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    Mid to late 90's Trek 9xx series (930,950,970,990).............

    Why don't they have a cool factor to them? I mean they are good ol' American made True Temper steel frames right? They offer a great ride, hard to kill, and spec'd nicely for their time. Is it more or less because they come from a large manufacturer and not a boutique builder? I mean I know the welds look like crap but I can't see them when I ride so that doesn't bother me.

    I don't see a lot of them pop up here either restored or modernized so I was just curious.

    Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blak_byke
    Why don't they have a cool factor to them?
    Any thoughts?
    Because their owners are generally pains in the ass. See: "turn an old trek 850 into cyclocross" bike thread.
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    Actually...the real answer (or what I feel to be the reason), is that there's nothing special about them. Dime a dozen. Not collectible, not hard to get....and if you've ever spent time on some of the nicer bikes from the era....that Trek is not really something people actively seek out to restore or upgrade.

    A lot of us got into 'VRC' because the bikes we lusted after are more affordable to us now. I didn't pine through the pages of MBA dreaming of a Trek 930. I had to buy an entry level Stumpjumper. But now that I'm older....I went for the Ritchey P-23 I always wanted. I went for the decked out Yeti. I hunted for the Salsa.
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    Because their owners are generally pains in the ass. See: "turn an old trek 850 into cyclocross" bike thread.
    I am so sorry blak_byke, my name has been invoked and your thread is now condemned to not recieve any answers to your actual question. I will pray for you and hope the MTBR Vaudeville act of "post-modern hollister", "girlonbike the entertainer" and "Rumpfy the-magnificent" don't drive you to insanity for asking the wrong kind of question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momosgarage
    I am so sorry blak_byke, my name has been invoked and your thread is now condemned to not recieve any answers to your actual question.
    long story short:

    we blame you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Because their owners are generally pains in the ass. See: "turn an old trek 850 into cyclocross" bike thread.

    You're an ass.....but I mean that in an endearing sort of way LOL! I hollered when I read your response!
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    long story short:

    we blame you
    short story long:

    folks just read the other thread and make up your own minds.

    Let me welcome you to the MTBR Vaudeville act and traveling circus, known as:

    "No point in answering stinking questions we don't like"

    starring

    "post-modern hollister",

    "girlonbike the entertainer"

    "Rumpfy the magnificent"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Actually...the real answer (or what I feel to be the reason), is that there's nothing special about them. Dime a dozen. Not collectible, not hard to get....and if you've ever spent time on some of the nicer bikes from the era....that Trek is not really something people actively seek out to restore or upgrade.

    A lot of us got into 'VRC' because the bikes we lusted after are more affordable to us now. I didn't pine through the pages of MBA dreaming of a Trek 930. I had to buy an entry level Stumpjumper. But now that I'm older....I went for the Ritchey P-23 I always wanted. I went for the decked out Yeti. I hunted for the Salsa.

    I see where you're coming from. For me, It's my IBOC ZERO-G. For the masses it was another 'dime a dozen' bike but for me it was my first mountain bike....A MONGOOSE! My previous bike was a Mongoose Supergoose that my Pop's bought me. So for me, it's like having a little piece of him. I keep building it up but keep feeling feeling like NAAAAH, not the right build. It's a sentimental thing. I know, I'm a softy
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    Quote Originally Posted by momosgarage
    I am so sorry blak_byke, my name has been invoked and your thread is now condemned to not recieve any answers to your actual question. I will pray for you and hope the MTBR Vaudeville act of "post-modern hollister", "girlonbike the entertainer" and "Rumpfy the-magnificent" don't drive you to insanity for asking the wrong kind of question.

    What are you talkin' about!? I answered his question after I made the funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blak_byke
    You're an ass.....but I mean that in an endearing sort of way LOL! I hollered when I read your response!

    Haha! A magnificent ass, thankyouverymuch.
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    everyone else got a better stage name than me

    boo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blak_byke
    I see where you're coming from. For me, It's my IBOC ZERO-G. For the masses it was another 'dime a dozen' bike but for me it was my first mountain bike....A MONGOOSE! My previous bike was a Mongoose Supergoose that my Pop's bought me. So for me, it's like having a little piece of him. I keep building it up but keep feeling feeling like NAAAAH, not the right build. It's a sentimental thing. I know, I'm a softy

    Totally. And a lot of people here do that too, seeking out their first mountain bike. Or still have their first mountain bike and want to find a way to keep it running. Sentimental ownership is a powerful thing.

