My name is Mats and I'm from Norway.
In my early teens back in the 80's, me and my friends used to build our own custom bikes from some very local bikes called DBS Kombi (our local version of Klunkers
). I had a little workshop in our basement that I used for this and spent many hours down there building my bikes.
Later I started to race in national road race competitions.....still in my teens and much because my father was a cycling fanatic!
I did this for a couple of years and even competed in an international 6 day race in Sweden (Høkensås). Good memories.
In 1994 after I got out of the army I started to work in one of Oslo's most renowned bike shops and worked mostly as a mechanic but also with sales. I worked there for two years and learned a lot. In this period, I of course got hooked on the bikes of that era. We sold Marin, KHS, Mongoose and some local brands but more important........we sold Fat, Litespeed and Breezer (the only importer of these brands in Norway at the time).
I loved Fat.....and Breezer but I also really liked Klein's.
Today Klein is my main interest. I have several modern bikes but they are just bikes to me. However, I have been able to find two Klein's this year and I am now in the process of building them both. One is a '94 Fervor in Nebula Green. The other.........and most important....is a '95 Attitude, Painted Desert in L size. The Attitude has not been ridden much and I can't wait to finish the build and ride it (a build thread will be set up).
So......now I spend a lot of time on this forum. Completly hooked and I have also in the last year spent a minor fortune on parts from Ebay and now also buying from people on this forum (and that is much nicer by the way).
Finally I have to say that I really like the forum because people here are really friendly and share a genuine interest in retro bikes.
_________________1991 Gary Fisher, Hoo Koo E Koo
1992 Klein Attitude, Sunburst
1994 Klein Fervor, Nebula Green1995 Klein Attitude, Painted Desert