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BoTM Feb 13 'Restoration Special' - The Poll
Poll ended at Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:01 pm
tigern's Klein Adroit 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
jonnyboy666's 1992 Kona Explosif 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
stumpjumper1990's 1992 Scott Pro Racing 4%  4%  [ 6 ]
sandmangts' 1936 Elgin 22%  22%  [ 34 ]
stanlee's Koski Trailmaster 27%  27%  [ 41 ]
lrh's 1989 Saracen Trekker Comp 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
I_Am_Will's Specialized Stumpjumper 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
magas' 1992 Rocky Mountain Equipè 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Giom6's 1992 Zinn Z-Centaur 3%  3%  [ 5 ]
jimo746's 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper Team 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
was8v's Orbit 531 5%  5%  [ 8 ]
andreaviola 1994 Scapin Pro Race 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
Atticus' GT STS-DH 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Gravy Monster's Saracen Conquest 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
bduc61's 1995 Specialized S-Works Steel 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
Rio's 1993 Specialized S-Works Steel 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
gerryattrick's 1994 Merlin Malt 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Kleinola's 1993 Klein Pinnacle 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
Huelse's Ibis Mt. Trials 7%  7%  [ 11 ]
24pouces' Cannondale EST 6%  6%  [ 9 ]
matt24777's Orange C16R 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
Maxipedia's '1993 Gitane that turned into a 1997 Wheeler' 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Crantinope's 1990 Kona Cinder Cone 5%  5%  [ 7 ]
GaryTurner's GT 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
oneschnark's 1989/90 Grove Hard Core 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
MADB's 1984 S & G Cycles Muddy Fox 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
wtb_rider's Brodie Bastard 3%  3%  [ 4 ]
Total votes : 154
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:59 pm 
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i havent voted yet but the results are already visible ?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:22 pm 
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WD Pro wrote:
Was there something up with my entry ? :-(


It was where my vote was going :?

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:19 pm 
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On the basis that, for me, it is the very essence of where MTB came from, Elgin.

All IMO, of course!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:29 pm 
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oldave wrote:
However far I stretch the definition I cannot see the Elgin as a "restoration" - the frame yes, the bike no.

Ibis or Orbit for me - I prefer the latter as a finished object, so that's the decider.

Totally with you here. Without starting a bun fight (again) I will add that the Koski - however a great piece of history and wonderful finished bike fit for a show as it was - is not a restoration either. The frame - for the better though - is essentially not brought back to former glory and is still complete with character forming battle scars. If anything, this helped it stand out and give a sense of time in the SFO exhibition too.

The Orbit does it for me. A knackered old bike in a sorry state most people would leave for junk, new owner knows there is tonnes of potential and it's something not common, worked at it to bring it back to something fresh with an additional individual signature, and makes a proper rider out of it w/o going over the top and keeps it "classic retro". It's the one I can most relate to.

Cracking month, and probably the best for inspiration!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:04 pm 
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I went Koski. So rad.

The frame wasn't a repaint, but I definitely see the bike as restored. Period parts with period modifications by period hands! :)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:45 pm 
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was easy for me this time ....just Koski :D

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:49 pm 
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Wot no Bear Valley? :roll:

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:30 pm 
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Well it's a nice long and varied list!

It's a toughy... like a lot of them but I have to go for the Elgin!

The reason for me is twofold:

1, It represents for me where the sport started from.

2, Restoring a bike to factory perfect spec, while very impressive and dedicated is not what the sport was about for me BITD. It was about having a bike and constantly evolving it, with trick after-market bits. Therefore modifying. I think its fair to say this view point is reflected in my Orange. The Elgin represents the extreme of this and I have lots of respect for that!

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:01 pm 
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Soapbox please....

My opinions:

Hands down the Koski is in a class by itself.

There are some cool bikes here and certainly many individual definitions of the word "restore". What Aaron did with his bike was very cool, over the top, and a very fun read to follow. My hat is off to him. Not to compare to an overused cliche of cars to bikes but it is just fits me here. I see that bike and I think 33 Ford , chopped, channeled fenders removed, and a blown big block sitting out front. An amazing hot rod but not restored. Refabricated "Yes" to something way more than it ever was originally meant to be. A fun build; Over the fricken top. Certainly the Elgin was the right bike to do this to. The bike is awesome and I admire all the work he did.

If the same type of build was done to one of the only three Koski's (I know of), I would have been emailing and pm'ing my friend to stop until he blocked me from all his contact lists.

That Koski lived a hard life. Used abused, there wasn't much left of it when StanLee acquired it a few years ago. The research to restore the bike back to how it was BITD includes information provided by the original owner, bike shop it came from, the builder, Joe Breeze and probably a few others that were around BITD. That is incredible. Sure the stem looks funky on a MTB but by golly this is what it was in the beginning. A mishmash of Road, BMX, and Klunker technology with a little individual intuition of what else might be right thrown in. It would be easy to put a styling Tuf-Neck stem from the era or something else just as cool on the bike, but the idea is to "restore" and preserve what is left of the bike to the way it was, not the way it should have been or would have been cool.

Sip water....

Not that you care but I have several old bike projects going on at any one time and I think I can use three of them as comparison here.
Two just complete and one that I will still be working on for a few years: 94 Yeti Pro Fro, 81 Ritchey Everest, and A 79 Champion Cruiser converted to a MTB.

The 94 Yeti was a well used, dinged up frame with no real provenance. Just a high end US built frame from BITD. Felt no guilt at all getting it powdered and then splattered it with era correct parts that my son and I found in our travels. Looks pretty. Certainly some the parts aren't what I would have used BITD but they have earned respect and coolness over time.

The 81 Ritchey was straight forward. First, most of the parts came on the bike in decent shape, and it was just a matter of reviewing the Ritchey catalog posted up on the oldmountainbikes site to determine what was needed to complete a proper 1981 Ritchey Everest build. Some parts were hard to find but an easy bike to spec. The History is well documented.

The Champion has no catalog specs, and being vain, I need to spec the bike with every component that I have determined to be the coolest and available in 1979. Hard to find, yes. Have I seen other Champion conversions from the era complete? Yes. Were they built the same direction I am going? No. Do I still need to make it my way? Yes. But if I was honest with myself, I believe most people who were converting BMX cruisers to Mtb's BITD were the ones who couldn't afford to drop the $1800 to buy a bike from Kelley and Fisher and wanted a little more than a 41 Schwinn had to offer. Absolutely it should be build up with average at best parts to be correct.

Which one of these three bikes looks way different than when I started the project? The Yeti. Which bike took the most effort? The Champion. Which bike is "restored"? The Ritchey.

The Koski was a run of about what, possibly 80 bikes? I bet Stanlee has every picture ever taken of these bikes from a time before digital was an option. I bet there are less than 20 photographs? I bet nobody much remembers what these bikes really looked like without referring to the Koski's, Joe, the original owner and possibly a few others who were riding with friends on these bikes BITD. Add that to a few fuzzy photographs.

The research, effort and accuracy done to the restoration of this bike was amazing. Sure fresh paint and the cool parts would look neat, but to restore is to return to original with what you have available, while preserving what original is left.

That is all.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 11:06 pm 
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Why did a bunch of votes just disappear?

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