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    The Vintage MTB Workshop

    It's hard to believe, but many of us here have been involved with vintage mountain bikes for well over a decade. In some cases, what was once the novelty of owning a dream bike from ones youth turns into much more. That one bike becomes a few more, and then expands into more interesting bikes and those that might even go back to before ones first involvement with the sport. At some point, maybe it can be said that a bike or two represent "a piece of mountain bike history." Except that phrase is over-used. The bikes can introduce you to new friends and interesting people, including some of your childhood idols, and can take you interesting places. Who knew.

    I've consistently shared on this forum what I've done acquiring, restoring, and riding the bikes I own, or should I say the bikes that own me. But forums change, picture sites change, memberships change, and things get lost on the ever-expanding web. However, I still feel that it is important to share with the community what has already been done. Resources such as MOMBAT are so valuable for those that want to participate in this community. At this point, I personally can only do so much with the bikes that I own, so a website to share them with others seems purposeful.

    Many of the bikes will be familiar to regulars of this forum, and some are very recent additions. If I had waited until every one of my bikes had been fully-restored, a website never would have happened. So, there are a dozen bikes listed on the Welcome page that have yet to be completed, assuming that no new projects are added. And there are a few road bikes sprinkled in for good measure. The website is called a Workshop because the desire in the future is to do less of the restorations and more original fabrication of parts and frames.

    Enjoy!


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    ... Assuming that no new projects are added..


    I called that one


    Nice site
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Wow DC....the site is as tight and stunning as your builds....fantastic effort...thank you for sharing.



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    Very nicely done.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    So much goodness in one site. Well done site and thanks for sharing your collection.
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    Well done, DC. Nicely organized with your usual meticulous attention to detail. Thanks!

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    More compliments for you web site and your bike!!

    I want your post!!

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    Yowza!

    And there goes any productivity over the next few weeks.

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    Nice work! Beautiful pics, layout, and of course, bikes and bits.

    Thanks for the tour of your "shop"!

    Minor question though, Star headsets, would you really consider them "rare"? I ask, since I can order one, any time. Not being nitpicky, more curious, didn't know if you knew, they are routinely available through Euro Asia Imports.

    I have a few, and love them, and though set up is a smidge tedious, performance and durability are top notch!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Fantastic site and amazing collection! How about a shot or two of the actual workshop?

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    echoing everyone else... fantastic bikes, photos, words and overall presentation


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    Thank you all for the compliments.

    Mendon, you are correct that the Star headset is still available from EAI, as are a number of esoteric products. From what I can tell, EAI has all of the remaining inventory and little further information is available about them. The only other one I've seen in person was over 10 years ago, making it more rare than a Ti King, for example.

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    Just a quick update on information for the two Salsa bikes in the collection,

    The paint on the 1983 Salsa is named "candy-flage," and was inspired by a quilt that hung in a group household in Santa Cruz, CA, known as "Hut Otis", where Ross lived on occasion."

    The slogan "If it Ain't Moto, It's Worthless" was written on the kitchen wall of this home.

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    hahaha DFA. Very nice, DC! Glad you put together something like that and ironed your sheet. I see your Breezer in there....

    It must have taken a lot of work and your efforts are surely rewarded with knowing there are a hundreds of drooling vintage fans looking at it.

    Congrats and thanks for all that you do for the vintage community. Miss ya!

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    Great stuff. Very well done! I look forward to picking up a few of your mods if they ever become available to the public. I really like the write ups that come with each bike. I can't deny sometimes when I am alone in the garage admiring my bikes, I have little write ups about their provenance going through my head.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    The only other one I've seen in person was over 10 years ago, making it more rare than a Ti King, for example.
    Gotcha. I was under the impression they were still being made, sounds like not.

    Pretty bomber though, sounds like I should be ordering a few more before they go away for good.

    Funny, seen several of them, but only one CK ti, I guess rarity is in the eye of the beholder!

    DFA, that's too funny, my wife even chuckled, which is hard to make her do, LOL!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    .. excellent photography. Not overly glamorous but neutral good quality... The same light/ same background approach makes for a clear understanding of the collection. Very german.. in a good way.
    Excellent website and stunning collection.
    It's clear what you favour and like: norcal builders.. even Bontrager has a spot.

    Well done.

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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Damn impressive, glad there are bike guys like you to make up for bike guys like me(this is a sincere compliment)

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    Sully I loved that picture of yours with all the red bikes on the deck!
    Last edited by tductape; 01-05-2014 at 10:56 PM.
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Wonderfully amazing collection! I sure wish I could wrangle that fork off your TrialsComp though, mine took a hit from a forklift six years back. Finding 24" wheel forks w/u-brake mounts ain't easy.

    Then there's that '92 McMahon, oh my God....The Vintage MTB Workshop-ebey_fronthub.jpg
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    Echo everyone here.

    One nit to pick if I may. Even though I believe they're all too small, (thank god), there are no sizes stated for any of the bikes or frames for sale.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Great website for an awesome collection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    there are no sizes stated for any of the bikes or frames for sale.
    ....or prices. Everything fits someone in the 5'10" range.

