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    Blue Collar Classics

    I have a bike collection, but I'm not a collector. I just hang onto most of my bikes, and I started riding a long time ago.

    You guys would hate me for my Ritchey P-21. Once one of the coolest MTBs you could have, I got it in 1994 when my 1987 American Breezer was stolen.

    It is now my town bike, and the paint and frame are battered. The wheels and tires are mismatched, and the saddle is worn out. The remains of a broken pump clip are still under the bottle cage screws.

    It's a town bike.



    As I make my daily journey, I see bikes that the people on this forum would give a lot to own and restore, but to their owners they are just the bike, representing basic transportation, not collectible treasures. So I take photos when I can, and after starting this thread with my own bike, I'll add a few others I have run across.

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    This Nishiki Alein is somebody's town bike in Durango,




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    A Mountain Goat at the Fairfax Festival, "parked" on the ground and unsecured. I never did spot the owner.


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    A cheaper Nishiki. This guy was riding in Mill Valley, and I stopped him to get the photo. It's his town bike.




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    A Ritchey in a garage. When I first posted this, some of you tried to get me to identify the owner so you could make him an offer. He doesn't want to give it up.




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    This guy got evicted, and he left a lot of stuff. His landlord said I could have the bike.

    It's a Funk, obviously stolen because the Serial # was ground off. I did my best to find any reports of a stolen Funk, but without success, so I gave it to my friend who turned it into his street bike.


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    A nice old Fisher chained up in Durango.


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    A well-worn WTB Phoenix outside the Iron Springs Brewery. Terrible light.






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    The most battered Cunningham in the world. Front derailleur gone, torn off by the owner's pants cuff. Rear brake cable and roller cam wedge wrapped around handlebars.





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    the cunningham...

    now these are the blue collar bikes that should be posted here.
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    My size too! I'd love to find that bike.

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    Wish somebody would leave a Funk lying around my place.

    Cool bikes..thanks for posting.



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    Remind me to bring bolt cutters on my next trip to Colorado. here is my blue collar Fat





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    Awesome thread idea. This is something I was thinking about actually- posting up photos of bikes out in the real world, randoms that you see out on bike racks, on the trails, or at races. Bikes that are obviously getting used and have a story to tell. I had a bike to start the thread, and was looking for more, but you beat me to it.

    Before I continue, I gotta say, I wish your Ritchey was the standard definition for "battered." I think that bike looks great.

    Here's my contribution. There's a local here in Tucson with a Yeti Ultimate, apparently he's the original owner. He can be seen riding it around town pretty frequently. It's funny, but he kinda looks like the Yeti on the headbadge. Definitely cool to see this rolling around town, though it does look a little beat up close. Pics stolen from https://www.43bikes.com/








    Check it out- his headset is the same color as the one on my Ultimate. Must be the Arizona sun.


    And the owner-

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    fantastic

    (my personal fave is the fisher!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    The sticker on the head tube is what a lot of folks here probably looked like when seeing this one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    This Nishiki Alein is somebody's town bike in Durango,



    I can offer some info about this loved Alien, it belongs to my good friend Chad, manager of the durango devo team, champion bike polo guru, and SSWC09 promoter.

    It was his first mountain bike around 91, and its the only possession he's owned his whole life. You can read his ramblings at

    durangodevo.wordpress.com
    sswc09.wordpress.com

    The day CK took this photo, he had ridden it to town to view and celebrate Klunkerz, but he and myself were turned away for not being film fest passholders.


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    Cool thread, CK. I've always dug utility bikes for some reason.

    I have a commuter made out of an 87 John Tomac Signature Mongoose. Pure utility - no regard for looks.

    No pics, though.

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    That Cunningham makes me sad. That guy needs an anoymous gift certificate to his local shop...

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    That FUNK is hot.. his susp. forks were art.

    Does anyone care about Nishikis?


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    Awesome. These well used and beat bikes are much more interesting than some of the ridiculously overpriced, retro-for-retro's sake builds that get posted here. I'm still psyched that the gentleman who owns that lovely 10th Anniversary Fat rides the heck out of it.

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    I made a special trip to add this one to the collection, although I have known about it for a long time.

    The original owner committed suicide over 20 years ago, and left his most prized possession, this Ibis, to his best friend. The friend rode it a lot, but in the end was not as avid a cyclist, and the bike lives outside the house, exposed to the elements. Note the cheap saddle and the mismatched levers.




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    The Avion is one of the most successful of the broader base, Asian made boutique bikes.

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    Lots o' bungee cords there.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WTB-rider
    Lots o' bungee cords there.
    Looks a little like a confused slingshot.
    Get on your bikes and ride!

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    I wish I could commute now but I don't have any outside bikes and no indoor parking is available at my work. This is my last commuter sled. I used to run CX tires and ride it in the Don Valley too for all you Canadjuns.


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    A Muddy Fox is hardly a classic bike, but this one has to be 20+ years old, and someone rode it today. Besides, when do you ever see a Muddy Fox?


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    Cool Avocet tires too. Muddy Fox is common in Japan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    I wish I could commute now but I don't have any outside bikes and no indoor parking is available at my work. This is my last commuter sled. I used to run CX tires and ride it in the Don Valley too for all you Canadjuns.

