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    1988 American Breezer

    Picked this up a little while back in Marin from the original owner's family. The original owner ordered this bike from his LBS in Mill Valley back in the day. When he took delivery of the bike he was disappointed with the original American Breezer decals. He much preferred the Breezer lll decals set. Well being friends of Joe Breeze had it's privileges, Joe swapped them out. This is a 1988 serial #B9299 and has a full XT build.
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    Man that is clean!!! I'm slowly working on #B9239 but I doubt it will look as good as yours in the end.

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    What a beauty!

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    Hey Shawn,

    I know this has been a pretty long project for you. You did great. Thanks for sharing and can't wait to see it in person.

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    simple clean and neat.

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    The Breezer
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    Diggin the alternate decal choice!
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Same here. Real classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    Diggin the alternate decal choice!
    I really struggled if I should go with the original decals, but for this bike they are original. Plus, I went to JB's and he had an American Breezer with Type lll decals; figured if it was good enough for him it's good enough for me.

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    Great job Shawn, wouldn't change a thing.

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    Dont mess with it
    Those decals look cool on there....


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    Great job Shawn, looks super!
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    Link to the Nov '87 Bicycling magazine review of the American Breezer:
    American Breezer review
    thanks again to the Mombat archive.

    Beautiful bike Shawn, your patience certainly paid off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SMRTIN View Post
    Man that is clean!!! I'm slowly working on #B9239 but I doubt it will look as good as yours in the end.
    Thanks! Do you have any pics of your June 1988 American Breezer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister View Post
    Diggin the alternate decal choice!
    Hey Holli - Check the headset of choice for that 87 review....

    Quote Originally Posted by nightshade_rider View Post
    Link to the Nov '87 Bicycling magazine review of the American Breezer:
    American Breezer review
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    Nice work SW. That ended up being a longer resto process than you anticipated I think. Came out ace though! We need to get you posting bigger pictures though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Nice work SW. That ended up being a longer resto process than you anticipated I think. Came out ace though! We need to get you posting bigger pictures though.
    Those Koski's, well you felt my pain.
    When we do our 87 v.s 88 Shootout you can post the pics

    BTW, got a Hite-Rite coming courtesy of the man himself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Hey Holli - Check the headset of choice for that 87 review....
    I stand corrected

    Still looks odd to me though
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    Those Koski's, well you felt my pain.
    When we do our 87 v.s 88 Shootout you can post the pics

    BTW, got a Hite-Rite coming courtesy of the man himself.
    The 87 will be faster because it has DA and 600 parts on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    The 87 will be faster because it has DA and 600 parts on it.
    You cheater

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    Ride Report

    Well this was my first ride on the American Breezer. There was no learning curve at all. The bike is amazingly stable, owe that to Joe Breeze's design. It is very nimble, chalk that up to the Koski Dura-Trac.
    Since I ride steel exclusively I was a little nervous about an aluminum framed bike, but I really didn't notice a huge difference. Yes, it was a little stiffer and I was off the saddle a little more, but it wasn't like riding a jackhammer like I feared. This bike is garage floor worthy, no hooks for it

    Oh, and the original XT build worked flawlessly.

    1988 American Breezer-sb1.jpg

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    Lets ride soon.
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    Skeggs, good place for a shake down ride. I think the aluminum frame and steel fork combo is a smart one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    Lets ride soon.
    Wish we could! I'm not going to bring up K word, because I've flaked so far.

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    Nice job Shawn. That turned out really nice. Congratulations.

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    Great ride report! Sounds like you had a great time.

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    Great looking bike Shawn and good to hear it rides nice, I like the decals!

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    Very clean and nice that you have an American stem on it. Don't worry about an AL bike, that thing will last forever.

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    Nice one Shawn.

    Looks like it was a fun and interesting resto project...came out very nice.

    I bet you are happy you like the way it rides as well.

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    JB needs to step in here and explain the whole relationship with ABM and how Breezers came about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    JB needs to step in here and explain the whole relationship with ABM and how Breezers came about.
    Great idea Tim, I will shoot Joe an email and ask if he would respond.

    He did send me his archive of ads and interviews of the American Breezer's but I can't figure out how to attach, there too long.

    I can tell you what I have learned from Joe, but it would be way cooler coming from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    JB needs to step in here and explain the whole relationship with ABM and how Breezers came about.
    The Bicycling Mag review posted by Nightshade_rider (Post #14) tells the story. Let me know if you have specific questions and I'll try to answer.

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer View Post
    JB needs to step in here and explain the whole relationship with ABM and how Breezers came about.
    Ask and ye shall receive. :P Hi Joe!

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    Ok, finally finished mine. Some before and after pics. Picked this up with a lead from another local forum member. It was ridden hard and put away wet, most of the parts replaced (with thanks to several other forum members for trades/hookups/bro-deals)
    I deviated from the stock build with what I figured would be somewhat race oriented 'upgrades'.
    It came with a Specialized Direct Drive fork from an M2. With some hiccups, the proper DuraTrac was put back in place.
    Specialized headset, Strong bars and Forte post, XT wheelset and rear derailleur all removed. Frame and front brakes polished up, levers resprayed
    In place are now Shimano 600 Arabesque headset and 600 rear derailleur, IRD post, Salsa Moto bars and a Dura Ace wheelset (including freewheel and qrs). Topped off with a NOS Hite-Rite.
    Weighs in at 26.25lbs.

























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    1988 American Breezer

    Thread hijack!!

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    Is there an Official American thread?
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    Beautiful job E. Classy build. That's what a mountain bike should look like.


    Makes me a bit sad I went low on the 3 American frame lot on Ebay the other day.

    Steve

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    Nice one ER!

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    You did an amazing thing there Rumphy! Looks better with the black stem and the Hi-Rite!!!

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    Looks killer Eric, nicely done. We should do a photo shoot for sure. How about your impressions of the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shawnw View Post
    Looks killer Eric, nicely done. We should do a photo shoot for sure. How about your impressions of the ride.
    I need more saddle time to form a better opinion. Shake out some gremlins, pedal on a day that isn't 100* degrees out.
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    Breezer Decals?

    Anyone know where I can track down some decals for my 89 American Breezer?

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    Nice bike, nice build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brijar View Post
    Anyone know where I can track down some decals for my 89 American Breezer?
    I believe Joe has some.
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    Nice bike! I just found out that a certain LBS in Central Cal has an '88 also. Am trying to get my hand on it, but I think the shop owner is too smart and won't part with it!
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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