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    Vintage? Retro? Classic?

    How about why do you still have that thing?

    Y'all are posting pics of high drool factor bikes all the time, but I don't have any like that. I'm cheap, and all my bikes have always been a step or two down the pecking order and would never merit a second glance. Doesn't anyone else have old beaters around?

    86 Jamis Dakota currently used as an SS commuter. 4130 tubing, the thing is a tank. I've got most of the original parts around here somewhere, although I left the rollercams on (love 'em). Pardon the seat angle. I hadn't gotten to that yet.

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    dude thats sweet,

    I think maybe part of the problem is that people are kind of more willing to look after a high cost bike so they were more likely to survive.... some of the bikes further down the ladder if you will have probably been used - and abused - for the last 15 years, and then binned/chopped up/given away by the owners who just think "old bike = crap bike"

    maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djuc Wun
    dude thats sweet,

    I think maybe part of the problem is that people are kind of more willing to look after a high cost bike so they were more likely to survive.... some of the bikes further down the ladder if you will have probably been used - and abused - for the last 15 years, and then binned/chopped up/given away by the owners who just think "old bike = crap bike"

    maybe.
    True. No caché. But I like second tier bikes because, while I lusted after high end, these are the ones that I actually rode around on. Here's one that I got to overhaul last year:

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    1990 Cannondale M500 (I think) 3.0 with virtually no miles on it. Full Deore DX but no pepperoni fork. My GF's. Her then-husband bought it for her with no consultation and it sat in the basement until I spotted it down there last year. Throw a sussy fork on there and it'd make a nice trail bike.

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    that m500 is nice, too. I had a m700 that i gave to my brother, he still has it. 3.0 frame like yours, with the extendo rear dropouts. i still have a few of the pepperoni forks, one with the dreaded alum steerer that was recalled. the "force 40" brakes i had on mine were horrible unless i didnt have them setup right, which is always possible. support the classics.

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    My ex has a 3.0 cannondale with manitou 2s and ringle wheels that I built for her. Its a sweet ride. Green to black fade.
    I'll have to see if i have a pic of it somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin-at-home
    How about why do you still have that thing?

    Y'all are posting pics of high drool factor bikes all the time, but I don't have any like that. I'm cheap, and all my bikes have always been a step or two down the pecking order and would never merit a second glance. Doesn't anyone else have old beaters around?

    86 Jamis Dakota currently used as an SS commuter. 4130 tubing, the thing is a tank. I've got most of the original parts around here somewhere, although I left the rollercams on (love 'em). Pardon the seat angle. I hadn't gotten to that yet.

    I like the looks of the Jamis. Nice ride. I also like the retro, lesser built bikes. Here is a pic of my 1990 Trek 930, complete with the original DiaCompe brakes and lugged frame build. Not remembering how to do the pic\post\pic\post thing...The next two pics are of my daughter's Yokota Yosemite, prior and current. The last pic is of my wife's Rockhopper Comp FS, complete with the Specialized FSX fork. All this said, the newest bike in my stable is my '96 Bontrager Race. I truly love the older steel-framed MTBs, particularly the lugged ones. This year a plan is in motion to beautify the Trek to a more complimenting look...updates ensuing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loonyOne
    pics are of my daughter's Yokota Yosemite, prior and current.
    Anyone know how I can get a hold of Yokota decals???

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    Man, I always liked the Yokota's. Nice bikes those were. I'd actually think of going back to 26" for a city bike if I could find one big enough and cheap enough. They were always just good looking bikes. Should have gotten one while I could. I liked the baby blue too. should left well enough alone loony!
    Just a regular guy.

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    Agreed, Yokota knew a thing or two. He's now the master framebuilder over at Santa Cruz, which is pretty neat.

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    My two mountain bikes

    I ride old bikes because that is what I can afford.

    A 1992 scott peak (4130 chrom-moly): now a single speed.
    A 199? Trek 930 (true temper OX II):


    The picture is of the Trek. I found the frame in the garbage, stripped it, repainted it with a rattle can, and started hanging new parts on it. I rode it for a season as a 21 speed with a center pull cantilever in the rear, and now it is full deore 27 speed with an XT linear pull and an avid in front. I would really liek to find a nonsuspension corrected/disk compatible rigid fork for the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingsuperpetis
    Agreed, Yokota knew a thing or two. He's now the master framebuilder over at Santa Cruz, which is pretty neat.
    Woah , so your saying that yokata was a decent bike? I got two of em sitting in my garage.
    I was at one of the local bike shops and an old man came in and just wanted to get some bikes out of his garage. I followed him home, I threw them in the back of my truck and they have just been sitting in my garage. First time i recall seeing bullmoose?bars before.
    yeah , im still a vintage newbie.

    actually i am also shocked about the value of the purple cook brother cranks.
    I have them on a bike i was considering to let go.
    I will be taking those cranks off now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenfix
    I ride old bikes because that is what I can afford.
    Is that a Sam Adams on the floor? If so, you have your priorities right... spend the money on beer first, and what's left goes toward bikes.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Is that a Sam Adams on the floor? If so, you have your priorities right... spend the money on beer first, and what's left goes toward bikes.
    Good Eye,

    I think that is a Sam Adams. We just had a party a couple of days before I took the pic, and I finished this one off as I was setting up the front brake on the bike. Normally I drink some of our local brewers (long trail, magic hat, harpoon), but I also like Sam Adams (also local just bigger than the other breweries). I just tried Sam's Boston Ale at Thanksgiving, and it is pretty good.

    The bike itself suffers from some problems. The fork that is on there now can't take a linear brake because the brake bosses were stripped out by a mechanic at the local bike shop. That allowed me to pick it up for $50 (it was new). The fork has 100mm of travel and the axel to crown height is about 18 1/4", so it has significantly slacked the geometry of the bike (the onld rigid had a 16" axel to crown length). I am considering putting the old fork back on and getting a linear pull brake for the front. That may be my winter project, which reminds me, I need to pick up more beer on the way home tonight.

    Happy riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    Man, I always liked the Yokota's. Nice bikes those were. I'd actually think of going back to 26" for a city bike if I could find one big enough and cheap enough. They were always just good looking bikes. Should have gotten one while I could. I liked the baby blue too. should left well enough alone loony!
    I agree with ya on the original color martini. It is my daughter's bike and being 14 now, she has developed...let's say, her own tastes. If I ever find a Yokota in my size, I will buy it. It does have a different ride compared to everything else I've ever ridden. Given, that it is too small for me. But, so is wifey's Rockhopper. Same size by seat tube measurement, but almost an inch longer top tube if I remember correctly.
    I didn't know about the head designer working for Santa Cruz. Maybe I'll just shoot an email and pick his cranium. It's always fun to find out how intelligent some frame builders actually are.

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    1987 Kuwahara Alley Cat. I used to just last season for the Stony Creek TT.



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