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    Portland Vintage MTB Ride for Pedalpalooza?

    Hey -- I was thinking it would be fun to have a vintage MTB ride in Portland as part of the Pedalpalooza festival in June/July. Anyone up for it? It could bring out more than the usual suspects (I've met a lot of interesting, non fixie-hipster people on the few Pedalpalooza rides I've done).

    I was thinking maybe an maintenance hour up front to help fix up some rusty steeds (and make lowball offers on garage queen Ritcheys, of course), and then a mixed on/off-road tour through SE, up through Tabor, out to Powell Butte, and then back on a long string of unimproved roadways. Maybe 25-30 fairly easygoing miles or so (flaunting the established tradition of Pedalpalooza rides being roughly 18 blocks long, with 4 food cart stops).

    If anyone has better route ideas, or would be interested in helping organize a ride, I'm all ears! I suppose another option would be to transport bikes out for a real singletrack jaunt, but I kinda like the idea of keeping it non-motorized. Plus the sight of all us middle-aged dudes doubled over our bullmoose bars gasping for air might be offputting.

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    How about meet and Velo Cult, Ride through downtown, bridges and such, then up through Forest Park and then down the opposite side, ride past Chris King and then back to Velo Cult for food and beer.

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    I'm definitely interested. Our plans this summer include sticking around locally in the PNW, so I will watch this thread and stay tuned....plus I really would like to see Velo Cults new shop.
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    I'm most likely up for it. Velo Cult/SE/Tabor/Powell Butte would be fun. I'm a little less interested in downtown/NW.

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    a vintage ride sounds good. Leave the modern helmets and clipless pedals at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datawhacker View Post
    a vintage ride sounds good. Leave the modern helmets and clipless pedals at home.
    Thanks for the reminder, I have a vintage helmet to bring to Keyesville......
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    Is there going to be an upper limit for bike year (e.g. '97)?

    Asking because my coworker might want to go, but the VRC crowd would probably give him the standard advice of setting his ~2000 Trek on fire and ghost riding it off a cliff, so I would need to put something VRC together for him before then.

    My wife said she'd like to go on her mid-90s Lava Dome, too.

    I'm sure the 3 of us would be bringing up the rear.

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    thats always a tricky question. Just as an example the Keyesville classic has two vintage classes: 1985 or older, and 1986 to 1995.

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    As long as you've got pre-'95 bottle cage bolts, you'll be fine.

    No, I don't see any point at all in defining era limits -- if someone's interested in old school bikes, but only has one of those rad Magna full-suspension bikes, they're more than welcome. As long as they don't try to roll it off any curbs.

    I usually think of the vintage era being delimited by thumbshifters (so basically ending when XTR came out), but I still love my '95 Voodoo Bizango.

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    Is there going to be an upper limit for bike year (e.g. '97)?

    Asking because my coworker might want to go, but the VRC crowd would probably give him the standard advice of setting his ~2000 Trek on fire and ghost riding it off a cliff, so I would need to put something VRC together for him before then.

    My wife said she'd like to go on her mid-90s Lava Dome, too.

    I'm sure the 3 of us would be bringing up the rear.

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    Velo Cult is available anytime for this sort of thing. I'm game.

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    OK, we're on for Saturday, June 23rd! The plan is to meet up at Velocult around 3:30 or so, head out around 4:00 or 4:15, ride out to Forest Park, out Leif, down Salzman, and come back to Velocult around 7:00. Sky has arranged for a screening of the Klunkers film, and has offered to show off some of his ridiculously awesome collection as well!

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    Gonna try and make it.
    Might have to try and go to the Sounders vs Timbers on Sunday.

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    Take lots of pics for us!
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    It wouldn't be a Portland group ride without obsessive, overzealous documentation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    It wouldn't be a Portland group ride without obsessive, overzealous documentation!
    And a beard.

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    Beards and skinny jeans abound.

    I will be sporting a vintage helmet but not sure I can do vintage shoes or pedals. Maybe.

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    I'm up for this I always do Pedalpalooza, but never a vintage mountain bike ride!