    Got any pics from another angle. The front looks great.

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    there's a 40 page thread on this topic over on mtb-classic.de for those who cannot get enough of seeing neglected and abused bikes (POS and higher end)

    https://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=95669


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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Cool Avocet tires too. Muddy Fox is common in Japan.
    And in the UK of course; I'm sure Retrobiker Kaiser will not mind me posting a link to this rather nice example:

    http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/vie...y+fox+prestige

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    I've posted this before. I saw this bike sitting outside for two months. No lock. Apparently abandoned. (I undid the seat QR to see) My wife wouldn't let me take it home.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    I've posted this before. I saw this bike sitting outside for two months. No lock. Apparently abandoned. (I undid the seat QR to see) My wife wouldn't let me take it home.

    You are a better man than I. I am not sure I could take that kind of temptation. If you took it though you could never really enjoy it.
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    My wife cautioned me strongly not to get involved in potential dodgy business!

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    This one has been saved now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete_mcc


    This one has been saved now.
    That looks very similar to my Easton frame... My frame was imported by Gothenburg (Sweden) skateshop 'ProStüff' back in 1991-92 and sold by them under the name 'Tucker' - and if there's another brand named 'Tucker', it has nothing to do with this, it was their own name for the bikes they built... The frames were delivered powdercoated only with Easton stickers,(clearcoted above) and they put 'Tucker' on them w/ vinyl cut-outs... Still one of the stiffest frames I ever ridden - even now as it's on wheels again after 15 years in the basement, hehe...



    The colortone & Easton stickers in the picture is fake, it's really in a semi-horrid mustard yellow - the changed colortone & photoshoped stickers are for mock-up reasons only, the frame is one step away from going to the powdercoaters för a new coat of 'higway yellow' and then stickers & clearcoat on top...

    Oh, and I don't know who they bought the frames from in the US, but they were absolutely high end frames back then, Yeti-priced...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten
    there's a 40 page thread on this topic over on mtb-classic.de for those who cannot get enough of seeing neglected and abused bikes (POS and higher end)

    https://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=95669

    They have a thread like in the GT manufacturers section of the German forum also.
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    I've posted this before. I saw this bike sitting outside for two months. No lock. Apparently abandoned. (I undid the seat QR to see) My wife wouldn't let me take it home.

    i can picture you w/ th wife, in Japan and most of the time you are wondering about the Ritchey. hehehehe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carsten
    there's a 40 page thread on this topic over on mtb-classic.de for those who cannot get enough of seeing neglected and abused bikes (POS and higher end)

    https://www.mtb-news.de/forum/showthread.php?t=95669


    this goes against every law of man and nature.
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    It just goes to show that they're just bikes after all
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    Turned away in Durango?

    Hey,
    Sorry about that. It wasn't our fault! Nobody told us about the situation and they couldn't give us another screening. Hope you got see it, eventually. You can still get it on my www.klunkerz.com website. Once again, sorry you couldn't get in.
    Ride on,
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    Quote Originally Posted by ameybrook
    I can offer some info about this loved Alien, it belongs to my good friend Chad, manager of the durango devo team, champion bike polo guru, and SSWC09 promoter.

    It was his first mountain bike around 91, and its the only possession he's owned his whole life. You can read his ramblings at

    durangodevo.wordpress.com
    sswc09.wordpress.com

    The day CK took this photo, he had ridden it to town to view and celebrate Klunkerz, but he and myself were turned away for not being film fest passholders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooterendo
    Hey,
    Sorry about that. It wasn't our fault! Nobody told us about the situation and they couldn't give us another screening. Hope you got see it, eventually. You can still get it on my www.klunkerz.com website. Once again, sorry you couldn't get in.
    Ride on,
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    No worries Billy, thats water under the bridge. In hindsight, we were pretty naive to think we could walk in during the FF.

    I actually havent seen it. I suck.


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    Such a cool town. I hope to get back there soon. I'm self-distributing, so if you know anyone who wants a copy, send 'em my way. I stuff the envelops m'sef, with a post card or two in there.

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    I'm kinda late to this thread but I think I finaly found a category for my bike.
    From now on when people ask "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?" I can say it's a Blue Collar Classic.
    I've had it for 27 years and its virtualy unchanged.
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    Classic!

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    Awesome. That ride is way cool. Great vintage ride....
    Seek: Koski Trailmaster. Breezer Series 2 or 3. Cunningham Racer.

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    This one-owner 1982 Ritchey was too big for the woman who bought it from me, but she is still riding it.








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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.
    Does she know what she has?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy
    Does she know what she has?
    I told her that there were plenty of people willing to take it off her hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PLSD
    I'm kinda late to this thread but I think I finaly found a category for my bike.
    From now on when people ask "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?" I can say it's a Blue Collar Classic.
    I've had it for 27 years and its virtualy unchanged.
    Nice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider

    Titrons

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    Good lord that is a valuable set of pedals! Not to mention the entire bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli
    Titrons


    great thread.

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    Chit, You could get more for the pedals the the rest of the bike.

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    Depends

    Quote Originally Posted by ckevlar
    Chit, You could get more for the pedals the the rest of the bike.
    That depends on what is in the basket.
    Wanted:Nothing. I have too much.

