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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 7:10 pm 
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Wow! I have four 1990s vintage MTBs added to my stable this year where I've not had one in the last 10-15 years since I gave my late 80s Ritchey to my brother.
I've gotten in restoring other bikes found at the trailer park dumpster where I have a summer place trailer in Washington state (Birch Bay) so I've been honing my restoration skills a bit. First I pulled out a 1991 Bianchi Sika, all lugged celeste green goodness, next a tall buddy of mine asked me to use his 94 Stumpy as a donor bike for a larger GT frame I found at the dump and I could keep the frame (nice Tange Prestige CroMo and light), I swapped the Specialized (MAG 21) fork for a direct driver rigid unit and think the rattle can paint match worked, had to source all parts for the Stumpy from my collection and Craigslist, third bike was found in the Birch Bay dumpster as well - 93 Kona Kilauea - my favorite of the bunch, I pulled out all the stops with all of my lightest parts and got it down to 22.5lbs, then a buddy I had told I like to fix up old bikes gave me his 1996 GT Zaskar c/w a 2000 Marzocchi Bomber Z1, the Zaskar parts seem to be a mix of good and so-so, I'm replacing a few items to sweeten it up, I went all out and polished the Zaskar frame and fork, decals are in the mail. Anyway, I now have three amazing vintage mountain bikes I really don't need but plan to keep & ride every one, total money invested for all four = $785
Bianchi as found:
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Bianchi finished:
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Stumpjumper (first attempt to make rideable):
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Stumpjumper Finished:
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Kona as found:
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Kona Finished:
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GT I was given:
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GT incomplete, saddle from another bike, waiting for RD & decals:
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 9:35 pm 
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That is a very nice little collection. 8) Good job on the Direct Drive forks. Enjoy.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:29 am 
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Keep the Bombers. Best fork ever. My wife says I can't increase my stable of 4 bikes. Time to buy a tarp to hide number 5 under.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 15, 2019 3:49 pm 
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Dig a basement under your shed.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 12:21 am 
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Duxuk wrote:
Keep the Bombers. Best fork ever. My wife says I can't increase my stable of 4 bikes. Time to buy a tarp to hide number 5 under.


Yes, definitely keeping the Bombers, quite heavy but I love them so far, I changed the seatpost, seat, handlebar, RD and pedals, cooler parts and took 2 lbs off (a fairly respectable 29lbs now).

I'll post a final pic once I get the decals installed probably in a couple weeks

I have 2 vintage road bikes, a 1976 50lb Schwinn Suburban, a modern FS Kona, a BMX and now four 1990s mountain bikes so.. 9 bikes, helps that I have my trailer to help with storage, the wife has officially cut me off taking in any more LOL!


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:39 am 
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Nice work. 8)

What are the tyres on the Specialized?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2019 4:08 pm 
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firedfromthecircus wrote:
Nice work. 8)

What are the tyres on the Specialized?


Thanks! The tires on the Specialized are Ritchey Megabite Overdrive (26X2.0) wire bead. They were originally on the Bianchi, the Bianchi being my first found this year I wanted to spruce it up with some unused folding tires so went with the larger Specialized tires (they barely fit, had to trim the rear side knobs a touch).

I'm glad one of the bikes has skin walls, keeps the retro look. Can anyone suggest a good affordable 1.95-2.0 skin wall that's not NOS? These Ritcheys won't last forever, side walls do show their age.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:08 am 
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Finally got my decals for the GT, Looks great now, what a great bike, love it :D
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:15 am 
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I have a Celeste green saddle for that Bianchi, I use to run ultegra short cage derailleurs on my race bikes back when the number speeds on my bike was greater than the number of years on my body...


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