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    Should be fun! This won't be much of a mountain bike ride, I guess -- more a chance to swap BITD stories and complain about how much more comfortable that Flite saddle was in the early 90s. But at least we'll get in enough miles to burn off a couple beers!

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    Thanks for setting this up. I will be there.

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    <img src="https://img.photobucket.com/albums/v245/vdubbusrider/KlunkersFlyer.jpg">

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    This ride is coming up soon! Get those bikes dusted off!

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    Bump, the ride is next weekend. Get your bike in good working order.

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    Awright, finally got that wrecked BB (a Phil Wood, sadly) pulled out of the Goat. Now a quick pedal rebuild, and I'll be ready to ride Saturday. Sheesh these old bikes can be a lot of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    Awright, finally got that wrecked BB (a Phil Wood, sadly) pulled out of the Goat. Now a quick pedal rebuild, and I'll be ready to ride Saturday. Sheesh these old bikes can be a lot of work.


    How did you end up accomplishing that?

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    Slotted the dust cap with a Dremel cutoff wheel and turned it out with a cone wrench. Desperate times....

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    Thanks to everyone who came out! The vintage ride (and Klunkers screening) was a blast. We had surprisingly few mechanicals, apart from one flat and the fact that my rear wheel kept slipping out of the dropouts when I torqued too hard.

    We rode out from Velo Cult through NW & downtown to Forest Park, and out on Leif. The road was a mudbath, and we were all shortly spackled from head to toe in rich brown Oregon mud. We stopped at the turnout to Salzman, and enjoyed some IPAs that Carl thoughtfully brought along. After bombing down Salzman and skidding around some slick, sharp turns, we came out onto Hwy 30 and crossed over the St. John's bridge back to the East side. Carl led us down some muddy footpaths down by the river, although we had to quickly reroute to avoid the railroad police. The rain kicked up in earnest as we wended our way through N. Portland, but we stopped to pick up burritos to go, so there was at least a tiny heat source in the small of my back as we rode back to Velo Cult. Sky helped us out with a liberal application of craft beers as we ate burritos and watched Klunkers on his projection screen.

    As far as I can recall, there was a Goat, a Ritchey, an early 90's Stumpy, an early Trek bonded composite bike (8600?), a mid-90's GT, an MB-Zip, a Fat Chance, a Miyata, an orange klunker, a Bonty, and... crap, that's all I can remember.

    Vintage MTB Ride - a set on Flickr
    Pedalpalooza 2012 Vintage MTB Ride - a set on Flickr

    Thanks to Sky/Velo Cult for the generous hospitality!

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    Sounds like a good size group and lots of fun. All the talk of Portland rain and mud is making me home sick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    Thanks to everyone who came out! The vintage ride (and Klunkers screening) was a blast. We had surprisingly few mechanicals, apart from one flat and the fact that my rear wheel kept slipping out of the dropouts when I torqued too hard.

    We rode out from Velo Cult through NW & downtown to Forest Park, and out on Leif. The road was a mudbath, and we were all shortly spackled from head to toe in rich brown Oregon mud. We stopped at the turnout to Salzman, and enjoyed some IPAs that Carl thoughtfully brought along. After bombing down Salzman and skidding around some slick, sharp turns, we came out onto Hwy 30 and crossed over the St. John's bridge back to the East side. Carl led us down some muddy footpaths down by the river, although we had to quickly reroute to avoid the railroad police. The rain kicked up in earnest as we wended our way through N. Portland, but we stopped to pick up burritos to go, so there was at least a tiny heat source in the small of my back as we rode back to Velo Cult. Sky helped us out with a liberal application of craft beers as we ate burritos and watched Klunkers on his projection screen.

    As far as I can recall, there was a Goat, a Ritchey, an early 90's Stumpy, an early Trek bonded composite bike (8600?), a mid-90's GT, an MB-Zip, a Fat Chance, a Miyata, an orange klunker, a Bonty, and... crap, that's all I can remember.

    Vintage MTB Ride - a set on Flickr
    Pedalpalooza 2012 Vintage MTB Ride - a set on Flickr

    Thanks to Sky/Velo Cult for the generous hospitality!

    There was a Specialized Ultimate too.

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