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    Today's finds. This Klein looks well used, but that saddle angle...Oh my!




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    Show her this auction. She may decide to replace the pedals.

    https://cgi.ebay.com/Old-School-BMX-...d=p3286.c0.m14


    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.


    Last edited by ckevlar; 09-07-2009 at 07:55 PM.

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    That is amazing. It's only money right. Vintage BMX is so expensive in relation to Mtb. What do first Gen beartraps go for?
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    This is refreshing

    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    They have a thread like in the GT manufacturers section of the German forum also.
    ...rather than depressing. It's sad to see some great bikes in the hands of non avid bikers that just don't care about them and leave them outside to decay, often unused. It's also extremely refreshing to see old mountain bikes that are ridden often, that aren't pristine barely ridden wall hangers/investments/antique road show fodder.

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    The vintage BMX is insanely overpriced, and a lot of the parts were garbage. The vintage MTB market, while still out of my price range, usually offers quality parts.

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    I saw this in Fairfax after my ride. I'm guessing that this is the hand-me-down town bike. The front brake cable is broken, but the red ano SP QR, bottle carrier and pedal cages are nicely matched, so it looks like someone was proud of this bike...once.






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    just beggin for a rebuild with some dirt drops in that stem...
    :)

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    I need that stem for my dirt drop build! Wonder if it's 1 1/8"

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    I spotted this '80s Ross outside the Coffee Roastery in Fairfax. Although it was originally an inexpensive bike and is not "collectible" in the VRC sense, you have to appreciate the care it has received for the last 20+ years. This bike is immaculate! The owner told me he has a newer Trek, but he still loves his old Ross.




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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 cog frog
    I need that stem for my dirt drop build! Wonder if it's 1 1/8"

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    FWIW I believe all Marins were 1 1/8th by 1993 (that bikes model year), that is obviously not the stock stem though.

    That Ross would look sweet with some Fisher Grateful Dead decals on it.

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    or Mongoose ones. Anyone got a set?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    That Ross would look sweet with some Fisher Grateful Dead decals on it.

    LOL!
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    or Cunningham
    :)

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    I think you can get Cunningham decals at your local hardware store.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    FWIW I believe all Marins were 1 1/8th by 1993 (that bikes model year), that is obviously not the stock stem though.

    That Ross would look sweet with some Fisher Grateful Dead decals on it.
    My 89 Marin Team is 1 1/8.
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    I spotted this one today, a real heartbreaker. A fillet-brazed Ritchey sitting outside in the yard. We've only had six inches of rain in the last week, and there was no saddle on the bike. I dumped a cup of black water out of the frame before I took the photos.

    This bike needs to be saved. I asked the resident whether it was for sale, and he told me it belonged to his son, who had gone to a newer bike, and he would ask. If it looks like it can be acquired, I'll mention that here and see if there is any interest. The guy I spoke to also showed me his Gary Fisher Joshua, which didn't interest me as much.






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    Sad.

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    Gee........?

    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I spotted this one today, a real heartbreaker. A fillet-brazed Ritchey sitting outside in the yard. We've only had six inches of rain in the last week, and there was no saddle on the bike. I dumped a cup of black water out of the frame before I took the photos.

    This bike needs to be saved. I asked the resident whether it was for sale, and he told me it belonged to his son, who had gone to a newer bike, and he would ask. If it looks like it can be acquired, I'll mention that here and see if there is any interest. The guy I spoke to also showed me his Gary Fisher Joshua, which didn't interest me as much.
    I don't think there would be any interest in that old junker ...how may PM's have you gotten so far?
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    This Miyata caught my eye because it has a saddle that is worth more than the bike it's attached to.

    I would like to know the story behind this combination of Brooks B-72 and "old but not vintage" machinery.




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    Nice fillet brazed (but not Teasdale) Fisher being used as a town bike. The same owner had a Teasdale Fisher frame also, but not built up.





    Interesting stepped seat cluster.



    If it were a Teasdale, it would say so here.




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    Nice Fisher! It don't mean a thing if it ain't got the Tees'
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    That Fisher is really nice.

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    Somebody rescue that Ritchey.
    Please..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Somebody rescue that Ritchey.
    Please..........

    Happy to.

    Saved one just today actually...


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    Hey RR where is that Cunningham? I swear I've seen it before back when I lived in Santa Barbara ('00-'04).

    Oh and the B-72 in the mid-line MTB. When I used to work in a pretty neighborhood oriented shop in Seattle we put a lot of B-72s on bikes like that because someone wanted something more comfortable.

    I like a lot of the bikes in this thread because as a builder I'm not interested in building bling. I'll let others carry on with that madness. I like to build bikes for folks that will ride them into the ground.

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    Right on Rumpfy,
    Just another weekend score in Northern California.......
    Nothing like a hand made frame from one of the founders of the sport.
    I hope you got some decent parts off it as well.

    One of these days I am going to take a seminar from you all on how to find these project bikes. Ever since Ritchieb came up with those two early vintage Ritchey's, I have been looking at the local Clist more often. No luck yet, but when one finally comes up, I will be chasing Stan to be the first one there.

