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    1988 American Breezer - Anodized

    Got this about a month or so ago.

    According to the literature on the network this model cost about $1500 US plus about $205 US for the anodized finish, total cost $1705 US in 1988.

    I wonder how many of these were anodized - anodizing colour choices were natural, green, red, blue, purple & black.

    It appears that there were about 148 American Breezers built in 1988. Note: This number may or may not be correct but is based on information on the network.

    These were handmade by the American Bicycle Manufacturing Company, St. Cloud Minnesota, United States, in collaboration with and designed by Joe Breeze.

    Company info here: MOMBAT: American Bicycles History

    It needed complete disassembly, cleaning and parts refresh. I didn't retain any of the original parts except the rear cassette and that will get replaced soon. As is my SOP I have kept all the original parts in marked bags.

    The original build sheet indicates the bike came with mostly Shimano Deore XT. I stuck to the build sheet to a large degree but made some changes because I wanted a silver build to accent the purple anodized frame. One example is I didn't use the Shimano XT U-brake which seems to come in black only.

    Everything else was replaced with NOS or very nice period-ish parts.

    The only parts that may not be period correct for the build are:

    > The rear brakes: I used a Suntour roller cam with the exposed spring. This is a bit early but I like them better then the XC9000 or Shimano U-Brake

    > Brake shoes: Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB) with Kool-Stop pads


    Specifications are:

    Frame: American Breezer - 6061 T6 heat treated aluminum anodized
    Fork: Koski Dura-Trac chrome-moly (marked ATB on dropouts) - Chromed finish - Original to bike
    Headset: Shimano 600EX starfish locknuts
    Stem: American Breezer - aluminum anodized - Original to bike
    Handlebar: Branded Strong made in Japan - Original to bike
    Grips: Grab On
    Brakes (Front): Shimano Deore XT - M730
    Brakes (Rear): Suntour Roller Cam (Cunningham designed) with holes and exposed springs
    Brake Pads : Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB) - Kool-Stop
    Brake Cables: Shimano large diameter
    Cantilever cable hangers: Shimano
    Brake Levers: Shimano Deore XT
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT - 6 speed
    Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT - M730 - 31.8mm with endless band
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT - long cage
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano XT
    Cassette: Shimano 600 - Uni-Glide (UG) - 6 speed - 14-28
    Chain: Shimano 600EX
    Cranks: Shimano Deore XT - M730 - 175mm
    Chainrings: Shimano Deore XT - Biopace II - 46-36-26
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT - 122mm
    Pedals: Suntour BMX - Silver
    Hub Skewers: Shimano XT
    Rims: Araya RM20 - silver
    Hubs: Shimano Deore XT - M730 - 130mm rear - 100mm front
    Tyres: Ritchey Duro-K Force 2.0
    Saddle: Sella Turbo - perforated leather/vinyl
    Seatpost: Suntour XC - 26.8mm
    Seatpost Binder: Shimano Deore XT - long shaft to accommodate Breezer - Angell - Hite Rite
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    Nice. You build some really clean bikes. That's really pretty.

    What color is that? Looks like a root beer? Or does it have a little rose in it?

    Great job!

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    Another stunningly clean build...you have quite a collection of exquisite classics...congrats.


    Pretty sure your bikes are cleaned than most operating rooms.


    Guessing the original ano color was purple?


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    Hey G and Steve

    Thanks for the nice comments.

    Yes I do think it is purple....in real life it appears to be a burgundy color. It is a bit faded in some places. Some of the color options for anodizing were purple and red. I am going with this being purple but could be red.

    What looks like discoloration/dirt in the welds seems to be lighter anodizing or fading. Whatever it is it can't be removed or brightened with anything I have tried.

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    Love those American welds.....

    Nice looking ride, well done on the refresh too!
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    Have always liked the gentle curve of that fork, beautiful bike. Thanks for posting.
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    Interesting. Well, I like the color. Looks really unusual and unique. Yeah, nice welds. Some buffoon filed some welds on an American stem a while back. Still not over that....

