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    You saved today for me. Do NOT stop!!! One of my fave threads... Killer bike of course.
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    totally second that..

    don't stop posting, You seem to find one everyday somehow. It's so cool to see "collector" bikes being used
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I'm not going to bother you with the tale behind it. Enjoy.



    Hot damn, that is super sweet.
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    One of my favorite threads, too. The last one may be hard to top, but I still look forward to seeing others. Don't stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Maybe I'll abandon this thread after this. It's Blue Collar Platinum, a collectible bike cooler than liquid oxygen, being used for routine errands by a rider not much older than the bike itself. Everyone on this forum who could ride this would steal it if he knew where it was kept.

    I'm not going to bother you with the tale behind it. Enjoy.


    No no...please do bother with the tale behind it. I'm on my way to Marin county to start searching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Everyone on this forum who could ride this would steal it if he knew where it was kept.
    With all due respect, you're wrong. I know sometimes you have to exaggerate to make a point, but c'mon man, that was over the top there.

    I noticed SP writing of his children in his blog - guessing that's who is riding it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    I noticed SP writing of his children in his blog - guessing that's who is riding it?
    You would be guessing wrong.

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    Front brake looks crack-tastically unsafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    With all due respect, you're wrong. I know sometimes you have to exaggerate to make a point, but c'mon man, that was over the top there.

    I noticed SP writing of his children in his blog - guessing that's who is riding it?
    I seriously doubt that it is a Steve Potts bike. I'm guessing Otis Guy or something else. I wasn't going to steal it, but now that CK has shamed me in to it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    . I wasn't going to steal it, but now that CK has shamed me in to it...
    tell it to the judge..
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    Here is the story on the yellow bike, which I wanted to check with the source.

    Custom built for Gary Fisher's ex-wife at Steve Potts' shop around 1993. Steve made the fork and stem, and says one of his apprentices made the frame, but he didn't know which. The bike passed from the original owner to a friend who did not ride it, but whose daughter does now.


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    I spotted some nice bikes all on the same day. Here they are, a Salsa a la Carte with purple headset, a stretch Klein and a "Mean Business" stripped down Cannondale SS.
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    That Salsa is sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    That Salsa is sweet!
    yes! yes! yes!
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    And not locked....steal it!
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    Haha..... we are bad, bad people.

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    Nice.
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    RE: Repack Rider's Breezer pics

    YAAY Breezers! still have a big soft spot for them.
    Also glad to see that other folk are still riding their WTB stems, was starting to feel like the odd duck with mine!! (de-stickered, natch)
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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    yes! yes! yes!
    Except the stem. Jeez--what is that 130mm and 30 degrees?! How can you ride like that
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    Not terribly "classic," but pretty old. An '84 Montare set up for a very tall rider. Interesting extension on the steerer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Here is the story on the yellow bike, which I wanted to check with the source.

    Custom built for Gary Fisher's ex-wife at Steve Potts' shop around 1993. Steve made the fork and stem, and says one of his apprentices made the frame, but he didn't know which. The bike passed from the original owner to a friend who did not ride it, but whose daughter does now.

    My buddy Mitchell Garvin used to do framebuilding work for Steve Potts, and later for Otis Guy. He and his girlfriend Margann Goss were cyclocross racers back before I was smart enough to try cyclocross. She rep-ed for Bellwether and worked at the same shop as me, Sausalito Cyclery. Now he builds fixtures for the wine industry up north. Miss riding with him. Didn't Gary marry Caroline James? (Cycledelix) Was that her bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Didn't Gary marry Caroline James? (Cycledelix) Was that her bike?
    Yes, and that explains the "C" logo on the headtube, which threw me off at first.

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    I would have expected a more...elaborate paint job then.

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    Just came across this Peugeot on the way to lunch
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    Another unbelievable captcha. This Haro Extreme rode right out of a time machine, with the original reflectors still on the wheels. BioPace with intact yellow sticker. Looks like the helmet came with the bike.

    Unlocked in front of the supermarket near my home. I admired and photographed it unmolested. How does a bike like this show up in a place I go every day and I've never seen it before? Pretty sure I would have noticed it.

    Enjoy.
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    Here is a nice old bike with no labels, but a distinctive seat cluster and cable routing. I'll need one of you to identify it for me. Funny thing, I saw another just like it and thought they were the same bike so I didn't photograph it, but the other had the labels covered with electrical tape.

