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    Build thread orphan 1B 110 frame

    Starting a thread on Ritchey Timberwolf frameset that looks like it had a storied past. I bought the frame from collector friend that was good enough to pass on picture of how he got it. I took a chance on it sight unseen and to my surprise its not too bad. After soaking the frame the bb gave up its self which was a big relief. The rear deraileur hanger has seen so many that the threads will have to be brazed and tapped. I am rough sanding before stripping with something nasty stuff to get the heavy decals and paint off. It looks like orig blk paint by CycleArt. I have saved some nice forks {not fillet unless some wants to donate ha ha} and a very cool fillet stem and period riser bars. Its going to be deerhead mostly.
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    It definitely needs some love! Glad you decided to tackle the project. I gave up on it after trying to find a suitable fork and stem for the frame. Can't wait to see how it turns out, but I will.

    P.S. the previous owner told me he had the frame repainted black |(sans decals) by "The Art Dept" to keep it low profile. Goes to show how bad bike thievery is in our neck of the woods...

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    nice! subscribed to follow progress. what did you soak it in? that is rough. Thanks for trying to save it, guys.

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    WD and varsole

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    I hope God forgives me for using that nasty paint stripper. Well after lots of sanding The Ritchey goodness appears. There is a reason why I rescue fillet Ritchey's. Hell it's looking soo good I might give one more light sand and wax it!. Gotta go I here some yelling from upstairs "You love your bikes more than you love me!"
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    that is gorgeous

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    Wow! That looks great!

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    Comming along

    This frame set needed everything including fork. I was trying to use all my spares. I had a chromed Tange fork with all the rack mounts kindda goes with the rack mounts on the frame. I might put the vintage Jim racks I have with spider webs. Why why why don't more collectors put a rear rack on? Everyone had them back in the day. They were great for sitting on after you stopped to lower your seat for the big DH. They work for a fender by strapping a piece of heavy cardboard to the top or use for intended propose of carrying a box of beer. Ok decided at least a rear. This is a rather large frame and by adding the massive 1600mm stem {tange fillet black chrome} and the Nitto world champ bmx riser bars this is a commanding looking rig. I had this old 600 long cage derailiure I thought I would use instead of a deerhead. Also had the matching specialized wheelset I might respoke with black 7X box rims to make a bit more period correct. enough work time to ride my go to...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    Why why why don't more collectors put a rear rack on? Everyone had them back in the day. They were great for sitting on after you stopped to lower your seat for the big DH.
    Back when top tubes were relatively flat, I always used the top tube for sitting.

    I like it except for the handlebar. I really dislike how bikes handle with the bars up this high. On modern bikes, having the bar level with the saddle is okay, but vintage bikes handle poorly (even when riding to a coffee shop) unless the bars are lower than the saddle. I can't even ride the Ritchey made high rise bullmoise bars, because the bikes ride so poorly with them.

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    ya I know what you mean. I haven't ridden it yet and it might be one off those things that the measurements might be ok on paper but when the rubber hits the pavement it might be someone's face, Over the years with the development of mtb's I have realized that the most powerful position for speeds under 40mph is the semi squat rather than more upper body weight on the front wheel. It does look a bit weird but might be ok for the jolly green giant

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