    That bike fell into great hands. I love your projects.

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    Wonder if those are FTW welds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    Wonder if those are FTW welds?
    No.
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    Looks Great. I need to come down and visit.
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    Didn't think I would like the anodized finish until I scrolled down. Nice build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    Some buffoon filed some welds on an American stem a while back. Still not over that....
    Seriously?

    Glad I missed that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by rismtb View Post
    Wonder if those are FTW welds?
    These were handmade by the American Bicycle Manufacturing Company in collaboration with and designed by Joe Breeze. The information out there says that Joe was impressed with the quality of these aluminum bikes so he decided to collaborate with them. The company was known for their "beauty welds".



    Quote Originally Posted by tductape View Post
    Looks Great. I need to come down and visit.
    Thanks....and yes....we need to get together to do a ride and see each other's bike projects.



    Quote Originally Posted by chefmiguel View Post
    Didn't think I would like the anodized finish until I scrolled down. Nice build.
    Thanks for that...and it looks even better in person. Photos would benefit from a better photographer/lighting.

    I wasn't sure I would like it either until it arrived.

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    I don't know about 1988, but by 1990 at the wholesale level, it was an extra $50 for a polished frame, and $100 for an anodized frame. If my memory is correct, it cost me $750 wholesale for a brushed Comp Lite frame in 1990. As much as I wanted the Cool Anno one, I was stretched just getting the brushed model. Loved that bike.

    For some silly reason I currently have four American buit frames in the garage including two Comp Lites, a Breezer, and a tandem. All cool but none as wonderful as that first one.

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    First time I've seen that color. Very cool!

    Great job on the rebuild. I definitely appreciate the attention to detail and loyalty to period correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiretracks View Post
    Have always liked the gentle curve of that fork, beautiful bike. Thanks for posting.
    Yes I agree the forks are very nice. I brought it to a well known and long time bike builder friend, the shape of the fork was one of the first things he noticed and liked.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    First time I've seen that color. Very cool!

    Great job on the rebuild. I definitely appreciate the attention to detail and loyalty to period correct.
    Thanks for the compliment. I have fun trying to make my bikes look good. It is nice to have people more experienced at restoration take notice.

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    I really like that one. The decals American used tended not to be too durable so to have one where they're not peeling off (not just from wear but simply age) is nice and the fork is perfect.

    That is neither purple nor red but kind of root-beer-ey as G-girl suggested. It may have fading in a few spots but that is essentially the original color of it. I've seen that finish in person and it's really nice.

    >> some buffoon....
    > Missed that...

    On Retrobike, some guy filed the welds off an American stem not knowing what he had. I, of course, said it was silly to do that as he removed what made the stem special. People said Pinguwin was a ninny and the original poster was bold and innovative for making it his own. I posted a photoshopped picture of a Plymouth Superbird with its gigantic spoiler removed commenting, "Look what I've done...it's unique". Here is a picture of the stem:

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    Retrobike guy said, "Let's do something nice for that poor old stem".

    It went on for a long time but the two of us kissed and made up in PM's. It was pretty funny.

    Anyways, not trying to threadjack but what you have is pretty impressive. It's really, really nice.

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    Wow. (Think that sums it up).

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin View Post
    I really like that one. The decals American used tended not to be too durable so to have one where they're not peeling off (not just from wear but simply age) is nice and the fork is perfect.

    That is neither purple nor red but kind of root-beer-ey as G-girl suggested. It may have fading in a few spots but that is essentially the original color of it. I've seen that finish in person and it's really nice.
    Hey thanks for the nice comment and decal information.

    Regarding the color: see the anodizing color choices from an ad taken from the Mombat site. In person it really is more purple/red than the photos show...it was a rare cloudy day here in the PNW when I took the photos.

    Hope to be going out for a longer ride with it today.