    Blue ano QR levers are so... blue.
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    Double R, thank you again. I think you have contributed more in the last few months than anyone in a while. Keep em coming! I personally think you embody the true essence of what the VRC forum should be...just cool bikes. Thanx again !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Another unbelievable captcha. This Haro Extreme rode right out of a time machine, with the original reflectors still on the wheels. BioPace with intact yellow sticker. Looks like the helmet came with the bike.

    Unlocked in front of the supermarket near my home. I admired and photographed it unmolested. How does a bike like this show up in a place I go every day and I've never seen it before? Pretty sure I would have noticed it.

    Enjoy.
    That was the first mtn bike I ever got; right after I graduated from a Haro Sport. I ended up selling it for $50 after I fell for those fat tubed Cannondales.

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    Sitting in the coffee shop having a cuppa joe with my P-21 parked outside, and this guy rolls up on this showroom '85 Timber Comp. With kickstand.

    Says he's the original owner, picked it up after it sat in the LBS window for two years.
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    Sweet pink plastic bottle cage on that one.

    A near twin...
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    Fisher AL-1 parked with the rest of the family's bikes in front of the Fairfax Theater.
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    Some really kool ol bikes in here,now one of my favorite threads

    Question,exactly how old does a bike needs be to be posted here?
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    Round about 15+ years old.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Round about 15+ years old.
    Thanks

    My Monocog'll be back in about 7 years then (hey,how much more blue collar can one get than a Redline Monocog? )
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    Sorry for the shoddy pic but too early in "TLC" stage for real pics - bringing a friend's bike back to life after sitting in storage for a decade+ SN 20B54

    ...strictly downhill...

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    Very nice, can't wait for some good detail shots....
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    I was scouting a location where we're going to crane in a big piano next week. I walked behind the neighbor's house to check the access, and found this leaning against the gas meter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I was scouting a location where we're going to crane in a big piano next week. I walked behind the neighbor's house to check the access, and found this leaning against the gas meter.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I was scouting a location where we're going to crane in a big piano next week. I walked behind the neighbor's house to check the access, and found this leaning against the gas meter.
    hahahahhaha!! awesome...
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    nice

    gotta keep my eyes out for any cranes near by
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    Too late for an April Fools joke...

    My size too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I was scouting a location where we're going to crane in a big piano next week. I walked behind the neighbor's house to check the access, and found this leaning against the gas meter.
    A little OT, but this is one we did last week. How's that for fun on the job?.
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    Looks like fun but don't they let you ride the hooks?
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    This might be sandbagging the thread. Lately I've been using the 1983 Annapurna for my town bike, so it seems that it qualifies for inclusion. I scored a pair of Fisher FatTrax tires for it, but they are showing signs of age. Might as well use 'em up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This might be sandbagging the thread. Lately I've been using the 1983 Annapurna for my town bike, so it seems that it qualifies for inclusion. I scored a pair of Fisher FatTrax tires for it, but they are showing signs of age. Might as well use 'em up.
    Anything you ride is BCC. That Potts is iffy in my book... though I shouldn't PRESUME, any location having a piano craned with said bike in such neglected condition is more of a White Collar Crime ;-)

    ...back ON topic, current condition of the rescued Commando...

    ...strictly downhill...

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    I'm helping this friend move stuff out of his storage locker, and what do I find hanging from the ceiling but this Otis Guy bike, SN# 023. I told the owner that he had something wonderful on his hands and that I needed photos. Check out his handmade pigskin brake lever covers. Once upon a time, this guy loved his bike.

    My impression is that he hasn't ridden it in years, so I made him take it out of the locker to his new apartment and I encouraged him to ride it. Maybe he will, but at least you can admire it. How do people own stuff like that and not treasure it?
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    Maybe he doesn't like the tires?

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    wonderfull indeed.
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    Man, that is super sweet. If he decides he doesn't want to ride, I'd step up to the task!
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    I can't believe I'm the only person seeing these things. We need a BCC contest so I can win it.

    Does anyone else carry a camera other than the cellphone? You never know when you'll spot a BCC, so you have to be ready. I have a very cool little 12mp point and shoot that always rides around on my belt. It won't make phone calls though.

    The Otis bike made my week. Here are a couple of far more ordinary specimens observed in the wild, an unsecured Fisher AL in front of the bank and a Klein Pulse that must belong to an employee of the pizza place where it is now locked up every day.
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    whats going on with that cable?
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    That Otis made my week too!

