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    "Sidetrak" strange bike?

    I picked this up from a fellow this weekend that bought it at a garage sale about 10 years ago.
    Very cool paint job and great detailing on the frame.
    I read the post on MOMBAT about John Olsen/Raven but really can't find much else.
    This is how I bought it. I have stripped it down to the frame and am trying to figure how to built it. I do have some more 3DV part so might have to go that way. Any info that you all might have I would like to hear.
    Anyone have an idea why the rear canti studs would be on the inside of the stays?
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    That's fantastic.

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    Never seen that frame before!

    Rear canti’s: must be a pain to get adjustment just right, with the guide so close…interesting though.

    Thanks for posting something truly cool!

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    Some really cool details on that frame...great pick up.

    I'll bet it's a fun ride too.


    Steve

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    I have the seatless version, I did not know of this variant..

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    Interesting lacing..

    I was kinda hoping it was an Ariel hub from the CL pics
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Not so strange...

    Really cool bike, but it isn't an Olsen Strange Bike. I am not aware of this bike, but it may have been built for Shoji Onazawa of Sidetrak by the guy who built Shoji's version of my Strange Bikes. Dang it, I can't ever remember the guy's name- started with a B. SvenTrials has one of the Sidetrak strange bikes. This thing is really cool and beautiful, and nicely equipped! Them is some expensive parts! The geometry looks good, too, nice, tight NW trail bike. Nice buy, whatever it is!

    All the best,

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrangeBike13 View Post
    Really cool bike, but it isn't an Olsen Strange Bike. I am not aware of this bike, but it may have been built for Shoji Onazawa of Sidetrak by the guy who built Shoji's version of my Strange Bikes. Dang it, I can't ever remember the guy's name- started with a B. SvenTrials has one of the Sidetrak strange bikes. This thing is really cool and beautiful, and nicely equipped! Them is some expensive parts! The geometry looks good, too, nice, tight NW trail bike. Nice buy, whatever it is!

    All the best,

    John Olsen
    John,

    Thanks for the reply.
    Someone suggested that it was your handy work.
    Is Sidetrak still in business?
    Was thinking of reaching out to them if they were.
    Was also going to ask Wick and see if he can shed some light as he was with Control Tech back then and may recognize it. It came with CT bars and seatpost so maybe.......

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    Larryjo, Sidetrack is no more, as far as I know. Shoji Onazawa may have had this built. I would have been proud to claim this one, but it isn't mine, dang it. If you are on Facebook, look me up. Shoji just posted a bunch of great old photos on my faceypage.

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    Shoji is still around?? Can you give us an update on what he has been up to?

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    cool bike...if it didnt have decals, I would've though it was an early GT...the GT has the seat tube gusset in front but soooo similar. I'm sure when it gets into details, materials and craftsmanship, there's no comparison, but it sure looks like it.

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    Larryjo, you beat me by about an hour on that. You got it for a song too....... very cool bike..... I am jealous.

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    It looks like Andy Newlands and/or Koichi Yamaguchi could have built it and said "let's see if this will fly..." Those brake and cable guides look like the work of road bike guys for whom MTBs were theoretical or a fad.

    Man I love eccentric bikes now. Crazier the better.
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    Shoji

    Quote Originally Posted by Sven Trials View Post
    Shoji is still around?? Can you give us an update on what he has been up to?
    I'd lost touch with him for about a decade while I wasn't in Washington. We re-connected on Facebook. He's a very good photographer, and does a lot of pro baseball photography for the Japanese market. He seems to spend a lot of tiime in Japan. If you get on Facebook, you willl find him. Or get ahold of me on Facebook, and I'll friend you, and you can get ahold of him that way. I don't have his normal email.

    I do suspect that this bike was built by the framebuilder who built your Strangebike. His name started with B, I think. I didn't know him well, but he did really nice work (like this bike).

    As to the rear brakes, at this point, we were all trying different things, and there were some evolutionary dead ends explored, like "wrong side" brake pivots. God knows I tried some weird stuff that didn't work out- that's how you learn what NOT to do ever again!

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    Wow--that's really cool!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
    And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JD5h3y0a9AU

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    I had a flashback and I think the builder was Dennis Bushnell out of Auburn??

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    Great thead, that's a wild looking bike and great to see John post about it. ECS, you have to find one of these!
    Now With Avatar!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    Great thead, that's a wild looking bike and great to see John post about it. ECS, you have to find one of these!


    Haha, I was thinking the same thing.

    I did have a Breezer beam bike built up seatless for a while...was a fun ride.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sven Trials View Post
    I had a flashback and I think the builder was Dennis Bushnell out of Auburn??
    Yes sir, that is the name! He was or is a good builder, and quite capable of building a "crafty" bike like this. I would guess it comes from Dennis. Thanks for the help with the name! We'll be having this same conversation a year from now, of course!

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    I just emailed Dennis and will see if I get a reply.
    Thanks for your help.

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    If you are curious about Dennis Bushnell, he is now the head framebuilder at R&E in the U-District. Dennis Bushnell, Bushnell custom bicycle, tandem, triple, and quad bicycle manufacturing.

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    Wow every now and then you see such cool bikes poppin' around!

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