Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ok...again with the extreme delay...

It's been along, busy time in the land of fat - lot was posted at my lovely wife's blog about the fire at the store, and all the other goings on...but time, and the bike collecting, marches on...

For those of you who don't know, the world of vintage mountain bikes keeps gropwing and growing in popularity. With much due credit to First Flight Bikes and the MTBR Vintage Forum members, the hobby obsessed about by those of us with too much longing for the past and what we couldn;t afford when we were reading tattered copies of Mountain Bike Action in 11th Grade economics class in '89, these vintage finds are like gold to us. All my buddies didn;'t get it at first, but they're starting to come around.

Well, I have on project that I'm saving until it's done, but these are the steel objects of this season't affection.

From previous posts, some of you saw my prized it is in its final form...


I'll go into more detail later...but here are a few pics of what I've been up to thins year...

Salsa Ala carte, Ala 2006 - Neo Retro, yo!


Updated Bontrager Race with silver fork, IRD brake and M-900 lever set


Oh, and I acquired an 88 Ibis Avion...almost all original...

88 Ibis Avion
And the Trusty Raleigh Edge...Updated with non-stock brakes, but I needed something that would actually work, as the Dia-Compe U and Canti that were on it stock sucked harder than a Dysan bagless vacuum.

edge side

So, now for some details...

I added an IRD remote seat QR...


And a Mavic drivetrain w/ Pedersem U-Brake for trials goodness!


Probably the coolest thing EVER!!! ... but I figured one Ibis wsn;t enough, so I added an 88 Avion...

Avion front view
After throwing on some RM-20's, Ritchey Force Duros and Cromo 22.2mm flat bar, it's good to go!
Avion top view
Flash forward almost 20 years, and see what a steel bike can 22.5 pounds soaking wet with Pace carbon fork, arbon seat post, bar and well...pretty much as much chi-chi's as I could find!
And the front view! It's pretty fast!
And...the Race is't updated glory! M-900 drivetrain, IRD brake, Bomber Z2 BAM...SO fast! Faster than the Salsa, even!
And it's all about the details...Syncros crank...
And the White Ti rear hb laced to a Blue Label rim...and note the M-900 derailleurs...mmmm!
Raleigh Edge...first bike I EVER lusted after, and got me into trials...leading to provincial and national titles, though I never owned one until last year!
edge detail
Why do I have such a huge soft spot for this old Salmon bay?!?
edge front

More to come. I'm hiding the piece de resistance until it is finished...pretty excited about the next project!

Thanks for visiting!