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    Aemmer I have a feeling Stan won't be at the front of the line when you get there. The search for many of these bikes has gone long beyond craigslist these days. It's relational networking in many cases. Somebody knows someone who has them and also knows the person that wants it bad and connections are made. Sometimes it takes a couple days sometimes months to even over a year before it happens. Sure others on have experienced this in locating a bike. Sure a few will make it to craigs and the bay but many of the best are and will be found by word of mouth and networking.
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    Yup, it's all about who you know.....unless you just get lucky
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    In my case, my business gets me into several people's houses every day, and I always look in the garage.

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    case in point...

    lucky #1.....should be picking up a '92ish Fab Foes Weasel (borderline VRC but definately C) tomorrow. It was for sale back in June, I made an offer but never got a response. The ad expired and I forgot about it. Well, the owner re-emailed me last week to see if I was still interested...XT, Foes F1 fork, front/rear disk, MY SIZE!, clean and regularly serviced...oh, and at a lower price cause you just don't have room for it? Heck yeah I'm interested.

    lucky #2.....another deal half made..paid for, just coordinating delivery. More details to follow.

    While neither one of these are handbuilt Ritcheys etc, I think they are still very desireable rides, They are both bikes that were available to most anyone that was paying attention, I just got lucky..
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    Guy calls me out of the blue and says he has two Cunninghams to sell. No joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    lucky #1.....should be picking up a '92ish Fab Foes Weasel
    no such bike. Unless "ish" gives you a 6-8 year window. btw, it's Foes Fab.

    I just can't see you joining the freeride/DH scene for some reason, but maybe it's just me.

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    oops..

    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    no such bike. Unless "ish" gives you a 6-8 year window. btw, it's Foes Fab.

    I just can't see you joining the freeride/DH scene for some reason, but maybe it's just me.
    Don't know where my head was at on that one...sorry. The other bike is the '92ish one...My bad, can't even blame beer for that one, haven't had a drop .

    No, probably not my style of riding, but they are such cool bikes. I've seen it named both ways but I think your's is the correct one. Foes Fab Weasel...Oh yeah, according to sources here, I don't ride at all..... so it doesn't matter
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    Did someone say "Cunningham?"

    Here is a 'crosser by CC. Can't be many of these.


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    Nice bike to take an expedition on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Did someone say "Cunningham?"

    Here is a 'crosser by CC. Can't be many of these.

    that's a really cool bike.

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    post deleted..sorry
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    I don't care a bit about the bike, or that you posted it - but it's kind of irritating to see you post something that you know doesn't belong here and think it's OK so long as you slap "if you don't like it, move on" at the end.

    I recommend that you say it the way you really mean it, and start writing "if you don't like it, kiss my butt" instead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    I don't care a bit about the bike, or that you posted it - but it's kind of irritating to see you post something that you know doesn't belong here and think it's OK so long as you slap "if you don't like it, move on" at the end.
    I agree.

    What troubles me more, is that all the bikes posted here (most by CK), are real world bikes...bikes that are found around town. Bikes that get used.


    There is no way in HELL that Stan rides this bike...around town or as intended.

    To that end, I'm not sure why he's posted it here. Neat bike...just unrelated to this thread.
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    sorry guys, you're absolutely right. post deleted.
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    re: '92ish Weasel info

    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    no such bike. Unless "ish" gives you a 6-8 year window. btw, it's Foes Fab.
    I was a little early on the dating and you were a little late... MBA reviewed the Weasel in Sept '95...so I guess we were both 3 years off
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    Quote Originally Posted by da'HOOV
    I was a little early on the dating and you were a little late... MBA reviewed the Weasel in Sept '95...so I guess we were both 3 years off
    having a hard time with thread selection today?

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    I took this in D'town Seattle at a Sounders game.
    One of my all time fav's.
    92-94 Kona Hot. Great looking bike. Would love to find the owner.
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    That Hot appears in need of rescue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    That Hot appears in need of rescue.
    mmmm.... KOna Hot.
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    wow. Cunningham cross. Not sure I'd call that a blue collar ride there CK. Its just freakin' COOL. And it looks big enough to fit me. dammit.
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    Thats a nice one LJ. I love that fluted downtube. Ribbed for your pleasure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1
    mmmm.... KOna Hot.
    Need to post a pic of my Ku.
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    A Teesdale Hot with slicks, adjustable stem, and a 5 foot long seatpost? Sad.

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    Speaking of Hot's and needing rescue. Found this in Lanesboro MN along the Root River rail trail this past summer. I briefly considered trying to buy it off of her. My wife read my mind though, and before I said anything, she gave me the "don't even...." look. Oh well. Sure is pretty.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/7sIB6BFh-wEwdps-jrsjbQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_2pMFn07lnyo/Sur56yYBzOI/AAAAAAAAIRk/tqGAOXpc7sU/s800/P5240389.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/martini.ss/VintageRidingShots?feat=embedwebsite">Vintage riding shots</a></td></tr></table>

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/sNyObjj9-RQP91Rl6HVw9g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.ggpht.com/_2pMFn07lnyo/Sur5_h6oRFI/AAAAAAAAIRo/WhbJPao3M7I/s800/P5240390.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/martini.ss/VintageRidingShots?feat=embedwebsite">Vintage riding shots</a></td></tr></table>
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    Those Project Two forks are Cats A$$! I have 3 of them for non-Kona bikes. Some don't like 'em but I've never heard anyone say they hate them or complain about the functionality. Personally, I love 'em and I know where there are about a half dozen or so in the event that I need some extras.