    My job doesn't give me the opportunity to potentially be around or see any cool vintage bikes (blue collar or otherwise). Its probably a good thing...because otherwise I'd be broke!
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    The only BC bike I came across was about a year ago at a mall in Santa Clara. A very early Bontrager I'd seen locked up a few days in a row. A week or so later, there was a CL posting saying that it had been stolen...pretty sad.




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    The problem with having a stolen bike like that is that you wouldn't be able to show it to anyone who would appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I can't believe I'm the only person seeing these things. We need a BCC contest so I can win it.

    Does anyone else carry a camera other than the cellphone? You never know when you'll spot a BCC, so you have to be ready. I have a very cool little 12mp point and shoot that always rides around on my belt. It won't make phone calls though.
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    I am a product of suburbia. I never see cool vintage bikes unless I am logged into this forum. The other day at my sons baseball game some dude showed up on an old Cannondale. It had a kickstand, fluffy seat, and bar ends routed in the wrong direction. That said, I can tell you it had an original late 80's Deore group on it. Although tempted, I did not take a pic with the cell phone. Outside of my own rides, this is about as good as it gets. The local riding areas are filled with newer mass produced riders and I have yet to run into Stan or LarryJo out excersizing one of their older bikes. When I make it into the big city, I go out of the way to cruise by any bikes that may have a potential cool factor and probably leave the impression with the local security that they better keep their eyes on me.

    I believe there is a little bit of fact that you live in an area where there is more than a fair share of N. Cali produced vintage steeds lurking about....heaven forbid the first time I actually see a Cunningham, Potts, or OG locked up at the local stripmall.

    Up here, I probably do see more than my fair share of Kleins floating around....

    Please, keep posting........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I can't believe I'm the only person seeing these things. We need a BCC contest so I can win it.

    Does anyone else carry a camera other than the cellphone? You never know when you'll spot a BCC, so you have to be ready. I have a very cool little 12mp point and shoot that always rides around on my belt. It won't make phone calls though.
    I'm with Aemmer on this one. California and Colorado may be saturated with VRC BCC's, but in my area (Suburbs of Philly), the occasional Klein or Yeti sighting is cause for comment. Rumpfy's jibes notwithstanding, In this area, wealthy executives really do buy high-end Treks...
    Beware the forty-year-old man on a twenty-year-old bike...He likely knows how to ride it.

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    I just want to say that this thread has completely inspired me to ride a mt bike again..ive wandered on here from the old school bmx forums, Repack rider its mostly your fault btw. haha !! ill post pics I go dumpster diving for bmx stuff now I will be on the look out for osmtb stuff. thanks !!!

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    Saw this old Fisher this evening, locked up outside one of our local breweries.
    Pretty good shape. Deer head group and paperboy baskets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    A little OT, but this is one we did last week. How's that for fun on the job?.
    I moved pianos for a while in the mid 90's for a local music store. It was probably one of the most interesting jobs I've ever done. Every move was different and presented a new challenge. Concerts, home deliveries, even some repo's. Sadly, the one delivery that I remember the most was one where we totaled a grand piano in the customer's front yard. Over a year of moving them and not a scratch. Then....

    There were two of us and it wasn't a very hard move at all. Out of the truck, up the driveway and into the front door (not even any steps!). There was a very brief shower after we had placed the ramp at the back of the truck. One tiny slip sent the piano over the side of the ramp and against the curb, upside down. I'll never forget the god awful sound it made. Or the looks on the customers faces. Nor will I forget that dreadful call back to the store.

    Don't remember ever using a crane, though.
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    Time for a photo dump of some of the bikes I have come across in the past few weeks. I'll start with a couple of Otis Guy bikes, both well used and not locked. Check out the Allsop Beam and stem.
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    Breeze Twister.
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    Nice old Litespeed.
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    Saw this guy riding his P-21 through San Rafael, so I got ahead of him and pulled over to wait, then flagged him down for a photo. Finally one of these bikes more battered than mine, still in the hands of the original and happy owner.
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    That is some tall 1x8 gearing on that P-21.

    Thanks for posting these CK. I am always excited to see an update notification for this thread.

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    nice work as usual RR...please don't ever stop :-)
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    Easily one of my favorite threads on the VRC.
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    And I dig that purple-to-red Otis Guy, too.
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    Out riding on Mount Tam, took a break at Indian and Eldridge, and this woman shows up on her 1992 Scott.
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    While I'm talking to the woman shown above about her cool old bike, another guy who is also taking a break at the same corner says "Hey, why isn't my Steve Potts bike cool enough for a photo?"

