at lacemine29 dot com.

    Cheers,

    MC
  • 12-12-2008
    al415
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    I don't know if this will help, but it was useful for me. Below is a link to Curtis Inglis' (Retrotec) flickr site. He has a great eye for color in these retro point masking formats. Browse through his sets. There are some great things in there.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21228831@N05/sets/

    Enjoy,

    TCN

    Cheers Timmy. Some nice stuff there. I started out thinking of going for something quite personal... But that would involve too many colors and end up costing as much as the frame. Then I thought, "Hey I love the colors on the Porsche 911 GT3!" but when I photoshopped the black and orange onto a frame it looked like a toxic popsicle. I moved on to my next love... beer. So now I'm thinking of a combo that looks like stout... a soft black and cream...
  • 12-13-2008
    xcutterx
    BEST THREAD EVER!

    your bike looks great. hope to see you on july 4th!

    what bike is shelman riding in those pics? not used to seeing him off his don bike.
  • 12-13-2008
    xcutterx
    my buddy scotts don bike he got a while back. he loves it. sold all his other mountain bike and only rides this sweet steed.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/skottty1223/673030918/" title="Don Mcclung Bike by Devilownsme, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1271/673030918_141675ad01_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Don Mcclung Bike" /></a>
  • 12-14-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ~martini~
    Probably the same way these guys did:


    ^^stolen^^ from seekay's website. Visit it. http://www.sonic.net/~ckelly/Seekay/mtbwelcome.htm

    //on with the McClung show!

    I had to do a double take, looks like the typical Sunday Sub Culture ride crew...;)

    Cheers,
    P.T.
  • 12-14-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by xcutterx
    BEST THREAD EVER!

    your bike looks great. hope to see you on july 4th!

    what bike is shelman riding in those pics? not used to seeing him off his don bike.

    I believe he calls that the White Sheep, he built that when he was working with Black Sheep.

    Cheers P.T.
  • 12-17-2008
    al415
    Here is a short feature on Don McClung
    From BaseCamp Colorado: http://www.basecampcolorado.com/Base...ple-DonMc.html

    Quote:

    Two Wheeled Passion
    It would be a fair guess to say that we’ve all got people in our lives that have an distinctive effect on us. Some are good and some are bad. We are drawn to them. There is a odd security in all this. Don is one of those for me. The exact, or even approximate, date, time or event of our first meeting is a little fuzzy. Such knowledge is seldom really useful. In Don’s case it doesn’t really matter. He is more of a constant, easy grinning, slow moving energy that seems to have been around here forever. Sometimes I have to visit to get a dose of his bicycle passion. Thus my passions are re-excited. For me, his passion, knowledge and love of things wheeled is a catalyst. Passionate people need other passionate people to reignite their passions. Chatting with Don in his shop behind he and Annabelle’s house on the river is an education. Bikes and bike parts decorate the tidy building. An ancient woodstove & Buddy the Dog add comfort and a tendency to linger. The lingering is always worthwhile. I always leave Don’s shop energized and educated in bike lore. Most of us equate bikes to youthful, playful times. Don senses their engineering magnificence and the impact of the human/bicycle bond on human society and science. Plus Don loves to ride. If you check out the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in Crested Butte you’ll see his pic. Smilin’. He was pushing over the edge of biking back then. He still does with his custom 29 inch one speed bikes. “The original bikes were 29” so they’d roll better on the bad roads of the time,” he explained - again. This crusade, like any crusade, requires repetition. Don’s style has little regard for current biking trends and fashions. They are not a part of Don’s equation. As with many out this way function over fashion is a rule regularly heeded. The bikes Don builds are as unique as Don. They represent his biking thoughts in physical form. As for Don, the reason he’s our featured ‘Recreationalist’ is his passion and ability as well as willingness to share. He can still outride most riders at an age most folks are just talking about what they did ‘way back when.’ That’s fantastic.
    No matter his physical age, his mind, imagination, and most of his body are youthful.

    Don, thanks for the inspiration. -Jim

  • 12-18-2008
    al415
    Hey PT, know these Don's?




    Both of these were on the Spectrum Powderworks site. I'm still mulling color choices...
  • 12-18-2008
    ptwood
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by al415




    Both of these were on the Spectrum Powderworks site. I'm still mulling color choices...

    The top one looks like Dr. Matt B's, and I'm not sure of the bottom one, I really like the chrome detail on Matt's.

    Cheers,
    P.T.
    I need to suck it up put on the sorels and get out for a ride...
  • 12-18-2008
    ink1373
    Good god this thread rules. That orange and black Don is incredible.
  • 12-18-2008
    al415


    I really like the color combination of that retrotec. Of course, before I saw the retrotec I was thinking "hey, I'm a paddy-alcoholic why not go with an appropriate color combo" so I considered a "guinness" colored bike? Dark dark, port-like brown to black with a cream contrast. Then I moved to "hey, I have a few Rapha jerseys, and I love the way the subtle pink details show up in the serious black jersey" .... But tonight, I'm thinking that grey and cream looks good for my McClung
  • 12-18-2008
    Timmy
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    You just really made me smile...
    It just so happens that this is the exact photo I sent Tony as inspiration for this... but requested more of an grey tinged-olive drab and bone.

    I think someone said: "Subtle-the new bold"

    It's a great scheme for this ride.
  • 12-19-2008
    al415
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Timmy
    It just so happens that this is the exact photo I sent Tony as inspiration for this...

    Really? Thats great! I'm also thinking of just sending them (spectrum powderworks) my favorite rapha rain jacket, which is the same colors but with a couple of bits of pink thrown in for good measure. Your bike and my bike (when it's done) may have to get together for some pictures somewhere down the road!