    You should have asked to buy it anyway. When I get the "don't even" look I give the " well in that case, I'm horny" look and I normally wind up with whatever I was looking at previously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    Speaking of Hot's and needing rescue. Found this in Lanesboro MN along the Root River rail trail this past summer. I briefly considered trying to buy it off of her. My wife read my mind though, and before I said anything, she gave me the "don't even...." look. Oh well. Sure is pretty.
    I like that paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    I like that paint.

    I like the barend position.
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    you do not. stop lying Rumph.
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    Here we go...................I modified it a bunch and then realized I never ride the thing off road because it's too brutal. So I've put it back to stock fork and now use it as my commuter.
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    I love this topic,I think about it all the time because I see a lot of neat, well used bikes on my daily commute. I pass a dude who rides his Bridgestone MB1 everyday, and another guy who putts around on an all original trek 720. I have considered asking random people if they want to sell, but I think it's presumptuous to think a person doesn't enjoy and appreciate the quality of their bike because they don't know it's value. There is something special about a nice bike that shows signs of real use. Now that i know about this thread, i will snap and post some shots whenever I see a blue collar classic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
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    this is awesome.
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Dion wins the thread. That bike just needs a case of PBR in the back.

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    I'm a Santa Cruz native, and the bikes that some of our homeless residents come up with seriously blow my mind. Some of those bike have to weight 100lbs with all the stuff they have going on. That bike is not from Santa Cruz... at least I don't think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
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    One piece, curved seatstay/chainstay, made of heavy steel and what looks like a broken seatpost clamp - all the hallmarks of a Yeti!

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    Blue collar is when the elite go slumming. Or sell their souls?
    Is this Nishiki basically akin to wealthy scion RC hustling to support a heroin habit? (I mean, like, metaphorically)

    Anyway, I dig it. And the <s>saddle</s> seat made me chuckle.
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    It's a cascade all right...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by yo-Nate-y
    Blue collar is when the elite go slumming. Or sell their souls?
    Is this Nishiki basically akin to wealthy scion RC hustling to support a heroin habit? (I mean, like, metaphorically)

    Anyway, I dig it. And the <s>saddle</s> seat made me chuckle.

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    Indeed it is. I am always surprised when I see it locked up at random times/places around town. The neon hasn't lost its punch either!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechagouki
    It's a cascade all right...........

    Ha. The slippery slope of selling out.
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    Amazed it still looks that yellow...er neon. Most of those you see these days have all but faded to white. This one must be kept inside most of the time. FB agree with you on the Motivator tire comment. Weren't they made by Mitsuboshi?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gm1230126
    Amazed it still looks that yellow...er neon. Most of those you see these days have all but faded to white. This one must be kept inside most of the time. FB agree with you on the Motivator tire comment. Weren't they made by Mitsuboshi?
    I had a Haro Excess for a short time that was the same exact color, only one side was faded to white. The bike looked brand new so it wasn't stored outside...I'm guessing it was stored inside near a window and faded over time. For a pos it looked pretty cool...

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    Blue collar if not classic, old if not "vintage," but no other thread is appropriate.

    I spotted this '88 Fisher Montare in a guy's garage with the tires rotted off, and I gave him $50 for it although he probably would have taken $20. It's in great shape, and I don't think it has many original miles.

    I spent $110 on tires, cables and other minor maintenance, and now it's a sweet bike for someone a foot shorter than I am. I'm going to give it to a friend who fits it and who needs a town bike.
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    Old Fisher's are cool, lower-end or not. Good on you for re-hab'ing and passing it along!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    I spent $110 on tires, cables and other minor maintenance, and now it's a sweet bike for someone a foot shorter than I am. I'm going to give it to a friend who fits it and who needs a town bike.
    How did you manage to spend 110 bucks rehabbing it? Cables must be expensive over there in Californee...

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    I spy some Conti tires. Those can help get you a good deal closer to $110
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    Quote Originally Posted by sho220
    How did you manage to spend 110 bucks rehabbing it? Cables must be expensive over there in Californee...
    $80 for the rubber.

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    Saw a guy putting this away in the Java Hut parking lot after I had just come down Repack, so I made him drag it out for a photo. The rider turned out to be someone I know, one of the original competitors at Repack, riding a very early Fisher MountainBikes lugged frame, although the fork is not original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Saw a guy putting this away in the Java Hut parking lot after I had just come down Repack, so I made him drag it out for a photo. The rider turned out to be someone I know, one of the original competitors at Repack, riding a very early Fisher MountainBikes lugged frame, although the fork is not original.
    You still ride Repack? That's legendary!