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    6' 1" here. Thanks DC.
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    ....or prices. Everything fits someone in the 5'10" range.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    there are no sizes stated for any of the bikes or frames for sale.
    Sizing information is now given. Thanks for pointing this out.

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    Incredible work TD. We're all lucky you've taken the time to create such a resource!
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    It feels odd for me to say this but that Salsa SS is my favorite at the moment.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    It feels odd for me to say this but that Salsa SS is my favorite at the moment.
    I finished building that bike last week, and it has a cool little history. Can't wait for spring!

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    Bring it this weekend and get a couple laps in at CX Nationals


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    Waxing my skis for that now!

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    The only problem is your website will be my procrastination #1 reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    It feels odd for me to say this but that Salsa SS is my favorite at the moment.
    Mine is the Cunningham Racer 8c. It's THE mountain bike.

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    Great work DC. Nice presentation. Nice details.

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    Kinda makes me want to take my 90' to a builder and convert it permanently.
    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleCentury View Post
    I finished building that bike last week, and it has a cool little history. Can't wait for spring!
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    It even has broken Kooka Cranks.

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    Fantastic site DC! I love the projects page and the 1998 Project Bike. Some beautiful machine work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    It even has broken Kooka Cranks.
    *Everyone* had broken Kooka cranks.



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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    It even has broken Kooka Cranks.
    I found that hilarious.

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    Besides the obvious failure, I found 6 more cracks in that pair of cranks, so it was a race to see who would fail first.

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    Like going through the pages of your favorite tool catalogue, reading the description and saying "yeah, I need that!"

    Fantastic in all respects
    Wanted: more of the same ... but different

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    Mine is the Cunningham Racer 8c. It's THE mountain bike.
    Thats my first choice too. And its worse because I got a chance to ride it around....flawless. The Potts Custom is up there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssulljm View Post
    Damn impressive, glad there are bike guys like you to make up for bike guys like me(this is a sincere compliment)
    haha! That's the way I feel as well, Sully! I have no German blood!

    Nice work as usual, DC.

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    What an excellent site, and I am glad that your bikes are being documented properly. I particularly like the fact that the opening photos are of the bikes in their "natural" surroundings.

    It would be interesting to have the weights of each bike listed... though that is just the weight weenie in me talking.
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    What incredibly amount of work behind a site like that!
    My wishes are that the material on the site continue to grow... my dream is take a ride in places like these! Thanks for sharing your beauties. I'm impatient to see tha mantis Flying V and XCR...

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    There's nothing natural about Boulder.
    Quote Originally Posted by joeadnan View Post
    What an excellent site, and I am glad that your bikes are being documented properly. I particularly like the fact that the opening photos are of the bikes in their "natural" surroundings.

    It would be interesting to have the weights of each bike listed... though that is just the weight weenie in me talking.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Wow DC!
    That is a very nice website you've put together (not to mention the impressive array of vintage bikes). I've always found your home made parts very inspirational. Until now I don't think I would have thought to make my own truing stand… but now you've got me thinking. My unasked for suggestion/request would be to have more details about your various parts projects. For example what aluminum stock did you use for the seat posts? How did you achieve the taper under the seat clamp? As it stands your website seems more a museum than a workshop. Don't take that as an insult. It's really great what you've done. I always find it a bit annoying when browsing through old threads and the pictures have disappeared because someones Picassa account has gone offline, etc. etc. So having all your stuff in a more "permanent" location is super cool.

    In my opinion you could make it more "workshop" by having some how-to or progress type pictures and info. I don't know if you've ever seen this guy on Youtube who goes by the name mrpete222 ( aka tubalcaine), but he is a retired shop teacher and has put out a hundred or so really good videos on various aspects of machining and fabricating. I really like his videos and he clearly puts some time and effort into producing them. I'm not suggesting you go to that extreme, but I'd love to see some more details on how you made some of your bits n peices. My shop teacher always says: "you've got to plan your work - so you can work your plan". I'd love to hear how you plan your work and work your plan.
    Thanks for the great new interwebs resource.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classen View Post
    In my opinion you could make it more "workshop" by having some how-to or progress type pictures and info.
    Thank you for your comments, and I agree with your observation. At this time, it is a gallery of finished bikes and projects. My hope had been to have a blog associated with the website which would follow the development of each new project. The problem is that I'm not accustom to taking photos as I work. I really don't need another distraction that might cause me to make a mistake, and most often I get so caught up in what I am doing that I don't step back for a look until I'm completely finished. As for providing more details for constructeurs like yourself, I'll see what I can do. I will admit that some of my methods are extremely time consuming, to the degree that it is embarrassing to elaborate. As mentioned in the introduction here, the reference to "workshop" points toward what I would like to be doing more in the future than what I have done in the past.

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    What a wonderful site and truly amazing collection.

    The two early Ritcheys are, to me, quite special. I am curious about the size of the road bike. It appears to be about 23", yes? It seems to have fairly tight angles, too.

    I am curious as I have just acquired a Ritchey road bike built about 3 months later than this one, but with distinctly looser angles.

    Do you have any comments about the ride characteristics of your road bike?

    Thanks, again, for the fantastically presented collection.

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