    Well, actually, it is.
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    That modern Potts is sweet!

    Do the riders that you flag down recognize you? Do they know who you are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    That modern Potts is sweet!

    Do the riders that you flag down recognize you? Do they know who you are?
    I'm the guy with a camera riding on the same trail. It seems a little over the top to introduce myself. What if my name didn't mean anything to them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollister

    Isn't that one you've been working on for years? Lock it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
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    Met a San Francisco firefighter yesterday who used to commute to work from San Anselmo( (20-25 miles) on his road bike, but recently had switched out the dirt tires on his Breezer Jet Stream to make it his new commute bike.

    They don't get any cleaner than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I'm the guy with a camera riding on the same trail. It seems a little over the top to introduce myself. What if my name didn't mean anything to them?
    True. What I meant is, has anybody gone gaga that the CK himself asked to take a picture of their bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    True. What I meant is, has anybody gone gaga that the CK himself asked to take a picture of their bike?
    I went ga (just one) when I saw him riding the Marin Century on a sweet old Colnago in the VC Tamalpais jersey, a couple years ago. That was at the Petaluma rest stop.

    Hey Charlie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    I went ga (just one) when I saw him riding the Marin Century on a sweet old Colnago in the VC Tamalpais jersey, a couple years ago. That was at the Petaluma rest stop.
    I finally broke my '71 Colnago frame a couple of years ago, and when I told Gary Fisher about it, the next day I was riding a carbon fiber Lemond. Bicycling been very good to me.

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    I went "Ga" when I ran into CK a few months back at Tamarancho. He was kind enough to let me straddle his wheel and pose for a shot.

    And speaking of blue collar "threads", check out the VRC jersey he's sporting!
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    Wow.....

    That blue collar frame is nicer than anything I got.....
    Sweet trainer... wipe the sweat off the frame when done.......

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    I run my bar ends the same way.
    That explains how you do those cool nose wheelies

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    Here are a few from around campus.
    The black Univega has been there for at least two years, but the Ross and the Spesh are working workhorses.
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    Not exactly classic. Definitely blue collar. A Kaitai. Always really loved these Fishers.









    That bar end is bent...no camera fidgeting.

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    I saw these two in the past couple of weeks.
    The 1st is a Monster Fat parked outside the Salt Lake City convention center this week.
    The 2nd is a 1991? M800 Beast of the East.
    The 3rd and 4th are not bikes but posters from Sun Summit in Ketchum, ID.
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    Camp Mather Journey back in Time

    Lots of bikes from the campers garages, a real treat to snoop around+scope out the various vintage riders.
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    Keep em coming! Am beginning to think that some of you always have a cam in the pocket when you leave the house?
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    Quote Originally Posted by outside!
    Nice lathe! It is hard to tell, but it looks like that Hardinge is mounted on casters.
    Thanks. It has casters for moving but rests on three leveling pads.

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    The trash-digger and his nice old ride. The dude seemed pleased when I said it was a classic. The bi-plane fork is unfortunately obscured.....and who knows how long that post/seat lug will last.
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    Had that same bike. Many of those parts off the '84 migrated over to my Ritchey. It refuses to die...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    The trash-digger and his nice old ride. The dude seemed pleased when I said it was a classic. The bi-plane fork is unfortunately obscured.....and who knows how long that post/seat lug will last.
    Funny - just noticed my local can collector has the same era Stumpy with a bi-plane, Suntour beartraps etc... I'll pull out my cell phone next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Funny - just noticed my local can collector has the same era Stumpy with a bi-plane, Suntour beartraps etc... I'll pull out my cell phone next time.
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    This guy was getting coffee at the Java Hut. Before suspension, there were big, cushy saddles.
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    Ran into a friend on Mt. Tam, riding his Ti Potts, so I stopped him for a snap. Ironically, he's been going by the nickname "Muddy" since long before he took up MTB.
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    An artist friend of mine is going to Burning Man, so she put out the call among her friends that she needed a junker bike to use there. One of her friends dropped off this Fisher MountainBikes Montare 1984 time capsule, which looks like it was parked in the barn the day after it left the shop.

    Like rusted. The chain is rebar. She wanted to know if she should take it to the shop and have it converted to one speed, with rubber pedals.

    I said, sounds great, but do not give those pedals to the guy who fixes your bike. Give them to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I said, sounds great, but do not give those pedals to the guy who fixes your bike. Give them to me.