    Interesting eclectic build on that Fisher, obviously someone who loves to ride their bike but has no strong feelings about period-correctness. The m95X Vees actually kind of suit the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Saw a guy putting this away in the Java Hut parking lot after I had just come down Repack, so I made him drag it out for a photo. The rider turned out to be someone I know, one of the original competitors at Repack, riding a very early Fisher MountainBikes lugged frame, although the fork is not original.
    Hardcore! Reflector mounted in wheelie position (for when that bonded aluminum fork finally gives up?).

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    Saw this bike for gm and rumpfy to fight over

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    NO that one's all Rumpfy...maybe he could hook it and donate all but the back wheel to his local St Vincent DePaul or Goodwill store. Nice photoshop job on that one Bushy
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    As is often the appropriate refrain in situations like this, "that's not Photoshop, that's Japan!"
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Yep. My jaw dropped when I saw this one though! I also saw a guy commuting on a double disc time trial bike, with helmet. So dum.

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    I know....been there a few times myself....you gotta love the bells...required by law over there.
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    The funny thing is the guys that work for some of the trading companies and know the parts and the industry are the ones that put together some of the worst abominations you see there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dion
    ???!

    looks flexy
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    This guy seems to have defined the "Blue Collar Classic" genre. Okay, maybe the bike isn't the MOST collectible, but it's nice.

    What I appreciate is the total blue-collarness, with gloves, cap, two bags on the frame, COFFEE CUP in the holder, musette, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    A nice old Fisher chained up in Durango.

    Here's an ancient Moots I saw in Durango in 2002:



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    This has WIN all over it.
    Just a regular guy.

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    Looks like "Team Marin" has added a rookie. Gotta love the eggbeater pedals on a town bike.
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    I remember thinking it was heresy for a bike to come w/o rack eyelets...
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    Saw this klunkerized bike parked outside the coffee house this morning. I would say that half the photos I have contributed here were taken in front of one or another of the many coffee houses in our area.
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    Spotted the other week in Brooklyn, sorry about the low-light iphone photos...
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    Cruising down the street, and I saw the nice Bridgestone, so I got a shot of it.





    But what's that hiding behind it? I think a few of you already know.


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    I had to chase this guy down to get a photo of his VERY early Stumpjumper that he was using for his "rain bike." I'm no expert, but from the components it looks like about '84 or so. Said he bought it new for $400, but other than early '80s he couldn't give me the year.


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    Saw this '80s Diamondback Ascent while I was in the Post Office today. The owner was easy to pick out, and he said he bought it new.

    "Hey," he said, "Are these bikes worth anything?"

    Not to me, other than getting the photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    A Ritchey in a garage. When I first posted this, some of you tried to get me to identify the owner so you could make him an offer. He doesn't want to give it up.



    Yikes, that bike is hanging on a hook in my barn now! I picked it up about a month ago off the local CL. Surprised to see it in this thread.

    I almost walked away from the bike due to the extensive surface rust Some would euphemistically call it "patina". But it had a funky charm to it that only a well-loved and well-used bike could exude. The bike had spent it entire existence in a coastal Marin town, and the marine environment had taken its toll.

    The owner confided that he still had emotional strings attached to this bike even though he no longer rode it through the drop-dead gorgeous trails near his home.

    I have just been replacing all the rusted / worn out components to get the bike mechanically clean, but no further. Last night I tried replacing the high-rise Nitto stem and bars with black Nitto/Ritchey bullmoose bars, but it felt like I was violating the character of the bike. The funky high-rise stem went back on. Here are some pics of what the bike is looking like now:
















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    Guess CK planted the seed of an idea to sell in the guy's mind. Bike deserves a restore (unless you are going to ride it daily) - you should check out richieb's for a great example of how it should look.

    Did you 'patina up' your PCS to match?
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    That Ritchey was about a quarter mile from the Pacific Ocean, lots of salt in the air. By far the most battered of that species I have seen, but I'm glad it was rescued.

    Sure wish this guy would allow someone to rescue his much nicer example.


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    I stalked this original owner 1983 Ritchey for weeks. It has a custom color paint job, and features both Fisher and Ritchey stickers. The ORIGINAL water bottle has both logos. Rims are Ambrosio, the lightest then on the market.
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    Wow! And that is blue collar how?

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    It's got a rack
    Somec is like the digital Zunow
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    Nice B.C.C. score, RR. I don't suppose he bought it from you at the old shop?

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    Cheapskate didn't opt for the unicrown fork...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushpig
    Wow! And that is blue collar how?
    It's not "collected." It is a bike in use. The owner, BTW, is a woman.

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    Amazing!

    Awesome bike!

    I like the original water bottles. haven't seen those in a LONG time

    rims are cool too


    real nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Man
    Cheapskate didn't opt for the unicrown fork...

    nothing cheap on that bike........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    It's not "collected." It is a bike in use. The owner, BTW, is a woman.

    "in use" is a very broad term......

    you know as well as I do, in those pre-suspension days if that bike was "in use" by a pro rider it probably would have been broken in 6 months (or less)

    That bike looks gently used for leisure rides, original rings, etc....
    brake pads even look original!

    Very little separates this bike from "collected" status.

    Plenty of collected bikes get "used". It's the type of use that varies.
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    That's awesome, and it's great that it's still ridden!

    That's the closest I have ever seen to the one I'm restoring. Mine's 21B80. It so happens the fork I found for it is exactly like that, assuming that's also a Tange. Nice to finally see it's correct, and not just close.

