1981 Raleigh Grifter. OG.
1983 ish - I invent mountain biking by turning a 26" boys road bike into an off roader (including novel extra rear brake operated by a foot lever on the chainstay ....)
1987? First production MTB I rode - a friend's yellow *I think* Muddy Fox with...
Pretty much this: I‘m using 2.25s on AT18s with enough pressure not to be squirmy and they go fine in mixed conditions (but then again I’m a middle aged bloke who knows his limits riding an old rigid bike that has plenty of limits).
I’ve been experiencing an issue in the workshop that might fit here: swaplex; when a simple component change leads to a dozen others needing sorting.
”gonna change those bars to risers”
”don’t bother - too swaplex - 31.8: stem, cables too short, pads, grips, outer .....”
I’m always amazed at the number of different small scale builders that were out there: so many skills got learned.
(Only skimmed the thread, but has anyo e mentioned Ronson?)
And there really should be a separate thread for improbable but likely frame builder names: for instance it’s ages...
Would this work?
1. Get some pics of boxed old things.
2. Put them on the bay and make sure they sell for a lot (maybe your other accounts and friends can help?)
3. Tell the insurance company that your burgeoning 20th century antique business needs fire protection.
4. Be devastated when your...
The only true test of a well-adjusted pedal is when, while washing your bike, you aim the hose jet at the top of the pedal cage/rubber bit, and see how she spins. In almost 40 years, the OE ones on my Raleigh Grifter have never been beaten ... (despite many hours of fettling as Apple Tree descibes).
Plan is to go with an older frame but bend the rules on forks to avoid elastomers and springs. My hunch is that an old light frame and light air fork with some decent components and modern tyres (loving wide Rocket Ron evos ATM) will not do too badly on an XC course.
Liking the idea of Zaskar...
Thanks chaps; as mentioned, lots of possible frames and I’ll see what comes up: the info on forks is v helpful as I’m starting from a low base of knowledge. Will start some searching.
If I can find/get to a race the plan will be to just have a go and see (worth it if only for the “god Dad...