    Holy crap, those pedals are worth more than most of my bikes



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    Goooooooooooooaaaallllll!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Goooooooooooooaaaallllll!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Awsome! Even the cages are minty.


    Hello Ebay....




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    Those will clean up nicely.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Drop em in a bucket of Evapo-Rust...all of the oxidation will disappear, and the bearing grease will stay intact! It's what I do with all of the pedals I buy that are rusty.

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    A couple of posts back I showed a 1984 Montare that was then a basket case. I got the Hutch pedals, and then the owner had it cleaned up for use at Burning Man. Here it is, with Biopace and deer head Deore, functional but not collectible.
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    She needs a smaller bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike
    She needs a smaller bike.
    She couldn't beat the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike
    She needs a smaller bike.
    Maybe you could trade her for one of yours.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddybuddy
    Maybe you could trade her for one of yours.
    My bikes don't have permission to go to la playa.

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    At least the rust will be gone when she gets back.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Sitting in the coffee shop having a cuppa joe with my P-21 parked outside, and this guy rolls up on this showroom '85 Timber Comp. With kickstand.

    Says he's the original owner, picked it up after it sat in the LBS window for two years.
    CK, I have to say this is my fav bike you have posted so far. I always look forward to your contributions. It's so cool that you [one of the founding fathers] are
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike
    My bikes don't have permission to go to la playa.
    You need to let them out to have some fun once in a while.

    I think this thread should be retitled as "Cool bikes CK sees around the Bay Area that you'd never see anywhere else."
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    Well-used Bontrager parked outside The Scoop (best ice cream in...the known universe) in Fairfax. Accessories include SPD, child carrier, mirror and light clipped on the bars.
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    Waiting for my friend in Fairfax for a ride up Mount Tam, I ran into other two friends, both named Chris, who always ride together on Sunday. Usually it's road bikes, but today they were on MTB and they joined us.

    Chris used to own the Fat Tire Trading Post, and he was on this very nice Manitou.

    No, not that Chris. The other one.
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    I know, I know, non drive side shot... this was taken before I had learned the ways of the bike forum interwebs...

    simpler, cleaner version...
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    Short commute bike

    A lot of rust on this MB-1. Single speed drive train.
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    Short Commute

    Oh, I forgot to mention, it's single speed because the rear derailleur died.
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    Maybe rusty, but I wouldn't call an MB-1 with Ritchey fork a blue collar bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinguwin
    Maybe rusty, but I wouldn't call an MB-1 with Ritchey fork a blue collar bike.

    In this particular thread, its the use of the bike, not the quality of the bike that gets the 'blue collar' designation.
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    Spotted over the weekend in the parking lot at a 'cross race in Austin.

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    It's been so long since I found any, I thought the supply had dried up.

    Yesterday I was waiting for some friends in the water district, and a couple of older gentlemen rode by on a beautiful pair of Blue Collar Classics. I was regretting not getting any photos, but then they stopped at a car parked a hundred yards away and started loading their gear, so I rode over for the pix.

    They had no idea who I am or any interest in the subject, even though I mentioned that I had known Steve since long before he ever built a bike.

    Rider #1 had the Potts with Allsop stem, Type II fork and roller-cam.

    Rider #2 had the Ti Merlin.
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    Ooh. There we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    It's been so long ...the Potts ...the Ti Merlin.
    These two are blue collar? Sheesh, I'd love to see the bling-bikes then!
    Ride.

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    My first post.This is a great thread.
    Though,it makes me sad that I sold my 1989 Bridgestone
    MB3. The bike ( bought at the first of this year) was all
    orginal.If I had to guess I would say the bike had less than
    600 miles on it.

    Couldn't bare the thought of changing the things
    I didn't like on it so I sold it

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSingleGuy
    These two are blue collar? Sheesh, I'd love to see the bling-bikes then!

    In the case of this thread, 'blue collar' refers to bikes (usually desirable ones) that get ridden, used, and abused.

    Super entertaining thread.
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    But instead of hauling a BOB trailer, those two were on a proper trail ride---- not that I minded seeing them!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Vva#3(?)

    this bike was left behind (wouldn't fit in the car) with a lady in crested butte in 1982. she needed and deserved a good bike. she now rides it to work every day at the C.B.museum (which happens to house the mountain bike hall of fame). the original owner is the second to last in in line the first stumpjumper ad.
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    one more from the butte

    original owner. went from top shelf ultra mountain bike to touring bike to highend townie. owner hasn't driven a car since 1977.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    In the case of this thread, 'blue collar' refers to bikes (usually desirable ones) that get ridden, used, and abused.