    Thanks again much appreciated.
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    The color you have is kind of an oddball one and not all are listed on the sheet. They had kind of a camouflage-y color that I've seen a few M16's done in. They may be a few one-offs or small runs of colors. When they say "purple", they mean purple as in Really Fabulous! Purple.

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    Agree with Ping.
    The purple was really purple. I had a purple anno American stem. There's no mistaking it.

    That said the anno colours varried. I had an OD green American frame with 3 "matching" stems but only 1 was an exact match.
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    Somewhere I have a color brochure that shows the catalog colors but no doubt they weren't limited to those.
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    I'd call that Magnificent Mauve!
    Really, truly unique and beautifully done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin View Post
    The color you have is kind of an oddball one and not all are listed on the sheet. They had kind of a camouflage-y color that I've seen a few M16's done in. They may be a few one-offs or small runs of colors. When they say "purple", they mean purple as in Really Fabulous! Purple.
    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    Agree with Ping.
    The purple was really purple. I had a purple anno American stem. There's no mistaking it.

    That said the anno colours varried. I had an OD green American frame with 3 "matching" stems but only 1 was an exact match.

    Yes anodizing can produce different results plus this one has some fading.

    I don't have anything to compare so you both could be absolutely right.

    As I look at it I don't see any brown in it...if we are using liquids as comparisons....others that have seen it in person have said it is wine red...root beer has not been mentioned.....could be I hang around with too many winos though.

    But anyway when tductape and I meet again he can give a second opinion, he has good bike eyesight.

    I wonder how many full bikes were anodized. I would really like to see a photo of them or of any the stems that have been anodized from ABM.

    Thanks again for this...I like all information.

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    Just so you know, arguably, Ping and Shayne know Americans better than anybody on the planet that didn't work for American and maybe even most of those guys as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shayne View Post
    That said the anno colours varried. I had an OD green American frame with 3 "matching" stems but only 1 was an exact match.
    Like this one?
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    No, This one.
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    Wow, I'd call your root beer brown, over mine, which I'd call faded OD green.

    I shoulda got a job at J Crew naming sweater colors!
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    Hey Shayne....stop posting pictures of my stem.

    (picked it up from Shayne a few years ago).

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    Mendon, the photo makes the difference look more dramatic than it was. My frame was probably like the color of the "decals" on your frame.

    Ping: You got the other one that didn't match The stem that was a perfect match was really short.
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    Silly pictures....

    Not here, but how about a thread with pics of all the colors they offered, as a reference point for the 10 people in the world that care?
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    #9 of 10.

    Like a steel Teesedale Mt. Tam, Americans are some of the most undervalued aluminum frames of the 80's, early 90's.

    Cracks me up when I see all these threads on other aluminum boutique brands getting new head tubes as part of their restore to fix the cracks, or a fresh Gossamer paint job, while the mighty American just plugs away. Something to be said for 6061.

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    Okay, this thread and photos like this are going to lure me into pulling out the 1985 Schwinn I have hanging in my storage for years. Lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by phoolish View Post
    lure me into pulling out the 1985 Schwinn
    Get that Cimmaron or High Sierra out and post it! My first MTB was a 1984 High Sierra and some day, I'd like to pick one up (don't have space at the moment). But yes, let's see it.

    If it's an 1985 Continental...not so much

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    Its a Cimmaron. Deerheads and all. I had to go down there yesterday for other reasons so I took the opportunity to rub against my old friend. Lol! Won't lead you on though. The seat, bars/stem, tires are not original. But if you would like your own classic American made Schwinn Cimmaron, a place calling themselves "BudgetBikeCenter" on the interweb has one for sale. I just looked at the ad. They are asking only $3499.00! Really.

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    One interesting thing about an anodized bike is that everything is anodized, unlike painted bikes. For example inside the seat tube, bottom bracket (including the threads). I think this might help prevent seizing of the parts...yes/no?

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