dang. this is a good one!
super stoked on this one!
As always all t-shirts hand screened by me without a press one at a time.
Hit the shop to get yours.
Check out this edit from the 2016 North American Cycle Courier Championships in NYC
Real good watch
I just finished Charlie Kelly’s excellent book on the founding years of mountain biking, and was jonesing to experience one of the early generation of purpose built frame sets when my buddy Jeff discovered this little gem on Craigslist. He picked it up for a song, and hot damn, was I jealous. You just don’t find something like this everyday. Lucky for me, he found one in a larger size and flipped this my way making himself a tidy profit in the process.
What you’re looking at is a very early Fisher MountainBikes Tom Ritchey built Mt. Tam. One of the first to be offered after Fisher and Kelly dissolved their partnership in MountainBikes and Fisher MountainBikes was born. From a message with Gary Fisher “That’s a B frame made by Tom Ritchey. 23″ center to center. The 35th of that size. They cost me $50 for an unpainted frame without fork. I provided the tubing.”
1984 Fisher MountainBikes Mt. Tam
Frame: Ritchey “B” Series – Size 23″
Shimano XT: Shifters, Brake Levers, Derailleurs, Brakes
Cranks : Takagi Tourney XT
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record – not original
Bull moose: Nitto Stamped Mountainbikes
Saddle: Avocet Touring 1
These are the parts that I know are not original to the bike: rear derailleur (though correct), headset, bull moose bars, seat post, saddle (though correct), grips (though period correct), front skewer (though periodish correct)
The bike was sold through NOW sports in Minneapolis who was one of the earliest dealers of mtb’s in the Twin Cities. Selling Fishers and Ritcheys eventually.
Here’s the deal, I am looking to put together an early 80’s period bike to go do the Pearl Pass Tour, having been thoroughly inspired by Charlie’s book and these photos from the 1981 edition. I can ride this thing, but would be better off with a 21 or 22″ bike. I’m looking for an early Ritchey, complete bike or preferably a frameset, to build up for the task. This is too rare of an example, and too complete for me to go just tearing apart and hanging XTR on. Even I am not that much of a heathen. This bike is my trade bait. If you’ve got something and want to talk deal, let me know.
The star of this bike is most definitely Tom’s lovely fillet brazing
A stunner for sure!
I cleaned my bike, which I almost never do because I am a butthole, and even polished the stainless. So I took some pictures of this lovely machine to celebrate.
Super stoked on this one!
from the AC Blog
We’d like to introduce you to our All-City owners group: The Tiny Hat Society.
We wanted to make an official arm of A.C. dedicated to celebrating the riders who make doing this worthwhile. Clubs are cool, having a posse is cool. Everyone needs a posse. THS is our clique, our crew, our posse. If you’re down with AC, we’re down with you. We’ll be making a series of patches, caps, shirts, etc to celebrate rides, events, achievements, and the All-City owners who make our little brand possible.
The Name: There is a brewery in South Minneapolis where if you’re a member of the cylcing community no matter when you show up, it’s almost guaranteed that a few of your friends are already there. It’s the spot to be. One of the bartenders, who previously had not interacted much with cyclists, started using “tiny hats” as a group reference. As in “oh, you’re one of the tiny hats.” We thought this was hilarious.
Because this project aims to celebrate you, the AC owner, the inaugural patch will be sent to you free by us. It’s our thanks to you for supporting.
You obtain this patch by filling out the Bike Registration form in the footer of the website. Just scroll down and there it is. We aren’t sending these to every John, Nick, and Mary, it’s an owners group, and to get in on this exclusive first offering you need to register your bike as proof of ownership. Our crack crew of customer service pros will then mail you out a THS badge.
This offer applies only to U.S. residents. Unfortunately sending things Intl. involves quite a bit of hassle and expense so we’re starting with our home base of the States. Sorry about that, but we need to pull this off domestically before we go over committing ourselves.
So register your bike, make it all official, and please send us pics when you get your patch sewn onto something cool.