    Super entertaining thread.
    Gotcha. Agreed - love this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    this bike was left behind (wouldn't fit in the car) with a lady in crested butte in 1982. she needed and deserved a good bike. she now rides it to work every day at the C.B.museum (which happens to house the mountain bike hall of fame). the original owner is the second to last in in line the first stumpjumper ad.

    Steep front end and loooong stays. Love it!
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansarret



















    Yowzer,
    I think I am going to take the wife for a road trip up to BC next weekend. We will just troll around the markets and such in Vancouver and see what we can find . Nice bikes......
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    The brown Ritchey is killing me..
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    Indeed! That first bronze and the last pink one are awesome!
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Indeed! That first bronze and the last pink one are awesome!
    The bronze one is great but the Annapurna with the biplane is damn sweet too. Fake lugs and a biplane, oh hell yes.

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    A bit older than some of the other blue collar bikes 'ere ....
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    MountainBikes did a lot of business in BC with Jacob Heilbron, who later started Rocky Mountain Bikes and became the Canadian Ritchey distributor. No wonder there are so many there.

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    Isn't that...

    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    A bit older than some of the other blue collar bikes 'ere ....

    ...more like a blue shirt with a yellow collar?
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    While maybe not "legitimate", since it was for sale in a bike shop when I saw it, this Jet Stream is certainly a "blue collar" used rig. Basket in front, no front brake, single speed conversion using an XT derailleur as a tensioning device, and that Magura hydraulic brake in the rear!
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    That's a strange assortment on that thing!

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    here's most of one,

    working on this one. got a bad crack in the downtube,
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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    working on this one. got a bad crack in the downtube,
    You need to talk to CC about doing the repair.

    But unless you plan to use it to deliver newspapers or to commute on it, is it really a BCC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    While maybe not "legitimate", since it was for sale in a bike shop when I saw it, this Jet Stream is certainly a "blue collar" used rig. Basket in front, no front brake, single speed conversion using an XT derailleur as a tensioning device, and that Magura hydraulic brake in the rear!
    Guitar Ted FTW.

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    While a little lacking in "classic" value, this Rockhopper is off the charts in "blue collar" values.

    Moon bars with mismatched thumbies and rear view mirror. Tractor saddle. Plastic alligator on front fender. MAILBOX on Blackburn rack for hauling freight and rear mudguard.

    Check, check and check.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Check, check and check.
    Plastic gator pic, added to wallpaper folder, check.
    Cannondale Lefty and HeadShock servicing, wheel building, etc...


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    My bad, I just realized that it's a five-speed and the item on the left side is a bell.

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    Its got one of my favorite tire set ups.
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    yikes.

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    Here's my late 80's Jamis. Nothing's original on it except the seat post clamp and headset.


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    the front "thumby" is a bell. is this an "art bike"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by den haag
    the front "thumby" is a bell. is this an "art bike"?
    I had noted and corrected that.

    I don't know anything about this bike other than the fact that it was chained up outside the movie theater when I was on my way home from a ride yesterday. Would you have stopped for a second look?

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    There is so much of this blue collar type stuff in downtown Santa Cruz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    There is so much of this blue collar type stuff in downtown Santa Cruz.
    Lets see photos!

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    Maybe not the most classic or collectible of frames, but this @1983 Mongoose came right out of a time capsule. Saw it on a parked car today while on my way home from a ride.

    Gotta like the perforated rims with original reflectors and what look to be the original tires.
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    Pro class rims...those were the days.
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    I've got an '84 All Mountain Pro in the basement with those rims, but mine are ano black. I wish I had that guys fork! I need one like that to make mine period correct. Mine has a roller cam brake on the seat stay too. Nothing special, those Mongeese, but mine was a bike that I did two long self supported tours on and it is kinda special to me because of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted
    I've got an '84 All Mountain Pro in the basement with those rims, but mine are ano black. I wish I had that guys fork! I need one like that to make mine period correct. Mine has a roller cam brake on the seat stay too. Nothing special, those Mongeese, but mine was a bike that I did two long self supported tours on and it is kinda special to me because of that.
    I think you mean All Terrain Pro ;-)

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    Yep! Shoulda checked the name before I hit submit, eh?

