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    Ď81 Ritchey Everest rescued!

    Scored this 1981 Ritchey Mountainbike Everest recently at an estate sale.
    Disregard the brake levers and shifter extensions mess, the PO had it mounted on a trainer with road downbars. Iíve added a set of bullmoose bars but have more to do there to complete that area. The gold anodized Araya rims were at the house so I bought those, I believe they were original to this bike before the wheels were changed to the Saturaes it currently has. Matching gold Campagnolo BMX pedals were at the house too.
    Some of the components have been changed but itís pretty era correct. The Imron paint has held up much better than the decals. I plan to swap the wheels back to the gold Arayas, clean up the Brooks MTB saddle and find some gumwall tires.
    Iím really happy to have gotten it, especially since I fit the frame!

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    Thatís a huuuuge... bike.
    looking for 20-21" P team

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    Nice! I love a good rescue.

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    What`s the serial number if I might ask ?

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    Jesus, are you Shaquille O'Neal? =
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Jesus, are you Shaquille O'Neal? =
    Ha! LOL No, Iím ďonlyĒ 6í5Ē. Look at my Ď85 Ritchey Ascent when I found it, now that seems HUGE.
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    The serial on the Everest is #1R0161. Iím going to post it on the registry site tomorrow with component info.

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    Wow !!!! Our bikes were built very close together. My 1981 Everest is serial number 1R0155

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    ... and if we just ...

    Cool, bike bros. Given TRs legendary productivity they may have been made the same afternoon...

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    My 1981 Ritchey Everest story

    Quote Originally Posted by Suicidepan View Post
    Wow !!!! Our bikes were built very close together. My 1981 Everest is serial number 1R0155
    I found this thread just now as I was noodling around thinking about restoring my Ritchey Everest, which has seen all the mountain bike trails in Northern California, plus been a long-distance touring workhorse with about 10,000 miles on all original components and wheels except the derailleur which I broke.

    Ritchey must have built a lot of bikes that year. The serial number on mine is 1R027. I got it in April 1981 at Bicycle Outfitters in Los Altos. That means it was probably built in late 1980. Mine has the original Ritchey Palo Alto decals and a fairly different component mix than the ones featured here.
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    Thanks for the note. Pls post before and after pics if you restore yours. Iíd be reluctant to remove OG paint and decals but thatís an individual choice. It's interesting that you have the Palo Alto decals since our frame #s are so close, mine had the Ritchey Mountainbike decal on the downtube.
    The previous owner on my bike was a well-off attorney who swapped out original parts for the latest and greatest in MTB at the time, so lots of non-OG components.

    Here are my before and after pics, I sold the bike Jan 2019, it was fully tuned and rode great. The seatpost was stuck which is why the saddle was so low. I sold it like that and the next owner was able to free it.
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    Nice. I must have worked on that bike, and probably built the original wheels.

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    Thanks Charlie. I'm sure you did work on it, you probably met the Calif. buyer too. I'm sure he would've gone to the North Bay to order it or pick it up. From the Central Calif Sierra foothills area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KidCharlemagne View Post
    I found this thread just now as I was noodling around thinking about restoring my Ritchey Everest,
    Do it! I had a blast restoring one I picked up at an estate sale a few years ago. Wish I had another to do it again lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    Nice. I must have worked on that bike, and probably built the original wheels.
    If you are Charlie Kelly, then you definitely worked on mine. As I said, I got it at Bicycle Outfitters in Los Altos, but I went on several rides with you, Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchey, including riding Repack once and riding the Thanksgiving Ride in Marin a couple of times. I mostly lived in the South Bay and in Berkeley, so I wasn't really part of the Marin "scene."

    You'd be pleased to know that my bike had zero broken spokes in all the riding I did, despite my being a fairly big guy and despite having tons of gear when I was touring. The wheels are still pretty true despite my often jumping curbs when fully loaded going cross country.

    Now that the kids are fully launched and I have disposable income once again, I am hoping to restore mine with as much NOS componentry as I can, and to have everything repainted and re-plated so that it will be as close to showroom new as I can get it.
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    2015 Trek Boone 5
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    Nice!

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