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    Winter Projects 2014/2015

    Time flies when you are having fun! Lets get this started. Keyesville is only four months away. Better get that oxalic acid bath ready, the turtle wax in hand, hope those missing parts show up on ebay soon. Even if you are not planning the trip to the gathering this spring, don't be shy.

    Post em if you got em. I will be back soon to add my own...
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    Winter Projects 2014/2015-kleinwhite.jpg

    Almost done, just need a nice set of black M730 cranks...my kingdom for set of black ones!
    Looking for: Really nice set of black M730 cranks

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    Confession time.

    Been too busy with modern stuff as of late. Have a FS fattie inbound that has me all twitterpated.

    Haven't found anything old as of late that really lights my fire, and any time I ride the old ones I have, it's one ride, mostly out of pity. I love to look at them, talk about them, give history lessons to the curious, etc. Those pesky little wheels though, just lost my fire for 'em as riders.

    One can only have so many garage queens......

    Still would love a west coast piece though, have my fill of Merlin, Fat, Serotta, Cannondale etc.

    Were a Ritchey, early Fisher, 'Ham or some other exotica with scissor brakes, etc pop up on my radar? Yeah, if I had the cash at the time, I'd likely get sucked back in, and yes, would ride it a few times just so it felt loved!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Once I find a suitable fork I can start on this.



    Found a Best Euphoria poorly listed as a racing mountain bike on Kijiji with a mash-up of odd components. Contacted the builder (Jim Best) and he still has a set of decals, so a repaint is an option. Total long shot, as there were only 5 built. I have a pic of him riding frame #1, but it's from a naked crit in 97, I'm in the pic, so the chances of me posting it are slim and none.......once you remove slim from the equation. 737 group with AMP discs+WI/AMP wheels should finish it off.



    Bought this on Kijiji for the straight blade chrome fork, but it's a hair and thee quarters too short for the Mantis. It's growing on me (Gardin is a small custom builder in Toronto), so I think I'll source the rest of the Suntour parts and rebuild it.


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    I've got three to finish up. Part swappin' and clean up on the Salsa, some mechanical business on the Team Comp, and some cleaning on the Fat Chance, maybe tires. And new pics for all of 'em.



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    I love that Salsa. There is something about it..
    want: Ibis ti handlebar. suntour 31.8 front derr. bottom pull

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    Could it be that it's smothered in awesome?

    Really like all of these project bikes. I just finished up an Ibis and a Phoenix. So with 4-5 months of winter and no projects I guess I'm going to take up ice sculpting.
    Technology dragass

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    This one is very close. Just tires holding me up.
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    And to be completely honest, I'll be spending most of my free time hammering these.
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    This one is very close. Just tires holding me up.
    Looking forward to this one.

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    This is the easier project:



    And this is the slightly harder one:


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    More nickel-plated bikes, and this,

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    Salut,

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    Not sure if this can go in the "vintage" section, so if it needs to be moved let me know. Found this in the basement of a local shop. I'm new to the area, so this was a score for me. It's a 1999 Gunnar Rockhound. Built up, forgotten about, and sold today. Manitou sx-e that still works, Deore hubs laced to 517's, Selle Italia saddle, and a sweet Tomac Bar None handlebar. Build is pretty much all Deore, and was built with what the previous store owner had laying around. All those parts are going onto a aluminum frame, and this one is going to get some of the better components it deserves. Thanks for looking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryco13 View Post
    Not sure if this can go in the "vintage" section, so if it needs to be moved let me know.
    Not really VRC by what I'd call, the running definition around here, but certainly a nice score, and if you hang parts a few years older than it's vintage, they won't look out of place, and it'll be a sweet vintageesque ride.

    Losing the squishy fork in favor of a rigid will give you bonus points too

    And if this is just the beginning, your future contributions will only get better!
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    I was thinking of that on my way home from finding it the other day. What is vintage?

    To me it's the real original stuff and what was produced during the "boom" of mountain biking shortly after. Everything anodized, spash painted, choices beyond just shimano or SRAM. The things I drooled over when I got my first Giant atx 860 that my 14 year old self actually worked and saved for, staring at pages torn out of magazines with Tomac looking fast as hell, wanting the bike he had...those are my vintage days.

    Then I realized, a straight 1 and 1/8th inch head tube, no inset bearings, no tapered BS. A 135mm rear dropout, with this tiny little steel rod with threads, and a lever, like some sort of quick release. A seat post that doesn't drop down with the flick of a lever, a fork with no air fill valve, brakes that don't have to be bled. Steel. Beautiful steel, welded by a person, and last but not least, real wheels! The kind only 26" tall, the kind that can't roll over anything anymore, and are weak and sad and outdated, because, well, because we've been told so. Out of all the bikes I have had, and trust me, there have been more than I can remember, the stuff that used to work still does. I think it was improved on due to boredom. I love some good engineering as much as the next guy, but there's a reason muscle cars get blood flowing in some people the same way a basic hard tail outshines all the new fangled stuff.
    Yes it's technology has been cast aside by a generation of those who will never understand, but for me, I guess all the bikes I have a soft spot for are always going to be looked at as "vintage" by someone.
    And that's all right by me.

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    Winter Projects 2014/2015-keyesville.jpg

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    That looks interesting Shawn! (and strikingly familiar)

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    My winter project is a little different this year. Not a MTB. Something easy. A few minor parts to source, and a little elbow grease.

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    Very interesting paint scheme At first the eye says camo then under closer inspection it's a long fade, LOVE IT. With the fillet shape that is a real piece of art. I can't stop looking at it and I have winter projects to get to, bastard
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff View Post
    This one is very close. Just tires holding me up.
    I love those.
    Wanted one, couldn’t find one last winter, so I built a Santa Cruz Stigmata, which is the “newest” bike I own.

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    Winter Projects 2014/2015-first-wicked.jpgIt's official, I now have a winter project

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    Nice! Thread or press in bottom bracket?
    Technology dragass

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    pressed, got new ones in a bag with it, along with the XT chainstay U brakes

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