    There must have been a transitional model with this rig. I see the one you have pictured has a chain stay mounted rollercam, and roller cam/unicrown fork. Mine was not like this. It came with a Bull Moose bar, plate crown fork, cantilevrs up front, and a seat stay mounted rollercam out back. Otherwise, your pic showing SunTour AT derailluers matches up with mine, and the rims are what I have as well.


    Anyway, I thought that was a bit curious.

    Uhhh......back to the regularly scheduled program here folks! Sorry for the diversion!

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    This is a little more on the collectible side.

    Across the street from where I took the photos of the Mongoose is a coffee house.
    Today the original owner of this 20 year old Salsa with what appears to be a Switchblade fork rode it there for a cuppa, and your faithful MTBR correspondent was there to document the event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This is a little more on the collectible side.

    Across the street from where I took the photos of the Mongoose is a coffee house.
    Today the original owner of this 20 year old Salsa with what appears to be a Switchblade fork rode it there for a cuppa, and your faithful MTBR correspondent was there to document the event.
    Bontrager fork. Sweet bike. Keep them coming CK.

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    I am constantly blown away by the quality of vintage bikes in your fair city/village. Thanks for sharing......I love that SALSA!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    I am constantly blown away by the quality of vintage bikes in your fair city/village. Thanks for sharing......I love that SALSA!!!!!
    I would bet that if you lived in Hawaii you would find a lot of classic old surfboards, and if you're looking to collect classic skis, check out Squaw Valley. Since mountain bikes became available here 30 years ago, a lot of riders are on their third or fourth generation, retiring "classics" to the garage or turning them into town bikes.

    Others, like the Salsa rider, have loved one bike all their lives and haven't worn it out yet.

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    That Salsa is so rad. Ross Shafer really was on something good.
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    I dig it.
    In fact my own Salsa is enjoying a similar retirement.
    Sent from the future to destroy the past.

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    Ya, Bontrager Comp fork. Build looks pretty close to all original except the brakes.

    Salsas are one of my favorite riding bikes. Really underrated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Ya, Bontrager Comp fork. Build looks pretty close to all original except the brakes.

    Salsas are one of my favorite riding bikes. Really underrated.
    Yeah, a Salsa is super high on my want list. Trade my Trimble for your Salsa ER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    Yeah, a Salsa is super high on my want list. Trade my Trimble for your Salsa ER.
    The problem is that I know my Salsas ride great. Too risky to trade away a stellar bike for an unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    The problem is that I know my Salsas ride great. Too risky to trade away a stellar bike for an unknown.
    True, I put your red and black one way above any Trimble to be honest. Didn't realize you had more than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boy named SSue
    True, I put your red and black one way above any Trimble to be honest. Didn't realize you had more than one.
    Ya no chance on the red/black. I have a jelly bean that rides fantastic too.
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    No where near the caliber of that Salsa (and I agree--I love mine!) but here a few local rides I spied recently. At first the red one gave me a happy jolt. Tell-tale lines and all...
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    This Merlin Ti bike is more "white collar" than blue collar, since the original owner still uses it for its intended purpose, but I couldn't pass it up without showing it to this forum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This Merlin Ti bike is more "white collar" than blue collar, since the original owner still uses it for its intended purpose, but I couldn't pass it up without showing it to this forum.

    Hey, it's riding in the back of a pickup-can't get more blue collar than that.

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    Merlins look and ride so right, while Litespeeds are just the opposite, in my opinion. I'll never quite understand how Litespeed got so popular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    Merlins look and ride so right, while Litespeeds are just the opposite, in my opinion. I'll never quite understand how Litespeed got so popular.
    Because they were "welded in an oxygen free environment, and they are the *only* company to match their tubing to their filler metal". Amongst other BS marketing ploys....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This one-owner 1982 Ritchey was too big for the woman who bought it from me, but she is still riding it.







    that very nice!!!!


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    Nike bike, wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    Merlins look and ride so right, while Litespeeds are just the opposite, in my opinion. I'll never quite understand how Litespeed got so popular.
    When I was shopping for a new custom bike back in 1990 there was no internet. I had ridden a Yo Eddy and wanted a Ti frame that mimicked that bike and I also wanted rack mounts and top routed cables. I called Merlin, and whomever it was I spoke to was an having a bad day. He acted like he was doing me a favor to even be talking to me. He did not want to do any custom work and then quoted me a big number to make a frame for me. I then called CBO, who was working with Litespeed at the time. They said it would be no problem to have a frame made to my specifications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vlad
    Merlins look and ride so right, while Litespeeds are just the opposite, in my opinion. I'll never quite understand how Litespeed got so popular.

