Unreal, looks like a museum piece! Whats the back story to the bike? Where did you get it etc. etc ?
thanks all for the flowers
i "found" it on SF craigslist. i think the initially a bit high asking price ($650 i think) put some interested people down and the seller (a really really nice guy!) first did not want to ship. also if had some modern parts mounted (Indy fork, flat bar and stem etc.) but he had all original parts except for the chrome fork. the pics i got were not great but when i saw the rear der cable inside of the chain stay (indicating that it was an early one from 1985) i was hooked. i had an unused 1988 MountainKlein which i sold when i found the Newsboy. i always missed that one and was happy to get the chance to correct that mistake.
after i think three months of loose communication we found an agreement and he took it to the LBS which packed and shipped it over to Houston (for $60). the seller promised me that i would not be dissapointed and he was right, i was really amazed when i unpacked it. it only needed a little cleaning to be almost perfect. but even more amazed i was when i found the original chrome fork on the mtbr.com VRC forum after only two days. not sure if it was the fork that originally came with that frame but the steerer tube had the prefect length and even the Shimano 600 lower race was installed which i needed for the head set.
so all in all a nice story behind that one