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    Blue Collar Classics

    I have a bike collection, but I'm not a collector. I just hang onto most of my bikes, and I started riding a long time ago.

    You guys would hate me for my Ritchey P-21. Once one of the coolest MTBs you could have, I got it in 1994 when my 1987 American Breezer was stolen.

    It is now my town bike, and the paint and frame are battered. The wheels and tires are mismatched, and the saddle is worn out. The remains of a broken pump clip are still under the bottle cage screws.

    It's a town bike.



    As I make my daily journey, I see bikes that the people on this forum would give a lot to own and restore, but to their owners they are just the bike, representing basic transportation, not collectible treasures. So I take photos when I can, and after starting this thread with my own bike, I'll add a few others I have run across.
    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    This Nishiki Alein is somebody's town bike in Durango,



    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A Mountain Goat at the Fairfax Festival, "parked" on the ground and unsecured. I never did spot the owner.

    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A cheaper Nishiki. This guy was riding in Mill Valley, and I stopped him to get the photo. It's his town bike.



    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A Ritchey in a garage. When I first posted this, some of you tried to get me to identify the owner so you could make him an offer. He doesn't want to give it up.



    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    This guy got evicted, and he left a lot of stuff. His landlord said I could have the bike.

    It's a Funk, obviously stolen because the Serial # was ground off. I did my best to find any reports of a stolen Funk, but without success, so I gave it to my friend who turned it into his street bike.

    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A nice old Fisher chained up in Durango.

    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    A well-worn WTB Phoenix outside the Iron Springs Brewery. Terrible light.





    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    The most battered Cunningham in the world. Front derailleur gone, torn off by the owner's pants cuff. Rear brake cable and roller cam wedge wrapped around handlebars.





    How many spokes do you REALLY need?

    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    the cunningham...

    now these are the blue collar bikes that should be posted here.
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    My size too! I'd love to find that bike.

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    Wish somebody would leave a Funk lying around my place.

    Cool bikes..thanks for posting.



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    Remind me to bring bolt cutters on my next trip to Colorado. here is my blue collar Fat





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    Awesome thread idea. This is something I was thinking about actually- posting up photos of bikes out in the real world, randoms that you see out on bike racks, on the trails, or at races. Bikes that are obviously getting used and have a story to tell. I had a bike to start the thread, and was looking for more, but you beat me to it.

    Before I continue, I gotta say, I wish your Ritchey was the standard definition for "battered." I think that bike looks great.

    Here's my contribution. There's a local here in Tucson with a Yeti Ultimate, apparently he's the original owner. He can be seen riding it around town pretty frequently. It's funny, but he kinda looks like the Yeti on the headbadge. Definitely cool to see this rolling around town, though it does look a little beat up close. Pics stolen from http://www.43bikes.com/








    Check it out- his headset is the same color as the one on my Ultimate. Must be the Arizona sun.


    And the owner-

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    fantastic

    (my personal fave is the fisher!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    The sticker on the head tube is what a lot of folks here probably looked like when seeing this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This Nishiki Alein is somebody's town bike in Durango,



    I can offer some info about this loved Alien, it belongs to my good friend Chad, manager of the durango devo team, champion bike polo guru, and SSWC09 promoter.

    It was his first mountain bike around 91, and its the only possession he's owned his whole life. You can read his ramblings at

    durangodevo.wordpress.com
    sswc09.wordpress.com

    The day CK took this photo, he had ridden it to town to view and celebrate Klunkerz, but he and myself were turned away for not being film fest passholders.


    Why would you own 100 Yugos when you could own 1 Porsche? - Rumpfy



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    Cool thread, CK. I've always dug utility bikes for some reason.

    I have a commuter made out of an 87 John Tomac Signature Mongoose. Pure utility - no regard for looks.

    No pics, though.

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    That Cunningham makes me sad. That guy needs an anoymous gift certificate to his local shop...

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    That FUNK is hot.. his susp. forks were art.

    Does anyone care about Nishikis?


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    Awesome. These well used and beat bikes are much more interesting than some of the ridiculously overpriced, retro-for-retro's sake builds that get posted here. I'm still psyched that the gentleman who owns that lovely 10th Anniversary Fat rides the heck out of it.

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    I made a special trip to add this one to the collection, although I have known about it for a long time.

    The original owner committed suicide over 20 years ago, and left his most prized possession, this Ibis, to his best friend. The friend rode it a lot, but in the end was not as avid a cyclist, and the bike lives outside the house, exposed to the elements. Note the cheap saddle and the mismatched levers.



    It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that
    shui.

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    The Avion is one of the most successful of the broader base, Asian made boutique bikes.

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    Lots o' bungee cords there.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WTB-rider
    Lots o' bungee cords there.
    Looks a little like a confused slingshot.
    Get on your bikes and ride!

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