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 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:11 am 

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:40 am
Posts: 1
Greetings from New Zealand.

I'm a Brit who moved down here about 15 years ago and having just moved house again and unearthed my old and "mothballed" 26er, I decided it's time to either get it functional again or move some bits on to places they'll be appreciated!

My retro wheels (give or take a 1969 Lambretta) is a "Two Wheels Good" Sleeper, which was an own-brand frame from the bike shop of that name in Crouch End, and from memory is Tange tubing, which I think I bought in about 1997. The wheels are a generation older, being early Hope hubs (that take a screw-on block) and Mavic 231's which were built for me by Ben Haywards cycles in Cambridge in probably 1993.

About ten years ago the gripshifts came off and it was single speeded by re-dishing the rear wheel and putting a BMX sprocket on the back but the Quake air forks were losing pressure and I was unable to find an adapter to pump them up, so to the back of the shed it went.

PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 8:11 pm 

Joined: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:52 am
Posts: 5
Hi all,

I found this forum as I want to do some work on an Orange Clockwork I have, which I bought as a frameset back in the ‘90s. I’m pretty sure it’s a 1993 model - it has a decal on the seat tube that says “series 7”.

I haven’t ridden it in years and it’s been living in the loft, but I rescued it this weekend and spent a bit of time on it today, replacing the cables and giving it a good spruce-up! Still rides very well although the wheels need a bit of attention (buckled, and a big dent in the front) but other than that it’s very usable.

The spec is a bit all over the place as i bought it as a frameset, not a full bike, and built it up using parts from other bikes I had at the time. Also about 10 years ago I got a local bike shop to do some work on it, they replaced the chain set, rear wheel, BB and I think the headset as well.

I want to do some gentle off-road riding on it this summer, so the plan is to put some nobbly tyres on it, a pair of SPD’s and perhaps some riser bars.... turns out i’m not as flexible as I was back in the ‘90s :D

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 Post subject: Re: newbe
PostPosted: Sun May 13, 2018 9:15 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun May 13, 2018 9:02 am
Posts: 13
Hi just got back in to mountain bikes. I last built a back 10 years ago from a unknown full suspension frame bought on ebay. Ive know just got a stock klein mantra comp to restore. It's all stock apart from tyres. I've been looking at old photos of bike but can't find sny of the bike i built 10 years ago. If i can take some pic i will post and maybe someone might know the frame. Neal

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:43 pm 

Joined: Tue May 15, 2018 8:15 pm
Posts: 1
Hello everyone,glad to be a part of this forum. Just purchased a 1989 Diamond Back Apex today off of ebay for 145.00 and I can't wait for it to get here. It is all original and is the exact same bike as the one I purchased in 1989 from my local cycling shop: Competitive Gear here in Erie Pa USA. I had a lot of adventures on my old bike including a couple of trips to Telluride Co.. Although I can't pound it like I used to , regardless I am looking forward to getting out there once again and doing my best. The bike is all steel construction with Shimano Deore DX components. The bike is finished in their smoke lavender paint scheme. I need some new rubber and will take everything apart once I get it and grease everything. I can't believe I am back to where I started. Good luck and I hope to see you out there.

PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 10:56 pm 

Joined: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:00 am
Posts: 4
Hello there starting reading this forum about 6 weeks ago after buying an old Marin Muirwoods 1997 for £20 to go out with my dog ,starting racing MTB around 1997/98 and still have my Bear Valley SE but its semi retired at my brothers in Barcelona ,shortly after racing MTB I started road racing getting my elite licence ,the last few years I have been doing the odd triathlon but now making a small comeback on the road so have ditched running with my dog, to biking with him, I have managed to pick up a few retro bikes recently including a Merlin Titanium road bike from 1991 and Merlin Titanium Mountain bike 1994/5 from a fellow forum member, these were the bikes I drooled over back in the day!!
These bikes will be for sunshine days ,so hopefully this good weather will continue.

cheers Stuart

PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2018 7:54 pm 
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Joined: Mon May 21, 2018 4:55 pm
Posts: 2
Hi to all of You!
I started my mtb adventure in the early 90ties. I live in Poland where I founded and designed Zumbi Cycles. I am CTO and frame designer for a bicycle frame manufacturer company in Poland. I have a couple of early 90ties mtbs which I love :mrgreen: . I know this forum for a very long time and finally descided to register.

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PostPosted: Fri May 25, 2018 9:11 pm 

Joined: Fri May 25, 2018 9:00 pm
Posts: 7
Hi folks

I'm Dave

I've got a 1997 Orange P7.
I wanted one back when I was a teenager, and 20 years later I finally got one.

One of the guys at Orange told me about this place after they were unable to answer a technical question

PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:29 pm 
Retro Guru

Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:47 pm
Posts: 270
Evening, Struan here, I work offshore in the North Sea and recently rekindled my interest in MTB's so I am selling my virtually brand-new modern 29er and have decided to do up my 1995 Cannondale m500 and am currently having a new (Yep brand-new) Pace RC200F8 built by a good friend who owns a shop.

PostPosted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:09 pm 

Joined: Fri May 25, 2018 9:39 pm
Posts: 7
Location: London
Wotcha, Ben here.

I had a lovely red '92 Cinder Cone from new until it was nicked 9 years ago. I then rode a '97 Cinder Cone donated by a kind friend who'd had it from new but switched to road biking soon after buying it. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a running, re-coated '94 Kilauea, with TB P2s and a mish-mash of parts, and I now plan on giving the '97 CC some proper TLC while at the time time fettling up the Kilauea a bit.

Thanks to everyone for all the tips I've got just by lurking the past few weeks. I may have some questions soon about how to sort out my largely original '97 CC!

 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:07 pm 

Joined: Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Posts: 9
I've read this site for many years, as always fancied a retro mtb.
Now that I have one (Trek 8700) I finally feel worthy of joining.

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