Classic

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The Cheetah, Nelson Vailes

We are Cave People Now

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Swap Meet Scores

Last weekend was the annual Twin Cities Bike Swap. Here are a few of my scores.

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Coupled 55cm 1993 Bridgestone X0-1. Frame coupled by Chris Kvale

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Arguably the best steel mtb Trek ever made. Made in Wisconsin, this is the 990 frameset (stamped 990 in BB shell) and looks to never have been ridden. Super sweet.

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1983 Stump Jumper SC. Already flipped this one at the meet. Saved by the seller from the scrapyard.

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Gorgeous ’94 or ’94 Serotta Colorado CRL. Their top of the line racing frameset. I sort of fell in love with this, but need to sell to pay for other things.

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Manitou 1 fork. I was contacted by the folks at Hayes/Manitou and this was the only fork missing from their museum. It’s now heading home with them.

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And I got this fly Descente warm up suit, which I think is very “Enter the Dragon”

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BMX Video Monday

Schwinn Homegrown Factory Sweet Spot

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Peep this kook mobile I picked up at the Swap Meet, a Schwinn Homegrown Factory (that means built at Yeti factory) Sweet Spot dualie. For those that didn’t live through this terrible era of good intentions but terrible bikes in suspension design, an URT or Unified Rear Triangle bike was designed to have active suspension when seated and stiffen up while standing. The big bonus here was that the drivetrain was all on one piece of the frame which theoretically isolated the pedaling forces.

This particular build is bat shit crazy. Let me break it down for you. High end frame set, Sid fork with PVC headset spacers. Under those spacers is a JB welded in “Steerer Extender,” truly terrifying shit. The drivetrain is a Japanese made White Industries crank mated to a Shimano Nexus internally geared hub. Peep the angel the cable leaves the hub from. Up top you’ve got a sweet Ringle Moby Deuce post and a Titec Titanium stem and bar. I’m assuming someone took a one time race bike and decided to give it the old manĀ  treatment with an extended steerer and the IGH. It also has super rad Avid Arch Rival brakes!

I picked it up for $250 and promptly dismantled it to sell off the pieces. It’s going really well too.

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I Need a Pair of These In My Life…

starting the search for a pair of Nike Poobah’s in size 9 right now so I can be cool like my bud Fred.

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Bike Riders Make Better Lovers!

new jams from AC celebrating a basic fact of life.

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Kranked 2

Drop Bar Ripping from the 1990 Worlds

damn…

Stupor Bowl 21

This year’s running of the Stupor Bowl promised weirdness with 1700 extra law enforcement agents in town due to the Super Bowl, but mercifully it was pretty much business as usual minus the exceptional conditions. For only the second time in my memory, it snowed! The side streets were absolute shit, and the main streets were also shit. Just the way we like it.

I myself wasn’t able to race due to some medical problems (chest pain when breathing deeply, I’m going to make a doctor appointment, don’t worry), which was pretty heartbreaking. The air was magic, and getting loose in sloppy conditions is a personal favorite of mine. But so it goes…

The manifest was completely out of hand, with the winners doing 50 miles and no one making the time cutoff, which ended up being extended. The results are still coming in. But here’s what I know: Men’s: Dominican Crihs won Stupor, Christian won Speed, Colin was second, Mitchell was third WTF: Risa won speed, Tiana won Stupor.

Hopefully these images help paint the picture.

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