    Frame and fork will be out for powdercoating soon. I have all the Deerhead goodies ready, and a fillet brazed Rivendell/Nitto Bullmoose is on the way to me (though I'd love to find an authentic Bullmoose eventually). I recently picked up some period Dura Ace hubs and 7x rims, so the wheelset is also in the works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    (though I'd love to find an authentic Bullmoose eventually) .
    There was a set on ebay recently, they went for $60.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    There was a set on ebay recently, they went for $60.00
    Doh! Can't spot 'em all, I guess, despite my many saved searches!

    BTW, thanks again to Eric for oldmountainbikes.com - the catalogs and photos have helped me track down correct parts. For example, I didn't previously realize Dura Ace was a hub option for early Ritcheys, and finding Cook or Phil hubs was proving extremely difficult.

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    Breezer Thunder

    Complete with zip ties, studded tires, fenders and steer horns in Trondheim, Norway. And fully rigid as God intended. Guess the conditions here have been less than kind to the paint though -- it's all chipped. What's up with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Gusto
    Complete with zip ties, studded tires, fenders and steer horns in Trondheim, Norway. And fully rigid as God intended. Guess the conditions here have been less than kind to the paint though -- it's all chipped. What's up with that?


    Typical Breezer paint.

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    That sounds a little...

    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    "in use" is a very broad term......

    you know as well as I do, in those pre-suspension days if that bike was "in use" by a pro rider it probably would have been broken in 6 months (or less)

    That bike looks gently used for leisure rides, original rings, etc....
    brake pads even look original!

    Very little separates this bike from "collected" status.

    Plenty of collected bikes get "used". It's the type of use that varies.

    ...defensive. Perfectly clean mountain bikes make me feel a little sad inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    you know as well as I do, in those pre-suspension days if that bike was "in use" by a pro rider it probably would have been broken in 6 months (or less)
    The woman who owns this bike weighs about 100 lb., and she does not ride off cliffs. But she took this bike over Pearl Pass in 1984.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tl1
    ...defensive. .
    Sounds like an observation to me

    I don't see anything defnsive. Perhaps your reading too much into it

    Bike looks as clean as any low mileage bike in any collecion I've seen on this board

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    Here's 22B2.

    Charlie, that lilac one is a beaut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    Charlie, that lilac one is a beaut.Morgan
    Just so everyone knows, the owner is reading this thread. Be nice.

    She scanned her original order and receipt for me.
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    So when you caught up with her did she remember you..... that must have been a fun conversation....
    Fantastic bike by the way. Much more worthy of it's own thread here along with some of it's other classic rides since pearl pass 26 years ago.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by cegrover
    That's awesome, and it's great that it's still ridden!

    That's the closest I have ever seen to the one I'm restoring. Mine's 21B80. It so happens the fork I found for it is exactly like that, assuming that's also a Tange. Nice to finally see it's correct, and not just close.

    Frame and fork will be out for powdercoating soon. I have all the Deerhead goodies ready, and a fillet brazed Rivendell/Nitto Bullmoose is on the way to me (though I'd love to find an authentic Bullmoose eventually). I recently picked up some period Dura Ace hubs and 7x rims, so the wheelset is also in the works.
    The fork looks bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crconsulting
    nothing cheap on that bike........
    I was kidding of course. That rig is sweet. Maybe I should've put a smiley face or something...

    On a side note, my old Ritchey could use a repaint. Was anything Dupont Imron availible, I was never to keen on the red, blue, or green. I'd keep it as is since I commute on it but am a little concerned about the spiderwebbing underneath the paint. Maybe a light metallic blue...*dream*
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamthewalrus
    The fork looks bent.
    Nah - look closer and you'll see the view isn't head on (look at the crown).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    ...She scanned her original order and receipt for me.
    Charlie... I like that you simply used the Imron codes for the special order paint. From Joe Bell's website (here: http://www.campyonly.com/images/joebell/imron.pdf )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    She scanned her original order and receipt for me.
    I love that kind of ephemera, great stuff.

    As far as use goes I've seen plenty of bikes ridden thousands and thousands of miles that look crisp from the showroom. Mostly it's road bikes, but a lot of folks ride the heck out of their bikes and baby them at the same time. These are the folks you should revere, not ridicule, if you really care about knowing the history. Folks that keep their bikes original and clean and keep the original receipts are awesome in my book, particularly if they're willing to share.

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    Man...That was a LOT of dough for a bike in `83!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MERK26
    Man...That was a LOT of dough for a bike in `83!

    Equivalent of $2,382.31 today.

    "Custom" is and was never cheap.

    This link is always fun when you want to see what things would sell for today

    http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanmonkey
    . Folks that keep their bikes original and clean and keep the original receipts are awesome in my book, particularly if they're willing to share.
    I agree....
    Here's one of my early receipts. I still have the bike today in my "collection" and It's definitely "blue collar". I'm sure CK probably has a few old ones too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Just so everyone knows, the owner is reading this thread. Be nice.

    She scanned her original order and receipt for me.

    Nothing "mean" could ever be said about that bike or its owner for keeping such a wonderful bike is such great original condition.