    And if you like the bike, you like the bike...thats most important. But generally speaking, those threads don't get all that much attention or people excited. Those bikes are on every college campus in the US...if I want to see one, I'll go there. (tongue in cheek, but I know ur pickin' up what I'm puttin' down here).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    everyone else got a better stage name than me

    boo!

    I have lots of stage names for you...but the keep getting censored here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momosgarage
    short story long:

    folks just read the other thread and make up your own minds.

    Let me welcome you to the MTBR Vaudeville act and traveling circus, known as:

    "No point in answering stinking questions we don't like"

    starring

    "post-modern hollister",

    "girlonbike the entertainer"

    "Rumpfy the magnificent"

    &


    "Williwoods the thinskins hunter"

    LOL! I feel you Momo. I've been lurking and posting every so often over the years so I've been witness to some of the craziness that goes on here in the VRC and SS forums. Although I haven't been a victim.....yet, I still think some of it goes a bit far. With that said it was quite ironic that I read you post about suspension travel not 15 minutes before you posted here. I'm just glad you didn't totally leave the site after that experience and although your question was bit vague the first time I read it, still, it deserved a more informative answer. Hell, I had the same question some time ago and usually read when someone posts a similar thread. These guys will rip ya, but it's all good

    Damn! I crashed my own thread......OLD BIKES! Whew....back on topic lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    What are you talkin' about!? I answered his question after I made the funny.

    Yes you did....Mr Magnificent lol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Totally. And a lot of people here do that too, seeking out their first mountain bike. Or still have their first mountain bike and want to find a way to keep it running. Sentimental ownership is a powerful thing.

    And if you like the bike, you like the bike...thats most important. But generally speaking, those threads don't get all that much attention or people excited. Those bikes are on every college campus in the US...if I want to see one, I'll go there. (tongue in cheek, but I know ur pickin' up what I'm puttin' down here).

    Yup. I gotcha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister
    everyone else got a better stage name than me

    boo!

    Btw PMH,

    They are only better stage names if you BELIEVE they are better.......he he.
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    Isn't it awesome that, when you add an actual sense of humor, "venom" becomes a joke that we can all laugh about?

    Humor gets a bad rap in this place - all the softies think it's someone being mean...

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    I guess humor IS the secret handshake of the VRC illuminati......

    should only take a dozen or so posts on the vrc to figure that out.

    for some I guess its not THAT obvious, and really what fun is it to have to spell it out? ooops.

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    Humor is humor, BS is BS...we all know the difference. Even us "softies"

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    Humor is humor, BS is BS...we all know the difference. Even us "softies"
    No you don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richieb
    Isn't it awesome that, when you add an actual sense of humor, "venom" becomes a joke that we can all laugh about?

    Humor gets a bad rap in this place - all the softies think it's someone being mean...
    Yup!

    Countless examples of that. If you can roll with the punches and take a laugh at your expense...you'll probably be just fine.
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    Just a recap since I'm so, um, flummoxed and impressed at the same time....

    Guy asks question about vanilla plain jane bike.

    Gets crap for it.

    Rolls with it, actually posts a good volley shot back.

    Gets answer he was looking for and pleasant conversation ensues.

    THEN.......

    Poor fella who just can't figure out that good advice can come in *interesting* packages (long time in the past now) posts conciliatory response to the OP, after all's well in the world.

    Wow. I guess baffled is a better word.

    All I can say is, blak_byke for mod!

    As for the bike, agreed, pretty much exactly what Rumpfy said. Kinda like collecting and coveting Chevy Citations......

    But if it was your first car, you might want one in the back of the barn for old times sake
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith
    All I can say is, blak_byke for mod!

    I think for now we are sticking with the current administration.

    It's at least a five year commission.

    Besides, didn't the past administration give you the keys to the helicopter.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2, or 3. Fillet brazed Ibis Custom. Cunningham Racer. Otis Guy (but not that softride model). That's all I need I don't need anything else... except... except for an old Mountain Goat bar stem combo. And that's all I need. I don't need anything else. Except.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Besides, didn't the past administration give you the keys to the helicopter.
    Don't remind me, Rumpfy still buzzes my shop in the dang thing, just trying to make me jealous I think.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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