start the week off right with some trails
I featured this bike last year but hadn’t had a chance to reshoot it since I had the fork painted to match and switched up some parts over the winter. This is my every day around town flat pedal ride. It’s perfect.
While some vintage mtb collectors may be bummed to see a full blown race machine given such treatment, I think that sentiment loses the context that rather than being a wall hanger or museum piece, this bike gets ridden and enjoyed almost every single day. And after all, what better life can you give a machine than that?
This Yo originally came to me off of Craigslist in Boston, for a look at the condition and build it showed up with click here.
And the first incarnation of my build and valuation here.
1995 Fat Chance Yo Eddy!
Frame: Saratoga NY built Yo Eddy! size Large
Fork: Custom build by Bryan Hollingsworth of Circle H Cycles
Wheels: Ringle front, XT Rear hub, Mavic 217 Hoops
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eight
Crankset: Shimano XTR M950
Right Shifter/brake lever: XTR M950
Left Brake Lever: XTR M950
Derailleur: XTR M950
Brakes: Avid Ultimate
Headset: Chris King
Handlebars: Surly Open
Rack: Velo Orange
The Velo Orange rack is interesting because I’ve never seen one in black. My guess is the previous owner actually plastic-dipped a chrome version. In later photos you can see that they didn’t coat the area where you would attach a bungee, the chrome is still peeking out.
You gotta match your skewers to your cable crimp!
One of the happy accidents of this build is that the 1″ threadless spacers perfectly match the outside diameter of the 1 1/8′ Salsa stem that I have shimmed to fit on the 1″ steerer. It’s the little things!
Built in Saratoga NY after the merger with Serotta, not as desirable among die-hard Fat Chance folks, but I much prefer the English bottom bracket shell of these bikes to the proprietary press in bearings of the older Fats.
Our pal Graham Burrowes shot film at Tracklocross Nats and was kind enough to share with us. Tracklo Nats was as hot and sticky as it gets in these parts nearing 100 degrees and humid. We had 30 or so racers come out to try their hand at becoming the first ever National Champions in this super fun off shoot of Bandit Cross.
Riders came from Japan, California, Virginia, Georgia, etc.
Chas from San Francisco took it for the Men and Chelsea from Minneapolis won for the Women
It was a ton of fun and the first, but not the last, tracklocross race to be held in MPLS.
Tracklocross: so crazy it just might work!
Huge thank you to all of the out of towners who made this such an amazing weekend of swimming, riding, and hanging. Especially the homies from Japan, it was so wonderful to have you here.
Shout out to the volunteers for making the race so good. By far the best ACC in years.
Here are some photos from the day.
Peep the whole album here.
2018 All City Championships Alleycat
1 Risa (overall and WTF Champ!)
2 Max (Open Champ)
3 Shaun Struntz (2nd Open)
4 Kell (1st fixed, 1st Out of Town, 3rd Open)
7 Nikki Munvez (2nd WTF)
8 Andy Lageson
9 Devil Butt
10 Stu Louder
11 Ryan Oelz
12 Chelsea Strate (3rd WTF)
13 Julie Kuliecza (1st Out of Town – WTF)
14 Michael G
15 Charlie Pratt
16 John Crea
17 Tiana Johnson
18 Kadence Hampton
20 Nikki Beaman (1st Fixed – WTF)
21 Sean Doe
22 Jade Ptacek
23 Pat Grady
24 David Von Edge
25 Jenny Carmichael
26 Jeff O’Neil
27 TS Botten
28 Will Stenler
30 Robbie S
32 Jack Rynerson
34 Ashley Von Edge
35 Ashley Pforr
36 Julia Collins
37 Anne Skoglund
If I keep riding this bike long enough, at some point it’ll have to come back in style.
Quick weekend jaunt to Rhinelander and Vilas Co. to see the folks and do some riding.