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    A couple more associated documents, and a comment from the owner of the '83 Ritchey.

    The water bottle came with my bike and is still new and unused only because there have always been better water bottles to use. It’s been kicking around in a big, deep drawer of Tupperware and plastic containers in my kitchen in case someone needs a water bottle but no one ever chooses it, cause, like I said, there have always been better designed ones.

    I found the receipts when I was going through a pile of receipts I’ve accumulated over the years. Shortly after that, I happened to run into Charlie and became aware that they were of interest. I never saved them because they were Richey receipts; I saved them because I save receipts!

    What keen eyes to be able to ascertain the amount of riding my bike has had! I rode like crazy in the eighties and up to the mid-nineties then I had an injury (not bike related) in 96 that took a long time to recover from, and I had young kids keeping me busy. So it has sat unridden for the last 15 years. Since I ran into Charlie recently and he asked if I still had my bike, I’ve begun to get that itch though. It’s the only bike I have by the way.
    She told me that since her kids have newer bikes, until I informed her of the value, she was embarrassed by her "old bike."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    So it has sat unridden for the last 15 years"
    what a well preserved time machine.

    I rode the heck out of mine and unfortunately broke it long ago. I wish I had rode another bike or taken better care of it and stored it like you. I now miss it looking at all these great bikes on here

    i need to find another I think. brings back memories
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    Moving a piano in San Francisco last week, and in the living room I found these blue collar Breezers, a Thunder and a Jet Stream.

    In the living room. Not the garage.
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    And rightfully so...all fine furniture belongs in the living room
    Needed: 26.8mm XTR seatpost, blue GT/Grundig Jersey.

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    A couple from campus. Somehow my eyes always jump to the bullmeese. The Rockhopper is around often. I really dig the extremely faded paint. The Trek in the back ground seems like a fun commuter too. The black bike (a Univega) has been abandoned since last spring. I've thought about liberating some of the parts, but instead just nod hello when I walk by.....

    Last is a kind of lame pic of my 1988 Mt Tam in commuter mode. It rides so well. Lovely bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Man
    Cheapskate didn't opt for the unicrown fork...
    The Unicrown came out around 84 so probably wasn't an option anyway. The nice fork for this would have been the fillet-brazed bi plane. Those came on the Everest though. I have this same Tange bi-plane fork on my 83 Commando.

    Looking at the date on the receipt, this bike was sold just after Tom and Gary went their own way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fillet-brazed
    Looking at the date on the receipt, this bike was sold just after Tom and Gary went their own way.
    A month or so before. It has both decals, and Gary wrote the order himself, as well as the cash rece4ived.

    My '83 Annapurna has a Unicrown fork, the first year they were available. Using the Tange fork allowed us to get a lot more bikes out, because without the luxury of a crown lug, a fork was actually more complex than a frame to build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    A month or so before. It has both decals, and Gary wrote the order himself, as well as the cash rece4ived.

    My '83 Annapurna has a Unicrown fork, the first year they were available. Using the Tange fork allowed us to get a lot more bikes out, because without the luxury of a crown lug, a fork was actually more complex than a frame to build.

    yeah, maybe late 83 for the unicrown then? a friend has the bike that Gary supposedly brought to the 83 trade show and it's got the bi plane... 83 catalog also shows bi plane, but it must have come out sometime that year as you said.

    was the trade show in the fall back then?

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    That "cheapskate" comment was very much a joke, I thought in the context of what at the time was lutt boad of cash.... eh well... Maybe I should use more of these...

    So my 84 with a unicrown (which is my daily driver, and looking at now in my "office", despite the freezing weather...) is one of the first of that type? At first the lower A to C measurement made me think the big was way too big, but the top tube feels right on.
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    Z- Man, I still think we trade should trade frame/forks. A nice reasonable vintage 20" frame. That old blue thing of yours looks way too big.

    Charlie, didn't you coin the phrase "unicrown fork"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aemmer
    Z- Man, I still think we trade should trade frame/forks. A nice reasonable vintage 20" frame. That old blue thing of yours looks way too big.

    Charlie, didn't you coin the phrase "unicrown fork"
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    Ritchey did, but Gary F took Charlie Cunningham's drawings of the fork to Tom and Joe.

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    Is that original paint? What year?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z-Man
    That "cheapskate" comment was very much a joke, I thought in the context of what at the time was lutt boad of cash.... eh well... Maybe I should use more of these...

    So my 84 with a unicrown (which is my daily driver, and looking at now in my "office", despite the freezing weather...) is one of the first of that type? At first the lower A to C measurement made me think the big was way too big, but the top tube feels right on.

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    Repainted by Ritchey in 90 or so, was a green 84 Timbercomp sn#1B35
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    It aint no Ritchey...

    but it rides fine just the same.
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    Spotted this Klein on top of a pickup truck parked 50 yards from my office, a very battered member of its species. Check out the shredded saddle and stem shock system. Pretty sure it isn't local, because I would have remembered it. I couldn't get the photos I wanted because there was a guy sitting in the truck who was very suspicious of my attention.
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    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.








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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.









    It's going to be awful hard to top that one, WOW.

    I can see the forensic photo geeks scrutinizing the pic for clues to it's location now




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