    I love my two Litespeeds - a 1996 Pisgah and a 1994 Obed. They were great bikes back then, and compared very favorably to Merlin, Moots, Dean, etc. Especially considering their relatively low price, which is one of the main reasons they were so popular in my area.

    Nowadays, you can pick up a mid-90s Litespeed for around $500, which can't be said for the other brands.

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    I saw an excellent blue collar classic yesterday:





    Thanks, Charlie.

    Here's some more, definitely not working-class tho:





    I wish I'd gotten a better shot of J.P. Morgen's bike. It was a wild suspension design from bygone days, you guys would have loved it.

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    A picture from my ride this afternoon. With studded tires, my '91 Team Avalanche has become my "snow bike."

    <img src="https://www.eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/gtteam/IMG_0821_md.jpg" height="799" width="600">
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    It's been a while since my BlueCollarMeter registered a hit, but I got a strong pulse yesterday

    Had a piano customer in Mill Valley who lived very close to the Railroad Grade. He had a lot of bikes, but these were the best. First, his regular cruiser, heavily WTB influenced including a Type II fork and roller-cams. The Y-stay frame was unusual, and he said he built it himself.

    Second is his one-speed that he described as his "Repack bike." Leading-link front end, bear trap pedals. Told me the frame started life as an old Kona.

    I asked whether he knew I was a mountain biker, and he said yeah, he had been on my website that morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Had a piano customer in Mill Valley who lived very close to the Railroad Grade. He had a lot of bikes, but these were the best. First, his regular cruiser, heavily WTB influenced including a Type II fork and roller-cams. The Y-stay frame was unusual, and he said he built it himself.
    What an intriguing bike. I'm not sure if I am more envious that this guy lives right on the flank of Tam, or that he has the wherewithal to build a cool frame like that.


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    That's an unusual gearing set up as well on that beat up brown bike. Awesome stuff once again SeeKay!
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    Some people are Bridgestone people, some aren't, but this is a nice example from the mid '80s, with original wheel reflectors still in place, Biopace and Deore, Avocet saddle and the hitch for the nearby Trail-A-Bike.

    From the look of the chain, I'm guessing it hasn't been ridden recently.
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    Well, that was embarrassing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Well, that was embarrassing.

    Where are the photos? I cant' see them!

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    Saw this @ 1985 Fisher with original reflectors still in place and a very interesting means of securing the basket, which was not a stock item with this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Saw this @ 1985 Fisher with original reflectors still in place and a very interesting means of securing the basket, which was not a stock item with this bike.
    I had such a mad teenage crush on these Fisher's with the matching bullmoose bars ... one of these days I'm going to pick one up. That was the bike I could never afford in 1985, now I spend that bikes market price every time I go to the grocery store. (Not sure which state I prefer ...! )

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    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5348018406/" title="Paul's 930 by ephsea, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm6.static.flickr.com/5009/5348018406_aaeebf9ec4.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Paul's 930" /></a>
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    I'm not a retro-grouch - you're a neophile.

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    this thread is just the best. Thanks for this.
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    I just noticed that the basket on the green Fisher is identical to the one on the Bridgestone I posted above it.

    Coincidence? I think not.

    On the Bridgestone the basket is resting on the front tire, so maybe the blue twine on the Fisher serves an important purpose.

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    The owner of this mid-eighties Schwinn has been riding it as long as I have been aware of him. "Michael" washes windows, and uses his bike to get around to his jobs.

    It's a clean machine.
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    Here's a 1990 Kona Cinder Kone I see around my neighborhood. I love this bike - it looks like it's been ridden every day since it rolled out the dealers door. Oh, and it shows that the true beauty of these splatter paint jobs is how well they can hide 2 decades worth of abuse! (Unfortunately they are hideous until they hit the 10 year mark! )
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    Don't call it a gooseneck.

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    10 of these Kona Cinder Cones - same splater paint-Suntour components - were rentals in Sun Valley, Idaho along with same year SlingShot bikes...

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    Blue Collar Paydirt! Wow, I'm in awe of this 1983-ish Stumpy.

    Check out the "patina" on the rear mech! Original pedals, probably cheap MKS, are long gone, but everything else looks original.

    Blue collar doesn't get any better than this one.
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    Exactly like mine, sans the Mike S signature. And a HANK AND FRANK foil! They were my BMX heaven back in the day. Nice one, Repack Rider. Package on the way.

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    Nice! It even has a GC on the rear.

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