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    Old school FS meets older school steel (pics)

    Hi, guys. I'm new in these parts, so I thought I'd introduce my baby. She was custom built in '93/'94 by my cousin Jeffrey Richman (does that name ring any bells for you old farts?). I described my riding preferences and spec'd the components, and Jeff took it from there after measuring everything from my arm length to my shoe size. She's continued to serve me well with nary a squeak these fourteen years past, and there's still a whole lotta life left in the ol' girl.

















    Frame and stem: Fillet-brazed Reynolds 653, bead-blasted and clear-coated
    Amp rear section and shock
    Fork: Amp w/CrMo blades
    Rims: Mavic 230
    Hubs: White Industries
    Quick Release: Salsa Flip-Offs
    Tires: NOS Specialized Team Master & Control S
    Pedals: Bebop Lollipops
    Crank: Kooka w/Ti bolts
    Chain: Sedis SC-750
    Rear Cogs: XT 8-sp
    Bottom Bracket: White Industries Ti
    Front Derailleur: XT
    Rear Derailleur: XT
    Shifters: Gripshift
    Cable: Gore RideOn
    Handlebars: Richey ProLite
    Bar ends: Bontrager Titec Magnesium
    Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
    Brakes: Marinovative
    Brake levers: Kooka Rachas
    Rear brake brace: Richman CrMo
    Saddle: Bontrager Ti rail
    Seat Post: Ringle' Moby
    Size: 17"
    Weight: Around 21 Lbs.
    Place of Origin: Santa Rosa, Ca.

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    Beautiful frame. I love the clearcoat over the fillets.

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    WOW....this may be one of my favorite bikes I've seen on here. Very nicely done, I want it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgltrak
    Beautiful frame. I love the clearcoat over the fillets.
    Thanks, I took a big chance on the clear finish, as I'd never seen it done before, and Jeff also offered some beautiful old-school paint jobs, but I'm glad I went for it.

    Quote Originally Posted by stan4bikes
    WOW....this may be one of my favorite bikes I've seen on here. Very nicely done, I want it!
    High praise, indeed. Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forum and a great bike post. I like the Mathauser's up front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YETIFIED
    Welcome to the forum and a great bike post. I like the Mathauser's up front.
    Thanks.

    I had to go back and look at the pics again...nope; no close-up of the front brake area. You have a sharp eye for detail.

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    I really like that stem. It's a nice balance of retro and modern. Can I have one made?
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    Wow...that's awesome.

    For some reason I'm craving a Bit O Honey...

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    That looks really nice. No problems with the clear over bare metal? I remember back in the late 80s there was a frame pictured in Bicycle Guide or one of the other mags that was just clear over steel to show off th fillets. I think it was an example from a frame building class that Pasternak or Paternak or whatever his name is used to do. We thought it looked amazing and tried to get one of the high end builders we sold to do a similar 'paint job' and they refused. They didn't think it offered enough protection.
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    Cleeeeeean.

    Love the clear over the brazing too. Why cover up all the cool work with paint.

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    Nice bike you have there and welcome to VRC.
    "Faster and faster until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death."

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    Thanks all for the kind words.

    Quote Originally Posted by disease
    I really like that stem. It's a nice balance of retro and modern. Can I have one made?
    I don't think Jeff is doing much building these days, but I'll ask him and contact you if it's feasible.

    Quote Originally Posted by IF52
    That looks really nice. No problems with the clear over bare metal? I remember back in the late 80s there was a frame pictured in Bicycle Guide or one of the other mags that was just clear over steel to show off th fillets. I think it was an example from a frame building class that Pasternak or Paternak or whatever his name is used to do. We thought it looked amazing and tried to get one of the high end builders we sold to do a similar 'paint job' and they refused. They didn't think it offered enough protection.
    Aside from a couple of small spots on the underside of the BB, the clear-coat is holding up as well as opaque paint. I've touched up the spots with a dab of clear poly and there's no active rust or corrosion. Jeff used DuPont Imron clear polyurethane, if I remember correctly, so it should be pretty tough.

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    Great bike!!!

    Clear Powder over those fillets is sweet.

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    Wow!!!!!

    That thing is just too amazing for words I mean really that has got to be the sweetest thing I've EVER seen on this forum ( with the exception of all the Kleins of course. ).Really bro that is one wicked wicked ride congrats..CF..

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    Double WOW! Man that thing is sweet, I would have a hard time getting it dirty.
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    Nice
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    I love AMP's that is one sweet ride

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    I wanted to buy an AMP frame so bad back in 1994. I test rode one at a shop in Northern Utah when I was in college. Looking at your custom frame & AMP rear end makes me smile. That thing is absolutely beautiful.

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    Amazing, your cousin did some really nice work.

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    Thanks again for all the s.

    I found Jeff's entry from the '89 "Art of the Mountain Bike" exhibit at the Braunstein-Quay Gallery in San Francisco, alongside Joe Breeze, Paul Brown, Charlie Cunningham, Otis Guy, Jeff Lindsay, Ed Litton, Craig Mitchell, Scot Nicol, Steve Potts, and Tom Ritchey.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacely Sprockets
    Tires: NOS Specialized Team Master & Control S
    Sweet tires - I have a pair of OOS on my '89 Klein Rascal - though they have very little wear. Unfortunatly since I moved to CA from New England 12 years ago the Rascal has been been mostly hanging in the garage - short wheelbase and fixed forks are slightly less fun bombing down Coastal than they are weaving around muddy single track and vaulting stonewalls and fallen trees.

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    Classic understated beauty.....

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    Yea, spitting image of my buddy's amp b3 but 1000X nicer
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    have you ever taken that thing out of the garage?

    That is a beautiful bike. I doubt is has many miles on it. Those cranks broke like twigs, as did the forks. I could snap those cranks in one large jump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klein nerd
    That is a beautiful bike.
    Thank you
    I doubt is has many miles on it.
    It's had a good decade of regular use.
    Those cranks broke like twigs, as did the forks.
    So I've heard. Fortunately for me (and the cranks 'n fork), I'm a 145 lb. finesse rider who manages to soldier on without mainlining anabolic steroids . I rebuilt the pivots some years back, and I do get a bit of crank flex at times, but no catastrophic failures or even cracks to date.
    I could snap those cranks in one large jump.
    Not on my bike you can't.

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    Damn, what's with everybody's preoccupation with clowns lately?

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